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Kansas Day Trips

Tourist Attractions in Kansas

Kansas day trips like these can make for excellent RV road trips! Read about all the interesting tourist attractions in Kansas where others have been, and tell us your favorite experiences as well.

Kansas is an interesting mix of pioneer heritage and modern charm. Museums, art galleries, walking tours, ranches and trials offer a living history glimpse of the Old West, cowboy legends and an earlier way of life.

kansas-day-trips-01; kansas postage stamp Kansas day trips are also just enough time to visit the Sedgwick County Zoo, designed to be viewer friendly visitors can get up close to the animals and take a tram tour of the zoo.

The Land of Oz, in Liberal, Kansas is perfect for childhood fantasy and even includes the Yellow Brick Road, Munchkins and talking trees featured in the films and books by L. Frank Baum.

For those interested in space, Kansas day trips to the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center features one of the largest collections of space artifacts to explore.

Tell us about your favorite tourist attractions in Kansas, and help others plan their RV road trips. Its easy to do. Here is an example from one reader:

Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, Ks

The Old Cowtown museum is one of my favorite places to visit. It a living history museum that seeks to portray life in Kansas in the 1870s when the great cattle herds were being driven along the Chisholm trail, so expect to see cowboys, gunfighters, saloon girls, sheriffs, gentlemen and ladies dressed and performing in the clothing of a previous centuries.

kansas-day-trips-02; kids at old cowtown museum wichita kansas Engage them in conversation, many of them are volunteers and are doing the job out of a simple love of history and are glad to share it with anyone who asks.

I loved it so much I even volunteered one summer when I had more free time on my hands than I do today.

I still visit it, though.

My last visit was with my family and we watched a mock battle between some Civil War reenactors.

Check their schedule to see what's happening there during year. There are usually several gunfights a year, as is only natural in such a place.

You can see the dancehall girls perform and buy wanted posters of Jesse James in the gift shop. The core of Cowtown is the buildings that have been brought in from all over Kansas. Each of them is a relic from age of sixguns and horses.

Want to see an original train station with a working telegraph system, and then stop by the Wichita and Southwestern Railroad Company depot. When you the ringing of metal, you know you're getting close to the authentic and fully functioning blacksmiths shop. When you get thirsty stop by Fritz Snitzler's saloon for a root beer or cream soda, it'll wash the trail dust from your throat.

Look for the tiger on the wall, and you'll know where the popular cowboy game of Faro was played. Cowboys called Faro, "Bucking the Tiger!"

You'll also find some Victorian mansions to tour with authentic furniture and furnishings, a fully operational farm, log cabins and a printing shop.

There is a lot more to see and do because it really is a small cowtown that seems to have been lifted right out of a Hollywood movie. The Old Cowtown Museum is open seasonally, so call them at 316-350-3323 or visit them online at Oldcowtown.org.

So have you visited Kansas with your family? Share the real scoop and let us know the best spots for Kansas day trips and rate your adventures from 1-5.

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Where Other RVers Have Been

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Tuttle-Creek State Park in Kansas 
Tuttle Creek State Park is a wonderful place to spend some time fishing, boating, camping, or hiking with your family. My grandparents had a cabin there …

Exploration Place Wichita, Kansas 
Exploration Place calls itself a “science and discovery center,” and has various exhibits for families to discover together. It’s one of my favorite places …

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