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Kansas City Zoo

The mission of the Kansas City Zoo is to conserve and provide access to wildlife and to entertain and educate visitors, in order to instill a sustained respect for nature.

More than 400 animals populate one of the Midwest's best zoological parks, which comprises more than 200 acres of Africa- and Australia-themed natural habitat. See elephants roam through a 4.5 acre re-creation of Botswana's Okavango Delta replete with pond and mudbaths. Watch sable antelope, impala, kudu, cheetah, lion, giraffes, black rhino and hippo traverse the plains along Lake Nakuru. In the Congolese Forest, leopard, bongo and lowland gorillas play in the trees. Chimpanzee frolic in the Tanzania-themed area. For visitors' enjoyment, the zoo provides indoor restaurants, train and pony rides.

Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens is a private, not-for-profit organization located just east of Kansas City, Missouri, with the mission of inspiring people to appreciate, beautify and conserve our natural environment. The Gardens' peaceful setting on 915 acres provides opportunities for learning and reflection through a year-round education program, research and special events.

Powell Gardens is known for its spectacular garden displays incorporating native plantings and its contemporary architecture by the architectural firm originally established by Fay Jones, now Maurice Jennings and David McKee Architects. The Gardens can be rented for weddings, receptions, ceremonies and other private events.

Kansas City Market

You will discover a rich collection of restaurants, cafes, shops and stalls in a unique open-air setting, steeped in over a century of tradition, not to mention the largest Saturday farmers' market in the region. With a muti-faceted facility, home to a collection of delicious restaurants, cafes, shops and the Arabia Steamboat Museum, The City Market remains one of Kansas City's most popular locations for food, fun and shopping.

Liberty Memorial

R.A. Long, founding president of the Liberty Memorial Association stated: "From its inception it was intended that this Memorial should represent on the part of all people, a living expression for all time of the gratitude of a grateful people to those who offered and who gave their lives in defense of liberty and our country."

    The 217-foot tall Memorial Tower, round the top of which are four large stone figures, designed by sculptor Robert Aitken. The figures represent Courage, Honor, Patriotism and Sacrifice. The tower diameter is 36 feet at the courtyard level.

    The carved stone Sphinxes, Memory and Future, designed by H. van Buren Magonigle guard the south entrance.

    Two Museum Buildings, designed like ancient temples, 93 feet by 46 feet, flank the tower. The names of the Kansas Citians who died in the war are on bronze tablets in the East Building (Memory Hall).

    The Great Frieze (148 feet by 18 feet), on the north terrace wall, sculpted by Edmond Amateis, depicts progress from war to peace.

    The Courtyards and Stairways which tie the complex together. The main courtyard measures 154 feet by 274 feet.

    The Site Dedication memorial wall holds bronze busts of the five Allied leaders.