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.


Moore Ranch.
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Boot Hill Museum and Old Front Street.
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Western Kansas

BUCKLIN: Trailin’ Longhorns

The cattle-trail experience can’t get much more authentic than on one of the three-day rides at this 4,000-acre spread (40 miles southeast of Dodge City). Each spring and fall, guest drovers help the Moore family move 90 longhorns 30 miles between summer and winter ranges. Drovers sleep under the stars or in canvas tents and eat grub cooked over the chuck wagon fire. For a taste of ranch life, come for a visit. During the day, guests spend time on horseback checking longhorns before bedding down for the night in modern cabins. Moore Longhorn Ranch

ELLIS: Car Pioneer

Walter P. Chrysler developed his passion for mechanical things in the late 1800s as a boy growing up in Ellis (20 miles east of WaKeeney). He honed that passion working as a machinist apprentice at the local Union Pacific Railroad shop. The Chrysler Boyhood Home and Museum showcases his memorabilia, as well as vintage Chryslers and Plymouths. Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home and Museum

DODGE CITY: Queen of the Cow Towns

Boot Hill Museum and Old Front Street re-create life in the most fabled cow town of the American West. From Boot Hill to the Long Branch Saloon, the museum and Front Street are replicas of the days when Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson kept the peace. During the summer, six-shooters boom, and desperados race for cover several times a day during mock gunfights that don’t seem to faze horses pulling stagecoaches full of happy kids. Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau

LIBERAL: Baker Arts Center

Open since 1985, the Baker Arts Center features exhibits of local and national artists as well as from the permanent collection. The Center also provides creative workshops for children and adults and traveling cultural events for the community. Baker Arts Center





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