With its central location Reno County and the City of Hutchinson offer travelers a variety of entertaining and educational attractions. It’s no wonder more than 1.5 million visitors make their way here each year. In addition to great dining, lodging and convention facilities, you’ll find an impressive slate of museums, outdoor attractions and events. Here’s just a sample:
The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center had humble beginnings as a small planetarium but has grown into one of the most comprehensive space museums in the world and one of the leading educational tourist attractions in the United States. The museum is home to the largest collection of space artifacts outside the Smithsonian and includes the Apollo 13 Command Module. In addition to the museum, the Cosmosphere houses one of the first OMNIMAX Theatres in the world and hosts a variety of space camps. To learn more visit www.cosmo.org.
STRATACA, Kansas Underground Sale Museum is located 650 feet underground in chambers formed 275 million years ago on the site of former and active salt mining. You’ll descend in 70 seconds to begin a journey through chambers housing displays on the cultural history of salt and take a tram ride though the raw portion of the mine where everything is the same as it was when active mining took place in the 1940’s and 1950’s. To learns more visit www.underkansas.org.
Dillon Nature Center is a designated National Urban Wildlife Sanctuary and a 100 acre “wild arboretum” where you’ll find 100s of varieties of plant life and an abundance of birds and wildlife. The Center is home to 3 miles of National Recreational Trails, a spring-fed, stocked fishing lake and a children’s playscape area completed in 2012. To learn more visit www.hutchrec.com/dnc.
Salt City Splash Aquatic Center, located in Carey Park, is a 6 acre aquatic park with features and fun for all ages. The park includes a Tiny Tot pool and playground, zero-depth entry shallow Splash Pool, a catch pool for the slides and a 50 meter pool with diving boards, basketball goals and lap lanes. The park also features a variety of floating toys, interactive sprays and fountains. It’s no wonder more than 45,000 people venture to the park each summer. To learn more visit www.saltcitysplash.com.
The Kansas State Fair is held in Hutchinson every summer for ten days, starting the Friday after Labor Day. The Fair celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013 and continues to offer outstanding entertainment to more than 350,000 visitors from all 105 Kansas Counties and beyond! Its agricultural roots are clearly on display with a variety of exhibits and competitions, but today’s fair is much more. You’ll find a world-class midway including the classic Ye Old Mill which opened in 1915. The Grandstand houses permanent commercial exhibits but is better known for hosting big-name entertainers and racing events. To learn more visit www.kansasstatefair.com.
The Greater Hutchinson Convention and Visitors Bureau
is here to help plan your visit to Hutch or your next group
outing or convention.
Contact Director LeAnn Cox at 620-662-3391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit them on the web at www.visithutch.com.