The Schwartz Family You’ll Be Impressed with the Missouri Northwest

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Kansas City, Missouri

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Barbecue. History. Jazz. Beautiful architecture, epic museums and hundreds of world-class attractions. It’s no wonder that millions of visitors come from miles around to visit the northwestern area of Missouri. Visit the headquarters of the Pony Express, meet the baby calves at Shatto Milk Company, make a splash on Hurricane Falls at Oceans of Fun; whatever you plan for your trip, you’re guaranteed to have a magical time.

Kansas City, also known as the City of Fountains, has a spectacular array of things to do and places to see. This beautiful city is home to over 200 majestic fountains and 40,000 works of art. Come and have fun at Crown Center. Visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Check out the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the College Basketball Experience. The food is delicious, the shopping is spectacular and the people are super friendly.

From St. Joseph to Kansas City, You’ll Find No Shortage of Memory-Making activities

Hit the road and head for the Missouri Northwest where you’ll find all sorts of vacation destinations ranging from the educational to the sensational. St. Joseph, Missouri is rich in heritage and history with many fascinating museums from the Pony Express to the outlaw Jesse James. Visit the Shatto Milk Company for a face-to-face meet and greet with the lovable Shatto Holstein cows. Speaking of cows, Kansas City was once called Cowtown due to its enormous stockyards in the late 1800s. Now, the City of Fountains is known for its art, architecture, dining and entertainment districts such as the Power & Light District and the Country Club Plaza.

Rich History in St. Joseph

The Pony Express National Museum gives you a glimpse into a time when the only way to get mail out to the west was through the rugged frontier on horseback.

Visit the Patee House Museum where you can climb aboard an 1860 train and ride a vintage carousel—indoors. Just next door, you’ll find the home of Jesse James, the infamous outlaw.

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The Shatto Milk Company

Educational and fun! Visit the Shatto Milk Company in Osborn, Missouri and meet the 350 loveable Holstein cows.

Enjoy some of the freshest ice cream you’ve ever had at the Shatto country store. There’s always something happening at the Shatto Milk Company, so check ahead to see if there are any special events.

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Fun is the Name of the Game

Jump in and cool off at the Midwest’s largest waterpark: Oceans of Fun. You’ll be amazed at the 235 acres of water slides, pools and tons of other aquatic thrills. The ticket for entry is also good for the neighboring amusement park Worlds of Fun which features seven world-class rollercoasters, amazing events and live entertainment.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

A trip to Kansas City is not complete without taking in a baseball game watching the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. If you don’t have a chance to catch a game, book a stadium tour where you can get up close with the dugout, press box, interview room, Crown Club and the visitor’s locker room. It’s the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the 2015 World Series Champions!

Interactive Sports Exhibits

Kansas City is home to the amazing College Basketball Experience where you’ll find more than 20 interactive exhibits. This is also the home of the nation’s official hall of fame for men’s college basketball.

Step back in history and go to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and learn about these baseball heroes from as far back as the 1920s. See the mock baseball diamond of Coors Field, complete with 10 life-sized bronze statues.

Museums and the Arts

Creativity thrives in Kansas City. Take time to visit some of the internationally renowned museums, galleries and exhibits. There is something for everyone.

Take a trip to the visually stunning Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Stand next to the world’s largest shuttlecocks on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Marvelous Moments Await at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Marvelous Moments Await at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia
Missouri State Fair

It only lasts 11 days but what an amazing time it is. From August 8 through August 18, 2019, the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia is jam-packed with fun and delight. Take in daily concerts, exhibits and competitions of animals, homemade crafts, shows, and of course the delicious funnel cakes!

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The fair’s most famous event is the mule show, which has run since the fair opened in 1901. The fairgrounds are located at 2503 W 16th Street on the southwest side of the city at the intersection of West 16th Street (State Highway Y) and South Limit Avenue (U.S. Highway 65).