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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Kansas City Attractions to Include for the Weekend

Jeremy SickelContributor IIIJuly 6, 2012

MLB All-Star Game 2012: Kansas City Attractions to Include for the Weekend

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    Kansas City is the host of the 2012 Major League Baseball All Star Game and all of the festivities that come along with the event.

    The game of baseball and the city have definitely changed since 1973, the last time the Mid-Summer Classic was held in Kansas City when Royals Stadium first opened (Kaufman Stadium now).

    Starting with Friday's All-Star Fanfest (held through Tuesday) through Monday night's Home Run Derby, the entire weekend will be filled with events building up to the finale on Tuesday night.

    While everyone will be primarily focused on the activities leading up to the game, Kansas City is filled with plenty of other entertainment to fill your non-baseball needs.

    Here are a few things to see and do while in Kansas City this weekend.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Other Attractions

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    Since baseball is the theme of the weekend, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, located in the historic 18th and Vine district, is simply a must-see.

    Filled with everything you need to know about the history of the Negro Leagues, the NLBM is a fascinating exhibit of how the game of baseball and our society has evolved over the years.

    The Field of Legends winds down the tour through the museum and features iconic statues of Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson. It is truly a breathtaking display.

    The NLBM shares a building with the American Jazz Museum as well. Combining the two forms is synonymous with what made our great country thrive throughout the 20th century.

    The National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial is a great way to learn about our nation's history as well.

    Other attractions include the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Steamboat Arabia Museum, the Titanic exhibit at Union Station, Sea Life Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery at Crown Center, Powell Gardens and the KC Zoo.

Kansas City BBQ and Other Food and Nightlife Destinations

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    It is a well-known fact that Kansas City is the barbecue capital of the world (yes, I'm partial to the hometown).

    There will be plenty of time to make all the necessary stops to fill your appetite.

    For your BBQ fix, there is Arthur Bryant's (the original, off 18th and Brooklyn near the NLBM), Oklahoma Joe's (the original, connected to a gas station off 47th and Mission) and Gates.

    If you aren't sick of sports, Chappell's Sports Bar and Museum is a must-see for sports fans. It houses plenty of sports memorabilia, including the gloves from Rocky.

    Some bars to include on your agenda are Kelly's Westport Inn, 75th Street Brewery and the Flying Saucer.

    You will find plenty of other local spots to chow down and quench your thirst located on the Plaza, the Power and Light District, Westport, Waldo and the Crossroads Art District.

    There are also a number of casinos in the area to entertain you into the wee hours of the night. 

Worlds of Fun, Other Entertainment and Shopping

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    It can't be all about baseball can it?

    While in Kansas City this weekend, you must visit Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun and Schlitterbahn for your outdoor entertainment fixes.

    Sporting KC also hosts the Houston Dynamos on Saturday July 7 at Livestrong Sporting Park.

    If you want to fill your suitcases before heading home, the Plaza, the Legends, Downtown Power and Light District, the River Market and Zona Rosa all offer unique shopping experiences.

    Kansas City is also home to Boulevard Brewing Company. While it may be difficult to book a tour if you already haven't, mixing in their array of offerings is a must while here this weekend.

    For a complete list of events, go to VisitKC.com.

     

    Contact Jeremy at jeremy@popflyboys.com, on Twitter @KCPopFlyBoy and at popflyboys.com.

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