Kansas Top 10 Attractions

Traveling is one of the best ways to get to know your country more. Whenever you get the chance, take time off work, pack your bags and gather your friends and family for an out-of-town adventure. If you are looking for your next travel destination, why not check out the beautiful state of Kansas? There are a number of wonderful attractions that will make your vacation a truly memorable one. Here are the top 10 attractions in Kansas that you should not miss.

1: Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Randy

This museum takes you to a whole new dimension where you will enjoy a vast collection of U.S space artifacts. The Hall of Space Museum is known as the second biggest space artifact display after the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Take the basic museum tour followed by several space shows at the Carey Digital Dome Theater, Justice Planetarium and the Apollo Gallery.

Address: 1100 N Plum St, Hutchinson, KS 67501
Website: www.cosmo.org

2: Sedgwick County Zoo

Sedgwick County Zoo
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Seth J

At the Sedgwick County Zoo you and your kids will not only have fun exploring the zoo's collection of more than 3,000 animals, you will also have a fully day of learning and discovery. They have Zoo Learning adventures catered to different ages from early childhood to senior citizens that will engage visitors in different activities. These activities like Sunset Safari, Animal Tales Preschool, and Wee Wigglers involve learning about animals, interacting with them, and learning how to conserve the environment.

Address: 5555 W Zoo Blvd, Wichita, KS 67212
Website: www.scz.org

3: Botanica, The Wichita Gardens

Botanica, The Wichita Gardens

Explore the beautiful collection of fauna at the Botanica and have a wonderful time with the entire family. Have fun photo opportunities at their majestically landscaped Chinese Garden of Friendship, enjoy the colorful and whimsical butterflies at the Butterfly Garden, and marvel at the exotic flowers at the Beverly R. Blue Teaching Garden.

Address: 701 Amidon St, Wichita, KS 67203

4: Boot Hill Museum

Boot Hill Museum
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Joseph Novak

The Boot Hill Museum showcases over 60,000 displays coming from the Dodge City's days. From the 1870's through the 1920's, you will be inspired by all the unique collections that the museum has to offer. Visit the Boot Hill Cemetery, the First Union Church as well as the Long Branch Saloon for a taste of the Wild West. End your tour with an entertaining show while having dinner of slow roasted Kansas fed beef with potatoes, sweet cream and butter corn.

Address: 500 W Wyatt Earp Blvd, Dodge City, KS 67801

5: Kansas State Capitol

Kansas State Capitol
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Doug Kerr

Home to executive and legislative government departments for the state the Kansas State Capitol is also known as the statehouse. This is a fascinating structure that dates back to the 1880s. Visitors can look forward to not only a tour of the building but the opportunity to go to the top of the dome as part of the tour – a climb of nearly three hundred steps. There are many different floors to explore where you can take in a range of fascinating exhibits and galleries. This includes touring areas such as the State Chamber and the ceremonial governor’s office amongst other things.

Address: 300 SW 10th St, Topeka, KS 66612
Website: www.kshs.org

6: Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Grand Central USA

When you visit the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum you will find yourself with a huge amount to explore. This is the place where you will find not only the boyhood home of the former president but also his final resting place. When you come to this attraction you will be able to take in the childhood home of the 34th president along with the gravesite and the archives as well as the museum itself. Here you will find an array of excellent exhibits that are designed to both fascinate and educate visitors.

Address: 200 S E 4th St, Abilene, KS 67410

7: Fort Larned National Historic Site

Fort Larned National Historic Site
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Jim Bowen

A fort that has been very well preserved over the decades, Fort Larned was operational between the 1860s and the 1870s. When you come to visit this attraction you can step back in time and enjoy a fascinating insight into the history relating to the Indian Wars. The building has become known as the former home of the Guardians of the Santa Fe Trail, which was what they used to call the troops that used the building at the time. There are a number of historic buildings to explore when you visit the Fort.

Address: 1767 KS-156, Larned, KS 67550
Website: www.nps.gov

8: Monument Rocks, the Chalk Pyramids

Monument Rocks, the Chalk Pyramids
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Patrick Emerson

Situated in Gove County, Kansas, Monument Rocks is an eye-catching collection o chalk formations also known as the Chalk Pyramids. Towering at up to seventy feet in height, this has become a National Natural Landmark and includes some fascinating formations. It is thought that these pyramids date back around eighty million years, which makes seeing them even more breathtaking.

Address: Monument Rocks, Gove 16, Oakley, KS 67748

9: Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts

Are you looking for a crazy adventure? Why not spend a day or two here at the Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts? You and your family will have a fantastic time sliding through the Black Knight and the Bahnzai Pipeline, swimming against the waves at the Cyclone, lounging around at Henry's Hideout and splashing around at the Kristal Beach.

Address: 9400 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66112

10: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia/Jack Dykinga

This is a special piece of land in the heartland of America. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is all that remains of what used to be the dominant landscape of North America. Over 400,000 square miles of prairies used to exist, but now it has been reduced to only 4% of that, with most of it found here, in Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Needless to say, it is a special experience being at this preserve in Kansas. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through 40 miles of trails—and even encounter a small bison herd! This is a must-visit for anyone interested in early American history and/or scenic locations with uninterrupted horizons.

Address: 2480 Kansas 177, Strong City, KS 66869
Website: www.nps.gov

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