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Kansas Road Trips & Scenic Drives

Now is a great time to explore natural areas near us here in Wichita by taking a nice scenic drive with the family. Over the past couple of years, we’ve been writing about fantastic places to see in our Kansas Road Trips series. I thought it would be a good time to reshare these since […]

Groupons for Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City

Great Wolf Lodge Deals on Rooms and Waterpark

Groupon currently has deals for a popular family attraction in Kansas City: The Great Wolf Lodge. This deal is for your room and waterpark. They have 38,000-square-foot indoor water park. Splashy rides such as the Howling Wolf, a toboggan-style water slide, and a winding lazy river surround the park’s iconic hub. They even have a […]

8 Wonders of Kansas Quick Review: Road Trip

8 wonders of Kansas

Ever wondered where to find the 8 Wonders of Kansas? Some of these places I have been to, others I have never heard of. Most of the “Wonders” on this list are pretty close to Wichita making these an easy day trip. The furthest location on this list is four hours away (Monument Rocks). I […]

Treehouse Experience in Sedgwick, Kansas

Treehouse in Sedgwick KS

Ever dreamed of staying in a treehouse? We fulfilled that dream at Diamond Springs Ranch, and it was a fantastic experience. Our overnight stay in Sedgwick, KS, was the ultimate getaway, and we didn’t spend a fortune. Nestled in a treehouse, we enjoyed horseback trail rides, roasted marshmallows, and cherished quality family time. Sleeping among […]

Derby Shores Beach

Kansas is getting a manmade beach, and it’s right outside of Wichita. Derby, Kansas, is getting a $160 million dollar beach, ziplining, BMX, and more. This will be a destination for the Midwest. Derby Shores is a 4.5-acre lagoon with white sandy beaches, water sports, lounging, waterfront restaurants, waterslides, and more. This destination will be […]

Free fun, live music, and more at Sedgwick County Fair

roasted corn sedgwick county fair cheney ks

Yup, it’s happening. The Sedgwick County Fair organizers announced we’re having a fair this year. And every night they’ll have free live music on their open air stage, too! Admission to the county fair is FREE. (Yes, free!) We’re so ready for the “spectacular return” they promised, and it does look spectacular – activities every […]

Kansas Road Trip: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Visitors Center at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Here’s a free family getaway you’ll be remembering long after its done. If you live in Wichita or nearby, you have an easy drive to see and experience something rare and unique. This is also a really fun and educational day trip! At the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas, you can see what the […]

Getaways on the Cheap: FREE Kansas Guide Books, Map

FREE Kansas Travel Guides

  Here’s one of my best tips for saving money on summer vacations: Check out the state and local tourism resources at your destination and pick up free travel guides. It seems obvious, but it’s often overlooked. Those organizations work hard to attract travelers, many times offering coupons or special discounts. TravelKS has released its […]

Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine Kansas

Bartlett Arboretum in Kansas

The Bartlett Arboretum is in Belle Plaine, Kansas, and it is a beautiful escape from the city with gardens and special events. This is truly a hidden gem in Kansas. It has 20 acres of gardens and is only about a 30-minute drive South of Wichita. This year’s Tulip season will open on March 24 […]

Western Kansas Getaway: Monument Rocks and Lake Scott State Park

Keystone Rock at Monument Rocks chalk pyramids in western Kansas

One of the best Kansas getaways (if you love the great outdoors) is Monument Rocks Chalk Pyramids and Lake Scott State Park. We visited one year in early July and it was a great family experience. It’s not exactly a day trip from Wichita, but it would be a terrific weekend getaway or maybe even […]

Kansas Road Trip: Mushroom Rock Park & Kanopolis Lake

Mushroom Rock State Park

Last summer, my sister and I packed up the kids and went on some fantastic day trips from Wichita.On our first Kansas road trip of the summer, we visited Mushroom Rock State Park and Kanopolis Lake State Park. Mushroom Rock State Park Our first stop was Mushroom Rock State Park. At only 5 acres in […]

Wichita Kansas Fun Facts about our City

Wichita Fun Facts

My husband and I were born in raised in Wichita, and we both love our city. Well, I guess my husband technically grew up in Andover but close enough. We have been compiling a list of interesting facts about Wichita, KS. Some of the facts we learned from Visit Wichita, Historical Sites, and more.  Wichita […]

Sunflower fields near Wichita, KS – Where can you see sunflowers in bloom?

Sunflower Fields in Kansas

Seeing row after row of blooming sunflowers – it’s one of the perks of living in Kansas. Many readers have asked me where they could find sunflower fields near Wichita or around the state. In the past, that wasn’t an easy question to answer since only a few were planted specifically to be enjoyed by […]

Kansas Road Trip: Henry’s Candy Co. in Dexter, Kansas

Henry's Candy Company in Dexter, KS

Sometimes you just need to get out of town and get back to nature. On one of our Kansas Road Trips, we took a day trip to see the waterfall at Cowley State Fishing Lake. On the way there, we stopped at Henry’s Candy Co. in Dexter, Kansas. When we told the kids we were […]

Kansas Road Trip: Coronado Heights

  Approximately 80 miles northwest of Wichita, you will find the Coronado Heights Castle atop the only hill for miles around. It is a fun place to explore with your family and makes a great family road trip. Read about our family day trip from Wichita, a short history of Coronado Heights, and get a […]

Kansas Road Trip: Cowley State Fishing Lake Waterfall

The waterfall at Cowley State Fishing Lake in Arkansas City (aka Ark City) is a fun place to explore, and not too far from Wichita! Read about our family day trip and get a few helpful tips to make your visit fun and successful. Don’t want to miss out on all the free deals? We […]

Save on Summer Vacation Travel – How to Save Money on Road Trips

Save Money on Road Trips

It’s almost summer travel season, when many of us are looking for options to get out of town. After 4 years of staycationing here in the ICT, I think I’m ready to go on a road trip. Of course, if we do that it’s going to have to be one of my patented “on the […]

Experience El Dorado Kansas

Are you looking for a little getaway or want to spend some time outside of the City? El Dorado is a easy drive and close to Wichita, with lots of fun activities, museums, and a really cute downtown. El Dorado, Kansas, is an excellent place for a day trip with many FREE things to experience. […]

Military families get free annual pass to national parks

Active-duty military personnel and their dependents can receive an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass for FREE (an $80 value). The pass grants them access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. This is a great deal if you plan to go a National Park […]

Road Trip Essentials (For Cheap)

Road Trip Essentials

Below we have provided a list of items that are essential for road trips. Road trips are expensive enough. With the price of gas and lodging, it adds up. This list contains everything you need, and maybe more, for a successful road trip with the family. You might even have some of these items already […]

Abilene Kansas one of the Top Historic Town in America

Abilene, KS

Abilene is one of the top two historic small towns in the country. According to the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, for the second year in a row, Abilene was named runner-up in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Contest in the Best Historic Small Town category. Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “The proudest thing I can […]

Best Hikes and Scenic Drives for Fall Color in Kansas

wagon at sunset in sedgwick county park

Best Hikes and Scenic Drives for Fall Color in Kansas I’m falling in love with all of the free and cheap things to do this fall in Wichita. From our pumpkin patches to our scary movies at the drive-in, there’s so much fall fun to be had. There’s so much going on, but don’t forget […]

FREE Admission to America’s National Parks

Hot Spring in Norris Geyser Basin - National Park Service photo

Here’s a big deal: The National Park Service offers five fee-free days in 2024. On these FREE days at U.S. National Parks, you’ll pay nothing to get in to more than 100 national parks across the country that normally charge a fee. During the fee-free days, the parks waive entrance fees, commercial tour fees and […]

First Day Hikes on New Years Day in Kansas, Wichita

State Parks in Kansas First Day Hikes

Take a hike on the first day of 2024 to start your new year off right!  Numerous Kansas State Parks – and a Wichita city park – are offering First Day Hikes, which are guided hikes on New Year’s Day, January 1. Bring the family – bundled up, of course, and wearing comfortable, sturdy hiking […]

Hotel at Old Town Discount for Wichita on the Cheap Readers

Hotel at Old Town Discount

Are you looking to escape the everyday routine and explore something new? Hotel at Old Town has partnered with us to help promote Staycations in the City we all love. Experience Wichita in a new way by making a vacation out of our hometown. With great restaurants, local attractions, and outdoor activities, you can have […]