Have you ever wanted to see someplace new, meet new people, and have an experience you won’t get anywhere else? Have you tried visiting some of Kansas’ most delightful small towns? Well, you should! Take your pick from these 11 quaint little communities and have yourself an adventure.
With a population of 6,665, Abilene has the potential of being one of your new favorite escapes. Take a train ride, visit mansions and museums, or check out Old Abilene Town to watch a gunfight and some can-can dancing! Last time I came through here, I had a blast.
Coming in at 2,254 people, the population of Anthony seems dwarfed by Abilene. However, the area is rich with food, wildlife, and main street shopping. (Check out Kristy's cafe!)
A whopping 414 people make their home in Assaria, Kansas. They have the delicious Renaissance cafe, as well as musical events such as the Salina Symphony.
The town of Belleville has around 1,924 residents, and lots to do for a day trip! There's local eateries, nature walks, and the Museum of Animated Carvings. It's an interesting find!
5. Cottonwood Falls
With a population under 1,000, this town falls in the smaller side of the list. Here you can check out what the town has to offer, or you can go off-site to the waterfall nearby!
6. Fort Scott
Almost 8,000 people live here in the town of Fort Scott, Kansas, and there's plenty to do. Take a trip on one of Kansas' few still-operating trolleys, and enjoy the town! Stay at a bed & breakfast or just play tourist and check out the fort, the waterfall at rock creek lake, or the Lowell Milken Center. Plenty to do here, I'd say!
With a population around 3,000, this small town has something big to say for its recent history. As a stop on route 66, it was chosen as the inspiration for Radiator Springs, where most of Pixar's Cars movie was set. The town is now filled with movie-themed decoration, and the locals have embraced the tourism it's brought them.
Only 631 people were recorded in the 2013 census here in Lecompton, KS. It's the town that's claim to fame is that it's where slavery began to die. Take the history walk, watch a reenactment, and try out Aunt Netter's cafe.
Out of the 3,481 people who live here, how many do you think have Swedish heritage? At least as many families as there are delightful painted horse statues around town! The town sports art galleries as well as many a festival throughout the year. Why not visit on your weekend and grab some Swedish cuisine while you're at it?
A smaller population of 634 doesn't hurt the town of Ozawkie one bit. There's a Hamburger Paradise as well as The Barn B&B if you're looking to stay awhile.
Another town with a population just under 1,000 is Spearville. They have a sizeable windmill field, which makes for great sunset photos! If you're here for food, there's the Spearville Truck Stop, which reportedly makes the best burgers around. Why don't you try them sometime?
Well, is there anywhere else you’d like to visit? These delightful little towns have a lot to offer, if you’ll only let them. Check out
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