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29. Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area [SUBMITTED]

28. BOTANICA WICHITA 701 Amidon St., Wichita The botanical gardens, encompassing more than 18 acres, features more than 4,000 species of plants, both native and new to the region. Highlights include the Chinese Garden of Friendship, with a man-made mountain with various traditional Chinese architectural features; Jessie Wooldridge Brosius Rose Garden, with more than 350 rose plants; and the Children’s Garden, where kids can play in a giant monster woods or run through a musical maze. The gardens also showcase a collection of 50 sculptures, streams, fountains, waterfalls, butterfly house and cafe. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday year-round; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April through October; extended hours until 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, April through September Cost: $7 for ages 13-61; $6 for age 62 and older and military; $5 for ages 3-12; free for age 2 and under Information: botanica.org; (316) 264-0448

29. CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA North of Great Bend, between K-156 and K-4 highways The 19,857-acre wildlife area and adjacent 7,694-acre preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy comprise the largest inland marsh in the United States. Cheyenne Bottoms is one of the stopping points for thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds during the spring and fall

migrations. About 13,000 acres of the wildlife area are open to hunting. Bird watching is a popular activity; reptiles, amphibians and mammals also can be spotted. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center, operated by Fort Hays State University, is across from the wildlife area. Hours: Round-the-clock Cost: Free Information: bit.ly/2vCJcheyennebottoms; (620) 793-3066

30. COSMOSPHERE 1100 N. Plum St., Hutchinson The Cosmosphere International Science Education Center & Space Museum features the largest combined collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the world. Visitors can see rocket science brought to life in Dr. Goddard’s Lab;

view documentaries daily and recently released feature films on weekends in the Carey Digital Dome Theater; and gain insight into the universe in the state-of-the-art planetarium. Space Out Saturday, a free family-friendly event with hands-on science demonstrations and museum tours, is offered every third Saturday of the month. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, through May 24; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, beginning May 25 Cost: $26 plus tax for ages 13-59, $23 plus tax for age 60 and older and military, $17 plus tax for ages 4-12 and free for age 3 and under (for all-access pass for museum, theater shows and simulator ride); single tickets also available Information: cosmo.org; (620) 665-9339

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