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They say the best things in life are free, and they’re right. Sunflower Summer offers Kansas families a get-out-of-the-house free card they can carry in their pocket. A chance to have free rein (and free admission) to visit museums, zoos, historical attractions, and nature centers. Don’t forget to double-check hours in the Sunflower Summer app before you go!

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

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Coffey County Museum

The Coffey County Historical Museum is an excellent place to stop by to explore rural life! Within it are hundreds of historic artifacts, including an immense doll collection along with numerous antiques from life on the old prairie. Along with this are an old schoolhouse and an old Church. Stop by this place to learn more about the people of Southeastern Kansas and the role they played in shaping the state.

Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

This museum displays the travels of two of America’s most famous explorers! Travel to the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute to see the wide variety of artifacts this couple collected as they traveled across the globe. Come and learn about the rich history of the peoples they met and the legacy of their adventures.

Jones Aquatic Center

Need a place to cool off? The Jones Aquatic Center in Emporia is a perfect place to escape the heat on a hot summer day. Stop by to relax in the lazy river or race down one of the waterslides at the facility.

Coffey County Historical Museum

Experience Coffey County, Kansas, and her citizens through the years from fossils from the Palezoic Era when Kansas was covered by…

Jones Aquatic Center

The Jones Aquatic Center is the ultimate aquatic paradise! Dive into adventure with thrilling two-story slides and glide along the…

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Kauffman Museum

This museum located at Bethel College tells the story of Mennonites who immigrated to Kansas in the 1870. Here you can learn about the struggles of immigrants as they adapted to life on the American Great Plains. Don’t forget to explore the tallgrass prairie environments that have been reconstructed on the grounds of the museum.

Stockade Museum & Carry A. Nation Home

This museum in Medicine Lodge displays life on the open prairie in the 1870s! Life was full of hardships in that period and in this museum, you can learn how people lived their lives in those harsh conditions. While you’re here, also stop by the home of Carry A. Nation – the famous saloon-smasher who called Kansas her home.

Kansas Motorcycle Museum

Love motorcycles or are simply a general motorhead? This is the place for you! Stop by this museum in Marquette to see all sorts of classic (and modern) motorcycles.

Kauffman Museum

Kauffman Museum – Exploring Mennonite Stories Kauffman Museum’s mission is to preserve the evolving story of central plains…

Kansas Motorcycle Museum

Home of the collection of 5-time National Sportsman Champion Stan "The Man" Engdahl. Engdahl's collection includes over 600…

Kansas Teacher’s Hall of Fame and Gunfighters Wax Museum

Stop by this unique museum to see wax recreations of various Wild West heroes and villains! Take a grand tour of the Old West by visiting this exciting place in Dodge City.

M.T. Liggett Art Environment

Love art and the outdoors? Visit this attraction put together by a legendary grassroots artist Myron Thomas (M.T.) Liggett. Stop by and see the wide variety of creative and exciting artwork produced by this Kansan visionary.

Garden City Arts

If you love to draw and embrace your artistic side, this is the place for you. Garden City Arts has events dedicated to teaching art to kids and adults alike. Check their website to see specific times and dates for arts and crafts events.

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…

Garden City Arts

Garden City Arts offers an intriguing array of fine art, photography, textile, and other revolving art exhibits for all tastes…

Tri-State Antique Engine and Threshers Association

Tri-State Antique Engine and Threshers Association pays homage to old days of farming in Kansas. Visit this spectacular museum in Bird City to see dozens of pieces of antique farm equipment (such as old tractors) in nearly 30 buildings.

Fick Fossil and Museum

Love learning about the ancient beasts that once roamed this realm? This place in Oakley holds a large collection of fossils and historic artifacts. Perfect for the lovers of the ancients!

Nicodemus National Historic Site

In the 1870s and 1880s, thousands of formerly enslaved African Americans fled the South to experience the ‘Promised Land’ in Kansas. Nicodemus became the largest African American settlement in the state and is the oldest and only remaining Black settlement west of the Mississippi River. Visit this place to see an important part of Kansas and African-American history!

Fick Fossil and History Museum

The Fick Fossil & History Museum is home to many world-class fossils including the bones of the oldest documented mosasaur skull…

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Home on the Range Cabin

Visit the original cabin where the famous anthem of Kansas, “Home on the Range”, was written! See the common dwelling of pioneers on open prairie and meander along the many nature trails  now running through the infamous ‘range’.

Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site

This was a rest stop for hundreds of Pony Express riders and pioneers as they traveled across the Oregon-California Trail. Learn about the lives and jobs of the individuals who sought to make intercontinental communication possible on the old prairie.

World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things Roadside Attraction & Museum

Are you a sucker for a classic American roadside attraction? This is the place for you!! Stop by Lucas to see this fantastic collection filled with a few of the most interesting, tiny objects in the entire state.

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…

Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum

Stop by a museum dedicated to Amelia Earhart - a Kansan woman who was one of the greatest aviation heroes of the 20th century! See the last Lockheed Electra 10-E (the type of plane Amelia last flew) on the planet and exhibits dedicated to STEM magic that fueled her world!

Constitution Hall State Historic Site

Lecompton – where slavery began to die. This city holds the first territorial capitol of Kansas. Visit the several museums in this site, including the first legislative building and the historical museum to learn more about this incredibly important place in the development of the state of Kansas.

Plaza Cinema Movie and Memorabilia Museum

This little theatre in Ottawa is the oldest running purpose-built cinema on the entire planet!! Stop by here to see exhibits dedicated to both classic and modern movies. This is a place where you can truly immerse yourself in the magic of the movies.

Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum

Home of Muriel , the last remaining Lockheed Electra 10-E! Muriel is identical to the airplane Amelia Earhart went missing in on…

This summer, Kansas offers endless opportunities for family fun and discovery. The Sunflower Summer program is your ticket to exploring the heart of America in all its offbeat glory. Pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready to create unforgettable memories in the Sunflower State!

From whimsical roadside attractions to hidden museums and eccentric art installations, Kansas invites you to uncover its delightful surprises and embark on an adventure that is anything but ordinary. Embrace the quirky, celebrate the unusual, and enjoy every moment of your Sunflower Summer adventure!

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

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