Day Trips*



South central Kansas is home to some of the most unique businesses and historical sites in the country. Did you know that Wellington is home to the National Glass Museum, featuring more than 18,000 pieces of American made glassware from the 1800’s up through the 1970’s? Or that Oxford, Kansas is home to the Sunflower Shrimp Company, where fresh jumbo shrimp are grown in an indoor saltwater operation, providing a source for fresh seafood to our landlocked state? Have you ever eaten an Oh Henry Candy Bar? If so, it and more than 100 kinds of other candy are manufactured in Dexter, Kansas. South-central Kansas is not known for its water features, however Cowley County is home to one of the 12 most beautiful waterfalls in America, according to Yahoo. Cowley County is also home to the long lost city of Etzanoa. Unearthed by archaeologists in 2015, it was once home to more than 20,000 ancestral Wichita Indians. On this trip we will visit each of these businesses and historical sites and you will have the opportunity to explore them and learn more about these south-central Kansas treasures! Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University

Tour Date:  9/21                                                       Fee:  $109

8:00 a.m. -       Depart MX

9:00 a.m. -       National Glass Museum

9:45 a.m. -       Depart Wellington

10:05 a.m. -     Arrive Sunflower Shrimp Company

11:05 a.m. -     Depart Shrimp Co.

11:30 a.m. -     Lunch at Shindigs

12:30 p.m. -     Depart Shindigs

12:50 p.m. -     Arrive Henry’s Candy Information

1:30 p.m. -       Depart Henry’s

1:45 p.m. -       Arrive at Cowley County Waterfall

2:00 p.m. -       Depart Waterfall

2:30 p.m. -       Arrive Cherokee Strip Museum

                          Etzanoa Information – Arkansas City

4:30 p.m. -       Depart Etzanoa

5:30 p.m. -       Arrive at MX

*All Trip itineraries are subject to change. Historical sites may not be ADA accessible



Topeka provides the perfect itinerary for a day trip sure to please any Kansas history buff. We will spend the morning at the Kansas Museum of History and State Archives. Join us for a curator-led, behind-the-scenes look at some of the tens of thousands of artifacts, documents, photographs and excavated pieces that are stored in the Archives. You will also have the opportunity to tour the museum and view its many collections. We will then travel to north Topeka for a unique and elegant lunch at The Great Overland Station. Lunch will be served by the station’s very own costumed Harvey Girls who will share their knowledge of the historical Harvey Houses and will take you on a guided tour of the Station. Our next stop is the Charles Curtis House and Museum. Curtis, President Herbert Hoover’s vice president, was the first Native American to hold the office, the first vice president to come from west of the Mississippi, and the first vice president from the state of Kansas. Our final stop before heading home is the Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site, which tells the story of the lawsuit, which ended racial segregation in schools. Facilitator: Dr. Jay Price, Department Chair & Professor, History, Wichita State University
Tour Date:  10/4                                                        Fee:  $119

6:45 a.m.          Depart WSU Metropolitan Complex

9:00 a.m.          Arrive Kansas State Museum and State Archives

12:00 p.m.        Depart Museum and Archives

12:30 p.m.        Arrive Great Overland Station for Tour and Harvey Girl Lunch

2:30 p.m.          Depart Station

2:45 p.m.          Arrive at Charles Curtis House Museum

3:30 p.m.          Depart Curtis House

3:45 p.m.          Arrive at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

5:00 p.m.          Depart Brown Site

7:00 p.m.          Arrive at WSU Metropolitan Complex



Interested in cowboy culture? If so, our Western Heritage Tour is for you. We will travel to Oklahoma City where our first stop is lunch and a docent-guided tour of the famous National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The museum features galleries dedicated to the American Cowboy, Native Americans, rodeos and world-renowned works of art. The museum also houses a replica of a turn-of-the-century cattle town and a gallery honoring popular Western icons such as John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Our next stop is the colorful working world of Stockyard City, the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market. The area is on the National Register of Historic Places and home to many restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. We will dine at McClintock’s Saloon situated in the heart of Stockyard City. After dinner, we will attend The Rodeo Opry, Oklahoma’s Official County Music Show, which showcases the best in county and gospel entertainment. After the show, it’s time to relax as we head back to Wichita in our comfortable charter bus. Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University

Tour Date:  11/16                                                      Fee:  $129

9:30 a.m. -       Depart MX

12:00 p.m. -     Arrive National Cowboy Hall of Fame (Sandwich Buffet Lunch)

1:00  p.m. -      Docent Guided Tour

2:00 p.m. -       Explore Museum on Your Own

3:45 p.m. -       Depart Museum

4:00 p.m. -       Arrive Stockyards

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Explore Stockyards and Shop

5:30 p.m -        Dinner at McClintocks Saloon

6:30 p.m. -       Depart McClintocks

6:45 p.m.         Arrive at Centennial Rodeo Opry

9:30 p.m. -       Depart for Wichita

12:00 a.m. -     Arrive at MX



Join us on our annual Christmas tour of Kansas City historical sites and lights! Our first stop will be the National WWI Museum and Memorial, which Congress has designated as America’s official museum dedicated to WWI. You will have the opportunity to explore the War through the eyes of those who lived it and learn why the First World War was not the last. Lunch will be provided at the Over There Café, where you can dine on trench stew, army goulash and chipped beef and gravy. After lunch, we will visit the Hallmark Visitor’s Center and view the unique and imaginative J.C Hall Christmas tree collection as well as ornaments and Christmas cards produced by Hallmark through the years. It is then on to the Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center where we will experience an “Olde World Christmas.” Built in the 19th century and situated in the middle of a thriving immigrant neighborhood, the former mansion and orphanage is adorned in Victorian era decorations and Christmas traditions from around the world will be on display. After dinner, we will drive through the famed Country Club Plaza Lights before returning home. Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University

Tour Date:  12/7                                                        Fee:  $129

6:30 a.m. -       Depart MX

10:00 a.m. -     Arrive WWI Museum (Lunch)

1:30 p.m. -       Depart Museum

1:45 p.m. -       Arrive Hallmark Visitor’s Center

2:45 p.m. -       Depart Hallmark Visitor’s Center

3:00 p.m. -       Arrive Strawberry Hill Museum and Center  

5:30 p.m. -       Depart Strawberry Hill

                          Drive past Mayor’s Christmas Tree

6:00 p.m. -       Dinner

7:00 p.m -        Plaza Lights

8:00 p.m. -       Depart for Home

11:30 p.m. -     Arrive MX           



Registration Questions & More Information

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*All trip itineraries are subject to change. Historic sites may not be ADA accessible.