Tag Archive: Kansas

Jun 20

Great Plains Nature Center: Wichita

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Great Plains Nature Center is located in Wichita’s Chisholm Creek Park.   It is a great free attraction in Kansas.  Since there was no cost we figured it would be a wonderful opportunity to get out and stretch our legs during our road trip.  It was.  Great Plains Nature Center is one of the best of …

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Jun 19

Cowley Lake Waterfall: Kansas

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Cowley Lake Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located in Kansas of all places.  Growing up in the Jayhawker State I always thought that I had to head out east or west to see a significant waterfall.  A land that is rumored to be flatter than a pancake could not possibly have one. Boy was I …

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Mar 17

Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

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What a fantastic place, the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center.  This Children’s Museum located in Topeka, Kansas was a joy for my two kids.  The three-year-old has talked about it several times since our visit.  Also the one-year-old had so much fun in their Little Sprouts area.  Karen and I were really impressed with the Kansas …

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Feb 20

Fort Larned: National Historic Site

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Fort Larned is the nation’s best-preserved fort from the Plains Indian War Era.  Established in 1859 to protect people traveling on the Santa Fe Trail.  Fort Larned became one of the more important posts in the west during its 20-year operation.  Today the fort looks much the same as it did back then.  A visit …

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Mar 05

Eisenhower Museum: A Fitting Tribute

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The Dwight D. Eisenhower Museum in Abilene, Kansas is a fine example of a presidential museum.  Should you find yourself driving across the state of Kansas make sure to stop and visit this excellent presidential library.  At the Eisenhower Museum you will get the chance to visit the Eisenhower Library with a collection of books …

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Oct 21

Ted Ensley Gardens: Take in the Beauty of Nature

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Ted Ensley Gardens is a small but beautiful 9.5 acre free garden located in Topeka, Kansas.  It is close to where my parents live and we have visited it several times over the last few years when we take walks on the Lake Shawnee Trail.  We have seen it in fall, spring, and summer and …

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Sep 26

Cosmosphere: a Kansas Attraction that is out of this World

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The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is a world class museum situated in the little town of Hutchinson, Kansas about 45 minutes northwest of Wichita. This Smithsonian-affiliated museum houses the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Russia and has the second largest collection of space artifacts in the world. Only the National Air and …

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Aug 28

Rolling Hills Zoo: “2” Good to be True

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Rolling Hills Zoo is a wonderful little zoo located in what would seem an unlikely place Salina Kansas, but thank God that it is there because it is a long flat trip from Kansas City to Denver.  Karen and I saw billboards for the Rolling Hills Zoo on I70 and they caught our eye and …

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Jul 11

Botanica: a little breath of beauty

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Botanica, The Wichita Gardens is a small but beautiful 9.5 acre botanical garden located in the heart of Wichita near the Arkansas River.  There are several different themed areas in the Botanica Garden which includes a butterfly house (from June to September), a wildflower meadow, and the new Downing Children’s Garden.  Botanica will not be …

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May 25

Top 10 Things to see or do in Kansas City

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Having grown up about an hour away from Kansas City and then traveling there frequently with my wife Karen I would say that I have been to the City of Fountains dozens of times.  Karen and I have found it to be a great city to visit for a weekend trip not so big that the …

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