Kansas is an exciting Midwestern state filled with friendly farming people, small enchanting towns, and lots of exciting things to do.
The state is a basketball hotbed, containing one of the nation’s perennial college powerhouses in the University of Kansas. The Jayhawks were the National Champions in the sport in 2008. Another typically strong university is the Wichita State Shockers from the Missouri Valley Conference who are known for their passionate fans.
The capital of Kansas is Topeka, where anyone interested in history can find a variety of museums to visit. Topeka is home to one of the landmark cases in the Civil Rights movement, Brown vs. Board of Education, and the city has a museum that highlights this historical case and provides the background. For those interested in this state, the Kansas Museum of History provides tours and exhibits chronicling the state’s great American history. Anyone who is interested in western history will enjoy Old Prairie Town, where you can see the ferry site of the Oregon Trail crossing the Kansas River.
Other great sites to see in the state include the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, which is the second largest space museum in the entire world! Anyone who is a fan of the Wizard of Oz will enjoy Liberal, where they host a yearly Oz Fest and have a recreation of Dorothy’s house that you can visit. The little town of Liberal also has a great air museum, which showcases planes from American conflicts dating back to World War II.
Wichita, the largest city in Kansas, is located in the south central part of the state on the Arkansas River. Wichita is a bustling city full of museums, attractions, shopping, and much more. The Frank Lloyd Wright Allen-Lambe House is a popular architectural destination of a beautiful home built in 1915. In 1990, the house became a museum which features a tour of the unique home, including a Koi pond and Japanese garden in the backyard. Exploration Place is a wonderful science center that will show the whole family a great time. The large building houses a three-story castle to teach visitors about medieval life, fantastic aviation exhibits, and exhibits to learn all about the state of Kansas such as its history, weather patterns, and wildlife.
Overall Kansas is a quaint little state with plenty of family fun to be had!