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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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