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Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS

Walnut Valley Music Fest

The Walnut Valley Festival (referred to simply as “Winfield” by long time festival-goers) is an annual acoustic festival held in Winfield, KS, the third full weekend in September. The festival takes place over a five-day period and is a great, family-friendly event. For 2024, the Walnut Valley Festival will host the National Flat-Picking Championships from […]

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 […]

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: 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 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: 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 […]

Where to Find Old Joyland Amusement Park Memorabilia and Rides

In honor of the opening of the restored Joyland Carousel at Botanica, we decided to do a round-up of places around Kansas where you can still ride old Joyland rides and see Joyland memorabilia.  If you are feeling nostalgic for the days gone by of Joyland Amusement Park like I am and wishing you could […]