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Sunflower Summer AppCalling all Kansas families! Are you ready to make the most of your summer by discovering the unique and exciting attractions our beautiful state has to offer? Look no further than the Sunflower Summer Program—an exciting opportunity designed to encourage exploration, fun, and a love for all things Kansas.

Don't forget: the Sunflower Summer program's season is May 25 - August 11, 2024, so plan your trips soon!

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The Sunflower Summer Program is all about bringing families together to explore and enjoy Kansas' diverse tourism attractions. If you have school-aged children, this program is tailor-made for you. It offers affordable access to a wide range of destinations across the state, making it easier than ever to plan exciting family outings without breaking the bank!

One of the best parts of the Sunflower Summer Program is that some locations welcome your entire family—including your furry friends! Yes, you heard that right—many of these spots are pet-friendly, ensuring that every member of the family can join in on the fun. Imagine exploring historic sites, local attractions, and picturesque parks with your entire family, including your furry companions. Whether you have a dog that loves to hike or a cat that enjoys road trips, Kansas has something special in store for everyone.

Here are just a few highlights of participating businesses that embrace the whole family, paws and all:

Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park – Oakley  

This geological wonder boasts stunning rock formations and unique landscapes. This natural gem offers visitors a chance to explore towering chalk rock formations, scenic trails, and captivating vistas, showcasing the rugged beauty of the Kansas prairie. With its breathtaking scenery and diverse ecological features, Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park provides an awe-inspiring experience for nature enthusiasts and hikers alike, inviting exploration and appreciation of its extraordinary geological formations.

Cedar Bluff State Park - Reservoir and Wildlife Area – Ellis

Cedar Bluff State Park stands as a breathtaking haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Cedar Bluff Reservoir, this park offers a myriad of recreational opportunities, including boating, fishing, hiking trails, and camping sites. With its scenic beauty, diverse wildlife, and ample opportunities for outdoor adventure, Cedar Bluff State Park invites visitors to embrace the tranquility and splendor of the Kansas outdoors.

 

Little Jerusalem Badlands

Welcome to the "Badlands of Kansas" - Little Jerusalem State Park in Western Kansas is truly a sight to see!

Cedar Bluff

A few minutes south of the hustle and hassle of I-70 in western Kansas, life goes relaxingly slow at Cedar Bluff State Park. 

M.T. Liggett Art Environment – Mullinville

M.T. Liggett was a peculiar Kansas native with a knack for expressing himself through art. Liggett become one of Kansas’ most unique, self-taught grassroots artists with a collection totaling over 600 pieces of work. Stop by and marvel at these kinetic art displays and learn about the man who started it all!

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum – La Crosse

Explore the intriguing history of barbed wire at the museum, featuring over 2,400 varieties of barbed wire and 500 fence construction tools. Learn how this invention influenced 19th-century Kansas settlement and discover its military applications from World Wars to modern conflicts.

M.T. Liggett Art Environment

"A lot of people go through their whole lives and never make a mark. Very few people in this world ever had an original idea, but I did."…

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum

The museum exhibits over 2,400 varieties of barbed wire and over 500 varieties of tools used in the construction of fences. Visitors learn…

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Eyegore's Curiosities and Monster Museum – Cawker City

Explore a captivating collection of oddities, including a baby alien from Roswell, an authentic Frankenstein skeleton, genuine human brains, and the Feejee Mermaid. Enjoy special exhibits like Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Prepare for a unique experience with real medical specimens and surprises at every turn!

Home on the Range Cabin – Athol

Experience the essence of "Home on the Range" in Kansas today. Drive through the rolling prairie and amber fields of grain, stopping in welcoming small towns that embody the famed Midwestern hospitality celebrated in the song. You can end your journey at the exact place where an American classic was born… The Home on the Range Cabin. Capture the spirit of Dr. Brewster Higley's Kansas with blue skies and endless prairie vistas.

Home on the Range Cabin

When Dr. Brewster Higley wrote those words on the banks of Beaver Creek near Athol, Kans., in 1872, he was writing about his Kansas…

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Stockade Museum & Carry Nation Home – Medicine Lodge

The Stockade Museum & Carry Nation Home in Medicine Lodge, KS, offers a fascinating experience by providing insight into the Old West with its historical stockade and showcasing the home Carry Nation. Visitors can explore the museum's exhibits, including artifacts from the frontier era, and learn about Carry Nation's activism against alcohol during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Birger Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery – Lindsborg

Explore the world-renowned art collections at the gallery, featuring the largest and most extensive display of Birger Sandzén's work globally. Discover paintings, prints, drawings, and watercolors by Sandzén, along with pieces by other notable artists. The gallery also showcases an impressive range of prints from European and American regionalist printmakers, along with diverse Asian art.

Combat Air Museum – Topeka

Discover the Combat Air Museum's impressive collection of 47 military aircraft spanning from World War I to the present, along with static displays of missiles, rockets, and aircraft engines. Situated on an active airfield, visitors often witness Air Force fighter aircraft and Army helicopter operations.

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens – Overland Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of Overland Park at the 300-acre Arboretum, featuring a variety of natural ecosystems like Dry Oak Savanna and Reparian Woodland. Wander nine miles of scenic trails through gardens including the Monet Garden, Children’s Discovery Garden, Train Garden, and International Sculpture Garden for a truly unforgettable retreat.

Combat Air Museum

The Combat Air Museum has on display 47 military aircraft, from World War I to the present day, in addition to multiple static displays of…

Crawford State Park, Lake and Farlington Fish Hatchery – Farlington

Enjoy camping with stunning lake views and access to hiking and biking trails, including the Spiderleg Bridge Trail and Deer Run Nature Trail. Don't miss a visit to the Farlington Fish Hatchery nearby, where you can learn about fish breeding and conservation efforts. Immerse yourself in the park's rich history, including remnants of a 19th-century military outpost, making it a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum – Chanute

Explore the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, showcasing world-class exhibits of stunning photography and cinematic works. Discover artifacts from African, Oceanic, and Bornean cultures that enhance the visual history captured by the Johnsons, who pioneered the ethos of "take only photos, leave only footprints." Immerse yourself in the stories of remote peoples, places, and wildernesses preserved through their extraordinary films and collections.

Crawford State Park

Rich in history and spectacular scenery, Crawford State Park gives visitors a “taste of the Ozarks.”

Martin and Osa Safari Museum

The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum is located in Osa's hometown of Chanute, Kansas. The museum was founded in 1961 to preserve the…

Now that your maps are out and the whole family is excited to explore, you might find yourself wondering: How do you join the Sunflower Summer Program? It's easy!

If you're a Kansas family with school-aged children, you're eligible to participate. Simply download the Sunflower Summer App to claim your tickets to the participating venues. Plan your visits and redeem your tickets at the venues of your choice. Remember, each venue can be visited once per user during the 2024 season, so make sure to explore as many places as possible with your family.

This summer, let the Kansas Sunflower Summer Program be your guide to adventure, exploration, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you're traveling with kids, pets, or both, embrace the spirit of discovery and fall in love with our state all over again.

For more information and to start planning your summer adventures, visit SunflowerSummer.org.