Attractions

  • Discover_Salina_Naturally

    Discover Salina Naturally

    Discover Salina Naturally is a unique event introducing young families to local history, children to nature and educating the community on the value of a responsible and sustainable future. This free event offers more than 70 participating demonstrators, historical reenactors, artists, booths,...

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    So Long Saloon

     If you have a hankerin’ for a burger after checking out the great events happening in Manhattan this summer, be sure to stop by So Long Saloon in the Aggieville district of Manhattan for a one-of-a-kind meal. The restaurant offers signature burgers, spicy coleslaw, a popular raspberry black bean...

  • Big Brutus

    Big Brutus

    It’s difficult to grasp the enormity of Big Brutus without visiting the orange and black piece of equipment formerly used for mining in southeast Kansas. (I remember climbing in its bucket when I was in grade school and thinking it was some pre-historic creature, just waiting for everyone to leave...

  • NFOB2

    National Festival of Breads

    If you love bread and home baking, the National Festival of Breads in Manhattan is the event you’ve been craving.

  • Monument Rocks, Oakley, Kansas

    Monument Rocks and Castle Rock – Grinnell

    Rising majestically from the seemingly flat prairie just 25 miles south of Oakley on Highway 83 are the Monument Rocks, or “Pyramids.” Visit the 100-foot-tall rocks for a spectacular family photo opportunity.

  • Chicken Annie

    Chicken Annie's Dinner

    If you have a hankering for some down-home fried chicken, look no further than Chicken Annie’s in Pittsburg. Ask anyone from southeast Kansas where to find the best fried chicken and they’ll respond with a resounding “Chicken Annie’s.” The restaurant grew out of a need to care for family. 

  • Family Movie

    Imax Theater

     If you’re in the mood for a movie, check out Manhattan’s newest theater, located in Town Center Mall. The theater features 13 screens and one IMAX theater, which is equipped with a wall-to-wall screen, digital projection and surround sound — perfect for those must-see movies on the big screen....

  • Fick Fossil Museum, Oakley, Kansas

    Fick Fossil Museum – Oakley

    The Fick Fossil Museum features fossils found by Ernest and Vi Fick, including a large collection of rocks and minerals from the Oakley area and even remains of ancient tombs. The world’s oldest known mosasaur fossil, a 15-foot Xiphactinus Audax, is a feature at the museum.

  • Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

    Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

    To some, the story of Martin and Osa Johnson may seem more like a fantasy than reality. Osa, originally from Chanute, and Martin, raised in Lincoln and Independence, were married in 1910. Their love story is unique and involves adventures in Africa, Borneo and the South Pacific. Not only did they...

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    2019 Biking Across Kansas

    Registration opened Nov. 23 for the 2019 Biking Across Kansas (BAK) bicycle tour. The 45th year of the longest-running bicycling event in Kansas history—a 478-mile ride across the state—begins Sat., June 8. BAK is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with up to 900 bicyclists,...

  • Scott State Park, Kansas

    Lake Scott State Park – Beaver

    Hidden in the western Kansas prairie, Lake Scott State Park is a startling oasis of natural springs, deep-wooded canyons and craggy bluffs. Enjoy the 100-acre Scott State Fishing Lake, swimming beach, canoe and paddleboat rentals, and nature trails.

  • OldIronDays

    Wilson County Old Iron Days

    Wilson County Old Iron Days Show will be held Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 22-25, 2016 at the Rollin “Red” Vandever Memorial Park east of Fredonia, 10392 Jade Road near the intersection of US Highway 400 and Kansas Highway 47.  Demonstrations are presented every day of the show and a tractor pull...

  • Symphony in the Flint Hills

    2018 Symphony in the Flint Hills

     “Anybody can love the mountains, but it takes a soul to love the prairie.” — Willa Cather

  • Tate's Restaurant, Scott City, Kansas

    Tate’s Restaurant – Scott City

    A new staple in Scott City is Tate’s Restaurant, located at 405 Main Street, offering made-from-scratch recipes and great variety.

  • Carry Nation

    Carry A. Nation Home & Stockade Museum

    Carry A. Nation was a formidable woman.  Born in Kentucky in 1846, she ventured to Missouri and Texas before eventually making her home in Medicin Lodge in 1890 with her husband, David Nation.  In Medicine Lodge, David was a minister while Carry became involved in religious and civic activities. 

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    Dinosaur reappears after 100 million years

     In May of 1955, a Kansas rancher on horseback was checking on cows and calves near a dry pasture ditch that ran through his land in Ottawa County. In a gully, he spotted something strange — fragments of unusual bone embedded in a rock. The rancher, named Warren Condray, recognized this could be...

  • Chef Alli's Friends, Family & Farmers Hawaiian Cruise

    Join Chef Alli on her second Friends, Family and Farmers cruise when she travels to Hawaii Aug. 11-19. 

  • Cosmosphere Kansas

    Cosmosphere

    “Explore. Learn. Grow. Dream.” At the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, learning becomes an adventure as young minds think outside of the globe in fun, inventive ways. With attractions like Dr. Goddard’s Lab, an interactive show that sparks oohs and aahs with live demonstrations of the journey through...

  • Fort Wallace Museum

    Located just south of the town of Wallace — home to fewer than 50 hearty souls — the Fort Wallace Museum is a sight to behold. Rising up out of the High Plains, the museum is made up of several historic buildings including a church, train depot, the Pond Creek Stage Station and the Sunderland-Poe...

  • Martinelli's – Salina

    Located in downtown Salina, Martinelli’s offers authentic and delicious Italian cuisine. Locally owned and operated, all of Martinelli’s sauces are handmade and its dishes are prepared with care.

  • Smitty's Carry Out Hamburger

    Smitty's Carry Out

    At Smitty's Carry Out in Kingman, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time — when hamburgers were made fresh, the menu was on the wall in marquee lettering and you knew everyone when you stepped inside. Stop by to enjoy their old-fashioned burgers and hand-cut French fries. Carrying out is an...

  • Mt. Sunflower Bed and Breakfast

    After exploring Fort Wallace, it’s time to head west to Sharon Springs and a night of peace and quiet at Mt. Sunflower Bed & Breakfast. This B&B rests in the heart of Wallace County just 17 miles from the Colorado border. It’s also centrally located between Mt. Sunflower and the Fort...

  • Homes for the Holidays Tour – Abilene

    Tours presented by Heritage Homes Association of Abilene are a treat for all to enjoy.

  • Hendrick's Exotic Animal Farm

    Hendrick's Exotic Animal Farm

    In Nickerson, just west of Hutchinson, you’ll find an interesting sight. At Hedrick's Exotic Animal Farm, you’ll enjoy views of zebras, camels, ostriches, giraffes, kangaroos and many more exotic creatures roaming the Kansas prairie. Kids will love to visit the different animals and learn new...

  • Prairie Museum of Art and History

    Explore life on the High Plains at the Prairie Museum of Art and History, a 24-acre complex with indoor and outdoor exhibits located in Colby. Since it opened in 1988, the Prairie Museum showcases exhibits that reflect the lives of the pioneers who settled in western Kansas in the 1870s.

  • Destination Kitchen

    Norton County’s Destination Kitchen will provide you with one of the finest dining experiences in this part of the state. Destination Kitchen opened its doors in October 2008. Current owners Shannon and Scott Esslinger bought the business in January of 2013. While some would say its location in...

  • Brookville Hotel – Abilene

    While you’re in Abilene, make plans to visit the Brookville Hotel, which is famous for its family-style serving of fried chicken.

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    Nature Walk in Wilson County

    Enjoy a nature walk sponsored by the Wilson County Conservation District Auxiliary on June 3, 2017.  Meet at the Old Iron Club meeting building in Fredonia at 8 a.m. and tours will begin at 9.   There will be walks to identify and discuss native wildflowers and grasses, trees, birds, insects and...

  • barnquilt

    Kansas' Largest Barn Quilt

    Teresa Sawyer Arnold, Mary Kaltenbach and Beth Ann DeMont of Ashland are quilters. But not just any quilters – they’re barn quilters and they created the idea of Kansas’ largest barn quilt. The three women started barn quilt classes, which grew in popularity. “People just kept coming back,”...

  • Wizard of Oz characters

    Oz Museum

    “Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!” We all know what film made that phrase famous. The Wizard of Oz is a classic movie with a special place in the heart of Kansans. At the OZ Museum in Wamego, get reacquainted with Dorothy, Toto and friends by viewing memorabilia and life-size displays.

  • Buffalo Bill Cultural Center

    Buffalo Bill Cultural Center

    It’s hard to miss. A larger-than-life-sized bronze statue of “Buffalo Bill” on his horse, Brigham, aiming at a buffalo, was sculpted to mark the legendary hunt that took place near Oakley. The legend says that Oakley was where William Frederick Cody gained the renowned title of “Buffalo Bill.”

  • CL Hoover Opera House

    C.L. Hoover Opera House

    The C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City was constructed in 1882 on a foundation made of native Geary County limestone. Experiencing a fire in 1898, several renovations and a few owners, today the C.L. Hoover Opera House serves as a state-of-the- art performing arts and civic center. The Opera...

  • Mount Sunflower

    Mount Sunflower

    At 4,039 feet above sea level, Mount Sunflower stands proud as the highest point in Kansas. Located 15 miles north of Weskan, along the state’s western border, Mount Sunflower is more than 3,300 feet above the state’s topographical low point in southeastern Kansas.

  • Lake Shawnee

    Lake Shawnee

    With warmer days and flowers blooming, Lake Shawnee is a wonderful place to stretch your legs after bundling up all winter. The park features a campground, golf course, swimming beach, playgrounds, fishing areas, tennis and volleyball courts and softball diamonds. Lake Shawnee Trail offers great...

  • Prairie Museum Barn

    History on the High Plains

    The Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby retains the history of settlers in the northwest region of the state. The main building was designed by George Kuska, son of Joseph and Nellie Kuska. The museum is known for the renowned Kuska Collection, which contains more than 28,000 items...

  • Bourbon and Baker food and drink

    Bourbon & Baker

    Just a few blocks from the Flint Hills Discovery Center is a restaurant you don’t want to miss. At Bourbon & Baker on Poyntz Avenue, the window to the kitchen says “86 This.” But you won’t want to 86 anything on their menu, which features an eclectic spin on down-home southern cuisine. And don...

  • Sunflower Painting

    The Sunflower Capital

    “Three Sunflowers in a Vase,” an 80-foot-tall art piece found in Goodland, is part of the Big Easel Project and is based on a painting from Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflower series. Van Gogh originally created the paintings in Aries, France, between 1888 and 1889.

  • Prairie Fire Winery

    Prairie Fire Winery

    Bob DesRuisseaux and his wife, Julie, love being able to grow grapes in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Together, they own and operate Prairie Fire Winery, located right off I-70 in Paxico. When they started farming in 2005, the couple knew planning ahead was the first step to becoming successful in the...

  • Silent Auction

    K-State Garden Party

     Get out those dancing shoes and attend this year’s Kansas State University Garden Party on June 2. The party — themed “Can You Dig It?” — will include the best hits from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.  

  • Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Flint Hills Discovery Center

    As you enter the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, be sure to step into the panoramic screening room. The Horizon Ranch Flint Hills Immersive Experience Theater offers an interactive movie that shows the history behind the Native Americans who originally burned the prairie grass to enrich...

  • Winery

    Liquid Art Winery and Estate

     Drive just a few miles outside of Manhattan on a country road and you’ll be transported to a place that is reminiscent of Italy or France. The Liquid Art Winery and Estate, located at 1745 Wildcat Creek, boasts a beautiful view of the rolling Flint Hills and accompanying vineyards.  Visit the...