The Eisenhower Presidential Library & Eisenhower Museum in Abilene, Kansas was started in 1962. It includes a Visitor Center, Dwight D. Eisenhower's boyhood home, the Place of Meditation, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, in a park like setting. Allow about 2 hours if you wish to see it all.
Open 362 days a year 9am-4:45 pm
one hour earlier & later from Memorial Day until mid August Portions free, except $10 fee for Eisenhower's boyhood home & the Eisenhower Presidential Museum
There are many steam trains that run across the Untied States for the enjoyment of tourists and history buffs. This train consists of a vintage diesel-electric locomotive, a century-old wooden sided passenger/diner, open air observation cars and a caboose, the excursion train travels through the Smoky Hill River Valley between historic Abilene and Enterprise, a ten mile round trip.
The Train travels at a leisurely 10-15 miles an hour, so there is plenty of time for passengers to take pictures, and visit with the other passengers or train crew. Special charter trains available. Dinner trains in the spring and fall.
Location: 200 SE 5th, south of the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, Abilene, KS 67410
Phone (785) 263-1077
Toll Free : (888)426-6687 ; Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Museum of Independent Telephony, located at The Heritage Center, was established in 1973 to honor the men and women whose early efforts developed the independent telephone industry. www.heritagecenterdk.com 412 S Campbell, Abilene, KS 67410 (785) 263-2681
Regular Hours Summer Hours
Monday-Friday 9:00-3:00 Monday- Friday 9:00-4:00
Saturday 10:00-5:00 Saturday 10:00-8:00
Sunday 1:00-5:00 Sunday 1:00-5:00
Adults : $6.00
Seniors (62 & over) $5.00
Children ( 2-14) $2.00 includes carousel ride
Adult Carousel Ride $2.00 each
Call for Group Rates of 8 or more
The Brookville Hotel is owned and run by fourth generation and is still serving their famous Brookville family style fried chicken.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Lunch: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Dinner: Wednesday - Friday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner, Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner
105 E. Lafayette
Abilene, KS 67410
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Adults - $10 per person, Youth (age 6-16) - $5 per person 1105 N. Buckeye Abilene KS 67410 (785) 263-1084
The Parker Carousel located at the Heritage Center was made in Abilene in 1901 and has 24 hand-carved horses, 4 chariots and is operated with electricity on special occasions. It is powered by its original steam engine. www.heritagecenterdk.com Open Memorial Day - Labor Day: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4125 Campbell, Abilene, KS 67410 (785) 263-2681
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday: noon - 5:00 p.m. Located right off of I-70 at exit 270 on the west side of Abilene KS. 1993 Caramel Boulevard Abilene KS 67410 (785) 263-0463
Rock City is a five acre park which contains about 200 huge Dakota sandstone concretions. The spheres are up to 27 feet in diameter and you are encouraged to climb on them and do pretty much whatever you want. Rock City claims that there is no place else in the world with so many concretions.
Rock City is 31/2 miles south of Minneapolis off Highway 106. There is small gift shop where Rock City, Inc. the local non-profit corporation that operates the park, collects a $3 fee. There is a bucket to leave money when the gift shop is closed.
Rock City, Inc.
1051 Ivy Road
Minneapolis, Kansas 67467
open dawn to dusk
The Greyhound Hall of Fame is a non-profit museum sponsored by contributions from people who know and love the sport of Greyhound racing. www.greyhoundhalloffame.com Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Closed Major Holidays Admission cost - Donation 407 S. Buckeye, Abilene KS 67410 (785) 263-3000
About 20 miles SW of Salina, Kansas off Highway 140 is Kansas smallest state park- Mushroom Rock State Park. The 5 acre park is about 2 miles south of the highway on dirt roads that can be very bad after a rain. The park is surrounded by farms and you can usually hear cattle lowing nearby.
It has Dakota sandstone concretions much like Rock City but here most are not nearly as exposed. There could be a great many concretions at this park, but almost all are still covered by the surrounding soil and only a portion is seen. The underlying rock is softer sandstone and is eroding away, but some of it still remains and has been supporting three of the rocks for many years.
Mushroom Rock State Park
200 Horsethief Rd.,
We are a small farm committed to producing limited quantities of handmade lavender products, striving for the highest quality at a reasonable price giving our customers an exceptional value. Established in 2002, Prairie Lavender Farm resides on the cusp of the tallgrass and shortgrass prairies of North-central Kansas. It also sits on the South side of a hill above the Dakota Aquifer and upon a sandstone shelf,which gives greats drainage for the lavender plants. Even though we have quite sandy loam, it tests out above neutral in the alkaline range of which the lavender loves.
We now grow over 3000 plants with twelve varieties of Lavender about half are the Lavendula angustifolia (English lavender).
For directions, please use Mapquest and plug in our address: 69 Alpine Ridge Lane, Bennington, Ks 67422
*Lavender Harvest Festival*
4201 S. 4th St.
(785) 488-3371 Mike Neustrom
The Garden of Eden is a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas because it is a world-renowned grassroots art site with one of the most fascinating(and bizarre) sculpture gardens in the world!
In 1907, at the age of 62, Civil War veteran Samuel Perry Dinsmoor began construction of this unusual site by building a structure of limestone logs, (some up to 21 feet long) for the family home. Then, using 113 tons of cement, Dinsmoor built 40-foot tall trees to hold his larger than life figures for his sculpture garden. He stopped working on the sculpture in 1929 because he went blind!
Dinsmoor also built a mausoleum to house his mummified remains! Always a jokester, he claimed he would wink at anyone who paid to tour the garden. His vision was accurate and today the Garden of Eden supports itself through admissions. While Dinsmoor was building and creating locals tried to run him out of town. Decades later, The Garden of Eden became the town's main attraction and today Lucas is known as the Grassroots Art Capital Rock Garden and Mri Pillar's 3D art of recycled products
Location Kansas and 2nd, Lucas,Ks
Hours:May-Oct (daily) 10am-5pm
Nov-Feb, Saturday-Sunday 1-4pm
Children 6-12 $1
Taste over 25 wines made from grapes grown in their European style state vineyard. Smoky Hill Vineyards and Winery is the perfect location for your corporate meeting, wedding and reception, class reunion, anniversary or birthday party.
Hours: Monday- Saturday ; 10am-6pm
Closed on Sundays
212 W. Golf. Link Road
The crossroads of the Heartland tells Salina's history by interweaving the story with experiences, tales, graphics and artifacts. This has more than 20,000 artifacts from the 1800s to the present day.
211 West Iron Avenue
Salina, KS 67401
The Central Kansas Flywheels Yesteryear Museum is a rare window allowing us to glimpse into the past and marvel at the achievements of our early pioneer ancestors. In a time when we see the family farm disappearing and old-time skills and techniques being lost, the Central Kansas Flywheels Yesteryear Museum was conceived by those men and women who were involved in agriculture and wanted to preserve the spirit of the early plains settlers. A common bond of appreciation for the past and a desire to share a fading way of life has lead to the exhibits and artifacts displayed throughout the Museum. We proudly maintain a strong preservation tradition.
Closed Sunday and Monday
Central Kansas Flywheels Yesteryear Museum
Here in our zoo, you can get face-to-face with a rare whit camel, an Indian rhino, a curious orangutan, an ornery aardvark or many of the other 105 species of wildlife at home in our zoo. Great care has been taken to provide our animals spacious and naturalistic environments throughout 65 acres of beautifully landscaped park.
As you stroll through the zoo, we hope you take the opportunity to visit worth one of our zookeepers. This dedicated crew is a huge reason why visiting Rolling Hills is such a unique experience. They are specially trained to enhance the quality of life for our animals, which in turn helps the animals thrive and be extra responsive to zoo visitors. Our zookeepers know the animals well and are happy to relate their own insights about the many animals personalities here at Rolling Hills.
We are conveniently located on Interstate-70, just 6 miles west of Salina, Kansas, From I-70, turn south on exit 244 (Hedville Road).
Summer:8am-5pm ; Winter:9am-5pm
The Art Center Cinema presents a wide range of comedy, drama, and documentary films, which are original, imaginative, exciting, thought-provoking and memorable movies as a visual art form.
242 S Santa Fe
Salina, KS 67401
The mission of the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts is to provide quality experience that enrich, educate and entertain.
151 S. Santa Fe, Suite 203
Salina, KS 67401
Welcome to the McPherson County Old Mill Museum
located at 120 Mill Street
Lindsborg, Ks 67456
Enjoy a stroll through yesterday! Exhibits in 12 buildings provide a glimpse into the lives of central Kansas pioneers. Visit a restored 1898 flour mill and learn how Kansas wheat was made into flour. See the mill in operation at Millfest, held annually the first weekend in May. Millfest includes guided tours of the operating mill for ages 13 and up, pioneer arts, live music, and great food!
Open All Year
Monday - Saturday
9am - 5pm
Closed Sundays and County Holidays
Admissions $2.00 Adults
Under 6 FREE