Spotlight On Kansas: Education, Culture, & Excitement In One State

Spotlight On Kansas: Education, Culture, & Excitement In One State

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When you’re trying to come up with perfect vacation spots for you family, you may find that it’s actually really hard to find somewhere that has a great balance. And by this we mean lots of substance to it. There are going to be times when you want your family vacation to be all about rest and relaxation, and you want the most strenuous activity to be walking to the poolside bar – and we get that. But sometimes, you want a great spot that is going to give you more. So when it’s education, culture, history, intrigue, and excitement that you want, definitely consider heading to Kansas. Because this Midwestern state is more than just Great Plains. And here’s why.

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Kansas City

First of all, we’re going to let Kansas City sell itself for you. It might be on the Kansas/Missouri State line, but this city holds as much Kansas charm as the rest. First of all, we have the excitement thanks to the Kansas Speedway where you can find NASCAR races that the family will love. But there’s also Kaw Point Park, which you can explore for striking views of downtown. For something a little less fast paced, you’ve also got the Wyandotte County Lake Park where you can all rent a boat and follow the nature trails. Excitement, nature, and education all in one.

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Wichita

Next up, there’s also the city of Wichita. And you’re going to want to get yourself a great base, like the Wyndham Garden Wichita Downtown, to explore from. And explore you shall. First off, there’s the aptly named Exploration Place which hosts hands-on science exhibits and a neat little animation of Kansas in Miniature. Finally, there’s also the Botanica Wichita gardens with a wealth of horticulture on display and the Museum of World Treasures with its dinosaur and mummy exhibitions – both great for adults and kids alike.

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Topeka

In Kansas’ Capital, you’ll find a wealth of history. So head to Topeka is you want to see the Museum of History or the Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site (complete with botanical garden). There’s also great photos and exhibits at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site as a commemoration of the end of racial segregation in schools.

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Lawrence

In Lawrence, you’ve definitely going to want to head over to the University of Kansas campus. Here you will find the Spencer Museum of Art to throw a little more culture into the mix. But there’s also the Baker Wetlands where you can take a look at tons of species of birds, which the little ones will love.

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Dodge City

Finally, you’ve got Dodge City to consider too. When in town, head to the Boot Hill Museum for a great insight into the city’s past. Here, Old West street is recreated. So you get to see super cool frontier reenactments, and there’s even a historic Fort Dodge jail to see too. To finish, you’ve also got the Gunfighters Wax Museum with its sculptures and figures to take in too.

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41 thoughts on “Spotlight On Kansas: Education, Culture, & Excitement In One State

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Kansas. We need to head up there one day. I know there’s tons to do. I have friends who actually live in Dodge City.
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  2. I’ve been to Kansas a few times, but haven’t done a great deal. Your list provides some great points to consider. The Old Country location looks interesting.
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  3. Great to know there are many places for one to visit and explore.

  4. The only city that I am familiar with is Kansas City because I watch football. From the pictures, it seems like a great state to visit and plan a vacation to explore. I love historical places, I find the story behind those places intriguing.
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  5. I would love to visit Wichita and Topeca. So much raw beauty around this region.

  6. It sounds like there are some amazing places to visit in Kansas, I would absolutely love to visit more of the US some day it has so many amazing looking places to be explored.
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  7. I have never been to kansas. Actually i have not been to many places in the US! Kansas city sounds fabulous! i would love to visit topeka!

  8. Ooh I would love to visit Kansas! I know very little about it other than from the wizard of oz but it looks fab, haha!!

  9. I would like to visit Kansas. I have been as far as Iowa so why not check out some other states.

  10. I have never been to Kansas. In fact, I haven’t explored much of the US! But it sounds like there is a little something for everyone 🙂
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  11. This is a great introduction to the State of Kansas. I can’t wait to visit some day. Thanks for sharing.

  12. EEEEEKK I was so thrilled to come across this post. As a Kansas City Native now living in California it is great to see KC being put out there as a travel destination. It is such a wonderful city to visit. Thank you for sharing all of the amazing things in Kansas City.

  13. I haven’t been in the US. I really want to visit Kansas especially Topeka. Seems like a peaceful place.

  14. I’ve been to Kansas a few times for work and love it every time. It is so pretty and the people are amazing. Haven’t taken the time to do this kind of tours and now I can’t wait to plan it out! Great post, loved it!

  15. I would love to be able to visit all the cities, the photos are wonderful!

  16. I never realized there was more than corn there! It would actually be an interesting state to visit.
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  17. Wow talk about some great cities in Kansas. I have a family friend who lives in Wichita and theyve been wanting us to visit. Will be visiting soon, and Dodge City is on my list. Love the old west feel.
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  18. Oh my! I love Kansas so reading a blog that talks about it is just so fun! I haven’t been to Dodge City but will definitely think about it the next time I’m in Kansas.

  19. Wow, so many gorgeous spots in one place. Great post. I am going to bookmark this for future. 🙂

  20. There are lots of interesting things to do and know in Kansas. I would love to visit one day!

  21. All of those places look great. The history of Dodge City would probably appeal to me the most. I love all things historical. It’s too bad I didn’t get out to visit while my parents lived there.
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