Whether you are interested in the history of the American Plains or are simply looking to have some fun, stay at a Choice hotel in Garden City. You will appreciate the educational opportunities afforded by the various area museums, while your children will delight in the zoo and the Big Pool. Here is a collection of attractions to see and do:
A self-described “oasis on the plains of Kansas,” the Lee Richardson Zoo features 50 landscaped acres and a substantial number of species of animals, birds and amphibians, while supporting conservation projects and reproduction of the world’s rare and endangered species. Admission is free and you are welcome to bring food in and picnic on the grounds.
One attraction you will want to visit in the summertime is near the zoo: The Big Pool, the world’s largest hand-dug swimming pool. Different depths are well indicated and cordoned off from each other, with special areas for kids and a number of water slides.
When you have finished swimming, head inside to explore the past at the Finney County Historical Museum, where permanent displays such as the "Spirit of the Plains," the "Sugar Beet Factory," "Taking Stock" (about the cattle industry) and the "Last of the Plainsmen" are joined by temporary exhibits that explore topics from local hotel history to quilting.
While you are in the area, check out Garden City Arts, a gallery featuring rotating exhibits that include solo shows, high school students’ work, “Mothers and Other Fabulous Women,” juried photography shows and special holiday exhibits. Classes and workshops for both adults and children are offered, and the gallery is responsible for several pieces of public art throughout Garden City.
For something completely different, visit the Stauth Memorial Museum located in nearby Montezuma, where you will experience a whirlwind global tour thanks to the journeys of Claude and Donalda Stauth, longtime Kansas residents and avid world travelers. The museum includes exhibits of the couple’s own vacation destinations, but it also features traveling exhibits provided by the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service, Exhibits USA and other national and international exhibit sources. The Wall Western Collection and Tracking the World’s Big Game will round out your visit.
And for a real taste of the Plains, visit Ulysses’ Grant County Adobe Museum, featuring historical artifacts and exhibits of life on the High Plains. Your children will appreciate the story told through scenes with dimensional murals and backdrops making the exhibits come alive. High-Plains Indian artifacts and Santa Fe Trail memorabilia are also featured, but what is particularly special about this museum is its collection of Native American petroglyphs.
For many Americans, High Plains history remains an iconic symbol of the past, and you certainly can explore it all, just within reach of the Garden City hotels below. Book now and enjoy a great Garden City getaway.
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