In 2016, Kansas welcomed over 25 million visitors!

Unfortunately, with Covid-19 hitting the planet, we’ve seen a serious decline in the number of people traveling.

But, we can hope for a brighter future where it’s possible to enjoy everything that Garden City Kansas has to offer!

In this article, we’ll look at a few awesome things to do when you visit this wonderful city in Kansas. Let’s get started:

1. Say Hello to Animals at Lee Richardson Zoo

This zoo is over 47 acres. While you’re exploring, can you spot the 100 different animal species that call this zoo their home?

You can expect to pay just $10 per car when you visit Lee Richardson Zoo. If you decide you would rather walk in and enjoy the animals it is free.  Yep you heard right.. FREE. But, many businesses have been negatively affected by Coronavirus, so if you can afford to pay a little more, why not make a generous donation?

Just a few of the exhibits you can expect to find include; the North American Plains, the Cat Canyon, the Aviary, and Wild Asia.

2. Slip and Slide at the Parrot Cove Indoor Water Park

If you’re traveling with little ones, then you simply cannot miss the Parrot Cove Indoor Water Park. We guarantee, they will love it!

You can’t miss this water park from the outside as a huge, multicolored slide sticks out from the main building!

In order to make the most of the park, arrive as soon as the doors open. By doing this, you’ll have an hour of quiet time with your family. Better yet, if you visit on a Tuesday, you’ll only need to pay $10.

3. Looking for History? Explore Senator William H Thompson House

If you want to learn more about the Senate, a great way to do this than by visiting Senators’ homes and reading all about their lives.

Thompson was a popular man who was known for promoting reform. His progressive views (such as supporting women’s suffrage) at the time gained him a lot of support.

His home is a large white house that was built in 1907. It’s an impressive home that you shouldn’t miss while in Garden City.

4. Support the Wildlife at Friends of Sandsage Bison

This is a local refuge that supports the Sandsage Bison. Their population is stable but they are classed as a “near threatened” animal.

You can support the bison by visiting the Friends of Sandsage Bison with your family. Biologists give families tours throughout the week so you can learn all about this impressive animal.

If you are an animal lover, then this is certainly a must-visit. You’ll be able to see the bison up close and personal. If you’re visiting during Spring or Summer, you may be lucky enough to see baby Bison! They’re super cute.

5. More History at Finney County Historical Society

The historical society describes its premises as a “modest museum”. It’s known for being run by kind people with an interest in the local community’s history.

If you’re looking for new ways to learn about the city, then it’s a must-visit. Better yet, there is a dress-up area so you can take pictures looking like people from bygone eras! You won’t want to miss the newest exhibit; the True Crime Exhibit.  It walks you through the famous Fleagle Gang and also In Cold Blood.

Finney County Historical Society describes itself as clean, friendly, and open seven days per week. Better yet, it’s free to visit too!

6. Don’t Miss the Best Brewery in Town

There are many great places to drink in this city. Don’t miss out on Flat Mountain Brewhouse.

Flat Mountain Brewhouse regularly holds interesting events that you can enjoy with your loved ones. For example, they hold jazz evenings and comedy nights. Check out their website for more information!

The selection of beer at this establishment is fantastic. While drinking, make sure you also order a Reuben sandwich and you won’t be disappointed.

7. Stop for Some Delicious Dinner

After a long day exploring the sights of Garden City, it’s time to stop for some food! There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from.

Check out Saigon’s Corner Restaurant if you fancy Thai food. Pho Hoa One Restaurant is great if you fancy a Vietnamese dish.

Alternatively, why not visit Tequilas Mexican Grill or Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers for a retro experience? You can eat almost every cuisine in the world without leaving Kansas!

8. Explore the Art World at Garden City Arts

If you have a love of art, then it’s worth checking this wonderful place out! You’ll find classes and interesting art to peruse.

Again, this is a great place for kids as they will be able to enjoy an art class while you explore the local shops!

Garden City Arts often offers summer events such as art in the park. Due to Covid, many classes are now taking place online. Check out the website for more information.

Garden City Kansas Is a Great Place to Visit

When you visit Garden City Kansas, you can be sure you’ll come away with wonderful memories that the whole family will hold onto forever!

Is there anything else that you think needs to be added to this list? Then, follow us on social media and get in touch to let us know about your favorite places in Garden City.

Planning a trip to Garden City? You can request a free visitor guide from our website.

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