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. More … [Read more...] about Kansas Road Trip: Cowley State Fishing Lake Waterfall
Vacations, weekend getaways, and day trips from the Wichita, KS area.
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, … [Read more...] about Kansas Road Trip: Henry’s Candy Co. in Dexter, Kansas
Seeing row after row of blooming sunflowers - it's one of the perks of living in Kansas. Lots of readers have asked me where they could find sunflower fields in bloom near Wichita or around the state. It isn't an easy question to answer, … [Read more...] about Kansas sunflower fields in bloom
From the Flint Hills to the sunflower fields, the waterfalls to the spectacular sunsets and beyond, Kansas is a beautiful state. There is so much to see and explore! One of the great things about our state is that so much of it has been … [Read more...] about Kansas Road Trip Travel Essentials
Every year readers ask me where they can find "you-pick" places in the Wichita area. They're talking about the orchards and farms where families can go pick fresh produce right off the tree or vine. This is so much fun to do, and it's a … [Read more...] about You-pick farms near Wichita
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, … [Read more...] about Military families get free annual pass to national parks
Here's a big deal: The National Park Service offers four fee-free days in 2018. On these dates, FREE entrance is available to national parks across the country that normally charge a fee. During the fee-free days, the parks waive entrance … [Read more...] about FREE Admission to America’s National Parks
Save on Kansas State Parks Annual Vehicle Pass When You Renew Your Tags When you renew your tags in Kansas this year, you'll have an extra option: You can get a big discount on the Kansas State Parks annual vehicle pass during the … [Read more...] about Save on Kansas State Parks When You Renew Your Tags
A few readers have asked where they can see Christmas light displays in Wichita, and that's a great idea for a post because driving around looking at the lights is not only a fun family tradition, it's also really inexpensive. (Even after … [Read more...] about Where to See Christmas Lights in Wichita
Every year we see wonderful family-owned farms in Wichita or the surrounding area that offer pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and other fall fun for families. Here's a list of all the farms I know of within an hour or so of Wichita where you … [Read more...] about Fall Farm Fun: Wichita-Area Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and More
Every Kid in a Park is an annual program of the U.S. government that provides free passes to National Parks for fourth grade students. The program was established to allow fourth graders and their families to discover our wildlife, … [Read more...] about 4th graders can get free National Park Passes
Though a hefty number of National Parks are free for all, many still charge a fee. And with the coffers a bit low, NPS is raising entry prices across the board. Now comes word that what used to be one the best deals around is about to be a … [Read more...] about Act fast! National Parks Lifetime Passes for seniors soon jump from $10 to $80
Lodging is one of the biggest expenses when you go on vacation, so it pays to learn a few tips for getting the best rate at hotels. Having worked in the sales office of a local hotel, I know this: Room rates are not set in … [Read more...] about Save on Summer Vacation Travel – Tips for Getting the Best Rate at Hotels
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 … [Read more...] about Getaways on the Cheap: FREE Kansas Guide Books, Map
In this age of discount travel websites and Groupon Getaways, most of us take to the Internet to plan our vacations. But does the DIY approach always save us more money? Perhaps, but in all of our bargain hunting, it may pay off to call … [Read more...] about Save on Summer Vacation Travel – Can a Travel Agent Save You Money?