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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
785-368-3838
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

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

8909 West 179th Street
Overland Park, Kansas
913-685-3604
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

Botanica, The Wichita Garden

701 Amidon Street
Wichita, Kansas
316-264-0448
The Wichita Gardens are a place of solace. Several themed gardens are featured. The Shakespearean garden showcases plants featured in his writings. The butterfly garden's vivid colors draw winged creatures or from June to September see them in free flight inside the Butterfly House. The pinetum (species of pine trees) serves as a border along the eastern edge. The 350 plants of the rose garden include many All-American Rose Society winners. The fountain garden is surrounded by 2,000 flowering plants, including peonies early each summer. The woodland walk provides a place for quiet reflection amid...
Hours & Admission
November to March, Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., April to October Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
Information subject to change without notice.
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