Thursday July 16, 2015- Kansas City, Missouri

Day 5 of our trip was yet another full day!

I really wanted to check out the Kansas City Zoo even though the entire week had been quite a scorcher.  The great thing was, when we arrived and bought our entry tickets, it came to half the price! Why? Well because they only charge half price when a heat advisory is in effect, and you can ride the tram to the Africa section for free that day.  First of all, this zoo is much larger than it looks on the map! But it is by far the coolest zoo I’ve ever been to.  My day was already made when we went through the Australia section first and had a kangaroo hop right across our path!  So neat!  I also loved the Penguin exhibit (with real ice being made inside it!) and the really cool monkey house area where the monkeys could walk over the glass above you!  We did take the tram out to the Africa section because the heat was already getting to us. Lots of neat exhibits out there as well, but the heat definitely wore us down.  They did have a 1 1/2 month old gorilla though who was absolutely adorable!

After our morning at the zoo we drove back over to the Crown Center to try out Fritz’s Railway Restaurant.  A friend had recommended this place to me and judging by the line we had to wait in to get in I was sure it would be worth it.  It’s worth it for the experience alone, but the food was also good and really inexpensive.  It’s you standard diner food, but when you order you have to pick up the phone at your table and call the kitchen to place your order (this can take some time and can be hard to hear.)  Then after awhile, a train car is sent out of the kitchen and brings your food to your table.  So neat!

Our next stop in the day was the Arabia Steamboat Museum.  This museum exists because the Arabia Steamboat sank in the Missouri River in the 1800’s. In the 1980’s a family excavated the ship out of a cornfield.  Everything in the ship’s cargo was completely preserved and has been cleaned and put up for display in the museum.  It was definitely worth the visit.

Following the museum we went to RAYGUN T-shirt store.  We are huge fans.  Then we went to the hotel for a little bit before grabbing some pizza a few miles from the hotel at Minsky’s.  They claim to have the best pizza in Kansas City, and I’m pretty sure they do!

Total Cost for Day: $153.77

Zoo Admission: $15 Lunch: $17.85 Steamboat Museum: $31.52 Dinner: $20 Hotel Cost: $69.50

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