The US state of Kansas offers plenty of enchanting attractions across its vibrant towns and cities, as well as a wide-open pastoral landscape with numerous outdoor activities.

    Whether you're looking to spend time in a sprawling city with waterparks and cultural attractions or in a small town surrounded by breathtaking countrysides, you'll never have to look very hard in The Sunflower State. To get the most out of your trip, make sure you hit all the top spots, which we've compiled in this list of the best things to do in Kansas.

    What are the best things to do in Kansas?

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    Fort Larned National Historic Site

    See an authentic 19th-century army post

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    The Fort Larned National Historic Site is set up specifically to look like an army post from the 1860s. As you explore the area, you can learn all about the Indian Wars, thanks to the numerous exhibits on display and education programmes. 

    Time your visit right to enjoy more unique experiences at  Fort Larned National Historic Site. Reenactments are frequently held here, as well as living history events that can provide valuable insight into what life was like nearly 2 centuries ago.

    Location: 1767 KS-156, Larned, KS 67550, USA

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +1 620-285-6911

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    Monument Rocks

    Marvel at the natural wonder of the Chalk Pyramids

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    The Monument Rocks is a series of chalk formations in Gove County, between Kansas and Colorado. Also known as the Chalk Pyramids, these 70-ft-tall stones are an impressive result of geological actions that occurred more than 80 million years ago when the region was entirely underwater.

    The Monument Rocks also contain fossils and prehistoric remnants, so climbing and touching are strictly prohibited. Be sure to keep your camera packed for this landmark, as it's one of the 8 wonders of Kansas.

    Location: Gove 16, Oakley, KS 67748, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 785-938-8010

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    Flint Hills Discovery Centre

    Immerse yourself in American history

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    The Flint Hills Discovery Centre in Manhattan covers 35,000 sq ft of exhibitions dedicated to science and culture. At first glance, it may seem to highlight the history of Flint Hills and the surrounding area, but as you explore further, you'll find there's much more in store. This discovery centre hones in on everything American, from nature and wildlife to famous inventions and pop culture icons. 

    You can learn about the Flint Hills area with the Immersive Experience Theatre, which uses special effects to make you feel certain aspects of the film, such as the wind, in real life.

    Location: 315 S 3rd St, Manhattan, KS 66502, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 785-587-2726

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    Kansas State Capitol

    Explore the history of Kansas and beyond

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    The Kansas State Capitol is a premier destination for a historical tour. Located in city centre Topeka, the entire complex spans about 20 acres and showcases some of the most impressive architectural works in the entire state. 

    The building sports a French Renaissance design that dates back to the late 19th century. You can check out numerous murals and sculptures on display, but touring the dome is particularly rewarding, as you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Just be prepared to climb 296 steps to reach to the top. 

    Location: SW 8th & SW Van Buren, Topeka, KS 66612, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 8 am to 5.30 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 785-296-3966

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    Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum

    Learn all about President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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    The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home is a must-visit in the town of Abilene. It was the childhood home of the 34th US president that has since become a complex highlighting his legacy.

    It also offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The complex has a total of 5 different buildings, including the presidential library, a museum, a visitor centre, a meditation building, and Eisenhower's old home.

    Location: 200 S E 4th St, Abilene, KS 67410, USA

    Open: August–May: daily from 9 am to 4.45 pm. June–July: daily from 8 am to 5.45 pm

    Phone: +1 785-263-6700

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    Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

    See what makes the Great Plains so alluring

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    The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve shows off the natural magnificence of Kansas' Great Plains. Located in the Flint Hills region, this preserve holds the last remnants of an area that once encompassed 170 million acres. 

    You'll find quite a few different ways to tour the area, including hiking through designated paths or taking a bus tour. A self-guided cell phone tour is also available, so you can hit all the top spots and learn some valuable information about the area.

    Location: 2480B KS-177, Strong City, KS 66869, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +1 620-273-8494

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    Boot Hill Museum

    Take a step back in time in a replicated Old West town

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    The Boot Hill Museum chronicles the history and lore of the Old West, With an emphasis on Dodge City history. It's a great place to step back in time to the 19th century and see what Kansas was like during the Wild West era. 

    Here, you'll find a replicated Old West town with historical buildings, including saloons with swinging entrance doors and floorboards that somehow only creaks when someone walks in. The Boot Hill Museum contains over 60,000 artefacts, including hundreds of period guns.

    Location: 500 W Wyatt Earp Blvd, Dodge City, KS 67801, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 620-227-8188

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    Evel Knievel Museum

    Dedicated to the famous stunt performer

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    The Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka is a great place to learn about the iconic American stuntman. The daredevil wowed audiences for years, as he's known for performing some of history's most death-defying motorcycle stunts. 

    Not only can you learn more about his life and tricks, but you'll also be able to explore several artefacts from the legendary daredevil. These include a collection of his motorcycles, helmets, and vibrantly coloured costumes. An on-site 4D experience even lets you jump into the role of Evel Knievel yourself.

    Location: 2047 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66612, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +1 785-215-6205

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    Spencer Museum of Art

    Explore the largest art gallery in Kansas

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    The Spencer Museum of Art is the only art gallery in Kansas that boasts a collection of over 45,000 objects. Interestingly enough, these artworks come in a variety of forms rather than focusing on traditional mediums like paintings and sculptures. 

    The Spencer Museum of Art displays notable works by Native American, European, African, Latin American, and Asian artists, amongst others. Don't forget to check out its changing exhibitions and engaging art experiences.

    Location: 1301 Mississippi St, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA

    Phone: +1 785-864-4710

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    Botanica, The Wichita Gardens

    Explore a horticultural paradise with 30 themed gardens

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    Botanica, The Wichita Gardens is a horticultural paradise with 30 vibrant themed gardens. You can see thousands of flowers and trees from over 4,000 species, including hydrangeas, asters, and eryngiums.

    Amongst the themed gardens is the Shakespeare Garden, which features the most popular and iconic plants of the Elizabethan era and famous stories. Koi ponds, impressive sculptures, and fountains are prominent throughout Botanica, The Wichita Gardens. Visit the Butterfly House, where 400 butterflies from 50 different species float freely in a 2,880-sq-ft, net-covered enclosure. 

    Location: 701 Amidon St, Wichita, KS 67203, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 316-264-0448

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