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Southwest Kansas Day Trip Liberal/Garden City
8:30 am
Dorothy's HouseDepart for Liberal on south Highway 283 to Highway 54 west to Liberal

10:00 am
Arrive in Liberal. Tour Dorothy’s House and Land of Oz
567 E. Cedar
Ph: (620) 624-7624

Guided tours available through Dorothy's house and the Land of Oz with Dorothy herself. Dorothy's House is a farmhouse built in 1907 and is set up to show how Dorothy from the "Wizard of Oz" would have lived in the 1930s. The Land of Oz is 5,000 square feet of animated entertainment including the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto. Dorothy takes the tour through different scenes of the movies while telling her story. The tour ends in an Oz memorabilia room complete with the original model of Dorothy's House used in the 1939 filming of the movie.

Cost
  • Adults - $5
  • Senior  (60 and over) - $3.50
  • Youth (6 to 18) - $3.50

Hours
  • Summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
    • Monday - Saturday
      9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    • Sunday
      1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Winter
    • Tuesday - Saturday
      9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Sunday
      1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

11:00 am
Tour Coronado Museum located next to Dorothy’s house & Land of Oz.

Located in the historic two-story Larabee Home, the museum features a horses’ bit left from Coronado’s expedition in 1541, while searching for the fabled “Seven Cities of Gold.” Collections tell the story of the settlement of the territory. Admission is free.

Hours
  • Summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
    • Monday - Saturday
      9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    • Sunday
      :00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Winter
    • Tuesday - Saturday
      9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Sunday
      1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
11:30 am
Lunch

12:30 pm
Tour Mid-America Air Museum

Contact
2000 W. Second St.
Ph: (620) 620-624-5263

Hours
  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Located in the heart of America, the Mid-America Air Museum boasts the fifth largest collection of military and civilian aircraft in the United States. Liberal, once home to a major Beech Aircraft manufacturing facility and a B-24 Liberator pilot training base during World War II, established the museum to help preserve a proud local and national aviation heritage. It is a vision started by Colonel Tom Thomas, Jr., who has donated his personal collection of over 50 planes to the museum. The museum houses one of the country's finest hands-on aviation science exhibits, hosts special events like air shows and an aviation camp, presents guest speakers, and features aerospace education programs for students in its 200-seat theater.

1:30 pm
Depart for Garden City north on Highway 83.

2:30 pm
Tour Finney County Museum
403 S. 4th St.
Ph: (620) 272-3664

The museum features permanent and revolving exhibits, community programs, educational tours, and extensive research facilities. The permanent displays include
  • Spirit of the Plains, C.J. "Buffalo" Jones: Last of the Plainsmen
  • Take Stock in Finney County
  • The Sugar Beet Factory

The museum grounds feature the Pleasant Valley One-Room Schoolhouse from 1890, and the Fulton House, the 1884 home of William D. and Luticia Fulton, plus charming flower and herb gardens.

Hours
  • Memorial Day - Labor Day
    • Monday - Saturday
      10:00 am - 5;00 pm
    • Sunday
      1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Winter Hours
    • Daily
      1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Suggested Donations

  • Adults - $2.00
  • Children - $1.00

Tour Lee Richardson Zoo
403 S. 4th Street
620-276-1250

Hours

  • Daily
    • 8:00 am - 7:30 pm during Daylight Savings Time
    • 8:00 am - 4:30 p during Central Standard Time

Go on safari right in Garden City! The Lee Richardson Zoo offers beautiful grounds and fascinating creatures from all over the globe. Over 350 animals are displayed within the 47-acre grounds. The zoo is designed for fun, learning, and discovery and is accessible by foot, car, or bicycle. Pedestrians are admitted free, while nonmember vehicles pay a nominal admission fee.

From huge elephants frolicking in their pool to the tiniest of birds flitting like jewels through the lush aviary, the zoo offers a wonderful variety of species. Visit the Wild Asia exhibit, featuring Asian plants, architecture, and animals like the Bactrian camel, siamang, red panda, and the beautiful but powerful snow leopards. Don't miss the newly completed Kansas Waters Exhibit. The North American River otters housed here will delight you with their energy and antics, swimming, and cavorting about the display.

Alternate Afternoon
Take a dip in the "Big" Pool located at entrance of Lee Richardson Zoo
403 S. Fourth St.
Ph: (620) 276-1255

Our 'little' swimming hole was hand dug in 1922 and is about half a city block in size. It holds 2.5 million gallons of water and was once known as the "World's Largest Concrete Municipal Swimming Pool!"

Pool Hours

  • Weekdays
    • 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Weekends (from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend)
    • 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fees

  • Age 6 - Adult - $
  • Children under 5 - Free

5:00 pm
Depart for Dodge City on U.S. Highway 50 East.

6:00 pm
Arrive at Bunkhouse to freshen up. Have dinner at one of the many fine Dodge City restaurants then an evening of fun!