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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 […]

You-pick Farms Near Wichita: Apples, Berries, Peaches & More

You Pick Farms Wichita

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 great way to enjoy fresh air and sunshine together as […]

Pumpkin Patches in and around Wichita

Pumpkin Patches Wichita

Thank goodness for agricultural tourism in Kansas. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and fun farms are all enjoyed outdoors, so go have some fall fun in 2023! Every year, we see lovely family-owned farms near Wichita that offer pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and other fall fun for families. These are some of the best pumpkin patches […]

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 […]

Kansas Road Trip: Lindsborg, Kansas

[sc name=”double-check-reminder” ] Just an hour north of Wichita is the quaint Swedish town of Lindsborg, Kansas. It is nicknamed “Little Sweden USA” and if you are looking to get out and explore, this cute town has something for everyone.  How to Get There Lindsborg is about an hour north of west Wichita and easily […]

Kansas Scenic Drives

Flint Hills Scenic Byway - Kansas

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 […]

Kansas Road Trip: Chase State Fishing Lake and Waterfalls

Chase State Lake Waterfalls in Strong City, KS

This was one of the most spectacular things I’ve seen in Kansas. Deep in the Kansas Flint Hills – but not very far from Wichita – you can visit Chase State Fishing Lake and see the waterfalls.   Important Kansas disclaimer: Waterfalls in Kansas don’t flow if we haven’t had enough rain. Your trip might […]

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 […]

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: Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and McPherson State Fishing Lake

Bison seen from the road at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge Canton Kansas

About an hour north of Wichita, the buffalo roam (bison, really – and elk too) at the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. It shares a boundary with McPherson State Fishing Lake, so this is a great two-for-one family road trip! 🙂 Check out our video that has a few of the bajillion pictures and videos we took […]

Kansas Road Trip Travel Essentials

Kansas Flint Hills - a terrific family drive!

  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 kept in its natural state or close to it. […]

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 […]

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 […]