Fun Day Trips

It’s summertime and for many people that means time for traveling. I like finding places that I haven’t been before, but the costs of traveling can add up quickly.

One of my favorite things to do is to find fun day trips that allow me to feel like I’m taking a trip without having to pay all of those travel costs. Here are a few of my favorite places to go.

National World War I Museum and Memorial

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The National World War I Museum and Memorial is located in Kansas City, Missouri. It was opened as the Liberty Memorial Museum in 1926. However, it was designated as America’s official museum dedicated to World War I in 2004 by Congress. As such, construction began on an 80,000 square foot space for the museum and the Edward Jones Research Center, which was built under the Liberty Memorial. The museum re-opened in 2006. In 2014, President Obama signed legislation that recognizes the Liberty Memorial as a national memorial.

Topeka Zoo

Picture-018Who says that you even have to leave town to have a fun day trip? The Topeka Zoo is a fun place to visit and is conveniently located in Gage Park. The zoo opened in 1933, with additional exhibit constructed in the 1950s and 1960s and hired its first zoo director in 1963.

The zoo is home to over 250 animals and includes one of the first indoor tropical rain forests in the United Sates. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and attracts over 200,000 visitors each year.

Worlds of Fun

1280px-Timber_Wolf_at_Worlds_of_FunWorlds of Fun is a 235-acre amusement park in Kansas City, Missouri. The park has been open since 1973 and features a total of 43 different rides.  Worlds of Fun is divided into different sections, each with attractions following a different theme: Africa, Americana, Europa, Orient, Scandinavia, and Planet Snoopy. Planet Snoopy is a portion of the park that is designed specifically for young children.

Admission to Worlds of Fun also includes admission to Oceans of Fun, which is a water park located adjacent to Worlds of Fun, making it quick and easy to go back and forth between the two.

What are your favorite day trips? For other ideas, visit your library’s Travel Neighborhood or browse through the catalog.

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Abigail Siemers

Abigail is a Public Service Specialist in the Bookmobile department. She loves to read, write, listen to music, crochet, watch DIY television, and eat pretty much anything that involves potatoes or chocolate. Some recent reads that she loved were "The Invisible Library" by Genevieve Cogman and "The Rose and the Dagger" by Renee Ahdieh.