Is there anything more nostalgic than roller skating to disco, black lights at the bowling alley, or a hand-dipped cone from a 50’s diner? No, there isn’t…and lucky for us, Kansas is home to several of these retro treasures, including:
1. New Lancaster General Store & Winery (Paola)
The General Store, which was originally built and opened in 1874, now sells (and serves) artisan wines, arts, crafts, gifts and handcrafted food.
2. Kanopolis Drive-In (Kanopolis)
The Kanopolis is one of only a few hundred drive-in theaters left in the country, so be sure to check it out for a good, wholesome night at the movies!
3. Sweet Caroline’s (Overland Park)
This colorful, old-fashioned sweets shop will make you feel like a kid in a candy store!
4. Olathe Lanes East (Olathe)
Grab some friends, drinks, and on-site snacks for a night of nostalgic open bowling at Olathe Lanes East. (The open 'Rock-n-Bowl' times take place on Friday and Saturday nights.)
5. Skate World (Merriam)
Colorful decorations? Check! Disco ball? Check! Yummy food counter items? You better believe it! I'll see you at Skate World!
6. Soda Shoppe Cafe (Hays)
Burgers and desserts the way they are supposed to be made await you at this fun and upbeat 1950's diner and soda shoppe!
7. Up-Down KC (Kansas City)
This epic old school arcade *might* be on the KC MO side, but we're calling it our own because it's awesome (and because "Kansas" is still in the name)!
8. Cozy Inn (Salina)
...because ALL restaurants should still have walk-up windows and serve their food in paper bags!
9. Skate City (Overland Park)
Grab your bell bottoms, shoulder pads, or "Grunge is Dead" t-shirt and head to Adult Night at Skate City for an evening of pure nostalgia.
10. Cardinal Drug Store (Chanute)
Medicine isn't the best medicine--root beer floats are, which the Cardinal Drug Store has fulfilled for several generations.