PSSSSSSSSST! Come here, I want to let you in on a little secret (or 10)! Kansas is a truly beautiful state with plenty of fun and unique things to do…but have you ever visited one of the resident castles or experienced the lighting of the tree at the Christmas City of the High Plains? If you answered no, you will definitely want to check out the wide variety of “secret” things you can do and see around the Sunflower State.
1. Pillsbury Crossing
The Manhattan Wildlife Area features stunning 60-foot wide waterfalls, hiking paths, and plenty of opportunity to fish, kayak, and canoe.
2. Cray Castle (Atchison)
Were you aware that Kansas is home to SEVERAL castles?! It's true! One of the castles, formally known as the Evah C. Cray Historical Home, is a newly renovated landmark with elegant fireplaces, Victorian-era furnishings, hand-carved woodwork and original chandeliers.
3. Christmas City of the High Plains (Wakeeney)
Since it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas (says the girl who listens to Christmas music year round), you should probably know that the western Kansas town of Wakeeney has held the title of “Christmas City of the High Plains” since 1950. Begin a new family tradition this year by taking part in the festive event!
4. Hays Arts Council Gallery Art Walks (Hays)
Four times a year, the Hays Arts Council sponsors a downtown walk full of local artwork, hors-d'oeuvres, and wine. Oh, and did we mention it's a FREE event?!
Sure, you've heard of Lindsborg--but have you actually experienced its charm firsthand? The town of 3,500 has been dubbed "Little Sweden U.S.A." and is highly regarded for its heritage festivals, historic landmarks, authentic Swedish cuisine, shops, and friendly community.
6. Mushroom Rock State Park (Brookville)
Beautiful sandstone concretions await you at this unique and unexpected Smoky Hills landmark.
7. Horsethief Canyon (Kanopolis State Park)
Were you aware that Kansas is home to actual caves?! Satisfy your inner thrill seeker when you climb into the sandstone bluff cave.
8. Old Town Farmers Market (Wichita)
The Farmers Market, which is considered by many to be the best in the state, features local produce, arts, crafts, music, and so much more--it's the only way to spend your Saturday morning!
9. Konza Prairie (Manhattan)
Discover what makes Kansas so beautifully unique at this 8,616 acre tall grass oasis.
10. Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo (Independence)
This unsuspecting 100-acre park features a well kept zoo, aquatic center, miniature train, carousel, playgrounds, and so much more!