Kansas Things to Do

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Kansas Things to Do

  • Sedgwick County Zoo

    Wichita Things to Do

    The Sedgwick County Zoo is a poor excuse for a zoo! The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo is way better. If you're ever in Nebraska you should go. There are 14,500 more animals and 462 more species in Omaha than Wichita. It's way bigger and way better!

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  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    Fort Scott Things to Do

    The Fort Scott National Historic Site is from a period of American history that's not well represented elsewhere. It gives you a chance to see what Americans were up to in the period before the American Civil War. It is the only installation that the American government ever built to keep the white Americans from migrating west. The...

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  • Whole Wall Mural

    Concordia Things to Do

    AT THE NORTH END OF TOWN, just on the south end of the overpass, is this magnificent mural carved from brick. It encloses the Cloud County Historical Museum Annex as well as the headquarters of Cloud County Tourism. Watch for it on the west side of the road. CLICK THIS PHOTO TO SEE MORE OF THE MURAL.

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  • Exploration Place

    Wichita Things to Do

    If you visit Wichita, I would suggest putting this on your to do list. I was there awhile ago, and since then it seems they have really added a lot of exhibits, and even the cyberdome. I still had a good time myself though. My favorite exhibit is hands down the "Exploring Flight and Design." Make sure to try out the flight simulator with actual...

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  • Festivals and Special Events

    Fort Scott Things to Do

    Small county fairs that have agriculture as it’s focus are quickly disappearing. We have a really great one here in Bourbon County. There are kids showing the farm animals they have raised. The animals are in accessible stalls for the whole weekend. A great chance for those unfamiliar with livestock to get up close and personal. There is a...

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  • Museums / Theaters / Cinemas

    Wichita Things to Do

    The Great Plains Transportation Museum has a great location in Old Town with tracks and the Santa Fe steam locomotive #3768 extending over a main street. The Santa Fe steam locomotive #3768 was the fourth locomotive of the 3765 class, which Santa Fe commissioned to be built as "the next generation" locomotive for their passenger trains in 1938....

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  • Downtown

    Fort Scott Things to Do

    Every Friday night during the summer a group of local musicians play live music in the Heritage Pavilion downtown. It is a great way to really enjoy a summer evening. The performers are drawn from the local citizens and are often not the same each week. The vibe is country/folk. We actually have quite a bit of good talent in Fort Scott. So the...

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  • Museum of World Treasures

    Wichita Things to Do

    This place is one of the best Museum's that Wichita has to offer. You can spend hours inside looking at each and everything. Giver yourself at least 3 hours time to visit the whole place. First floor: Exhibits the Ancient World, beginning with the 'Age of the Dinosaurs'. Over a dozen actual fossils including a very dramatic battling dinosaur...

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  • Gunn Park

    Fort Scott Things to Do

    Fort Scott has large beautiful city park. There are shelters, lakes, and apretty good disc golf course. There is a campground something that was once common in little towns. Fort Scott has kept theirs. So take a break and have a picnic. Or set up and camp out.

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  • River Museum Campus

    Wichita Things to Do

    To enjoy most of the the fun week you have to buy a button that you can buy at our local Quick Trips. The price is $5 (of course I remember when they used to be $2) And of course every year they have a new picture on the buttons. This year 2007 is Ducks. There are 4 different buttons of these ducks and some Wichitians collect them. We have...

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  • Airoplanes

    Wichita Things to Do

    Previously used as an administration building on the McConnell Air Force Base, the former municipal airport terminal was acquired by the City of Wichita on behalf of the Wichita Aeronautical Historical Association in the late 1980s and opened to the public in 1991. See my travelogue for more photos and information Monday to Saturday: 10am to...

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  • Wichita

    In a previous job I took numerous trips to Wichita, although primarily for business I managed to see a few sights

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  • Toll Road Rest Stop

    when driving between Wichita and the Oklahoma state line, you may find yourself on a toll road. (the cost for an ordinary vehicle is only $1.90 as of 2012, unless you are taking it farther than Wichita.)In the middle of this stretch of road (and also in the middle of the road itself, that is, in a widened portion of the median) is a rest stop. It...

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  • Visit A Real Frontier Fort!

    If you have ever wanted to visit a real fort from the heydays of the american west Fort Larned is the the most authentic one. While it will not look like a John Wayne fort it is the actual fort from the period of expansion after the American Civil War.Generals and Native Leaders met here to negotiate treaties. Attacks on native settlements were...

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  • Visit The Fort Scott National Historic...

    The Fort Scott National Historic Site is from a period of American history that's not well represented elsewhere. It gives you a chance to see what Americans were up to in the period before the American Civil War. It is the only installation that the American government ever built to keep the white Americans from migrating west. The administration...

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  • A Must See Wacky Place

    The Garden of EdenThis home of an old American Civil War veteran is one of the finest examples of folk art anywhere in the world. This guy received a double pension from the army and built a concrete rambling sculpture garden around his home. The house itself is constructed of limestone logs on the high plains. He married late in life a young...

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  • The REAL Life of the Cowboy Cattle Drive

    If you watch movies you tend to think that the golden age of the cowboy took place in Montana or Colorado. In reality it was in much of central Kansas.The most famous of all Cattle Trails crossed through and terminated in Kansas. The wild cowboys burning up their pay in saloons and houses of ill repute took place in Abilene.As you travel through...

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  • Title: Watch a Movie Before Your Trip

    Kansas is well represented in some films. There is a lot of misrepresentation also. Many of the movies that are made about events that took place in Kansas a filmed in the American Mountain West.Here is a list of films that I think capture some of the feel of Kansas. I recommend them to you before you come here. They do a pretty good job of giving...

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  • Visit The Last of The Tall Grass

    Kansas has some of the last tall grass prairie. If you visit Kansas you should check it out. It is very accessible by car. It is interesting in all seasons. The spring and summer bring verdant growth and wild flowers. Fall and winter shows bronze mature landscape.There is a wide range of wildlife much of which is migratory so it is interesting...

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  • Help with a Prairie Burning

    The Grandview Ranch is a working Family owned ranch in the flint hills of Kansas. Jan Jantzen and his family offer you a chance to see what life on a working ranch is like. They burn their prairie off on a regular basis to manage the Grandview Ranch. They have openings for you to help and or observe the burn. It is a fun and exciting event. There...

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  • Go Big Go Brutus!!

    See and climb around in a huge steam shovel. There a many old mines in southeastern Kansas. One of the remnants of that time is a huge steam shovel. It is like a great ship stranded out on the prairie. It is a novelty at least and a grand adventure if you have some imagination.I thought it would be lame but we took some kids there and they went...

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  • World's deepest hand dug well

    Site of the world's largest hand dug well, Greensburg, Kansas. The well is 109 feet deep, 32 feet wide, and was completed in 1888. The only digging tools were a shovel and a pick. Until 1932 this well provided Greensburg's water supply, and in 1939 became a tourist attraction, complete with the obligatory tacky roadside signs.If you want to pay a...

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  • Sedgwick County Zoo

    This is an absolute "Must Do" when you come to Wichita. The Sedgwick County Zoo is considered one of the best in the nation, right up there with the San Diego Zoo. I can't remember if it's better than San Diego's Zoo, comparable or better, but take my word for it, you don't want to miss this attraction. You will spend about 4 hours going through...

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  • Hollenberg Pony Express Station

    Beginning in 1860 the Pony Express operated like a giant relay race between the Missouri River and the Pacific Coast. Along the Oregon Trail, through Forts Laramie and Bridger, around the Great Salt Lake, riders carried the mail through a wilderness infested with hostile tribes. Their mounts were Indian ponies, nearly 500 altogether, kept in relay...

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  • Eisenhower Center & Boyhood Home

    Abilene, Kansas, was home to Dwight David Eisenhower during his formative years from age 8 until he entered the United State Military Academy at West Point. Among the Eisenhower related attractions in Abilene is the home in which he lived, and in which his parents lived until their deaths. It is open to the public, no entry fee.Eisenhower was 34th...

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  • Museum of Natural History ~ University...

    I recommend this museum as a great stop for families with small children. The most popular feature is a giant diorama (said to be the largest of its kind in the world) which features the plants and animals of the North American continent, arranged by zone from arctic tundra to rain forest. Kids love it, as do their older siblings and parents.There...

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  • Kaw Point on the Lewis & Clark Trail

    The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped four nights at Kaw Point in what is now the West Bottoms area of Kansas City, Kansas. This site is the confluence of the Missouri and Kaw (Kansas) Rivers. Captain Clark wrote that "the Countrey about the mouth of this river is verry fine," and the explorers recommended a fort be built there at some future time....

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  • "Outsider" Art in Lucas

    S.P. Dinsmoor was a brilliant and idealistic, but extremely eccentric veteran of the Civil War who created a visionary concrete sculpture garden known as the Garden of Eden. Concrete and native limestone post rock served as his medium. Perhaps not as well known as the Garden of Eden, but of equal or greater interest is the Grassroots Arts Center...

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  • FREE STATE BREWERY

    A visit to the Free State Brewpub can be excused by the need to visit the art museums at nearby KU or simply to rub salt into the memory of Carry Nation – the famous, slightly crazy turn-of-the-century Temperance Lady of Kansas who made a career of trying to smash bars with a hatchet in one hand and a bible in the other. A Missouri bar displayed...

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  • BUFFALO SOLDIERS MONUMENT – FT...

    African Americans have fought on the side of the United States in each of the country’s wars with the exception of the Mexican War. With the end of perceived threats in 1815, the Federal government banned African Americans from serving in the Army or Marines – they could still serve in the Navy – due to Southern fears of potential aid to possible...

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  • LEAVENWORTH

    Leavenworth was home to the first permanent European settlement in Kansas with the establishment of Fort Leavenworth at the site of an earlier French fort in 1827. The fort has flourished during the years being known today as the “Intellectual Center of the Army” being the center for both the development of training and combined arms deployment....

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  • LECOMPTON

    Founded on a bluff above the Kansas River in 1854 as “Bald Eagle”, the name was changed to the more “dignified” name of Lecompton in honor of the Territorial Chief Justice shortly thereafter. By spring 1856, the town became the Territorial capital moving from Shawnee Mission and federal funds were used to establish government offices and lay the...

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  • SHAWNEE MISSION

    Andrew Jackson pushed through the 1830 Indian Removal Act which escalated programs that were pushing Native Americans ever-westward out of their native homelands and opening up vast tracts of lands to European settlers. While the Choctaw and Cherokee – the “Civilized Nations” – were Jackson’s immediate targets, tribes to the north were also...

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  • TOPEKA

    Home to a metropolitan population pushing a quarter of a million people, Topeka was founded in 1855 by a group of abolitionists from Lawrence. Incorporated as a town in 1857, Topeka became the State Capital with some 800 inhabitants in early 1861. The town had been chosen before as the last Territorial Capital following the passage of the Wyandotte...

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  • Wichita

    Wichita was incorporated in 1870 after the success of businessmen who came to hunt and trade with native populations. Due to its location it was popular with cattle drives headed north to the railroads leading east.Wichita has a great number of things to see and do; there are 36 museums, more than 24 attractions, 20 live theatres, 35 art galleries...

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  • Hesston

    Established in 1886 as a village in Emma Township, Hesston began to grow as the Missouri Pacific railroad expanded west through the Kansas. By 1912 Hesston had grown into an important shipping and receiving point for farmers throughout the region. The current population of Hesston is approximately 3,500May 2009

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  • Newton

    Newton a city in Kansas with a population just over 17,00 is probably most famous for the Gunfight at Hide Park, which ultimately resulted in 8 men being killed before, this incident led to Newton being known as "bloody and lawless—the wickedest city in the west."May 2009

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  • Beloit

    The town site of Beloit was originally known as Willow Springs. Local legend has it that the local Indians advised Bell (the founder of the town) to locate the town at a certain bend of the Solomon river to protect the town from tornadoes. To this date, downtown Beloit has never been hit with a tornado, although outlaying areas have.May 2009

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  • The Flint Hills

    Covering a large area of the central part of the state are the Flint Hills. I must confess an affinity for the landscape - large expanses of treeless, hilly grasslands. Miles and miles of bluestem grass and sky. White-faced cattle. An occasional clanking windmill. Rarely a cottonwood tree. Redtailed hawks gliding on the constant wind currents....

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  • Dole Institute of Politics

    I know what you're thinking. Really? An institute of politics?Well, yes, as strange as it sounds this is really something not to be missed.Located on the campus of the University of Kansas at Lawrence, this center is basically a presidential library for a guy who never was able to become President. It's mildly interesting but what's not to be...

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  • Liberty Garden

    This is a very interesting and sobering place to visit. Pictured here is a memorial to the September 11, 2001 victims. The red thing pictured between the 2 towers is an actual piece of the WTC that was given to Dodge City by the city of New York. In front of the memorial is an information board showing a picture of the piece being brought in draped...

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  • Dodge City

    This is an old western city from back in the 1800's. The shops, stores, brothels, and saloons are all there linked together. There are also numerous artifacts on display here. This place is really awesome, and there is much history here. The old Boot Hill Cemetary is a must-see.Also on display is Wyatt Earp's gun.

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  • Big Brutus

    I had checked out a few VT pages on Kansas before leaving for my business trip and one of them had mentioned 'Big Brutus'. This is an old retired electric shovel formerly used to clear the overburden off one of the many coal seams for which Kansas is famous. After the coal mining company could not sell it when they shut the mine down, they were...

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  • Topeka Zoo

    This is a small zoo primarily of older cage style enclosures although they have updated some exhibits. Admission is $5.

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  • Many Open Fields & Raptors

    You will see many open fields in the gently rolling hills of eastern Kansas. It was not difficult to tell that farming plays a big part in the state's economy as I drove past field after field of either beef or dairy cattle. Most of the crops had been harvested by mid-November but there were a few stands of corn that had just been left.The...

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