Our friendly town offers the only free zoo between Denver and Kansas City.

Great Bend Mural

Explore Great Bend

We invite you to experience and explore the many opportunities that our charming community has to offer. Great Bend, a city of 15,000 warm people, is best known for our historic SRCA Dragstrip, and the fact that we are nestled between two wetlands of international importance.

Cheyenne Bottoms Refuge

The Nature Conservancy's Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve is a 7,848 acre wetland preserve adjacent to the state-owned Cheyenne Bottoms…


Our friendly town offers a little bit of everything for the people that want to explore. We have a variety of historical adventures, artistic dedications, and big city amenities in our small quaint town!

B-29 Memorial Plaza

Stand under the arches and listen to the echoes of history honoring those who served on this WWII B-29 Air Field & educates future…

Barton Planetarium

Come see our new high-definition digital projection system for the 360-degree dome! Our 60-seat facility is used for educational…

Shafer Art Gallery

Shafer Art Gallery on the BCC campus in Great Bend features bronze sculptures created by its namesake, Gus Shafer and boasts an…


Downtown Great Bend has a unique atmosphere with a variety of businesses, a brewery, a wine cellar, outdoor art exploration, a movie theatre, and a historic community theatre. We are continually adding to the experience so keep planning to visit again and again.

Dry Lake Brewing

Located at 1305 Main in the beautiful downtown square of Great Bend, Dry Lake Brewing offers 12 taps of in-house brewed beer &…

Rosewood Wine Cellar

The Wine Cellar provides a rustic, ranch-elegance shopping opportunity for customers. Not only can you purchase fine wine, you can…

Great Bend Community Theatre

As one of the most distinctive buildings in town with bright neon lights, it is listed on the Kansas Historic Register. Community…

Parks & Outdoor Adventure

Enjoy our hike and bike paths, ATV rides down the river, and be sure to catch the incredible Kansas sunsets. Great Bend is proud to have the only free zoo between Kansas City and Denver. Here you can have up-close animal adventures by sling-shotting fruits and veggies to our grizzly bears or meet our owl Thurston that can cluck like a chicken. Our water park is also a wonderful adventure that compares to many indoor waterparks and is the perfect affordable family-friendly adventure.

Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo

Our free zoo offers up-close views of wildlife, places to relax & educational programs to foster understanding of the animals in…

Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend

Dive into endless fun at Wetlands Waterpark, the ultimate oasis on a scorching summer day! Feel the exhilarating rush as you get…

More Trip Ideas!

Our midsized Kansas town welcomes visitors with open arms and is ready to give you the best hospitality. If you are looking to experience authentic Small Town America let us help you explore Great Bend!

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