Thanks to Hollywood, Kansas still evokes thoughts of
Dorothy's adventures in The Wizard
Today, real-life Kansas comes alive during peak summer tourist season
-- when visitors flock to attractions ranging anywhere from historic walking tours
City to an interactive trip through time and space at the Smithsonian affiliated Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.
The Carrie Nation house in Medicine Lodge also remains as a tribute to the hatchet-wielding prohibitionist who famously chopped up three bars in nearby Kiowa, Kansas.
Wichita rocks with nightly big-name music
concerts, carnival rides, and more at Wichita Riverfest in June.
2024 Kansas events and festivals
Just up ahead, check out our 2024 Kansas travel calender featuring memorable events and major festivals happening throughout the state with dates, locations and official links for more information. Happy travels!
June 6 - June 9, 2024 -- Old Shawnee Days Shawnee -- Kick off the summer with live music concerts, carnival rides and kids' activities.
May 31 - June 9, 2024 -- Wichita Riverfest Wichita - With nine days of family-friendly entertainment, it's the largest community event in Kansas with music concerts, carinval rides, the Kids' Corner, an art show, classic car show, and lots more.
Late August 2024 -- Kansas City Air Show New Century - Thrill at the sight of expert flight formations, aerobatics and stunt pilots at the New Century AirCenter.
September 6 - September 15, 2024 -- Kansas State Fair Hutchinson - It's non-stop fun with carnival rides, state fair food creations and live musis concerts.
Weekends, September - October 2024 - Kansas City Renaissance Festival Bonner Springs - Travel back in time to
the days of yore to watch live action jousting and swordsmanship, wine and mead tastings, living history exhibits, and general cavortin' during a fine fall weekend.
• The term "red light district" came from the Red Light Bordello in Dodge City, Kansas. The infamous house-of-ill-repute had a red glass door which, at night when the lamps were lit, produced a red glow that reflected onto the street. The name eventually came to refer to an entire brothel district.
• A forerunner to Howard Johnson's and McDonalds, the Harvey Houses were America's first restaurant chain that began in 1876 to serve railroad travelers. For a look back at its heyday visit the Harvey House Museum in Florence.
• Eccentric Civil War veteran S.P. Dinsmoor used over 100 tons of concrete to build his bizarre mausoleum in Lucas, dubbed The Garden of Eden.
More about Kansas tourist attractions around the Web:
Kansas Travel & Tourism - Outdoor fun & recreation are the focus here with a guide to Kansas state parks, boating & camping facilities, as well as links to major tourist attractions throughout the state by city or region, online live chat & help center, calendar of events, photo gallery.
Kansas Tourist Attractions - Check out Roadside America's survey of offbeat, unusual and downright bizarre attractions throughout the state.