Caves and Mines in Kansas with kids

Who said family fun had to be ABOVE ground! If you are looking for pretty awesome things to do with kids in Kansas, then let’s dig deep…literally!

Underground adventures are so much fun with children. It’s an experience that will introduce them to some of the most incredible wonders on earth, and formations they have never seen before.

Some underground experiences are perfect for family members of all ages and ability, but some require more active families as there are often steps involved.  Whatever you choose in The Sunflower State, you will experience something magical.

Underground experiences require you to join a tour, which is perfect for kids to learn all the fun facts about what they are seeing as they make their through the earth.  Sounds super fun!

Why have an above ground adventure in Kansas…when you can go UNDERGROUND! An exciting family day out for all!

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  • Strataca Kansas Underground Salt Museum

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    Hutchinson

    Take a trip 650 feet below the surface where a fascinating museum awaits to tell you the history of salt!

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  • Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center

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    Overland Park

    The city's largest overall pool facility. Visitors can enjoy a long slide, small water slides, zero depth, fountains and shade structures.

  • Rock River Rapids

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    Derby

    A splashing day out to cool off in those summer days

  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark

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    Kansas City

    Brave the world's TALLEST water slide at this Kansas City water park, with other thrills, spills, and family fun!

  • Salt City Splash Aquatic Center

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    Hutchinson

    The Splash features four pools including slides, diving boards, zero depth entry pool, and splash toys. Available for birthdays and party/special event rentals!

  • Hays Aquatic Park

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    Hays

    The Hays Aquatic Park is a splashingly cool way to spend a day with the family - with a number of water activities and features for kids to play on and enjoy.

  • Jones Aquatic Center

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    Emporia

    Cool down at the Jones Aquatic Center in Emporia! Open seasonally May to August, kids can splash about and play all day!

  • Emporia Zoo

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    Emporia

    Kids will love getting up close with the many species of animals in the Kansas zoo, with a blend of native and exotic birds and animals housed in an area with beautiful landscaping and horticultural ...

  • Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure

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    Salina

    Over 100 animals in this Kansas zoo, plus a 64,000 sq ft museum that takes you on a journey between humans, animals, and the world!

  • Sedgwick County Zoo

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    Wichita

    Over 3,000 animals, and nearly 400 species from all over the world at this Kansas zoo, with boat tours, animal feeding, and a tram tour too!

  • Safari Zoological Park

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    Caney

    A charming zoo that feels animals belong in their natural habitats, offering zoo tours, photos with animals, and tree house fun!

  • Sunset Zoo

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    Manhattan

    Home to over 250 animal species. During summer you can drop in on keeper chats, conservation talks and feedings including chimpanzee, sloth bear and otter.

  • Topeka Zoo

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    Topeka

    A family friendly zoo in the heart of Gage Park in Topeka, with beautiful animal exhibits, fun animal events and encounters, and a children's zoo too!

  • Lee Richardson Zoo

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    Garden City

    Share your Kansas family day out with the animals! This unique zoo is home to hundreds of Kansas native animals, and exotic animals. With a playground, gardens, picnic areas and events, it makes for ...

  • Wright Park Zoo

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    Dodge City

    Over 120 animals and birds at this small county zoo in Wright Park, where kids can come face to face with beautiful animals from around the world

  • Tanganyika Wildlife Park

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    Goddard

    It's the most interactive zoo in all of Kansas! You may find yourself face to face with a kangaroo, have a giraffe eating out of your hand, or look up to a ring tailed lemur on your shoulder! Highly ...

  • Monkey Bizness

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    Shawnee Mission

    Indoor play fun for kids up to 8 years with inflatable courses, bouncers, play structures, jungle gyms and more!

  • Pump It Up Shawnee Mission

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    Shawnee Mission

    Fun open jump for active kids, as well as family jump time and birthday parties in this indoor fun center in Kansas! Great bouncing fun!

  • Going Bonkers

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    Topeka

    Kids can climb, jump, bounce, slide, and weave their way through an amazing five levels of fun exercise and play, with a separate toddler area for the little ones and more than 50 arcade games!

  • Emerald City

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    Overland Park

    Open play for active kids in Kansas, with trampolines, rock wall, foam pit and more, plus great gymnastics classes!

  • Cosmosphere: International Sci-Ed Center and Space Museum

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    Hutchinson

    This world-renowned, Smithsonian-Affiliated museum allows visitors to experience the thrill of space exploration. Plus Dr. Goddard's Lab, an explosively fun, rocketry demonstration for kids!

  • The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame

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    Bonner Springs

    Learn all about the historical and present agricultural industry, with fascinating exhibits, train rides and even animals! Historic fun in Kansas!

  • Prairie Museum of Arts and History

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    Colby

    The Prairie Museum of Art and History serves as a cultural center on the High Plains of Kansas, providing the opportunity for the public to learn about art and history through its collections, in ...

  • High Plains Museum

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    Goodland

    A fascinating museum that tells the stories of the people of Western Kansas from the last century. Over 8,000 objects will take the family back through history where kids can discover the rich ...

  • Fick Fossil and History Museum

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    Oakley

    The Fick Fossil and History Museum in Oakley, Kansas shares a building with the community library. The Fick Museum is free (donations) and has a number of interesting large fossils from the area, ...

  • Boot Hill Museum

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    Dodge City

    A great museum for lovers of cowboys and the Old West! Boot Hill Museum also looks at the history of Dodge City which makes for a gunslinging family day out in Kansas!

  • Sternberg Museum of Natural History

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    Hays

    The Sternberg Museum features interactive natural science exhibitions, many traveling and temporary exhibitions, an acclaimed Discovery Room, and a Museum Store. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • McPherson County Old Mill Museum

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    Lindsborg

    Standing tall on the banks of the Smoky Hill River, the McPherson County Old Mill Museum preserves the early heritage of McPherson County. The museum collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and ...

  • Greyhound Hall of Fame

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    Abilene

    A place to learn about greyhounds, the history of racing and meet retired racers themselves, who all have amazing stories to tell.

  • Ottawa County Historical Museum

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    Minneapolis

    The Ottawa County Historical Museum features many outstanding displays. One of the world's premier George Washington Carver exhibits resides within the museum. Also included is an excellent ...

  • Kauffman Museum

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    North Newton

    The Kaufman museum has: * a tallgrass prairie reconstruction with over 15 species of grasses and more than 100 wildflower species * the award-winning permanent exhibit Of Land and ...

  • Marion Historical Museum

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    Marion

    The Marion County Museum was dedicated and opened to the public during the Old Settlers Celebration in August, 1961. Leslie A. Powell, society president and Al Riffel, Vice President were in Charge ...

  • Combat Air Museum

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    Topeka

    The combat Air Museum is an incredible collection of aircraft which also houses a wide variety of military artifacts from the First World War to the present day. Many aircraft engines are also on ...

  • Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

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    Atchison

    Tour this National Historic Site to learn about the life of one of the world's most influential female aviators. A fascinating day out for kids in Atchison, Kansas.

  • Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

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    Chanute

    Offering a theatre, displays, exhibitions and artefacts detailing the thrilling and adventurous lives and achievements of a couple of honest to goodness Explorers.