National Parks / Natural World in Kansas with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Sunflower State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Kansas offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Kansas itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Scott State Park

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    Scott City

    Hidden in the western Kansas prairie, Scott State Park is a startling oasis of natural springs, deep wooded canyons, and craggy bluffs. The 1,020-acre park surrounds the 100-acre, springfed Scott ...

  • Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

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    Overland Park

    The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens was founded to keep the city at the forefront of environmental and ecological issues. A leader of environmentally sound community development, the ...

  • Great Plains Nature Center

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    Wichita

    Our Goals 1. Provide opportunities to the public to learn about natural resources, especially the wildlife and plant species, of the Great Plains Region. 2. Provide visitors with enjoyable ...

  • Tallgrass Prairie Park

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    Strong City

    Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve was honored with being selected as one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius announced the results on January 29, 2008, Kansas Day, at the ...

  • Botanica Wichita

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    Wichita

    An amazing selection of themed gardens in Wichita, including an unforgettable children's garden with musical mazes and monster trees!

  • Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery

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    Junction City

    See live animal exhibits, see and touch native animal furs, print your own tracks, watch birds of prey, hike nature trails, and enjoy a super nature themed adventure playground.

  • OJ Watson Park

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    Wichita

    A lovely family day out in nature with over 119 acres of land and lake to enjoy Kansas nature at its best.

  • Kansas Wetlands Education Center

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    Great Bend

    Offers state of the art exhibition techniques to showcase every dimension of the wetlands experience, plus observation decking, hides and further resources.

  • Flint Hills Wildlife Refuge

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    Hartford

    Wetlands, grasslands and marshlands for kids to explore, which provide a diverse habitat for mammals, reptiles and birds which they can learn about. An animal haven!

  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

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    Strong City

    Get out into nature at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Kansas Flint Hills, and enjoy the numerous year round nature trails and summer fun activities.

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  • 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.

  • Wichita Art Museum

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    Wichita

    As the largest art museum in the state of Kansas, the Wichita Art Museum houses one of the country's finest collections of American art, spanning three centuries of painting, sculpture, works on ...

  • Ulrich Museum of Art

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    Wichita

    The Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University acts as a catalyst and cultural center for the art of our time. Offering direct encounters with modern and contemporary art and dynamic public ...

  • Kansas Aviation Museum

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    Wichita

    The importance of the Kansas Aviation Museum building to the glory days of Kansas aviation cannot be overstated. Its grand art-deco style appeals both to the aviation community and to anyone ...

  • Lake Afton Public Observatory

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    Goddard

    Through the Observatory's 16-inch telescope you can view such wonders as the planet Saturn and its beautiful rings, and the Moon with its craters and mountains!

  • Kingman County Museum

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    Kingman

    In 1967 the city moved it's offices and fire equipment to a modern building and in 1969 the city sold the old building to the Kingman County Historical Society. The society opened the building to the ...

  • Old Cowtown Museum

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    Wichita

    Experience life in the 1870s in this living history museum, where you can experience midwestern cattle town with wagon rides, blacksmiths, historic buildings and more!

  • Pawnee Indian Village Museum

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    Republic

    Step back in time in this Kansas museum as the whole family can experience the history of the Pawnee Indians, who settled in Republic County as early as 1770.

  • Shelby County Historical Museum

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    Harlan

    Welcome to the Shelby County Historical Museum, located at the corner of Pine Street and Morse Avenue in Harlan. Opened in 1975 as a Bicentennial project, the facility has grown to four buildings ...

  • Kansas Museum of World Treasures

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    Wichita

    Experience a trip through time at one of the most interesting and exciting museums in America. Children will enjoy the fun activity center including a Moon Walk, Puppet Theater, and large play castle ...

  • Reno County Museum

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    Hutchinson

    Why is Reno County a special place to live? Come find out at the Reno County Museum where you will uncover the rich culture and history via their fascinating exhibitions!