Shawnee Methodist Mission
The Shawnee Methodist Mission in the small town of
Fairway in northeastern Kansas dates from 1839. The
former mission has been on the list of Historic Places
since 1966 and has even been a National Historic
Landmark since 1968. The individual buildings of the
mission complex have a red brick look. It now houses a
museum, and the complex is also known as the Shawnee
Indian Mission State Historic Site.
||3403 W 53rd St
Fairway, Kansas 66205
St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria
The St. Fidelis Catholic Church in the small town of
Victoria is one of the most impressive church buildings
in the entire state. The church was built from 1908 to
1911 in the Romanesque style. St. Fidelis Catholic
Church has been on the list of Historc Places since
1971. St. Fidelis Catholic Church is often referred to
as the "Cathedral of the Plains".
||601 10th St
Victoria, Kansas 67671
St. Joseph Catholic Church
The St. Joseph Catholic Church in the small village of
Damar in northern Kansas is very impressive for such a
small community. The church was built in 1912 and the
architectural style can be attributed to neuromanic. St.
Joseph Catholic Church has been on the list of Historc
Places since 2005.
Zoos, parks and amusement parks
Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City
The Lee Richardson Zoo in the city of Garden City in
southwest Kansas was opened in 1927 and is located in
the city's Finnup. The zoo covers an area of 190,000
mē on which over 300 animals from over 110 species.
Among the highlights of the zoo certainly include
Armurleoparden, snow leopard, camel, emus, red
kangaroos, African elephants, black rhinos, lions, lynx,
jaguars, pumas, anteaters, tapirs and flamingos.
||312 Finnup Drive
Garden City, Kansas 67846
Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita
The Sedgwick County Zoo in the city of Wichita was
opened in 1971 and is one of the best attractions in the
city. Over 2,500 animals from almost 500 species live in
the zoo. Among the highlights of the zoo include
certainly Armurleoparden, Bactrian camel, emus, tree
kangaroos, African elephants, black rhinos, lions,
okapi, lynx, jaguars, tigers, grizzly bears, anteaters,
tapirs and flamingos. The zoo attracts over 650,000
||5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
Sunset Zoo in Manhattan
The Sunset Zoo in the city of Manhattan was opened in
1933. Over 300 animals from over 100 species live in the
zoo. Highlights of the zoo include emus, chimpanzees,
black rhinos, tigers, cougars, anteaters, and flamingos.
||2333 Oak Street
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
The Topeka Zoo in the city of Topeka was opened in 1933
and is located in the city's Gage Park. Over 300 animals
live in the zoo, most of which are native species, but
of course the zoo also has exotic animals. In 2010, a
puma broke out of its cage after a visitor opened it.
Fortunately, nothing bad happened. The puma was found in
nearby bushes several hours later.
||635 SW Gage Blvd
Topeka, Kansas 66606
Cimarron National Grassland
The Cimarron National Grassland Nature Reserve is
located in the far southwest of Kansas, near the small
town of Elkhart. The protected area has existed since
1960 and today covers an area of approximately 438
kmē. The protected area is divided in two by the
Cimarron River, the namesake, and is at an average
altitude of 940 to 1,100 m, although it is a very flat
short grass prairie area. In addition to the prairie
landscape and the Cimarron River, the protected area
with the Point of Rocks offers another attraction. The
Point of Rocks is a rocky outcrop that used to serve as
a guide, especially on the Santa Fe Trail. Today you can
let your gaze wander over the forested valley of the
Cimarron River from the Point of Rocks. With a height of
approx. 1. At 080 m, the Point of Rocks is the third
highest point in Kansas. Several hiking trails run
through the reserve, including approximately 37 km of
the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.
Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge
The Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge is located in
eastern Kansas, near the town of Hartford. The protected
area has existed since 1966 and now covers an area of
approx. 75 kmē. The reserve extends along the banks of
the Neosho River and is therefore primarily designed for
migratory birds. Visitors to the Flint Hills National
Wildlife Refuge will find great opportunities for
boating, hiking and wildlife viewing, but surprisingly
also for hunting and fishing.
Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge
The Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge is located in
northern Kansas, near the village of Kirwin. The reserve
has existed since 1954 and now covers an area of
approximately 44 kmē. The reserve also encompasses
bank sections of the Kirwin Reservoir and the Solomon
River and offers a scenic transition zone between
prairie and hilly grasslands. Visitors will find a lot
of animal species here and during the corresponding
seasons also many migratory birds that used the
reservoir as a resting place. Visitors to the Kirwin
National Wildlife Refuge will find great opportunities
for boating, hiking, and surprisingly, hunting and
Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge
The Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge is
located in the far east of Kansas, near the village of
Pleasanton. The reserve has existed since 1992 and now
covers an area of approximately 30 kmē. The name of
the reserve comes from French and means something like
"marshland of the swans". The Marais des Cygnes National
Wildlife Refuge not only protects migratory birds, but
also other animal species and is also one of the last
areas with alluvial deciduous forests. There are also
many oaks and hickory trees.
The bald eagle is a special resident of the reserve.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located north
of Strong City in eastern Kansas.
The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is a nationally
important protected area for prairie landscapes. The
reserve has existed since 1996 and now covers an area of
approximately 44 kmē. However, this is not so much if
you realize that there were once over 1 million kmē of
prairie landscape in North America. The Tallgrass
Prairie National Preserve is also home to several
historic buildings and five designated hiking trails.
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
The Santa Fe National Historic Trail traces the historic
Santa Fe Trail trade route. The Santa Fe Trail was an
important trade route in the 19th century, connecting
the more densely populated areas of the Missouri River
with the wide, open prairie landscapes.
After the area was opened up by rail, the Santa Fe Trail
lost its importance. Nowadays, or since 1987, the Santa
Fe Trail exists as the Santa Fe National Historic Trail
and runs through the 5 states of Missouri, Kansas,
Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico over a total length of
approx. 1,937 km and is one of the most interesting
long-distance hiking trails in the USA. There are many
interesting sights along the Santa Fe National Historic
Trail today, such as Pecos National Historical Park,
Fort Union National Monument, Bent's Old Fort National
Historic Site, Fort Larned National Historic Site,
Comanche National Grassland, Cimarron National Grassland
as well as the cities of Arrow Rock, Kansas City and of
course Santa Fe.
Other natural beauties
El Dorado State Park
With an area of approximately 18.2 kmē, El Dorado
State Park is the largest state park in the state. The
park is located in southeastern Kansas in the Flint
Hills region on the banks of El Dorado Lake.
The Monument Rocks are very interesting chalk rock
formations in northwest Kansas. These have been caused
by erosion over a long period of time and nowadays the
imagination of visitors blooms. A visit at sunrise or
sunset is particularly recommended. The formations reach
heights of over 20 m and are over 80 million years old.
The Monument Rocks are a National Natural Landmark.