Sunflower Summer Shenanigans: Exploring Quirky Kansas!
 

Sunflower Summer AppKansas is renowned for its expansive prairies, rolling wheat fields, and small-town charm, yet beyond its postcard-perfect landscapes lies a treasure trove of quirky and unexpected attractions that add a delightful twist to any visit. From the World's Largest Ball of Twine to peculiar museums and bizarre art installations, Kansas offers a myriad of offbeat experiences that captivate and amuse.

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

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Sunflower Summer is a program exclusively for Kansas families that invites participants to explore Kansas this summer! Join us as we explore the charm and eccentricity of Kansas's quirky destinations, providing an opportunity to create unforgettable family memories. Not a Kansas resident? No worries! Use the Sunflower Summer program as a guide to the great things for families to do around the state.

Buckle up as we embark on a whimsical journey through the quirky destinations of the Sunflower State!

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Eyegore's Curiosities and Monster Museum – Cawker City

In the quaint town of Cawker City, Eyegore’s Curiosities is a delightful blend of oddities and antiques. This quirky shop is packed with unusual finds, from vintage collectibles to bizarre artifacts. Half of these oddities are real, half of them are not, but all of them are fun for the whole family. Each corner of Eyegore’s offers a new surprise, making it a perfect stop for those who love the unusual and the unexpected. Don’t forget to pick up a piece of genuine sisal twine to add to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine just half a block away!

World's Largest Collection of Smallest Versions of Largest Things – Lucas

Lucas, is home to the World's Largest Collection of Smallest Versions of Largest Things. Created by artist Erika Nelson, this quirky museum showcases pint-sized replicas of some of the world's most famous landmarks and attractions. From tiny Mount Rushmore to miniature Stonehenge, each exhibit offers a whimsical perspective on the world's largest wonders. Step inside this one-of-a-kind attraction and marvel at the attention to detail in each diminutive creation, making it a delightful stop on your Quirky Kansas tour.

Eyegore's Curiosities and Monster Museum

Eyegore's Curiosities and Monster Museum is our love letter to the classic roadside attractions of… Read More

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

An interactive exposition devoted to roadside attractions, the Roadside Sideshow Expo in downtown… Read More

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Geneseo City Museum – Geneseo

Hidden in the small town of Geneseo, also known as the UFO capitol of Kansas, this museum offers a unique view of mysteries beyond the stars. Within the bounds of the museum are numerous artifacts showcasing classic science-fiction movies and UFO visitors to Earth. Many of these artifacts come from Dr. E. D. Janzen, a local who was not only interested in his community’s history, but also in researching and documenting the growing number of flying-saucer sightings. Visit this hidden gem to learn more about Kansas’ place in the universe.

Field Station Dinosaurs – Derby

Travel 65 million years into the past at Field Station Dinosaurs! Here you can explore almost 10 acres of trails with 40+ moving dinosaurs. On top of this you can enjoy a game of mini-golf on our 18-hole course. Much more than those activities you can enjoy live entertainment, dig for fossils, or take on the challenge of the raptor maze. There is plenty to explore here!

Geneseo City Museum

Dr. E. D. Janzen had a passion for learning. He graduated from the Moody Bible Institute, learned… Read More

Field Station: Dinosaurs

Welcome to the Field Station, where you'll take on the role of a visiting scientist – ready to… Read More

Fick Fossil & History Museum – Oakley  

Interested in learning more about the pioneer past of Kansas? The Fick Fossil and History Museum is the place to be to learn about pioneers in Kansas and how they survived on the plains. Beyond that the museum holds artifacts from the deep past of the Earth. Gaze upon a 30-foot marine reptile and a wide variety of other fossils housed within the facility.

Fort Wallace Museum – Wallace

Fort Wallace was once a major military outpost on the frontier. Stop by this museum to see old military artifacts along with exhibits dedicated to the important railroad that stopped by the town. The museum also offers artifacts from the indigenous peoples of the Kansas prairie and how they survived on the plains for thousands of years before the first European settlers. Don’t forget, this museum also has a massive, full fossil of a plesiosaur that was discovered not too far from the fort itself.

Fick Fossil and History Museum

The Fick Fossil & History Museum is home to many world-class fossils including the bones of the… Read More

Fort Wallace Museum

ROAD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE! ROAD CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION. Between Colorado State Line and KS 27, a… Read More

Dorothy's House and the Land of Oz – Liberal

Step into the magical world of Dorothy and Toto at Dorothy's House and the Land of Oz in Liberal. This charming attraction brings the classic tale of "The Wizard of Oz" to life with a guided tour through Dorothy's replica farmhouse and an enchanting journey down the Yellow Brick Road. Kids and adults alike will delight in the guided tour, potentially led by Dorothy herself, while exploring this whimsical homage to L. Frank Baum's beloved

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum – La Crosse

Step back in time and discover the fascinating history of this humble yet revolutionary invention that forever changed the American landscape when you visit the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum in La Crosse. Immerse yourself in displays of rare and unusual barbed wire designs, learn about the ingenuity of inventors and manufacturers, and gain insight into the impact of this simple yet indispensable tool for agriculture, industry, and society. Whether you're a history buff or simply curious about the wire that tamed the West, the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum offers a unique and educational experience for the whole family.

Dorothy's House and The Land of Oz

Dorothy's House was built in 1907 and has been carefully restored to replicate the house shown in… Read More

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum

The museum exhibits over 2,400 varieties of barbed wire and over 500 varieties of tools used in the… Read More

Shawnee Town 1929 – Shawnee

Step back in time by visiting this outdoor museum in Shawnee! Styled like a typical rural town in the 1920s, you’ll find a home, barn, school, post office, chapel, fire station and gardens pulled straight from this bygone era. Have a sense of morbid curiosity? You will enjoy the Undertaker’s Collection, a collection of funerary artifacts. Although some may see this as a dark subject, the museum has sought to shed light on the industry and take a long look at society’s changing relationship with the end of our days.

C.W. Parker Carousel Museum – Leavenworth

Located in Leavenworth, visit one of the quaintest locations in the entire state! The Carousel in this museum is unique because every animal is hand carved and is the only Parker Carousel created with 2 hand-carved rabbits as major features. This spot is the perfect backdrop your new favorite family photos (so make sure to use #Sunflowersummer when you post!) Stop by and take a gander at these old-fashioned, hand-crafted carousel animals. And yes…. You can ride it!

Shawnee Town 1929

Step back into the 1920s and experience life in Shawnee, a truck-farming town located just 10 miles… Read More

C.W. Parker Carousel (Carry-Us-All)

Ride the oldest operational carousel known to exist! The 1901 C.W. Parker Carousel is listed as a… Read More

Big Brutus – West Mineral

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

In Chanute, the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum offers a captivating look at the adventurous lives of this globetrotting couple. Martin and Osa Johnson were early 20th-century explorers and filmmakers who documented their travels to remote parts of the world. The museum houses an extensive collection of their photographs, films, and artifacts, providing a fascinating glimpse into their adventurous spirit and the exotic locales they explored. It's an inspiring and educational destination for all ages.

Big Brutus

Named to the National Register of Historical Places in January 2018, Big Brutus put the oooohs and… Read More

Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

In the first half of the last century an American couple from Kansas named Martin and Osa Johnson… Read More

With so many quirky and unique destinations, 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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