Monthly Archives: July 2014

Money Museum

While your adult group is in Kansas City, you may want to visit the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank. The group will have the opportunity to take a tour of the facility during the visit. You can explore interactive exhibits, the Truman Coin Collection, the Cash Vault, a Gold Bar, and the Vault Store. Your group can take a self-guided tour of the location at your own pace. Museum staff is available to answer any questions. They also offer guided tours if you desire. During the experience, visitors will have the opportunity to see the interactive exhibits, millions of dollars in the region’s largest cash vault, design your own digital currency, and have a photo taken as a souvenir. The tour is one hour in length and is fun for visitors of all ages. The interactive exhibits are both interesting and educational. When you explore the exhibits, you can do things such as step into the shoes of a bank examiner, try to spot a counterfeit bill, and see what 40 million dollars looks like. The exhibits are designed to explain banking, the economy, and how the Fed works. The Gold Bar at the Money Museum weighs 387.29 troy ounces and was cast at the San Francisco Mint in 1959. The bar is worth approximately 400,000 dollars today. There is a screen near the display that calculates the bar’s value based on the changing market price of gold. You will have the opportunity to see if you can lift the solid gold bar as part of the experience.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Is your group looking for a family-friendly attraction in the Kansas City area to visit? If so, you should spend a day getting soaked at Schlitterbahn Waterpark! You will find fun attractions along with souvenirs and quality cuisine at the location. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the experience. Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark has several rides and slides for visitors to enjoy. You will find rides such as the Bahnzai Pipeline, the Black Knight Tube Slide, Boogie Bahn, the Cyclone, Storm Blaster, and the new slide known as the Verruckt. The Veruckt is the tallest water slide in the world! During the ride, three members of the group will be blasted up a massive hill and then sent down a gut wrenching 50-foot drop! The Black Knight Tube Slide is a fully enclosed coiled slide. Guests will ride in the dark on this particular attraction. Storm Blaster is an uphill Master Blaster roller coaster. This is an exhilarating attraction that takes thrill to a new level. Riders will ascend to the top of a launch tower and are then sent down a three-story plunge. At this point, you will travel up through a series of peaks and dips before you enter the twisting tunnel that leads to the final splash. Schlitterbahn offers visitors a zip line attraction which is known as the Soaring Eagle ZipLine. One or two thrill seekers will be in a two seat chair lift. During the experience, you will be pulled swiftly backward to the ride’s peak 100 feet above Schlitterbahn’s rivers and slides. Riders will enjoy the breathtaking view of the park from the top of Schlitterbahn: Kansas City’s tallest ride.

360 Chicago

Cityscape from Sky

Credit John Hancock Observatory

The 360 Chicago observatory is the go-to destination for anyone who wants to experience the best views the city has to offer. This is an architectural wonder and played a large part in the development of what we know as the modern day Chicago. This building is called 360 Chicago for its breathtaking 360 degree view of Chicago from the 94th floor observatory. This building was originally known as the John Hancock Observatory in 1969 when it was officially opened and the name was only recently changed to 360 Chicago. This building is the fourth largest building in Chicago and the view is spectacular. Even better, there is now a thrilling new feature called TILT. This allows a section of the floor to tilt out so you can get the best view possible of this amazing city. Give your travel group the fantastic chance to see the city as you never have before and may never again. Panorama touch screens offer 360 degree views of the Chicago Skyline as well as information on the city’s history, culture, architecture, and natural scenery. This availability gives visitors the chance to see the city even when the weather is non-permitting. Children and adults both are offered multi-media audio tours that give off fascinating facts and history. This is an experience that any tourist or traveler will enjoy. Seeing the city of Chicago from such a unique angle will be something your group will never forget, and the beauty of the tilt will be inspiring.

Missouri Town 1855

During your group visit to the Kansas City area, you should take some time and enjoy the experience at Missouri Town 1855 which consists of 30 sloping acres. You will see what a progressive farming community looked like in the mid-1800s. The location is composed of over 25 buildings dating from 1820 to 1860. It is a living history museum that uses original structures, furnishings and equipment. There are also interpreters dressed in period attire, authentic garden crops, and rare livestock breeds that depict lifestyles during the 19th century. There are a variety of educational workshops that are offered during the year where your group will learn about different aspects of life during the 1850s. One of the options is known as Soap Making which is for adults only. During the class, visitors will be instructed on how to make soap and will be able to take home your own bar as an extra bonus. You will use the cold water method and you will use lye and lard to make the product. Another fascinating workshop is the Hearth Cooking Class for adults. During this activity, your group will cook over a hearth and also use Dutch ovens 1800s style. You will get to eat what you have made at the conclusion of the class. The buildings at Missouri Town 1855 are fascinating for visitors to explore. You will find places such as a Settler’s House from 1860, the Colonel’s House from 1855, a Smokehouse, a Tavern from 1850, a Schoolhouse from 1860, and the Mercantile. The Mercantile played a crucial role in the establishment of the crossroads village. This is the place where local farm families with a limited cash income could barter farm produce or buy on credit factory-made and imported goods.

Harley Davidson Tour

Harley Davidson Factory

Credit Harley Davidson

In 1901, William Harley who was 21 at the time completed a blueprint drawing of an engine designed to fit into a bicycle. During the year of 1906, there was a factory constructed on the Chestnut Street site, which was later called Juneau Avenue. In 1914, the Motor Company formally entered motorcycle racing. Your adult group trip to Kansas City will not be complete unless you take a Harley-Davidson Factory Tour. The tour allows visitors to have a behind-the-scenes look at various areas of the factory and motorcycle parts being put together. The tour is known as the Steel Toe Tour. During the experience, the group will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the Sportster, the Dyna, and the V-Rod model families. You will also learn about Harley-Davidson history. This is the only Harley-Davidson factory tour where you will have the chance to see a Harley-Davidson powertrain and vehicle assembled and brought to life. As part of the tour, the group will be taken through the manufacturing of parts such as fuel tanks, frames, and fenders. Guests will also get to get to go through some employee only areas of the factory in paint and polish. The group is required to wear safety gear such as a safety vest, safety glasses, and steel toe protection. These items are all provided by the factory. The group can have a photo taken as part of the experience. The tour will last two hours and the route is subject to change.

Boulevard Brewing Company Tours

Boulevard Brewing Company

Credit to KC Convention & Visitors Association

While your adult group is in Kansas City, you should visit the Boulevard Brewing Company, which was established in 1989. The company offers group tours as part of the experience. You can also purchase a variety of homemade beer and dry souvenirs. One of the tours offered is known as the Smokestack Tour. During the experience, you will be led by a bona fide beer expert. At the beginning of the tour, the group will have the opportunity to have an up-close and-personal exploration of the equipment and processes behind the company’s Smokestack series of beers. At the conclusion of the tour, you will have a tasting session and food-pairing segment. The tour is 90 minutes long. Another option is the Unfiltered Tour which is tailored for small groups. During the tour, visitors will see areas that are normally off-limits. This tour is 90 minutes in length. You will pause along the way and taste some of their eclectic offerings and receive a token of appreciation from Boulevard as an extra bonus. There is another unique tour offered which is known as the Tasting Room Tour. The Tasting Room has tap towers that rotate with a lineup of year-round core beers, seasonal offerings, a Smokestack brew or two, and occasionally brewery-exclusive test beers, and other special treats. There will be staff on hand to answer questions about their beers, the brewing process and culture. If you are a fan of souvenirs with the beer theme, Boulevard Brewing Company has plenty to offer. You will find items such as hats, scarves, hoodies, jackets, coasters, glasses and bags. They also sell a selection of beers including their popular Smokestack Series.

Arabia Steamboat Museum

As your group is looking for interesting historical attractions to visit in the Kansas City area, you may want to explore the Arabia Steamboat Museum. The Arabia was built in the boat-yard of John S. Pringle in 1853. She survived for three years of service on the shallow and unpredictable Western river system. In 1856, the steamboat was loaded with over 200 tons of winters supplies for delivery to the western frontier. The boat hit a snag and sank to the bottom of the river. You will find fascinating exhibits at the museum that display many artifacts. The group can take a tour of the Arabia Steamboat Museum as part of the experience. During the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to examine Arabia’s amazing collection of artifacts. You will also enjoy a short presentation film in the Paddlewheel Theater. The film is about the life and rediscovery of the Steamboat Arabia. The tour is 90 minutes in length. You will also pass beside the Arabia’s engines and boilers which are located on its 171 foot-long replicated wood-plank deck. The museum has a gift shop where the group can shop for items that are unique to the Arabia Steamboat Museum or, memorabilia of your visit to Kansas City, Missouri. There are various rooms you will visit during your tour of the museum. One of the rooms is known as the Hull Room which has the Stern of the Steamboat Arabia’s massive hull. The rudder and tiller arm were used to steer the steamboat up the mighty Missouri River. Another interesting room is the Cargo Gallery which contains a variety of artifacts. You will find items such as European dishware, tools, firearms, writing instruments, lamps, and clothing.

Zero Gravity Theme Park

The Zero Gravity Theme Park is located in Dallas, Texas. This location is the #1 thrilling theme park in the city. Groups of all sizes are welcome to enjoy the thrilling experience.
There are five “extreme” thrill rides for visitors to enjoy. Featured rides include the following: Bungee Jumping, the Sky coaster, Texas Blastoff, Nothin’ but Net, and the Skyscraper. The Sky coaster is a family-friendly ride. Three guests will climb aboard and be exhilarated as you are soaring in the air at 60 mph. This is one of the most famous coasters in north Texas. Do you enjoy that feeling of freefalling? If so, Nothin’ but Net is the perfect ride for those into this kind of amazing thrilling experience. You will be lifted to just below the top of a 16-story and then you are dropped back down. There is no bungee, no parachute, and no straps. The safety net is below so you are totally safe. The park views safety as their #1 priority. Come and experience this entertainment attraction!

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Six Flags Over Texas

Six Flags Over Texas is located near Dallas, Texas. Visitors can take a day and enjoy some entertainment at the park. You can ride exciting rides, shop for the perfect souvenir, dine at one of the restaurants and see an entertaining show all in one day! For those who enjoy the thrill of the heart-pounding rides, there are roller coasters that will give you that exhilarating feeling. Featured thrill rides include the following: BATMAN The Ride BACKWARDS, Gunslinger, Judge Roy Scream, MR. FREEZE: Reverse Blast, the New Texas Giant, Pandemonium, Runaway Mountain, SUPERMAN: Tower of Power, Shock Wave, and Texas Sky Screamer. The Texas Sky Screamer is a ride where guests will spend more time in the air than on the ground. The ride takes guests 400 feet and spins in circles. There are several entertainment options for your group to explore. Featured entertainment options include: Chart-Toppers 5.3, Country Young Gunz, Miss Ruby’s Wild West Cabaret, and the Texas Justice – Western Comedy Gunfight Show. The Gunfight show is an unforgettable experience. During the show, the group will gather around the courthouse stage and travel back to the Wild West. This show is fun and family-friendly. Are you searching for that perfect gift or souvenir? Six Flags has a variety of items for selection. Featured shopping locations include: the Indian Village Trading Post, M-PORIUM, the Texas Giant Shop, Texas Sheek, the Mercado de la Plaza, Casa de la Six Flags, and Studio 6F. Dining options include: All-American Fare, Asian Cuisine, Ice Cream and Sweets, Italian Food, and Snacks & Beverages. Come with your group and experience this one-of-a-kind entertainment attraction!

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Grapevine Ginner’s Cotton Museum

The Grapevine Ginner’s Cotton Museum is located in Grapevine, Texas. It is located inside a ca. 1910 house. The museum features hands on activities and chronicles the era when cotton was king. There are two other museums located within the same building. Locations include the following: The Donald Schoolhouse, and The Keeling House Museum. The Donald Schoolhouse is a ca. 1900 school building that developed on the Grape Vine Prairie. The school was first held in a log cabin and now is a modern district. The Keeling House Museum is located inside a ca. 1888 historic home. It chronicles how the city of Grape Vine was developed. Visitors will see old time police and fire treasures as well as other city of Grape Vine historical artifacts. Your group will discover a working 1881 Chandler and Price Press. The group can take a tour of the Cotton Museum. Come with your group and visit these fascinating historical destinations!