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South Central


Explore South


o matter what you enjoy most about Kansas’ colorful prairies and big blue skies, there’s something here to capture every interest. The south central Kansas region is rich in history, culture, art and people eager to share it with visitors. Come and explore our vibrant communities — each one with a unique character and story to tell. If you close your eyes, you can almost hear the hoofbeats that once pounded the soil along the Chisholm Trail. Many museums, attractions and festivals across the region tell the story of Kansas’ role in the Old West as well as each town’s unique heritage. As you wander through our communities, you’ll find a variety of experiences, from art galleries and festivals to exotic animals and stone bridges. Enjoy our downtown streets where you will find an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants you won’t see anywhere else. Whether you are here for an afternoon or a weekend or lucky enough to call south central Kansas home, welcome!

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Central Kansas Attractions


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Table of Contents Barber County ...................... 5 Barton County .................. 6-8 Butler County ................. 8-13 Cowley County ............. 14-22 Harper County . ............ 23-24 Harvey County ............. 24-27 Marion County ............. 28-34 McPherson County ...... 34-36 Pratt County . .................36-37 Rice County . ................. 37-39 Sumner County .................. 39

South Central Kansas Tourism Region

Cover photo by Dick McCall (Dyck Arboretum, Hesston, KS) 4

Barber County

Barber County


Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway • 620-886-9815

Beautiful scenery flows through the high, flat topped buttes, steep canyons and vistas, brightened by the dark green cedars, rich natural grasses, in the rich, red iron soil. The Byway winds through the “Red Hills to the High Plains,” where the buffalo once roamed and Native Americans came to hunt and be enriched by the natural waters.

Carry A. Nation Home

09-211 W Fowler Ave., Hwy 160, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104 620-886-3553

Next to Stockade Museum, the Carry Nation Home is where Carry lived when she began her tirade against liquor, aka as the “Demon Rum”! She worked hard to uphold the law and her belief that alcohol was against the law (during the Prohibition). Many relics of our Heritage are next door at the Stockade Museum, also the Smith Log Cabin.


Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Annual Pow Wow • 620-886-9815 September 23-25, 2016 and September 22-24, 2017

Peace Treaty Pavilion at City Park. Native American dancers, showcasing their heritage and by competition. Peace Treaty Re-enactment on September 26–28, 2018

Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo • 620-886-9815 September 23-24, 2016; September 22-23, 2017 September 26-27, 2018

Kansas Ranch teams compete in events much like day work on a working ranch: Ranch Bronc Riding, Stray Gathering, Branding, Penning, and Wild Cow Milking! The winning team will qualify for the World Championship Ranch Rodeo in Texas. 5

Barton County

Barton County Visitor Information

Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce

110 ½ N. Main, P.O. Box 487, Ellinwood, KS 67526 620-564-3300 or 566-7353

A community of over 2,100, Ellinwood provides the warmth and activities of a small town with businesses to meet your needs. Come to Ellinwood to tour our Underground World and enjoy a meal at one of our locally owned restaurants and coffee shop. Join us the third weekend in July for our annual After Harvest Festival and again this winter for the Christkindlmarket. Call ahead and spend a relaxing night at the beautifully restored Historic Wolf Hotel. RV parking is also available in two locations with easy access along Highway 56/K-96. Ellinwood is located between Quivira Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms making it an easy drive for the nature enthusiasts, bird watchers and hunters. Visit our website for events, news and photos.

Grocery Store

Ellinwood Family Foods

210 E. Santa Fe Blvd., Ellinwood, KS • 620-564-3011 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday 6

Barton County Dining

Gather – Coffee Shop and Restaurant

19 N. Main, Ellinwood, KS • 620-566-1200 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Like us on Facebook!

Lone Wolf Restaurant & Catering

111 E. First, Ellinwood, KS • 620-564-2829 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Annie Mae’s Restaurant

518 E. Santa Fe, Ellinwood, KS • 620-564-3676 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday


Historic Wolf Hotel

1 N. Main, Ellinwood, KS 67526 • 620-617-6915

The Wolf Hotel was built in 1894 by John Wolf. Today, The Historic Wolf Hotel serves as a bed and breakfast style hotel and full service event center. Stay in our well-appointed suite with private kitchen and entertainment room or one of the four other lovely private rooms, take a tour and learn about the history of the Ellinwood underground tunnels, relax in the underground bar with a nightcap and wake up to help yourself to a scrumptious continental breakfast. We also offer a variety of fun events on a monthly basis with


Barton County/Butler County comedy shows and murder mystery dinners being just some of the fun! Our charming underground bar, The Underground, is open every weekend for roaring good times and specialty drinks or pick a book off of our shelf and enjoy a quiet evening in your room with a bottle of wine. Schedule your next board meeting, private party, wedding, or reunion at our hotel and your guests will be impressed. Let us take care of the details! The Historic Wolf Hotel will not disappoint! Book your getaway today!

Butler County Visitor Information

El Dorado Convention and Visitors Bureau 220 E. First Ave., El Dorado, KS 67042 • 316-321-9100

Shhhh ‌. The best kept secret destination is right here in Butler County. The El Dorado Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to invite you to discover all our community has to offer! With the largest State Park system in our backyard, a wide variety of art and history museums, and a vibrant downtown full of shopping and dining; the perfect day trip or weekend get-away awaits you here in El Dorado! El Dorado offers a lively year round calendar of events such as Oktoberfest, Frontier Western Celebration and Storm the Dam to name a few. Check out our website for more information and our event calendar.


Butler County Dining

Walnut River Brewing Company

111 W. Locust Ave., El Dorado, KS 67042 • 316-452-5400 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday

Walnut River Brewing Company, LLC is a microbrewery located in El Dorado, KS. We are a production brewery and a taproom with light fare. We also offer 32 oz. and 64 oz. growlers of beer to “go”. You’ll find our beers on tap at selected area restaurants and bars too! Kids are welcome (they just can’t have the fun stuff).

District 142

142 N. Main, El Dorado, KS 67042 • 316-452-5200 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

District 142 offers premium coffee and pastries at BrewCo. Coffeehouse, freshly built sandwiches panini-pressed at Dilly Deli, gourmet chocolates and fresh fudge at Sweet 120 Chocolate Shop and unique affordable wine selections at Beyond Napa. Come visit District 142 “where everyone is a regular”!


Butler County Galleries/Museums Coutts Museum of Art

110 N. Main Street, El Dorado, KS 67042 • 316-321-1212 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; Noon-4 p.m. Saturday Closed Sunday & Monday Free Admission

The Coutts features three floors of quality Fine Art, exhibited in a newly renovated, historic 1920’s building in downtown El Dorado. A collection of art and sculptures from around the world. Includes a complete collection of Frederic Remington bronzes and the second largest collection of Prairie Printmakers work in the country.


Butler County Robin’s


113 W. Central, El Dorado, KS 67042 • 316-321-3280 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday;10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

At Robin’s our philosophy is; “You have to get dressed, do it well!” Our store is most proud of our outstanding customer service. We are passionate about fashion, and we love to help you find the perfect ensemble. Our main purpose is to make sure you leave feeling beautiful and stylish! Here you’ll find on-trend looks that are both wonderful and wearable. We believe fashion should reflect a woman’s spirit and make her feel her best by looking her best. We receive fabulous new merchandise weekly! Stop by Robin’s and get inspired!

Two Vintage Sisters

1104 S. Denver, El Dorado, KS 67042 • 316-452-5775 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Find us on Facebook!

Antiques, Vintage, Retro, Collectibles and Other People’s Junque.


Butler County Accommodations

Days Inn and Suites

3200 W. El Dorado Ave, El Dorado, KS 67042 • 316-452-2992

Guests looking for hotels in El Dorado, KS will find that our location offers a host of services and amenities to keep you happily occupied and comfortable throughout your stay. Take a dip in our refreshing indoor pool, stay busy at our business center, break a sweat at the fitness center, and pick up everyday essentials at our onsite shop. Guest rooms feature thoughtful amenities such as free WiFi and hard-wired internet access, flat-screen HDTV, kitchenette including microwave, refrigerator, as well as coffee and tea facilities. Book online now and bring your children up to age 17 with you for free!

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

3100 W El Dorado Ave., El Dorado, KS 67042 • 316-322-7275

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, El Dorado offers comfortable accommodations with access to the history of America’s heartland. We provide our guests with premium amenities, including a relaxing whirlpool spa and heated indoor pool. We also offer a fitness center for all your exercise needs. Visit us soon! 12

Butler County Deer Grove RV Park

2873 SE US Hwy 54, El Dorado, KS 67042 • 316-321-6272

Come stay at our quiet campground and enjoy the local attractions such as the Flint Hills Byway, museums, local brewery, antiques, unique shops, art sculptures, golfing, hiking/biking trails, Frontier Western Celebration, Oktoberfest, fishing and hunting. We have cable and WiFi if you just want to hang out.


Friends of El Dorado Lake

618 NE Bluestem Rd., El Dorado, KS 67042 • 316-321-7180 Off Season: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday Peak Season: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday

El Dorado State Park and Lake consists of four primary campgrounds, with 1100 campsites, 11 group picnic shelters, five camping cabins and five deluxe cabins, modern showers, laundry, restroom facilities, and swimming beaches. A system of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, along with an accessible concrete trail, is also available.


Cowley County

Cowley County Attractions

Historic and Caton Homes

123 E. 9th Ave., Winfield, KS, 67156 • 877-729-7440

With the assistance of helpful brochures from the Winfield Convention and Tourism office, take a self-guided driving tour of the many beautiful historic, Victorian, and Caton homes located throughout the town.

Kansas Vietnam Memorial Wall

Memorial Park, 401 E. 9th Ave., Winfield, KS, 67156 877-729-7440

A replica of Washington, DC’s Memorial, the Kansas Vietnam War Memorial in Winfield lists 777 Kansas servicemen and nurses who lost their lives or are missing in action from the Vietnam War.

Cambridge Cabin

8610 281st Rd., Cambridge, KS 67023 • 620-221-9951

A reconstructed cabin located 3 miles north of Cambridge.

Cowley County Barn Quilt Trail

Locations all across Cowley County • 620-221-9951 Open Dawn to Dusk

A leg of the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail, over 120 barn quilts paint the back roads of Cowley County forming an ever-growing trail. Maps, directions and information available online. Contact the tourism specialists at the Ark City and Winfield Chambers or Cowley First. 14

Cowley County Stone Bridges of Cowley County Rural Cowley County • 620-221-9951 Dawn to Dusk

Cowley County is the Stone Bridge Capital of Kansas. Constructed in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, 18 stone arch bridges dot the back roads. Enjoy a self-guided tour by downloading a map at or contact the tourism specialists at the Arkansas City and Winfield Chambers or Cowley First.

Thee Chapel

1/8 mile east of Cambridge, Hwy 160, Cambridge KS 67023 620-221-9951 Thee Chapel replicates the simplicity of the 1910 era.

Waterfall at Cowley State Fishing Lake

20467 US Hwy 166, Dexter, KS 67038 • 620-867-5730

Named the 10th Most Beautiful U.S. Waterfall by Yahoo Travel.

Helium Memorial Park

109 N. Main St., Dexter, KS 67038 • 620-876-5569

Commemorates the U.S.’s 1903 discovery of helium in Dexter.

Henry’s Candy Company

21172 K-15 Hwy, Dexter, KS 67038 • 620-876-5423 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 363 days a year. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day Bring your sweet tooth to Dexter and stop at Henry’s Candy Company. Operated by the same family for more than 50 years, watch fourth-generation candy makers create specialty items! Call ahead for the candy-making schedule. Shop from the huge variety of sugary treats made. Large groups and buses are welcome. 15

Cowley County Retail

Double Eagle Firearms and Pawn Shop

104 S. Summit St., Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-442-4868

Bee’Tween Friends

206 S. Summit St., Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-307-6580

Land Rush Antique Mall

208 S. Summit St., Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-307-5858

Gottlob Lawn & Landscape, LLC

5001 E. 9th Ave., Winfield, KS 67156 • 620-222-8870

Visitor Information

Winfield Convention & Tourism

123 E. 9th Ave., Winfield, KS 67156 • 620-221-2421

Visit Winfield, the quintessential Kansas town! Take a stroll amid historic buildings and beautiful flowers downtown, or along the tree-lined streets and lush gardens in Winfield’s beautiful neighborhoods. Enjoy eating at one of the unique, locally-owned restaurants after shopping Winfield’s one-of-a-kind stores. Make Winfield your next travel destination!


Cowley County

Cowley County

22193 Tupper St., Strother Field Industrial Park, Winfield, KS 67156 • 620-221-9951 • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Wildly Relaxing is the best way to describe Cowley County. Hiking, biking, hunting and fishing are just a few ways to relax in the Flint Hills. Gorgeous driving routes through charming rural communities take you to 18 stone-arch bridges, over 120 barn quilts, numerous roadside attractions and tasty restaurants.


Renaissance Festival

Knebler Pond, Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-515-4810 August 19-21, 2016

Last Run Car Show

Agri-Business Building and Paris Park, Arkansas City, KS 67005 620-442-0236 September 23-25, 2016


Downtown and various locations, Arkansas City, KS 67005 620-442-6077 October 24-29, 2016 17

Cowley County Farm and Art Market

Wilson Park, Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-442-0230 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Tuesdays in May-October

Christmas in the City

Ben Cleveland Park, Downtown Arkansas City, KS 67005 620-442-0236 November/December

K&O Steam and Gas Engine Show

Third weekend of August PO Box 969, Winfield, KS 67156 • 620-438-2303

Winfield Isle of Lights

Island Park, North Main St., Winfield, KS 67156 • 620-229-3955 Open Nightly 6-10 p.m., Sunday before Thanksgiving through December 30 Winfield Isle of Lights is nearly a mile long drive-thru holiday extravaganza! Featuring hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights on display such as synchronized trees and arches to music and much more, this holiday display is sure to please all who visit. Admission is free!


Cowley County Eagle Watch

Chaplin Nature Center, Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-442-4133 Last Saturday in January and first Saturday in February

Winfield Art in the Park

First Saturday of October Island Park, North Main St., Winfield, KS 67156 620-221-2161

Burden Dayz and PRCA Rodeo

Burden City Park, Hwy 160, Burden, KS 67156 • 620-438-2360 Community festival and PRCA Rodeo second Saturday of September.


Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum

31639 US Highway 77, Arkansas City, KS 67005 620-442-6750

Cowley County Historical Society Museum

1011 Mansfield St., Winfield, KS 67156 • 620-221-4811

Udall Community Historical Society Museum 109 E. First St., Udall, KS 67146 • 620-782-3004 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

An amazing museum displaying artifacts historical pieces and information related to the history of Udall and Cowley County including the devastating tornado of 1955. Updated directories for 10 local cemeteries, genealogy on Udall families, memorial brick walkway and stone in the park listing lives lost in the tornado. 19

Cowley County Recreation

Camp Horizon Center

30811 Horizon Dr., Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-442-5533

Chaplin Nature Center

27814 27th Dr., Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-442-4133

Arkansas City Kayaks

27801 27th Drive, Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-660-3250

Historical District of Arkansas City Downtown • 620-442-0230

Wilson Park

701 S. Summit St., Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-441-4400

Prairie Outfitters & Excursions, LLC

5001 E. 9th Ave., Winfield, KS 67156 • 620-222-8870

Winfield City Lake

141st Rd., 8 miles North of Winfield, KS • 620-221-5635

Winfield City Lake offers excellent outdoor recreation for camping, boating, fishing, and swimming in the scenic Flint Hills of South Central Kansas.


Cowley County Winfield Fairgrounds

1105 W. 9th Ave, Winfield, KS 67156 • 620-221-5525

Camp along the banks of the Walnut River among the deer, wild turkey, and other wildlife native to South Central Kansas. Enjoy quiet and solitude, just minutes from downtown Winfield. The Winfield Fairgrounds offers a variety of amenities and facilities to make your stay fun and comfortable.

Quail Ridge Golf Course

3805 Quail Ridge Drive, Winfield, KS 67156 • 620-221-5645

Timber Creek Wildlife Adventure

4858 231st Rd., Atlanta, KS 67008 • 316-621-0378

Guided /Self-Guided hunting and fishing on private, family-owned farm/ranch.

Daisy Mae’s Cafe


511 W. Madison Ave., Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-442-9877

Graves Soda Fountain

212 S. Summit St., Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-442-8317

College Hill Coffee

403 Soward St., Winfield, KS 67156 • 620-229-8155

Grouse Valley Grill and Catering

501 Hwy K-15, Dexter, KS 67038 • 620-876-5617 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday

The quaint hometown atmosphere is apparent with our tractor seats, long benches and awesome burgers and scratch-made breakfast. We use fresh ground beef, handpattied every day. Come on down to Dexter and enjoy a meal with us. We will greet you like a friend! Call us about catering too! 21

Cowley County Lil’ Red Rooster Cafe

323 Main St., Atlanta, KS 67008 • 620-394-2022 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

Step back in time! Belgian waffles your way! Walking omelets, unique gourmet burgers, and a large menu all made fresh when you order. Home-cooked meals are our specialty. Full salad bar on Saturday and Sunday.

The Solid Rock Café

301 S. Winfield St., Rock, KS 67131 • 620-986-5500 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday nights, summer only

Made-from-scratch breakfast and meals fill their menu. Be sure to try the hand-breaded chicken-fried steak and the Rock Burger — a juicy combination of local beef, pork, bacon and cheddar all in one scrumptious patty. During the summer, Friday night steak night and Saturday night specials are well worth the trip.


Best Western Plus Patterson Park Inn

6100 Patterson Parkway, Arkansas City, KS 67005 844-377-7215

Quality Inn

3232 N. Summit St., Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-442-7700

Super 8

3228 N. Summit St., Arkansas City, KS 67005 • 620-442-8880

Liberty Inn

601 W. 9th Ave., Winfield, KS 67156 • 620-221-2110


Harper County

Harper County Visitor Information/Event

Anthony Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 354, Anthony, KS 67003 • 620-842-5456

Don’t miss the 20th annual Sunflower Balloon Fest on May 12-13-14, 2017 in Anthony, KS, sponsored by Anthony Chamber of Commerce. You’ve never seen anything like it, as 20 hot air balloons rise from the green pastures to dot the clear blue sky of Kansas. You’ll see hot air balloons of all shapes, sizes and colors!

Dining The Red Rooster

524 W. 14th St. (Hwy 160), Harper, KS 67058 • 620-896-2409 Delicious homemade food at down home prices.

Kristy’s Kafe

110 W. Main, Anthony, KS 67003 • 620-842-3722

Home of Baked Potato Pizza, great salads and sandwiches, too. 23

Harper County/Harvey County Attractions

Anthony, Kansas 9-11 Memorial

West Main – Memorial Park, Anthony, KS 67003 Designated as Kansas’ 9/11 Memorial.

Anthony Theater

240 W. Main, Anthony, KS 67003 • 620-243-3059

A 1936 Art Deco Theater restored and operated by volunteers; open on movie nights and by appointment.

Harper Stand-Pipe Water Tower

West Main & Ash St., Harper, KS 67058 • 620-896-2511 1887 water tower with 9-foot fish on top; 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs Finalist

Harvey County Visitor Information

Hesston Chamber of Commerce & CVB

115 East Smith Hesston, KS 67062 • 620-327-4102

Hesston is a place where industry, recreation and families blossom offering many amenities found in a larger city. With over 200 square acres dedicated to recreation and family fun, our slogan “Harvest the Good Life” isn’t just a metaphor, it’s a way of life!


Harvey County Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau

201 E. Sixth St. (first floor of City Hall), Newton KS 67114 316-284-3642 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

The Newton CVB is your connection to Newton. Whether you are planning a family visit, business trip or bringing a group, we’re here to help. Find us online at www.ToNewton. com, give us a call, connect on Facebook or stop in and learn what Newton has to offer. Visit our website for a full list of local events, attractions, restaurants, shops and information.

Dyck Arboretum


177 West Hickory St., Hesston, KS 67062 • 620-327-8127 Grounds open year round 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset; Visitor Center open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday

Promoting the conservation and use of plants native and adaptable to Kansas. We maintain 29 acres of prairie plant collections for education, conservation and appreciation.


Harvey County Galleries/Museums

Warkentin House Museum

211 E. First St., Newton, KS 67114 • 316-284-3642 1-4:30 p.m. weekends April-May and September-December; 1-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday from June-August; January-March and other times by appointment

The Newton home of Bernhard & Mina Warkentin was completed in 1887, a splendid example of the Victorian Period. The house offers a glimpse into the way the Warkentin family lived since 80 percent of the original furnishings remain. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kauffman Museum

27th & North Main, Bethel College, North Newton 316-283-1612 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Collections explore the natural environment of prairie plants and wildlife, immigrant experiences of Mennonites who came to Kansas in the 1870s, life of the Cheyenne, and encounters with the cultures of China, India and Africa. The museum grounds contain a tall grass prairie reconstruction, 1875 house and 1886 barn. Museum store.

Carriage Factory Art Gallery

128 E. Sixth St., Newton KS 67114 • 316-284-2749 Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10-5 Saturday

Art and unique gifts for sale in an inviting setting full of beauty and history. Wide selection of Kansas landscapes, plus modern and traditional art, photography, watercolor, oil, acrylic, sculpture and mosaics. Gift shop selections in all price ranges. Adjacent courtyard park with English fountain. Explore this hidden gem of South Central Kansas. No admission charge.


Harvey County Retail

Emma Creeks Antiques

100 N. Main, Hesston, KS 67062 • 620-327-4118 Facebook page 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday; Other times by chance or appointment

Located in the Historic Hesston Hardware Building, Emma Creeks Antiques has lots of new-to-you antiques!


Crosswind Camp and Conference Center

8036 North Hoover Road, Hesston, KS 67062 • 620-327-2700

We are a full service conference center offering meeting space, lodging and dining conveniently located one-half mile east of Interstate 135 in Hesston. We also have a swimming pool, activities pavilion, amphitheater and a 10-hole professionally designed disc golf course. Cross Wind Conference Center: Future Driven — Value Added

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Newton

1430 E. Broadway Court, Newton, KS 67114 • 316-804-7040

Comfort Inn & Suites

1205 E. First St., Newton, KS 67114 • 316-804-4688


Marion County

Marion County Galleries/Museums

Gallery 101 of the Flint Hills

106 E. Main, Marion, KS 66861 • 620-382-7501 10 a.m.-Noon & 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Photography, watercolor, acrylics, blown glass, mosaics, sculpture, drawings by local artists. Sculpture garden with stone features. Classes available. Taught by Master in Arts Educator.

Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum 200 N. Poplar, Goessel, KS 67053 • 620-367-8200 Email:

Learn the story of Mennonite immigrants and wheat growers who helped make Kansas the breadbasket of the nation through eight buildings in village-like setting. Open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, March, April, October and November. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, May through September. Learn more by visiting:


Marion County Norel Farms Bakery


207 N. Main Street, Hillsboro, KS • 620-947-2343 5:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Norel Farms provides bakery goods from scratch each morning. Delicious cinnamon rolls, bierocks and fried goodies including filled donuts and other treats are available. Pies and cakes are done by Special Order. Soups are served for lunch during the school year.

Town & Country Cafe

410 Hwy 77, Florence, KS • 620-878-4487 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday & Sunday; 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday Open seven days a week. Daily lunch and dinner specials. All salads and desserts are created on-site. Anything you want, we will fix and have ready.

The Coneburg Inn

904 Peabody Street, Peabody, KS 66866 • 620-983-2010

Fresh food, full bar and awesome service! Call for catering and reservations for parties of five or more. Like us on Facebook.

Pop’s Diner

115 N. Walnut, Peabody, KS 66866 • 620-983-2307 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Home-cooked food with daily specials and spacious seating.


301 E. Main, Marion, KS 66861 • 316-655-1355 11 a.m.-Midnight Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday

Full menu casual dining in a Main Street venue, full bar, TVs for the sports fanatics. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. Patio dining.


Marion County Branding Iron Cafe

106 N. Cedar St., Goessel, KS 67053 • 620-367-2363 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. & 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday

We offer homemade fries and 100% all-Angus beef and buffalo burgers. Also have homemade chili.

Tampa Grill

303 Main, Tampa, KS 67483 • 785-965-2054 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday-Friday

American food & sandwiches, burgers, salads & wraps. Sunday Special is Chicken Fried Steak and Chicken Fried Chicken; Fried Chicken.


214 E. Main, Marion, KS • 620-381-2175 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; Closed Wednesday & Sunday Freshly prepared Mexican food.

Wagon Wheel Express

202 W. Main, Marion, KS 66861 • 620-382-3544 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Daylight Savings Time 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Standard Time

Daily Specials, Burgers, Mexican, Lots of Sandwiches and Sides; Ice Cream mmmmmmmm.....good!

Al’s Café

101 S. Berry, Lost Springs, KS 66859 • 785-983-4827 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday

Authentic Mexican food with your choice of corn or flour tortilla chips. Homemade sauce.

Main Street Café

517 Douglas, Durham, KS 67438 • 620-732-2096 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 5-8 p.m. Friday evening

“Good Ol’ Country Cooking” Specializing in homemade sausage, made on-site and homemade pies. The café also offers a Friday night German buffet. 30

Marion County Kessler Kreations


112 S. Main Street, Hillsboro, KS • 620-947-3138 Facebook and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

A unique fabric store with machine quilting, notions, custom quilt making and booths of antiques, primitives and collectibles, handmade jewelry and embroidery floss.

Trace of Copper

1216 Commercial Drive, Marion, KS • 620-382-2099 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-noon Saturday

Handcrafted brass and copper metal sculptures of wheat, windmills, sunflowers and Kansas themes. Special orders accepted.

The Copper Shed

1832 140th, Marion, KS 66861 • 620-382-2041

Two buildings of items crafted from copper, brass and machinery parts, as well as unique crafts and antiques. Please call ahead for viewing.

Sew What Quilt Shop

329 E. Main, Marion, KS 66861 • 620-382-2020 Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 21 to the day after Labor Day; Winter hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday All your quilting supplies. Classes available.

Bearly Makin-It Antiques

308 Main Street, Marion, KS 66861 • 620-382-6393 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment

As seen on TV. Much, much, much to see! Antiques of all kinds. Call Marion at 620-382-6393 or Dennis at 620-3823336. You’ll be glad you called.


Marion County TC’s What Not Shop

901 E. Main, Marion, KS 66861 • 620-382-2014 Like us on Facebook Open Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Unique gifts, antiques, metal yard and home décor, KSU & KU items, jewelry, purses, candles, oils, incense & burners. 21 vendors in 5,000 square feet. Fun!

Sticks & Twigs

205 N. Washington, Burns, KS 66861 • 620-726-5543 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Collectables and odds & ends; Barn Quilt paintings classes available.

HRK Variety Store

109 N. Roosevelt, Marion, KS 66861• 620-382-2430 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday & Sunday Toys, tools, furniture and sporting goods.

Marion Reservoir


2105 N. Pawnee, Marion, KS 66861 marionreservoir.aspx

Located northwest of Marion, this 6,000 acre lake offers excellent fishing, camping, hunting, courtesy docks, boat ramp lanes, playgrounds, and a swimming beach. Leashed pets allowed. Reserve a site today by calling toll-free 1-877444-6777 or online via

Marion County Park and Lake

#1 Office Drive, Marion, KS 66861 • 620-382-3240

Located on 300 acres, with a 153 acre lake. Enjoy yearround state record fishing at the heated dock, open 24 hours a day! Check out all the history including the first CCC statue in the state. Need a gathering place with a kitchen and restroom? Rent the Lake Hall!


Marion County Accommodations

Historic Elgin Hotel

115 N. 3rd, Marion, KS 66861 • 620-382-3200

The Historic Elgin Hotel is the region’s finest historic boutique hotel, blending the nostalgia of the past with the luxuries of today. The fully renovated 19th century limestone building provides a unique venue to relax and reconnect. The Elgin’s Victorian ballroom and historically-themed suites create an unforgettable experience for guests.

The Outdoors Inn Bed And Breakfast 25 Jerome, Marion, KS 66861 • 620-382-3228

Enjoy the “Outdoors” fishing, boating, skiing, swimming or walks around the lake. Come “Inn” and enjoy items on display by R&L Creative Carvings. Guests are welcome to use the patio, BBQ deck, kitchen, and laundry facility. Accommodations for large or small groups, four rooms, two full baths. Small pets welcome.

Country Dreams B&B

2309 Clover, Marion, KS 66861 • 1-800-570-0540

Prescott House B&B

1864 E. 4th, Peabody, KS 66866 33

Marion County/McPherson County Doyle Creek Bunkhouse

2704 110th Florence, KS 66851 • 620-878-4294

NorthShore Guest House B&B

1475 240th Marion, KS 66861 • 620-382-7275

McPherson County Visitor Information

McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau 1111 E. Kansas, McPherson, KS 67460 • (620) 241-3340

McPherson is the ideal location for conventions, family reunions, sports tournaments or one-day shopping trips. Located less than four hours from every town in Kansas, McPherson’s central location is convenient for statewide meetings. Customized itineraries are based on group needs, allotted time and availability of facilities and personnel.


McPherson County Events

McPherson County All Schools Day 2nd Friday in May • (800) 324-8022

Established in 1914, All Schools Day commemorates education in McPherson County and is the longest running celebration of its kind. Activities include a parade in the Downtown District, carnival, youth games, May Fete, a street dance and a movie at the Band shell in Lakeside Park.

McPherson Festival of Cultures

4th Weekend in September • (800) 324-8022

Held in beautiful Lakeside Park, the festival celebrates the community’s diverse ethnic heritage. A full slate of live music, demonstrations, Highland games, market booths and food vendors encourages all to embrace the world.


McPherson Opera House

219 S. Main, McPherson, KS 67460 • (620) 241-1952

The McPherson Opera House, built in 1888 and restored in 2010, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The state-of-the-art 470-seat auditorium hosts live first-class nationally known entertainment and local talent year round. It features meeting spaces and a Grand Ballroom for events of every kind.

McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation/ Kansas Travel Information Center

1111 E. Kansas, McPherson, KS 67460 • (620) 241-8464

The modern 26,000-square-foot McPherson Museum offers exhibits, educational programs, lectures and events promoting the history of McPherson County. The facility also houses the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau and the newly established Kansas Travel Information Center including a gift store featuring Kansas products.


McPherson County/Pratt County Recreation

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

2565 Pueblo Road, Canton, KS 67428 • (620) 628-4455

Board the tram for a prairie adventure on the 2,800-acre refuge featuring bison, elk, wildflowers and birds. Tours available year-round by reservation. The Mountain Man Rendezvous in October introduces life in the 1800s with demonstrations by traders, blacksmiths, flintnappers and trappers. Visit our website for a listing of special events.

Pratt County Galleries/Museums

Vernon Filley Art Museum

421 S. Jackson Street, Pratt, KS • 620-933-2787

Pratt County Historical Society Museum 208 S. Ninnescah, Pratt, KS • 620-672-7874

B-29 Museum

82 Curran Road, Pratt, KS • 620-672-8321


Pratt County Veterans Memorial Lake 2 Miles East of Pratt, KS • 620-672-5501

Rolla Rena Skate Center

823 N. Jackson Street, Pratt, KS • 620-672-6384


Pratt County/Rice County Lemon Park Lights


Lemon Park, Pratt, KS • 620-672-5501

Visitor Information

Pratt Area CVB

114 N. Main Street, Pratt, KS • 620-672-5501 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pratt’s unique shopping environment boasts one-of-a-kind specialty shops and a great selection of restaurants. Visit one of our four museums, one of which is located in an old parachute building. We also have over 270 acres of parks complete with walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas and so much more! Make Pratt your destination for a day, a week or forever! Pratt Has Something For You!

Rice County Galleries/Museums

Coronado Quivira Museum

105 W. Lyon Street; Lyons, KS 67554 • 620-257-3941 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday, Monday and major holidays. Free admission to Rice County residents; $3/Adults; $2/Children 5-12; Free for children under 5. A great place to learn about Quiviran Indian Culture, Francisco de Coronado’s 1541 visit, the Santa Fe Trail and Rice County! This museum is touted as the “Best Small Museum in Kansas.” Changing exhibits include: “Agricultural Options,” running through June 2017; “Running for Office,” October 1 to November 8, 2016. 37

Rice County Rice County


101 West Commercial; Lyons, KS 67554 • 620-257-5166

Rice County has a diversity of history, sites, businesses and services. Experience our fine dining, Splash pool in Lyons, tranquil Sterling Lake (with RV sites), nine bronze sculptures, historic sites along the Santa Fe Trail, 1911 Courthouse, Norman Rockwell-like Christmas celebrations and many festivals.

Celebration Centre and Bar K Bar Arena 1145 E. Hwy 56; Lyons, KS 67554 • 620-257-5390

The Celebration Centre, Bar K Bar Arena, the Alderman Annex and The Davis Nature Trails are conveniently located in the center of Kansas to welcome local and regional meetings, shows, and events and to provide outstanding facilities and support services to its users. Come visit us.


Rice County/Sumner County Accommodations

Celebration Centre Inn & Suites

1108 East Hwy 56; Lyons, KS 67554 620-680-6022; Toll Free 866-372-0882; Fax 620-680-6067

Clean rooms, free breakfast, Wi-Fi, exercise room, guest laundry & elevator.

Country Inn

430 South Broadway; Sterling, KS 67579 • 620-904-4424 Free parking, Wi-Fi, refrigerators, microwave

Ly-Kan Hotel

105 W. 1st Street; Lyons, KS 67554 • 620-509-0100

Free Wi-Fi, Yummy Yummy Asian Cuisine located in hotel.

Lyons Inn

817 West Main Street, Lyons, KS 67554 • 620-257-5185

Pet-friendly, free breakfast, Wi-Fi, free parking, 24-hr front desk.

Wagon Wheel Inn & Trailer Park

819 E. Hwy 56; Lyons, KS 67554 • 620-257-2388

Rooms have kitchen. Lot with space for 8-9 trailers.

Sumner County Visitor Information

Belle Plaine Travel Information Center and Gift Shop

770 N-I 35 Milepost #26, Belle Plaine, KS 67013 • 620-326-5123 May 15-September 15: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily September 16-May 14: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Our Kansas facility offers helping with your travel plans as well as shopping for gifts and souvenirs. 39

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2017 South Central Kansas visitor guide  

Explore the communities of South Central Kansas.

2017 South Central Kansas visitor guide  

Explore the communities of South Central Kansas.