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KANSAS 

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What to do in Kansas?

There's lots going on in Kansas during any season. Spring is for fishing, bird-watching, hiking, photograpohy, hiking or exploring the Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery Arboretum and Garden Tours. Summer is the perfect time for sandy swimming beaches, fast boats, off road vehicles, evening cook-0outs, wading the river, kayaking, sailing or summer special events. Fall is when the colors change and is a great time to hike the Flint Hills, watch wildlife, outdoor pohotography and star-gazing. And don't forget winter -- That's for upland bird hunting, a big Christmas parade, visiting area museums and watgerfowl hunting and watching.

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DODGE CITY

What to See & Do

Boot Hill Casino & Resort

Boot Hill Casino & Resort features over 680 electronic gaming machines, 18 table games, 5 live poker tables, a 150-seat casual dining restaurant known as Firesides at Boot Hill, Wild Bill’s Beer Bar for a variety of specialty, imported and domestic beers, Cowboy Cafe for a light fare on-the-go, Daylight Donuts, and also offers retail logoed items.

Phase I of the $90 million project opened in December 2009. Phase II was completed in August 2012 which included an additional 200 electronic gaming machines. Boot Hill Casino & Resort is managed by BHCMC, LLC, a subsidiary of Butler National Service Corporation, a Kansas corporation. The lottery facility games at Boot Hill Casino & Resort are owned and operated by the Kansas Lottery. The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission provides regulatory oversight for the casino. For more information about Boot Hill Casino & Resort, please visit www.boothillcasino.com, or call 1.877.906.0777.

ELKHART

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 the movie classic The Wizard of Oz. After visiting Dorothy at home, take a journey down the Yellow Brick Road and into 5,000 square feet of animated entertainment in the Land of Oz. 8. Mid-America Air Museum With more than 105 aircrafts on display, this museum houses one of the largest aviation collections in the nation. Whether your interest is general aviation, warbird, helicopters, experimentals or homebuilts, you’ll find something cool to spark your imagination at Mid-America Air Museum.

 FLINT HILLS

JUNCTION CITY

Located in the 'Heart of the Flint Hills' -- Junction City is the hub for the many spokes of the Flint Hills. Few places capture the imagination quite so well as the Flint Hills of Kansas. Much remains in the native state, unpoiled by man. It is the home to Montezuma
Not To Be Missed
Region: South Western High Plains

America's largest remaining stand of tallgrass prairie. Here you can hike the KONZA Prairie, horseback ride at historic Sunrock Ranch, drive the Flint Hills Scenic Byway, tour Munson Angus Farms, visit the Tallgrass Prairie National Park and Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge, Cowboy Experience and Scenic Wagon Train rides.

LINDSBORG

What to See & Do

For event and travel information, call or stop by the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 104 E. Lincoln, Lindsborg, Kansas 67456.
Ph: (785) 227-TOUR (8687) or Toll free: (888) 227-2227. E: cvbdir@lindsborgcity.org . W: www.visitlindsborg.com.

Americans By Choice Exhibit

Ongoing-from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Americans By Choice: The Story of Immigration & Citizenship in Kansas
McPherson County Old Mill Museum
120 Mill Street
Bethany College Music

"Abilene Bracelets" by Sarah Ash

She belongs to the Wichita Handmade Group a team of artists who create handmade products, a member of the Vintage Market Team and the Vintage Etsy Twitter Team. Both Etsy based teams are dedicated to the promotion and preservation of vintage. She has been selling her curated antique and handmade jewelry collection online via Etsy for three years and has cultivated a following.  A dedicated devotee of antiques and handmade items since her teens, she has always dreamt of a brick and mortar shop. Ash holds a BS in business administration from McPherson College.

Sarahendepity will be expanding as they move to their new location at 105 N. Main.  With the move, she has been able to broaden her inventory of antiques, handmade jewelry and other handmade items.  Also, Ash is proud to announce that Boss Dog Studio, owned by Nancy Neustrom, is joining her as a partner in the shop. Neustrom offers a wide range of contemporary fabric crafts.

Check out Sarah Ash's website at www.quesarahsera.etsy.com and for antiques go to www.sarahanntiques.etsy.com.

For event and travel information, call or stop by the Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 104 E. Lincoln, Lindsborg, Kansas 67456. Ph: (785) 227-TOUR (8687) or Toll free: (888) 227-2227. www.visitlindsborg.com.

Swensson Park

Swensson Park (known to the locals as the North Park), although not in a central square location of downtown, is used as the village green. This is where gatherings have taken place since the beginning of Lindsborg. Originally, the park was the lawn of the Bethany Lutheran Church parsonage, according to the book Grace, Faith and the Power of Singing by Karen Humphrey. Carl Swensson, the second pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church and his wife Alma, lived in the parsonage for years. Mrs. Swensson started the Women's Missionary Society on the lawn in 1892 with 50 other women from the Augustana Luther Church Synod, marking  the beginning of assemblies in what is now Swensson Park.

After the parsonage was removed in the late 1920s, the land was sold to the city by the church in 1928 for $17,000 and was designated Swensson Park. A lily pond with a fountain was the idea to fill the empty space left by the removal of the parsonage.

By 1933 design plans for the lily pond and drinking fountain were presented to the park board by Frank Carlson of Carlson and Anderson Lumber Company. After examining the plans, Professor Deere motioned the plan be approved and it was seconded by Ed Johnson. Elmer Peterson was elected to be the caretaker of the park. In the later 1930s, tennis courts, a wading pool and the Band Shell were added. The Band Shell was built in 1936 by the WPA (Works Progress Authority). Carlson wanted to use the indigenous rock of sandstone to create and decorate these features. The wading pool with sand box was located on the northeast side by the current alley entrance. In an amusing side-note, in the minutes of the Park Board meeting, it was decided the fish from the lily pond would winter in the pond of C.G. Flohn and the lilies would go to David Lindquist.

Many things have been added throughout the years. A plaque commemorating the Women's Mission Society started in 1892, was built in 1940.  A time capsule was buried in the park to immortalize the 125th celebration of Lindsborg in November 23, 1994 and will be opened in 2069. The most notable change is Viking Valley, a playground very much in keeping with our Swedish heritage with a Viking ship and Swedish castle. Murals of tomtes, Dala horses, contemporary Lindsborg living and Scandinavian dancers adorn the fences around the playground.Swensson Park is host to annual events such as Kansas' long running outdoor theatre productions known as Broadway RFD and the Smoky Valley Classic Car Show.

For event and travel information, call or stop by the Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 104 E. Lincoln, Lindsborg, Kansas 67456. Ph: (785) 227-TOUR (8687) or Toll free: (888) 227-2227.
E: cvbdir@lindsborgcity.org
W: www.visitlindsborg.com

MEADE

What to See & Do

Dalton Gang Hideout Museum & Souvenir Shop

The Dalton Gang was an infamous group of outlaws who specialized in train and bank robberies. You can see the home of Eva Dalton Whipple (sister to brothers in the gang) restored as it was in 1887 when the gang used the home as a hideout. Consists of the outlaw hideout, escape tunnel to the barn, museum of western artifacts and a western souvenir shop.

Cimarron National Grasslands

The Cimarron Grasslands encompass more than 108,000 acres of recreational opportunities, including wildlife watching and camping. Tours can be arranged, or the adventurous can don hiking boots and head out on their own to experience nature at its finest

TOPEKA

What to See & Do

Kansas Children's Discovery Center 

It's hours of hands-on entertainment at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center. Inside you can find science, careers, art and a real tools workshop. Outside, adults and children can enjoy bikes, rock climbing, challenge courses and a tree house. It's all Serious Fun! The Kansas Children's Discovery Center is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. Order your Topeka Vacation Value Card now to receive a buy one child admission, get one adult admission free, up to six people.

Combat Air Museum

Fly over to the Combat Air Museum and see more than 30 military aircraft from WWI to present day. This is one of a handful of major U.S. aviation museums located on an active airfield. Explore large and small aircraft and test your landing skills with the flight simulator. The Combat Air Museum is open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday Noon - 4:30 p.m. No new visitors are admitted into the museum after 3:30 p.m. Order your Topeka Vacation Value Card now to receive $1 off admission, up to four people.

Kansas Statehouse

The Kansas Statehouse is complete and gleaming like the day it was built. The 13 year renovation has touched every part of the building, from the cornerstone to the top of the 306 foot dome.
Dome Tour
Experience the Kansas Statehouse by taking a free guided Dome Tour. Climb up 296 steps to the top of the dome on this breathtaking adventure! The Kansas Statehouse is the only U.S. Capitol building where the public can go to the top of the dome and walk along the outside balcony for a birds-eye-view of the city.

Guided Tours of the Kansas Statehouse are free and available Monday - Friday. The Statehouse is open 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturdays for self-guided tours. Don't miss the gift shop with one-of-a-kind Kansas-made products, including jewelry made from the old copper dome.

Museum of the Kansas National Guard

Don't miss artifacts, equipment and materials from the history of the Kansas National Guard and 35th Division. View 30 outdoor exhibits, indoor exhibits, including the popular mock Civil War encampment and a replica of the officer's tent from the TV show "M*A*S*H."

The Museum of the Kansas National Guard is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and admission to the museum is free.

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