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Things to Do in Kansas

Kansas boasts top attractions: Abilene’s Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Hutchinson’s Cosmosphere and Space Center and the Underground Salt Monument, plus Monument Rocks and Castle Rock, and Victoria’s St. Fidelis Church. Trails crossed the state - the Santa Fe, Chisholm, Lewis and Clark, California, Oregon and Pony Express. Discover more things to do: the state capital and Brown v. Board of Education segregation site in Topeka, Dodge City’s Old West, Wichita’s aviation heritage and Keepers of the Plains, Stafford’s wildlife refuge, Strong City’s Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, sites of forts Larned and Scott, and Republic’s Pawnee Indian Museum. Restaurants serve hearty Midwest cooking. Stay in hotels, B&Bs and inns.
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Gage Park

635 SW Gage Blvd.
Topeka, Kansas
This 160-acre park, once farmland, is the home to Helen Hocker Theatre, Topeka Zoological Park, a mini-train, historic carousel and recreational facilities including tennis courts, the Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center and volleyball courts, among others.
Hours & Admission
Dawn to dusk. Free.
Photo Courtesy: City of Topeka

Kansas Museum of History

6425 SW Sixth Avenue
Topeka, Kansas
Learn about the Plains Indians - the Kansa, Osage and Pawnee tribes - and how they lived and survived during westward expansion.

Discover the seven forts that protected these lands during earlier times: Fort Leavenworth, Fort Scott, Fort Riley, Fort Larned, Fort Hays, Fort Dodge, Fort Harker and Fort Wallace.

The Santa Fe and Oregon trails are just two of the...
Hours & Admission
Museum: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Trails: dawn to dusk. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Kansas Historical Society

Kansas Speedway

400 Speedway Blvd.
Kansas City, Kansas
Home to the nation's top professional auto racing, Kansas Speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval racetrack. The 81,000 seat speedway hosts big-league racing events for NASCAR, ARCA and the IndyCar series.

Fans can get an up-close view of the racing action at Fan Walk, a behind-the-scenes interactive area within Kansas Speedway's infield. Experience stock car racing first hand, by climbing behind the wheel and taking part in one of five different driving schools, offered periodically at the...
Hours & Admission
Ticket office: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Photo Courtesy: Kansas Speedway

Lake Shawnee Recreational Area

3137 SE 29th Street
Topeka, Kansas
Lake Shawnee was a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project in the 1930s. The 411-acre lake offers a marina and boat ramps, fishing, boating, a windsurfing and swimming beaches, and sailing. Within the 1,600-acre park find trails, a golf course, tennis courts, ball fields and a botanical garden.
Hours & Admission
Amenities: May and September, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to mid-August 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free (park). Admission (amenities).
Photo Courtesy: Lake Shawnee Recreational Area

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm

1200 Kansas City Road
Olathe, Kansas
Explore this working stagecoach stop that is located on the Sante Fe Trail. The 1865 home and surrounding grounds provide a sense of what life was like during earlier days. Visit the Heritage Center year-round; see the home's interior and observe living history programs from Friday to Sunday during the summer.
Hours & Admission
October to May, Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.; June to September, Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, City of Olathe

Mulvane Art Museum

SW 17th Street and Jewell Avenue
Topeka, Kansas
Founded in 1922 and located on the campus of Washburn University, Mulvane is one of the oldest art museums west of the Mississippi River. It features more than 4,000 objects in its permanent collection and works by national and international artists, as well as those from the state and region. Objects include paintings, prints, drawing, sculptures, photographs and decorative art.

ArtLab, a hands-on learning center for all ages, is open year-round.
Hours & Admission
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed university and major holidays. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Mulvane Art Museum

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

8909 West 179th Street
Overland Park, Kansas
Encompassing 300 acres, the park and gardens features seasonal plants, woodland gardens, a meadow and water garden, an xeriscape garden, a Monet garden, a legacy garden with native plants, an arboretum, a children's discovery garden and the environmental education visitor center that is a model for what it promotes.

A growing number of one mile or less trails meander near or cross Wolf Creek, taking hikers through a number of ecosystems....
Hours & Admission
Early April to September, 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., October to early April, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed December 25. Free.
Photo Courtesy: City of Overland Park, Kansas

Sedgwick County Zoo

5555 Zoo Blvd.
Wichita, Kansas
Named the #1 outdoor family attraction in Kansas, the zoo with more than 2,000 animals, features habitats representing a number of continents - North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia, plus a children's zoo.

Discover orangutans and chimpanzees, penguins, alligators, Komodo dragons, pythons and macaws, one of 60 species of birds found here.

Hours & Admission
March to October 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., November to February 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours: free narrated tram departs every 20 minutes between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; five stops. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Sedgwick County Zoo

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

State Highway 177
Strong City, Kansas
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, established in 1996, protects a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Of the 400,000 miles square miles of tallgrass prairie that once covered the North American continent, less than four percent remains, primarily in the Flint Hills region, which runs north and south through the east-central Kansas.

The preserve is comprised of 10,861 acres and most of that land will remain under the ownership of...
Hours & Admission
Preserve: daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Trails: daily 9:00 a.m. to sunset. Closed major holidays.
Photo Courtesy: National Park Service, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum

204 South Main Street
Wichita, Kansas
The museum, housed in a historic 1892 building formerly occupied by the city, contains 70,000 items from 1865 to present. Memorabilia ranges from photographs to fashions and business records to furniture. Combined they tell the story of the people and events that have shaped Wichita and the surrounding area.

Of special note is the Chisholm Trail exhibit. Jesse Chisholm was born in 1805 the son of a Scottish father and a Cherokee Indian mother. Adding to this, he was an...
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
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