Over a century ago, western Kansas was home to many frontier cow towns and outposts but has evolved over the years to become a melting pot for diverse cultures, exciting events, and modern amenities. Visit the Southwest and you’ll get to see the legendary legacy of the bold and adventurous spirits who built the region.
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.
The Big Well Museum and Visitor CenterBack to Top of List
This well is really huge! Greenburg is home to both the world’s largest hand-dug well and the world’s largest Pallasite Meteorite - both of which are located at the museum. Visitors can walk down the long spiral staircase to the bottom of the well, which is 109 ft. below the surface! Travel here see these giants for yourself!
Lee Richardson ZooBack to Top of List
Located in Garden City, the Lee Richardson Zoo is a great place for animal enthusiasts to spend the day! The zoo is home to numerous animals including salamanders, giraffes, kangaroos, African lions, snow leopards, and sloth bears. Along with this there is a museum, play space for kids, and a café. This is a perfect place to spend the afternoon with family!
Historic Lake Scott Sate ParkBack to Top of List
This state park is located right along the Western Visas Historic Byways! Lake Scott State Park extends across 1,020 acres and is full of natural wonders such as springs and deep wooded canyons. It is also home to more than 26 archeological sites inside and adjacent to the park. Historically, this region was home to El Quartalejo, the northernmost Pueblo people in North America. This is a great place to camp, fish, or engage in general wildlife observation.
Boot Hill MuseumBack to Top of List
The old west lives on at the Boot Hill Museum! Visit here to be transported back to Kansas in the 1880s. This place is a reconstruction of the American frontier, with the main front street being lined with various western style buildings. You can stop by the general store for a tasty treat or head on over to the boardwalk to see a western show such as the Cowboy Duel! The possibilities are endless. Within the museum are over 60,000 objects, photographs, and documents that detail the early life of Dodge City. Come by and experience the old west!
Mid-America Air MuseumBack to Top of List
One of the largest collections of historic aircraft in the United States is right in the heart of Liberal. During World War II, Liberal was home to the B-24 Liberator pilot training base. After the war, Beechcraft operated a single-engine factory. Today the Mid-America Air Museum honors that legacy. Visit the museum to see over 100 aircraft and all explore all 80,000 square feet of exhibits!
Meade State ParkBack to Top of List
Meade State Park is an excellent place for a natural getaway! Set on 440 acres of land, the park has numerous camping sites along with nature and hiking trails for outdoor adventurists to explore. Lake Meade provides ample opportunities to fish for bluegill, channel catfish, flathead catfish, trout, and saugeye!