Eisenhower Presidential Library & Boyhood Home named Best Kansas Attraction

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, Boot Hill Museum, Fort Larned National Historic Site and Sedgwick County Zoo also winners

Known for its amber waves of grain and Wizard of Oz connection, Kansas is a scenic gem of a state too often overlooked (or flown over) by travelers heading to one coast or the other. Whether you're looking for wide open spaces or a slice of the Wild West, you'll find it in the Sunflower State.

  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
    Strong City

    North America was once covered by 170 million acres of tallgrass prairie, and only four percent remains in Flint Hills of Kansas. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve encompasses 11,000 explorable acres.
    Photo courtesy of NPS Photo

  • The Flint Hills

    These gently rolling hills in east-central Kansas are home to the largest swathe of tallgrass prairie remaining on the planet. The area boasts an impressive biodiversity, including 800 different varieties of wildflowers. 
    Photo courtesy of Kansas Office of Tourism & Travel

  • Cosmosphere
    Hutchinson

    Founded in 1962, the Cosmosphere started as a planetarium and has since expanded to become a comprehensive museum on all things space. Specimens on display include a 109-foot Titan rocket, the Apollo 13 command module and a space flight simulator.
    Photo courtesy of Kansas Office of Tourism & Travel

  • OZ Museum
    Wamego

    The wonderful world of the Wizard of Oz comes to life at the OZ Museum, where visitors can see more than 2,000 artifacts from the film, like hand-jeweled ruby slippers, a reproduction of the haunted forest and original movie production notes.
    Photo courtesy of Kansas Office of Tourism & Travel

  • Strataca
    Hutchinson

    Another of the Eight Wonders of Kansas, Strataca lies 650 feet below the earth's surface in an old salt mine. Visitors can learn about the history of the mine and salt mining in general or take a 15-minute ride on the Salt Mine Express.
    Photo courtesy of Kansas Office of Tourism & Travel

  • Sedgwick County Zoo
    Wichita

    This Wichita zoo is home to some 3,000 animals representing nearly 400 different species. Exhibits are designed so guests feel immersed in the natural habitat of the animals, whether it be the penguins of Cessna Penguin Cove or the primates of the Downing Gorilla Forest.
    Photo courtesy of CrankyPK / Flickr

  • Fort Larned National Historic Site
    Larned

    Fort Larned, an army post on the Santa Fe Trail, has been authentically restored to how it looked during the 1860s and 1870s, complete with costumed reenactors. 
    Photo courtesy of Kansas Office of Tourism & Travel

  • Boot Hill Museum
    Dodge City

    A visit to the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City is a visit to the Old West. Historical interpreters stage old-fashioned gun fights, while can can girls swish their skirts. Visitors can get their photo taken in vintage-style photo parlor or dine on hearty country fare.
    Photo courtesy of Kansas Office of Tourism & Travel

  • Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
    Overland Park

    At the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead in Overland Park, city slickers can experience life on a frontier farm through a variety of interactive experiences. Highlights include a turn-of-the-century Main Street, one-room country schoolhouse and more than 250 animals and birds.
    Photo courtesy of Kansas Office of Tourism & Travel

  • Eisenhower Presidential Library & Boyhood Home
    Abilene

    Visitors to the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Boyhood Home get insight into the 5-star general and 34th president's life and times. Exhibit topics include Ike's role in World War I, the historic Chisholm Trail and the president's boyhood home.
    Photo courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library

The top 10 winners in the category Best Kansas Attraction are as follows:

  1. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Boyhood Home - Abilene
  2. Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead - Overland Park
  3. Boot Hill Museum - Dodge City
  4. Fort Larned National Historic Site - Larned
  5. Sedgwick County Zoo - Wichita
  6. Strataca - Hutchinson
  7. OZ Museum - Wamego
  8. Cosmosphere - Hutchinson
  9. The Flint Hills
  10. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve - Strong City

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Kaley Cornett (Kaley from Kansas), MeLinda Schnyder (The Wichita Eagle/Kansas.comand Mickey Shannon (Kansas Is Beautiful) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in Kansas.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions!

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