Home to one of the state’s largest events, the Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson also attracts visitors with a space museum and salt mine tours.


Big things call little Hutch home. Namely the state fair (September 9–18, 2016)!

But whether you visit at fair time or not, be sure to see Cosmosphere, with the world's largest collection of U.S. and Russian combined space artifacts, a planetarium and a dome theater showing blockbusters and documentaries.

After riding a mine shaft down 650 feet, follow expert guides on hikes (and once a year, the Tour de Salt bike ride) through the underground world of salt mines at Strataca.

Sand Hills State Park preserves 1,123 acres of sand dunes, grasslands, wetlands and woodlands.

Although its 100 acres are tamer, Dillon Nature Center informs visitors with exhibits on native plants, animals and weather patterns.

Mom-and-pop joint Roy's Hickory Pit BBQ slathers its barbecue pork with a secret rub and sauce.

For a more upscale dinner, watch planes come and go from the municipal airport while dining on steaks and hand-cut onion rings at Airport Steakhouse.

Named for the small pharmacy in back, Fraese Drug Company, Soda Fountain and Grill cures hunger pangs with huge portions of traditional meals like eggs and hash browns, patty melts and roast beef.

Famed for its more than 130 milkshake choices, Bogey's also serves a killer Blue Dragon Burger (jalapeño slices, bacon, grilled onions, blue cheese dressing, pepper Jack cheese and BBQ sauce).

More information: visithutch.com