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Hutchison, Kansas

Hutchinson, Kansas

There’s No Place Like Kansas … for a mission of exploration!

Hutchinson combines the shopping, dining, attractions and conveniences of a large city with a small, hometown feel. Known as “Salt City” because of the rich salt deposits discovered in 1887, which led to a boom in the following years. Nearly 20 companies started to extract salt using pumps to force water down a pipe into the deposit. Hutchinson is also home to some of Kansas’ most popular visitor attractions, including the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center and Strataca, the Kansas Underground Salt Museum. The Kansas State Fair is also held each September in Hutchinson.

Experience Hutchinson’s heritage of exploration through a number of attractions, including:

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center – Blast off with a trip through this Smithsonian-affiliated museum, offering a sizable assortment of U.S. space artifacts and the largest collection of Russian/Soviet space artifacts outside Moscow. Hands-on experiences, quality exhibits, demonstrations and a state-of-the-art digital dome theater provide a full day of space and science immersion for the whole family.

Strataca, the Kansas Underground Salt Museum – Descend 650 feet below the surface in this one-of-a-kind experience. Walk through the Stratadome, which tells the story of the Permian Sea that once covered the region; take a train or tram through the mines; collect a souvenir piece of salt; and learn how the mines are used once the salt has been removed.

While you’re in Hutch (as the locals call it), don’t miss:

Downtown Shopping and Dining – Enjoy a vital downtown area with lots of on-street parking and everything from fine jewelry stores to home furnishings, antiques, party supplies and more. Satisfy your cravings with cuisines that include American, Italian, Mexican, Barbecue and gourmet.

Dillon Nature Center – Stretch your legs on a nature trail, get your line wet in the spring-fed, stocked pond or discover hundreds of varieties of wildflowers and more than 200 species of birds when you walk through this 100-acre wild arboretum.

Hutchinson Zoo – Get a close-up look at more than 160 mammals, reptiles and birds in their own natural habitats. Children can experience a web from the viewpoint of a spider, dig for dinosaur fossils and travel through a tunnel of dinosaur ribs.

Plan your Hutchinson adventure today:
Greater Hutchinson Convention/Visitors Bureau ,
800-691-4262, e-mail

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