Family Getaways in Kansas | Midwest Living

Family Getaways in Kansas

Play cowboy at a working ranch, discover six-shooter duels, and walk in the tracks of Wyatt Earp on a family vacation in Kansas.


Championship Ranch Rodeo.
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Downtown Wichita.
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Central Kansas

BROOKVILLE: Git Along, Lil’ Doggies

Join a roundup, or just drop in for a Ranch Day to help owner Jack Lill with daily chores at his 3,600-acre JL Canyon Ranch. Jack is a master at making greenhorns comfortable on horses, as they head out to guide cattle to greener pastures. On roundup days, a chuck wagon tags along to serve a hearty lunch. JL Canyon Ranch

MEDICINE LODGE: Championship Ranch Rodeo

Think of a ranch rodeo as chores with flair. Lots of flair. At the annual Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo in late September, the state’s top ranch teams go head-to-head. The competition includes sorting numbered cattle from a herd, roping and dropping steers for team doctoring, a high-speed version of team branding (no hot irons) and ranch bronc riding. Kids of all ages will love the raucous wild-cow-milking contest.  Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo

SALINA: Animal Kingdom

A covered tram carries families to more than 300 native and exotic animals, including rhinos, anteaters, giraffes and tigers at 65-acre Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure two miles south of I-70 west of Salina. The indoor museum, with hundreds of mounted animals in native settings and animatronic Native Americans and Eskimoes, makes this zoo even cooler. Games, computers, books and puppets make Hideaway Hollow a perfect kid clubhouse. Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure

WICHITA: Big-City Fun

The state’s biggest city delivers big family fun. Let the little ones zoom in flight simulators at Exploration Place. Take cover when desperadoes face off for a window-rattling gun duel along the dusty streets of the Old Cowtown Museum. The whole family can fit into a tepee at the Mid-America All-Indian Center. And at the Sedgwick County Zoo, everyone gets an up-close view of buffalo, prairie dogs and other plains animals. East of downtown, Old Town is a robust entertainment and dining district. Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau



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