North Central Kansas is home to everything from frontier forts to gorgeous state parks. Visit here to get a taste of Kansas history and enjoy the beauty of the prairie.
Through the Sunflower Summer Program, each Kansas student and their parents/guardians are allowed one free visit to each of the participating attractions per year. Please visit each attraction’s website for more information regarding pricing and admission.
Fort Harker Guardhouse MuseumBack to Top of List
If you love frontier history, then Fort Harker is the place for you! From 1866 to 1872, Fort Harker was an active US Military installation. Visitors to the fort can see various Civil War era uniforms and artifacts on display. Other exciting historic buildings at the fort including a supply depot, stable, and schoolhouse. Come here to learn more about life on the American frontier.
Tuttle Creek State ParkBack to Top of List
Need to spend a weekend outdoors? Tuttle Creek State Park is an excellent place for a natural getaway. The park sits on 1,200 acres of land, with 159 campsites with electricity and running water along with 200 more primitive ones. There are also 11 cabins available stay in with each having table service for six, a full bathroom, full-sized bedroom, heating, and air conditioning. Cabins additionally include a fire pit, charcoal grill, and picnic tables. Across the park are numerous amenities including a swim beach, disc-golf course, nature trials, equestrian trails, mountain bike trail, shooting range, and archery range. There is something for everyone in Tuttle Creek State Park.
Eisenhower Presidential Library and MuseumBack to Top of List
Abilene, Kansas was the boyhood home of the great World War II general and 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. On facility grounds includes numerous different exhibits displaying everything form Eisenhower’s boyhood, his leadership in World War II, and key moments from his presidency. Guests can also schedule a time to visit the research room and gain access to additional papers and books regarding his life and presidency. This is a place where the great history of the state shines through.
Oz MuseumBack to Top of List
Located in Wamego, the Oz Museum is dedicated to the book, movie, and theater production franchise that showed us there’s no place like home. It is home to over 2,000 different artifacts ranging from props used in the original production to a signed first edition of the book that started it all. Come here and explore the world of Oz, from the groundbreaking movie and beyond.
The GarageBack to Top of List
Classic car fans will be happy to hear about the Garage in Salina. Exhibits at the Garage change from time to time, so every time you go there may be something new to see! This summer trucks are the key vehicles on display. There are also different simulations that guests can engage with in the Garage, including a paint simulator and a car construction one. Visitors also can watch various car-related films playing in the museum. This museum is also come to the Kustom Kemps of American Museum and Hall of Fame, the oldest car and truck association. Cars fully customized to the max are on display at the garage!
Milford State ParkBack to Top of List
Milford State Park is comprised of a vast amount of acreage full of wildlife. Milford Reservoir is immense, with 15,709 surface acres of coverage. The reservoir is home to a wide range of fish containing crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, and walleye! It is a great place to spend a weekend fishing! Alone with this, there are swimming beaches for people to spend their day at. Across the park are multiple different trails, allowing guests to go on their own wildlife adventures. Combined, there are 19,000 acres of wildlife located on the west and upper end of the reservoir, and nearby there is the Steve Lloyd refuge that id made up of 1,000 acres.