Kansas City Union Station opened in 1914, and replaced a smaller train depot named Union Depot, which served since 1878. Traffic to the Kansas City Union Station peaked in 1945 with the end of World War II, and served 670,000 passengers that year. Passenger traffic quickly declined in the 1950’s and 60’s and the station was closed due to costs in 1985. In 1996 a $250 Million private/public partnership resotred and reopened the Union Station again in 1999. Amtrak resumed service in 2002 to the station and it is currently Missouri’s second-busiest train station. Kansas City’s Union Station now has a variety of mueseum exhibits, attractions, as well as restaurants and meeting and event spaces.
Kansas City’s Union Station is located at 30 W Pershing Rd in Kansas City, MO 64108. It’s generally opened 7 days a week with free admission to the building itself. Other exhibits and events, like Science City, will have additional costs for tickets and admission. Please check in advace for pricing for events. Information may be obtained by calling 816-460-2020 or by visiting their website: Kansas City Union Station Website
Other Kansas City attractions that are close to Union Station are The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. The National World War I Museum and Memorial is also located very near the Kansas City Union Station. Boulevard Brewing Company is another Kansas City tradition, as well as the Kansas City Power and Light District. Both are a great place to grab a drink and the Power and Light has a number of diverse restaurants. The Negro Leauges Baseball Museum is also a great visit that’s in the 18th and Vine District. While you are there you may also get a chance to take in some great jazz music at some of the Kansas City jazz clubs.
All of these are a short to long walk or possible ride share or cab ride from the Kansas City Union Station.