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Seeking Sunshine At Sunset Zoo

Visiting zoos in the Midwest during the winter can be a hit or miss activity. During our day trip to Manhattan, Kansas, we decided to drop in to the Sunset Zoo to see who was enjoying an unusually pleasant sunny day. This smaller zoological park is perfect for a shorter visit, and the lower admission cost makes it an affordable option. We arrived after lunch, so we had the warmest hours of the day to enjoy a visit. Lets see who was taking in some sunshine.Continue reading

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Eclectic Charm At You Say Tomato

Our visit to You Say Tomato was proof that you should never judge a restaurant by its exterior. We were looking for a breakfast spot close to Crown Center, and being situated at 2801 Holmes made it quite convenient. This place was suggested by some readers, and we have found these tips to be quite useful. I had looked at the menu, found some interesting dishes, and made the decision to give them a shot. Little did we know what pleasant surprises were awaiting our discovery.Continue reading

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Digging The Flint Hills Discovery Center

We have visited Manhattan, Kansas many times in the past, but our trips were always concentrated on the local university. Once that association ended, we never seemed to find the time to return. On a warmer than normal winter day, we made the just under two hour drive from Kansas City to the “Gateway City to the Flint Hills.” Upon arriving in town, one of the first sights was the Flint Hills Discovery Center, which happened to be our first stop. This beautifully designed building was the first change we noted since our last visit.Continue reading

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Jayhawk History at Watkins Museum

We find that the local history museums offer a great chance to get a better cultural experience in the cities we visit. In Lawrence, Kansas we made a stop at the Watkins Museum of History. Housed in the 1888 Watkins Land Mortgage and National Bank Building, this regional museum offers a view into the lives of past members of the Lawrence community. The museum is open year round, and free to the public.Continue reading

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Who’s Viewing Who? A Visit To Sea Life Kansas City

It is nice to know that Kansas City has a lot of attraction options that can be enjoyed during any weather. On a cold winter day we made a visit to Sea Life at Crown Center. This marine adventure zone offers visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of oceans, rivers, and lakes. What we found was much larger than we expected, and included lots of interesting exhibits. Let’s take a closer look.Continue reading

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Riley County History Museum – Flint Hill History

Our visit to Manhattan, Kansas took a historical side-trip with a stop at the Riley County Historical Museum.  This regional history center is a great place to gather a better understanding of the people and events that molded the city of Manhattan, as well as other towns in the area. An added bonus is that this museum offers free admission, and the staff are happy to discuss the exhibits in detail.Continue reading

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Bento Box Variety At Wa Restaurant

A visit to downtown Lawrence will usually involve a stop along Massachusetts Street. Known to locals as Mass. Street, it is lined with unique shops, interesting pubs, and tons of dining options. A day of exploring the city will most likely include a need for a meal, and for us that meant a visit to Wa Restaurant.  Over time we have visited many spots along the main drag, since our daughter used to live in Lawrence. This would be our first visit to this location.Continue reading

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Life in the Trenches – National World War 1 Museum

The National World War 1 Museum and Memorial is not a memorial to the war. Rather, it is a reminder of the results of the “War to end all wars”, which were peace, liberty, and rebirth. The five years of turmoil left the countryside scarred, and families broken. It did not extinguish the human spirit, which rose above all of this to help heal a world that had been dark for so many days.Continue reading

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Danny Edwards BBQ – Eat It & Beat It

Writing about Kansas City barbecue can be a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing, because it means that we had a chance to experience another hometown joint, like our recent visit to Danny Edwards Blvd Barbecue at 2900 Southwest Blvd. The curse is knowing that there are so many other places left to explore, and the possibility that we may overlook some. I guess like everything, you do what you can, and just be satisfied with a good effort.Continue reading

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KU Museum of Natural History – 4 Floors Of Fun

Most Kansas Citians have visited Lawrence, Kansas at least once in their life. For us, it has been quite a few times, and especially when our daughter worked at Kansas University. When we decided to plan a day-filled excursion, we knew our daughter would enjoy accompanying us to her old homestead. Our first stop was set for the KU Natural History Museum, which is on the school’s campus. The weather ended up being very cooperative, and we were looking forward to a great day of exploring.Continue reading

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