Everyone who lives in Kansas knows that it’s a jewel. From vibrant cities to the tranquil prairie, the Sunflower State has a little something to offer everyone. But did you know that this jewel houses some real gems that you may not even know about? It’s true. Here are 11 Kansas gems that you’d never think to visit:
1. Little Pyramids (Scott City)
Sure; you're familiar with the mighty Castle Rock and Chalk Pyramids... but did you know that there is another set of smaller, ancient rock outcroppings located north of Scott City? After visiting this natural wonder, be sure to visit...
2. Keystone Gallery (Scott City)
This gift shop and fossil museum may be small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in fascinating history and unique gifts that you won't find anywhere else. (Note: The Gallery is so off-the-grid that you may only be able to find it via coordinates: N 38° 44.578'; W 100° 52.116'.)
3. El Quartelejo Museum (Scott City)
Your journey through the hidden gems of Scott City ends at the El Quartelejo Museum, which tells the story of the Native Americans who established the area. Bring your kids for a fun, hands-on fossil dig and tour.
4. Luther's Smokehouse (Le Roy)
Everybody loves jerky... but have you ever seen how it's made? Take a tour of the famous Luther's Smokehouse, buy some perfectly cured meats, and enjoy lunch at this little known Le Roy establishment.
5. Hedrick's Exotic Animal Farm and Bed & Breakfast Inn (Nickerson)
"Only in Kansas" can you stay the night in a comfortable room, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and then head out back to feed the giraffes....
6. Kansas Originals Market & Gallery (Wilson)
You've seen the billboards and signs along the interstate... but have you ever stopped into this Wilson treasure? If you haven't, you're missing out on local art, foods, gifts, and samples that are sure to be a win at your next gathering.
7. Grassroots Art Center (Lucas)
You may have visited Lucas's famous Garden of Eden... but did you get a chance to swing by the quirky Grassroots Art Center and their three galleries? (Hint: You will want to visit, as some of the pieces are made from trash and/or recycled goods.)
8. Pome on the Range Orchards & Winery (Williamsburg)
Who says you have to go elsewhere to get the best produce? That's definitely not the case at Pome on the Range, where you get to actually pick your own delicious foods from a variety of orchards and gardens.
9. Lee Richardson Zoo (Garden City)
Need a fun place to take the kids? Look no further than the 47-acre Lee Richardson Zoo, which not only showcases more than 100 species of animals, but offers FREE admission as well.
10. Kansas Meteorite Museum and Nature Center (Haviland)
You have visited the Cosmosphere in Hutch and think you know all there is to know about space... but do you really? If you haven't seen the world's largest collection of Brenham Pallasite Meteorites at the Kansas Meteorite Museum, the answer is no.
11. Paul Boyer Museum of Animated Carvings (Belleville)
What began as a hobby to pass the time has become an extensive and impressive collection of fun mechanical sculptures that each have a personality (and different function) of their own. My personal favorite? The extravagant, hand-crafted calliope.