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Kansas is more than just the home of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. The state has an extensive history that includes being a home to prehistoric beasts, a pivotal player in the Civil War, and a place for pioneers heading west to rest, restock, and recuperate. There’s a lot of interesting things to do across the state; here’s a closer look.
Step back in time and see a log cabin, blacksmith shop, prairie mansion, and beautiful botanical garden. When you spend the day here, you can eat like the did in the 1800s fresh from the hearth at a fireside table. Visit an old fashioned general store and drugstore or bring the kids for a lesson in a one room schoolhouse where they’ll write on slates, play old fashioned games, and join in a spelling bee.
This family owned and operated business provides quality service for a great price and can help you out with bikes, trikes, and recumbents. For serious bikers on long trips, they also host a cyclist hostel with beds, showers, laundry facilities, wifi, and a host of other amenities. Stop in if you need help with your bike and call ahead to see if the hostel is accepting guests.
Free State Brewery became the first legal brewery in Kansas in over 100 years when it was founded in 1989. For beer lovers, this is a must see. They have fourteen barrels an knowledgeable staff that knows the beer they make inside and out. They’ve recently expanded their bottling operations so now people in Nebraska and Missouri can partake in their unique brews. Stop by the brewpub for a drink or two.
Take a walk through historic Dodge City and follow the 24-inch bronze stars to learn about all the interesting people and places that have called it home. There are 29 stars altogether, along with a life sized statue of Doc Holliday and a large scale statue of Wyatt Earp. Take an hour or two when you’re in the area and learn a little more about the history of this town.
Located in the historic Merchants Bank building, Merchants Pub and Plate takes midwestern comfort food and cranks it up a notch. They put a big focus on their craft beer selection, too, with thirty beers on tap.. Whether you’re just visiting or live in the neighborhood, an evening spent eating and drinking at Merchants Pub and Plate will not disappoint.