I-70 is a major east to west highway that runs through the entire state of Kansas. You will be shocked at the amount of great scenery and fun things there are to do just a hop, skip, and jump off of the interstate exits. There are 16 towns that belong to the Kansas I-70 Association, running from Kansas City to Goodland, so the opportunities are plentiful. Here are 70 things to do with families along Kansas I-70 that you'll want to make time for. 

#1

Tour the Flint Hills Discovery Center, a world-class museum in Manhattan. Don't miss the 15-minute immersive movie that is comparable to a Disney production.

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#2

See the amazing St. Fidelis Church, better known as "Cathedral of the Plains", a nickname given to the church by William Jennings Bryan after an early 1900s visit. The church has...

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#3

Savor a juicy cheeseburger and fries in your car from the iconic Don's Drive-Inin Oakley. This may be one of the best burgers you've ever had and you don't have to get dressed up to go...

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#4

Take a selfie with the oversized Van Gogh Sunflower painting sitting on a huge easel in Goodland, Kansas.

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#5

Take a step back in time, to 1929, and visit shops, see costumed interpreters, and learn a little bit of history as you stroll through the Shawnee Town 1929, full of collections,...

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#6

Sit down for a family meal at Salina's Spangles, a local 1950s themed chain restaurant serving wings, gourmet burgers and sandwiches, and fries. Dessert includes ice cream specialities...

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#7

Check out the uber cool doll and train collections (amongst others) at the Prairie Museum of Art in Colby, Kansas. Remember those old-fashioned horses you put a quarter in when you were...

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#8

Engage in conversation with your kids after seeing and learning about the enormous US Penitentiary, Leavenworth, a high-security turned medium-security federal prison that once housed...

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#9

Visit the Colby Visitor Center off of exit 53, an oasis on the plains built around a huge grain bin.

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#10

Introduce your kids to a hot agritourism find---Lawrence's Washington Creek Lavender, a farm where they can see huge fields of blooming lavender plants and learn about how it is used in...

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#11

Take the family to dinner at the Brookville Hotel,named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Finalists and recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award. Share the famous family-style fried...

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#12

Stroll down memory lane while your children go crazy admiring the Midwest Dream Car Collection in Manhattan. Besides antique cars, there are also current and pop culture favorites...

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#13

Indulge in a breakfast pizza off of the creative menu at Blue Skye Brewery in Salina. If you get there before they are sold out for the day, try the $5 cinnamon roll that is big enough...

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#14

See America's first patented helicopter at the High Plains Museum in Goodland.

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#15

Take in an inexpensive baseball game at the historic Rathert Field in Junction City, home to three baseball teams and a fun night's entertainment.

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#16

Tour a hands-on 25-room historic home and mansion where you can throw a strike in one of the earliest bowling lanes in the country. The Seelye Mansion in Abilene is a place you won't...

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#17

Choose your favorite donut from the amazing selection at Manhattan's Varsity Donuts. Two great ones to try are the Barbie and the Red Velvet.

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#18

Get up close and personal with insects as you learn about the incredible creatures at the Kansas State University Insect Zoo in Manhattan.

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#19

Catch a NASCAR race or other racing activities at the Kansas Speedway, a 1.5 mile racetrack and road course.

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#20

Examine the fun storefronts and exhibits at the Geary County Historical Museum in Junction City. The Kansas Native Americans and Union Pacific Train Depot are two of the display...

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#21

Shop for your favorite home accessories, baby gifts, body products, and fun stuff at Be Made Mercantile in The Bricks part of downtown Hays.

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#22

Satisfy your hunger with a tasty pizza or mouth-watering bowl of pasta from Luigi's Italian Restaurant in Leavenworth. Kid portion pasta meals are available.

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#23

Uncover the world of fossils at Fick Fossil and History Museum, a stellar institution in Oakley, Kansas with amazing displays and educational opportunities.

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#24

See an adorable Kansas prairie dog, as well as dozens of birds, fish, and amphibians at the Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery. Don't miss the smiling salamander and the bald...

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#25

Play disc golf at Frontier Park in Hays, or admire the buffalo herd which has been in the park for 65 years.

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#26

Learn about Grassroots Art in the town of Lucas, where touring the Garden of Eden (works by S.P. Dinsmoor) and the Grassroots Art Museum are a must! Be sure to look for the chewing gum...

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#27

Take a break from your Kansas I-70 road trip by sitting through an entertaining movie in the air-conditioning at AMC Classic Hays 8 cinema in Hays.

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#28

Give your kids a laugh when they see the country's second best bathroom in Lucas, Kansas. Made of an intricate detailed mosaic pattern, the Bowl Lucas detour will earn you big brownie...

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#29

Enjoy Christmas year round in WaKeeney's Christmas murals setting in the heart of downtown. WaKeeney is known as the Christmas City of the High Plains.

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#30

Take a lunch break off of Kansas I-70 at Munson's Prime, a fantastic locally-owned steakhouse with a quick $10 lunch buffet option. Treat yourself to homemade ice cream for dessert,...

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#31

Zip across the terrain at Manhattan's Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park; you can complete 7 zips and even race a friend on the last double lined one.

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#32

Drop a line at the Cedar Bluff State Park Reservoir in Trego County (WaKeeney) where your fresh catch could very well be a crappie, channel catfish, or walleye.

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#33

Spend the night at the Tru by Hilton Hotel in Lawrence. This fun-filled hotel offers a lobby full of games, pool table, and plenty of fun for the whole family.

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#34

See art from around the world at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas. The facility has nearly 40,000 objects.

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#35

Go back in history and see how Army officers lived in 1865 at the Historic Fort Hays State Historic Site.

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#36

Eat an amazing piece of chocolate peanut butter pie (plenty of other flavors, too!) at Lecompton's Aunt Netter's Cafe. If you are craving lunch instead of sweets, try the Philly wrap.

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#37

Take the family on a fun train ride on a heritage railway at the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad. Be sure to bring bug spray and sunscreen, plus snacks and beverages are also allowed.

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#38

Stop in for a class, such as painting, yarn crafts, or chalk art, at The Studio 128 in WaKeeney. Guaranteed fun for all at this original space.

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#39

Thrill the kids with a visit to the Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City in Shawnee. This hands-on museum centers around reading, math, science, and art for kids 8 and under.

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#40

Cool off in the art-deco Dream Theater in Russell, featuring free kids' movies all summer long.

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#41

Kiss the buffalo, or statue that is, at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center in Oakley.

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#42

Learn the history of glass marbles in this over-the-top fun factory known as Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

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#43

Treat the kids under 5 years old to a fun day of water fun at Splash Cove, a center in Shawnee. Splash Cove has a dump bucket, wave pool, oodles of slides, and other play equipment.

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#44

Learn about dinosaurs and prehistoric life at the world-class Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas. Botany, zoology, geology, and paleontology make up the largest portion...

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#45

Visit the only Kansas Presidential Home and Library in the heart of Abilene, where you'll learn about the Five-Star General and 34th President, Eisenhower. You can also see he and his...

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#46

Let the kids try ethnic dishes at Baan Thai Restaurant in Manhattan. Let their taste buds dance as they devour chicken satay, fried rice, or paid Thai, on plates made just their size.

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#47

Try a healthy and incredibly tasty Açai bowl from Luckyberry in downtown Lawrence.

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#48

Exit Kansas I-70 in Leavenworth for a ride on and tour of the C. W. Parker Carousel Museum, known as "the Carnival King".

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#49

Meet Ginger and Gary, retired greyhounds available for petting and pictures (and sloppy kisses) at the Greyhound Hall of Fame in Abilene.

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#50

Ooh and aah over the amazing scenery at Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark in Oakley. You won't believe you are in Kansas!

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#51

Journey around the world and learn about animals from different countries at the Rolling Hills Zoo. The rhino, giraffe, tigers, and snow leopards are a few of the favorites. Kid's...

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#52

Tour the third-oldest active military installation in the country at Fort Leavenworth. Here, you can see the awesome Buffalo Soldier Memorial and visit the Frontier Army Museum, chock...

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#53

Slurp $1.50 Sno Cones from the Colby Aquatic Park. Feel like swimming, too? Admission to the pool is super cheap and the large playground, adjacent from the park, is totally free.

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#54

Eat some of the best BBQ in the world at one of Kansas City's famous BBQ institutions: Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Slap's BBQ, or Rosedale Barbecue. Don't miss the cheesy corn, baked...

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#55

Paint a piece of take-home pottery from the fun Pottery Workshop in Hays.

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#56

Sharpen your Constitution knowledge and overall history with a live reenactment at the Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton, Kansas. This is where President Eisenhower's parents were...

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#57

Share a bag of hamburger slides at The Cozy Inn, a Kansas institution in Salina. Don't even think about ordering cheese on them at this six-stool diner, one of the few remaining in the...

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#58

Breakfast never looked as good as it does at Radina's Bakehouse, one of Manhattan's four chain bakeries. Pair your breakfast quiche or pastry with an Italian soda or hot chocolate.

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#59

Enjoy the scenery at the Eisenhower Park Rose Garden in Abilene. This is a nice space for the kids to run wild after being trapped in the car on the interstate system.

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#60

Watch the beloved University of Kansas Jayhawks play a basketball game in their hometown, Lawrence, Kansas.

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#61

Replenish the car snacks in Lucas at Brant's Meat Market where you'll find homemade Czech ring bologna and sausages, cheeses, and an arsenal of craft sodas and teas.

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#62

See the F14 Tomcat Fighter Jet at Eisenhower Park in WaKeeney. This plane is believed to be from the Top Gun movie set.

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#63

Enjoy a yummy Hawaiian shaved ice at Terra Bona in Goodland, Kansas. Try exotic flavors such as guava, passion fruit, tiger blood, or coconut. Warm drinks are available in the winter.

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#64

Hop off of Kansas I-70 to satisfy all of your shopping needs, including things you may have forgotten for your trip at the Legends Outlets in Kansas City. Find well-known designer...

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#65

Tour the largest barn in the country at Cooper Barn. It is on the same property (and part of the admission fee) as the Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby.

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#66

Wander the campus of K-State University in Manhattan, Kansas. K-State University's campus opened in 1863 and was the first public institution of higher learning in the state.

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#67

See an extensive fossil and art collection, plus many gemstones and rocks at the Keystone Gallery in Oakley. There is also a noteworthy 20 ft. Mosasaur in the gallery.

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#68

Float around the lazy river at the Hays Aquatic Park. Admission is only $3 per person, ages 3 to 17. Kids will love the slides, zero-entry children's pool, and inexpensive snack bar.

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#69

Try refreshing drink combinations and a few pieces of Sweet Shop USA gourmet chocolates from Espresso, Etc. in Russell. Breakfast and lunch dishes are also available.

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#70

Enjoy a carousel ride and a wide array of telephone exhibits (your kids will be mesmerized!) at the Heritage Center in Abilene.

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Next, be sure to check out Where to Eat on Kansas I-70! Consider treating yourself to a sit down meal at true local establishments. It won’t take much longer than running through a fast food joint, and you’ll get to kick back, enjoy tasty food, and be waited on. Happy eating!