Summer on Kansas I-70


Summer in Kansas means sunshine, cook outs, festivals, and fireworks. It also means road trip season!

Grab some shades, load up the car, and come join us for some of these great attractions. Music, history, fast cars, and a day at the park: there’s something for everyone on Kansas I -70!

 

Goodland – Exits 17 & 19


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    Independence Day

    Cowboys and longhorns, carnival rides and fireworks are the glorious Americana that celebrate Independence Day. The Great Western Cattle Drive will start at 10 a.m. MDT Saturday, July 4. Head north on Road 25 from Old Highway 24 between Edson and Goodland. Follow the signs about 15 miles north to the cattle drive course. Bring a lawn chair, water and your cowboy hat! Freedom Fest starts at Sherman County Fairgrounds. Come at 6 p.m. July 4 for a watermelon feed. Ride home-owned carnival rides and stay for the fireworks. Learn more...

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    Sherman County Speedway

    Dare to watch dirt track racing at Sherman County Speedway, 417 N. Main! Check race times...

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    Goodland Cruise Night

    If it has a motor and you’re a gear head, you need to be there! Old School, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Muscle Cars, 4X4, Jeeps, Motorcycles, Scooters. Come to Chambers Park, 13th and Center, at 6:30 p.m. for food and fun. Learn more...

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    Northwest Kansas District Free Fair

    Open the final month of summer with fun times at the Sherman County Fairgrounds! Eat free barbecue and free ice cream, and see which car outlasts the others at the Kiwanis Demolition Derby. Learn more...

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    Good Land Farmers Market

    Take home fresh produce, locally raised beef, homemade goodies and crafts every Saturday starting June 10. The market is held from 8 a.m. to noon MDT in front of Olde Westport Spice, 1218 Main. Learn more...

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    Goodland is on Mountain Time.

 

Colby – Exits 53 & 54


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    Pickin’ on the Plains

    The bluegrass festival’s 23rd year features great entertainment July 20-22, including the Gibson Brothers, Special Consensus and hometown favorites, Driven. Learn more...

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    Picnic in the Park

    Every Wednesday at noon from May 23 through July in Fike Park, enjoy live music. Bring your lunch and a lawn chair or blanket, sit and listen to wonderful music. Learn more...

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    Colby Aquatic Park

    Take a break from the heat! The park features different slides, water games and a lazy river. A great way to spend the day. Open all summer. Learn more...

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    Gem Hog Roast

    Eat your fill at the big hog roast Aug. 22 at the Gem Community Building, Gem, Kan. This annual event brings several hundred people to a town of less than a hundred. Enjoy live entertainment. Learn more...

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    Thomas County Speedway

    Biweekly racing starts the third weekend of May and goes into August. Learn more...

 

Oakley – Exits 70 & 76


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    Logan County Healthcare Foundation Drive for Health Golf Tournament and Twin Fun Run/Walk 5K

    Improve your health and support health care in Logan County June 1-2. The golf tournament will tee off on Friday with the run/walk on Saturday. Learn more...

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    Tri-County Cruisers Car Show

    Cruise into Oakley June 8-9 for a quilt round-up, city-wide garage sale and VFW craft fair. Learn more...

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    Fourth of July Fireworks

    Light up the night at Logan County Fairgrounds. Fireworks begin at dark. Learn more...

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    Logan County Fair

    The old-time county fair is alive and well in Logan County. The whole family will have a great time enjoying the rides, exhibits, food, music and much, much, more from July 17-22. Come to the free barbecue on Saturday the 22nd. Learn more...

 

Wakeeney – Exits 127 & 128


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    Smoky Valley Scenic Byway

    Take a short detour and discover the natural beauty of the Smoky Hill River Valley and the history of the High Plains. Once you leave I-70, the scenery quickly changes along the 60-mile byway southeast of WaKeeney. This loop begins and ends on I-70, Exits 127 and 135. Easy access. Learn more...

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    Cedar Bluff State Park, Reservoir, & Wildlife Area

    Do you like to discover the Great Outdoors? There’s lots to see and do – camping, fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, and wildlife watching on more than 15,000 acres of water, state park, and wildlife area 14 miles south of I-70 at Exit 135. Learn more...

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    WaKeeney Mini-Speedway

    Enjoy the thrill of “kart racing at its best!” at this family orientated go-kart track. Races are scheduled throughout the season from April to October, including the regional Maxxis Midwest Series Race Sept. 1–2. The mini-speedway is north of I-70 Exit 128 at the intersection of US Hwy 283 & Hwy 40. Learn more...

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    WaKeeney Water Park

    Fun, Fun, Fun . . . for the entire family at the Water Park and adjoining City Park! The Water Park opens for the 2018 season Memorial Day Weekend. Open seven days a week, including some evening hours. 716 N. Sixth St. Learn more...

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    Old Fashioned Soda Fountain

    Looking for a cool treat? Discover the old-fashioned soda fountain at Gibson Health Mart Pharmacy in Downtown WaKeeney for a refreshing treat for the entire family, open Monday–Saturday. 125 N. Main. Learn more...

 

Hays – Exits 157 & 159


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    Great Planes on the Great Plains Fly In

    The Hays Regional Airport fly-in event June 9 will include food trucks, 4-H rocket launch competition, lightweight aircraft rides, radio control planes, and tandem skydiving with the K-State Parachute Club. Learn more...

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    Summer Art Walk

    Downtown galleries and shops open after hours June 15 to display local and regional artists’ works, including a special exhibition by Topeka artists Barbara Waterman-Peters and Larry Peters in the Hays Arts Center. Learn more...

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    Wild West Festival

    The 24th Annual Wild West Festival July 4-7 will feature concerts by recording artists Cody Johnson, Sara Evans, and Hotel California. Festivities include a parade, carnival, 5K race, and Fireworks Extravaganza. Learn more...

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    Ellis County Fair

    “Summer Days and Country Ways” July 14-21 will feature the Ellis County 4-H Livestock Sale and other 4-H activities, concerts, food vendors, carnival, RPM Speedway racing, rodeo and mutton busting, demolition derby, and more. Learn more...

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    World of Giant Insects

    From May 28-Sept. 1, enter a world where insects tower over people – 40 to 100 times larger than life! Experience immersive and realistic habitats at Sternberg Museum of Natural History, and watch insects interact with each other. Learn more...

 

Russell County – EXITS 180, 184, 189 & 206


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    Wilson Lake

    In the heart of the Smoky Hills, Wilson Reservoir features a rugged shoreline punctuated by scenic cliffs and rocky outcrops. For a major challenge, bike the Switchgrass Trail. Learn more...

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    Post Rock Scenic Byway

    Post Rock Scenic Byway winds 18 miles through fields, pastures and prairie. Fence posts and buildings were made from the native limestone, called Post Rock. Learn more...

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    Garden of Eden

    See grassroots art in this quirky explanation of Populism in cement, along with the house Artist S.P. Dinsmoor built from Post Rock “logs”. For a taste of the macabre, his decaying corpse can be viewed in the mausoleum he constructed. Learn more...

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    Deines Center

    If you love the arts, Deines Center is the place to visit. See artworks in their permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. Enjoy music, including the Ad Astra Music Festival June 29-July 29. Learn more...

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    Freedom Fest

    Enjoy a movie, barbecue, bingo and fireworks at Russell’s Freedom Fest. Learn more...

 

Salina – EXITS 244, 250, 252 & 258


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    Smoky Hill River Festival

    Enjoy Salina’s signature event June 7-10 in Oakdale Park! Come for the fine arts, the fine crafts, craft demonstrations, multiple stages of music, roving entertainers, children’s area, and festival food! Something for everyone … for real! 785-309-5770 Learn more...

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    “The Art and Science of Arachnids”

    Explore the fascinating world of spiders, scorpions, and their kin throughout the summer at Rolling Hills Zoo, 625 Hedville Road. See arachnids through the eyes of science, culture, literature, folklore, pop culture, art and live animals. Love them or fear them, you’ll be amazed! PLUS enjoy the gorgeous zoo and wildlife museum! 785-827-9488 Learn more...

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    Summer at Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Summer artists include Al Stewart, Phantom Blues Band, Brian Regan, The Avett Brothers and more. Intimate 1,200-seat historic theatre at 150 S. Santa Fe creates a unique experience! 785-827-1998 Learn more...

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    11th Annual Lavender Festival at Prairie Lavender Farm

    Come enjoy the smell and taste of Heaven June 16. Farm tours, demos, plant sales, live music, Kansas Plein Aire artists, wine tasting, lavender-accented food, children’s activities. $5 per person. 69 Alpine Ridge Lane, Bennington, KS 67422. 785-488-3371 Learn more...

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    Friday Night Live

    A collaboration of downtown Salina and Salina Arts & Humanities means that every (YES, EVERY!) Friday evening there is some live act/performance/band at a downtown location. On FIRST Friday – add in an arts component at several venues! 785-309-5770

 

ABILENE – EXITS 272 & 275


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    Symphony at Sunset

    The Symphony at Sunset Annual D-Day Commemoration Concert will be held June 2 at the Eisenhower Presidential Library. The outdoor concert is held on 22-acre campus with the bronze statue of General Eisenhower overlooking the events. This patriotic event is the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to all veterans. An opening act will perform around 7 p.m. The Salina Symphony headlines the event beginning at 8:30 p.m. just as the sun sets. Activities begin at 4 p.m. Learn more...

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    “Camelot”

    The classic Broadway musical of King Arthur and his knights, specifically reimagined for more intimate theatre settings. Watch the tale you may already know unfold in new and exciting ways as the revelers whisk you away to Camelot at Great Plains TheatreJune 8-17. Learn more...

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    “The Lion in Winter”

    King Henry II has three sons, but only one throne. Treachery, intrigue, betrayal, and more follow the royal family as Henry and estranged wife Eleanor of Aquitaine conspire to place their favored child on the throne. See the classic play July 13-22 at Great Plains Theatre. Learn more...

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    Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo

    The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo brings you America’s original extreme sport Aug. 1-4 at Eisenhower Park Fairgrounds, 619 N. Rogers Street. Nearly 500 cowboys and cowgirls, world champions and the “young gun” contenders alike, make their way to Abilene each year to compete for prize money and the hopes of adding points to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo. Learn more...

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    National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo and Chisholm Trail Western Music Show

    Cowboy and cowgirl poets will “ride” against each other on-stage performing their best cowboy poetry, which will be judged by a panel of five judges. The rodeo is an event, designed to test the skills of one cowboy poet against the others. See the contest Aug. 2-4 at the Shockey & Landes Building, 324 N Broadway. http://ncpr.us/

 

JUNCTION CITY – EXITS 295-301


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    Milford Lake

    The Fishing Capital of Kansas! The largest lake in Kansas offers great fishing, sightseeing, sandy swimming beaches, open water for boating, off-road trails for ATVs and motorcycles, plenty of camping, RV and cabin sites. Learn more...

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    Milford Nature Center & Fish Hatchery

    Located below Milford Lake Dam, the Nature Center is a place for all ages to learn about wildlife and the natural outdoor environments of Kansas. Visit the Fish Hatchery and see how fish are raised from eggs to fry. Learn more...

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    Geary County Historical Museum

    Houses an extensive collection of vintage photographs and newspapers dating from the Civil War, and Geary County’s genealogical records. Learn more...

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    The U.S. Cavalry Museum & 1st Infantry Division Museum

    The cavalry museum displays the colorful history of the American mounted horse soldier. Next door is the 1st Infantry Division Museum which tells the story of the “Big Red One”. Learn more...

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    C.L. Hoover Opera House

    Listed on the State Historic Register, the 1882 “Jewel of the Prairie” has been completely renovated. It is home to the Junction City Little Theater, Junction City Arts Council, and the Junction City Community Band. Learn more...

 

MANHATTAN – EXITS 303 & 313


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    Kicker Country Stampede

    Florida Georgia Line become the boys of summer during Kicker Country Stampede June 21-23. Florida Georgia Line fuses country, rock and hip-hop into one blasting anthem after another. Cole Swindell, Alabama and many more artists top the three-day festival’s billing. Learn more...

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    Be the Dinosaur

    Terrifying T-Rex was Master of the Mesozoic Era, and kids check out T-Rex’s power and might when Flint Hills Discovery Center fuels the state-of-the-art, Be The Dinosaur exhibit opening May 12. Learn more...

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    Liquid Art Winery

    Flint Hills relaxation comes with an effervescent twist for guests at Liquid Art Winery and Estate, with breathtaking views of rolling hills and one of the most scenic sunset-gazing spots around. Learn more...

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    Kaw Valley Rodeo

    Professional rodeo cowboys mix it up with steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding for three-day Kaw Valley Rodeo July 27-29 at Wells Arena during Riley County Fair events, CiCo Park fairgrounds. Learn more...

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    Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park

    Break out of summer doldrums with a soaring visit to Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park’s ziplines, and uncover new boundaries for high-flying excitement. Learn more...

 

LECOMPTON – EXIT 197


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    Lecompton City-Wide Garage Sale

    Check out the “treasures” from June 1-3. Buy early and often! Learn more...

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    Barbed wire collection dedication

    A dedication ceremony at the Territorial Capital Museum will be held June 2 at 2 p.m. to showcase one of the largest collections of barbed wire in northeast Kansas. Learn more...

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    Territorial Days

    The annual Territorial Days celebration will be held June 9, featuring food, games pioneer demonstrations and entertainment throughout the day. Learn more...

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    Alumni Banquet

    The annual Alumni Banquet celebrating all who graduated from Lecompton High School will be held June 16 in the former LHS building. Learn more...

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    Bald Eagle Speed Shop Vintage Iron Revelry

    Lots of antique and vintage vehicles to see June 23 on Downtown’s Main Street! Learn more...

 

LAWRENCE – EXITS 197, 202 & 204


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    Final Fridays Art Walk

    On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5-9 p.m., the streets of Downtown Lawrence and the Warehouse Arts District erupt. Learn more...

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    Clinton Lake

    7,000 surface acres for boating, swimming and fishing. Find trails for birding, hiking and mountain biking, camper hookups, primitive camping areas, picnic areas, fishing platforms, playing fields and a swimming beach. Learn more...

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    Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale

    From sunup to sundown, more than 100 Downtown Lawrence merchants will offer their best deals during the 2018 Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale, July 19. Learn more...

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    Civil War on the Western Frontier

    Living history events celebrating Lawrence and Douglas County’s Civil War history and commemorating Quantrill’s Raid annually in August. Learn more...

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    Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Contest

    Every fourth weekend in August, top musicians convene in Lawrence to compete and perform. Learn more...

 

Leavenworth – Exits 396 & 401


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    Fort Leavenworth

    Established in 1827, the third-oldest active military installation in the nation. Known as the Fort that opened the West. Learn more...

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    C.W. Parker Carousel Museum

    The museum is dedicated to telling the remarkable story of C.W. Parker, the “Carnival King.” Open Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Learn more...

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    Shopping in the 28-block historic district

    The 28-Block Historic Downtown Shopping district is filled with family-owned and veteran-owned small businesses. There’s something for everyone. Learn more...

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    Carroll Mansion

    Visit the mansion from Monday-Saturday from 10:30-4:30 all year. It’s a Victorian home finished in 1882 with elaborate handcrafted woodwork and beautiful stained glass throughout. Learn more...

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    Leavenworth City Tour of Historic Buildings and Sights

    The tour includes the United States Prison, Broadway Blvd., Historic Wayside Markers Drive, Delaware Street and a National Cemetery just to name a few.

 

Bonner Springs -KS Turnpike Exit 224


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    Wild Woman Timber Challenge

    Find your wild side June 3 at this 5K obstacle just for the ladies (and men in FULL drag). Wave times are available from 9-11 a.m. at KC Timber Challenge, 12829 Loring Road. The WWTC course is not just rugged or tough … it is wild! Push your team to the limit and have a great time doing it. Prepare for a 5K obstacle course with 30 unique challenges. 913-538-1229. info@timberchallenge.com Learn more...

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    City Band Concerts

    Thursday nights in June and July are spent watching City Band Concerts at Kelly Murphy Park. From 8 to 10 p.m., enjoy the ice cream social held by various civic organizations and enjoy the band, consisting over 85 members. Grab your lawn chair, sit back and enjoy an evening of music. 913-422-1020. Learn more...

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    Car Show

    Take in the car show at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 630 N. 126th St., July 28. Sash plaques and door prizes, Top 60, Best of Show, living history demonstrations and train rides. Fun for all ages! 913-721-1075. info@aghalloffame.com Learn more...

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    Doggie Poolooza

    Bring your four-legged friend Aug. 18 to swim at the Bonner Springs Aquatic Park, 1200 S. 134th St. Half of the proceeds will go to the Bonner Springs Animal Rescue. 913-422-7011. Learn more...

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    Tiblow Days Festival

    Bring the family together Aug. 23-25 with a parade, food vendors, booths, carnival rides, games, and car show. Remember the live entertainment with beer garden! You won’t want to miss Tiblow Days, located along Oak Street in the Downtown Bonner Springs area. 913-422-5044. Learn more...

 

SHAWNEE – EXITS 410-423


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    Old Shawnee Days

    Kicks off the summer May 31-June 3 with a parade, carnival, entertainment, live music, food, arts and crafts, plus more. Learn more...

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    Parked!

    Music, food trucks, fireworks and plenty of fun for the entire family June 28 at Stump Park in Shawnee. Learn more...

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    Tour de Shawnee

    Take your entire family on a ride with a 12- and 24-mile course. The Aug. 26 event benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Learn more...

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    Shawnee Mission Park

    Enjoy 1,600 acres with nature trails, disc golf, boat rentals, picnic areas and much more. Learn more...

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    Baseball played the 1920s way. Food concessions and beer tent available. Aug. 25 event is free and open to all.

    For 360 degrees of fun, find all the amenities at the park: a beautiful 120-acre lake for popular boating, fishing, sail boarding, and more. The park also has 11 shelters, picnic areas, trails, play areas, archery range, a 53-acre dog park, disc golf, mountain biking and horseback riding. The park is also home to a theatre, a beach and marina. Rent canoes, pedal boats and fishing boats at the marina. Learn more...

 

KANSAS CITY – EXITS 410-423


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    Schlitterbahn Water Park Kansas City

    Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City, 9400 State Ave., is home to over a mile of interconnected river attractions going from mild to wild! Enjoy exhilarating tube and mat slides, a water coaster, the Boogie Bahn, mini slides for the kiddos, relaxing beaches, private cabanas and a swim-up refreshment bar. Learn more...

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    Sporting Kansas City

    Welcome to the Soccer Capital of America: home of Sporting Kansas City! One of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer, Sporting KC has won three U.S. Open Cup championships (2004, 2012, 2015) to go along with two MLS Cup trophies (2000, 2013) and a Supporters’ Shield (2000) title. Sporting KC is an unparalleled professional sports experience you can’t miss. Catch all the action at Children’s Mercy Park, One Sporting Way. Learn more...

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    Kansas City T-Bones

    The Kansas City T-Bones, 1800 Village West Parkway, are members of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Enjoy affordable, family entertainment and unique fun between-inning events. Kansas City T-Bones has quickly become one of the best ticket values in Kansas City. Most games include a post-game fireworks display. That’s FUN … Well Done! Learn more...

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    Wizard of Oz

    Dorothy returns to Kansas when the biggest stage production of this holiday film classic comes home to Providence Amphitheater in suburban Kansas City, Kan., Aug. 1-5, 2018. Shows feature a cast of 50 in this beloved MGM movie musical that comes to life on the huge Providence Amphitheater stage, 633 N 130th in Bonner Springs. For the first time ever, classic movie scenes of Munchkinland, the Yellow Brick Road, Emerald City and more will be integrated into the live stage musical. Learn more...

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    Boulevard Drive-In

    The Boulevard Drive-In, 1051 Merriam Lane, boasts the world’s first 4K drive-in cinema experience, right in Kansas City. Boulevard features newly released double-feature movie showings on weekend evenings at a classic, family-friendly venue with a snack bar & a playground. Visit early on weekend mornings when the drive-in turns into a Swap N’ Shop. Shop for fresh vegetables, antiques and goods at great prices. Learn more...