Do you have company coming to visit in the next few months? If you answered yes, you have come to the right place. Instead of taking them to the same generic run-of-the-mill locations, consider taking them to:
1. Monument Rocks (Grinnell)
One of the last things your non-Kansan friends would expect to see in the "flat" Sunflower State are these magnificent chalk formations that are rich in both fossils and in history. (Impress your friends by telling them that these marvels are estimated to have been formed 80 million years ago.)
2. Castle Rock (Quinter)
See: Monument Rocks.
3. Children's Mercy Park (Kansas City)
Not a soccer fan? Don't worry; you will be after watching the mighty Sporting KC play at this beautiful, state-of-the-art stadium.
4. Symphony in the Flint Hills (Chase County)
Here is something that your visitors won't soon forget: getting goosebumps from singing "Home on the Range" with a full-scale orchestra. (Please note: the Symphony is an annual event that will take place on June 11, 2016.)
5. Dodge City
Get the heck outta Dodge! (...but only after you ride the historic trolley, tour the Boot Hill Museum, and try your luck at the
Boot Hill Casino & Resort.)
6. Lee Richardson Zoo (Garden City)
Entertaining a younger crowd? Take them to see both exotic and local animals at this Kansas treasure. (The best part? Admission is FREE.)
7. Cosmosphere (Hutchinson)
For an out-of-this-world experience, there is no place quite like the Cosmosphere, which features more than 13,000 artifacts, a planetarium and an internationally acclaimed educational program.
8. The Free State Brewing Co. (Lawrence)
Who says that all of the good craft breweries are in Colorado?
Want to make your life easy? Spend the weekend in Abilene, where your guests can tour one (or all) of the seven museums, ride the excursion train through the Smoky Hill River Valley, and dine on some of the best fried chicken in the entire state.
10. Sternberg Museum of Natural History (Hays)
Do you know someone who really "digs" paleontology? They will love the large and interactive Sternberg, which houses both life-size dinosaur replicas and an impressive collection of prehistoric fossils.
11. Cottonwood Falls
Shop for a variety of boutique and antique items, dine on world-famous cuisine, and hike to the stunning Chase Lake Falls in this charming Flint Hills community.
12. Keeper of the Plains (Wichita)
There is no better way to end a Kansas day than by listening to the calm waters of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers while taking in the glorious Keeper.
How do you like to entertain your out-of-town guests? Let us know in the comments!