Most Beautiful Main Street

Top 10 Outdoor Activities in Hays

1.  Stroll the “Most Beautiful Main Street in Kansas” 


Window shop for the perfect new outfit or even try on a few for a fashion show with friends. With over 20 locally owned boutiques in Downtown Hays, you’ll find the outfit – or even the wedding attire – that makes your heart flutter.
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2.   Enjoy Golf Three Ways

 Whether you’re the one driving the golf cart or trying for the longest shot, Hays Municipal Golf Course and Smoky Hill Golf Course are great places to socially distance with friends. There’s also an 18-hole disc golf course that winds through Frontier Park. Make some memories with your family while playing miniature golf at Precision Valley Golf Center. 

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3.  Make a Splash at the Hays Aquatic Park

 In the peak of summer, remember to take time to relax, laugh out loud, and soak up the sun. Take a dip, make a splash, and dive deeper than ever before. Find your happy place at Hays Aquatic Park. From the lazy river to large water slides, we’ll help you chill out on the hottest days.

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4.     Pedal Along the Bicycle and Walking Path

Feel the wind in your hair as you cruise along the paved bicycle and walking paths. The Frontier Park Path borders the Larks Baseball Stadium, the Bison Park, and Fort Hays State University. It also crosses Main Street allowing for easy access to downtown stores and restaurants.

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5.  Shop Farmers’ Markets

 The Downtown Hays Market is open on Saturday mornings at the Downtown Pavilion at 10th and Main May through October. You’ll find homegrown Western Kansas produce, farm fresh meats, pies, jellies, breads, and handmade items. The Fresh Produce Market is open Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in the Orscheln parking lot throughout the summer months.

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6.  Roam the Range with the Bison

The Hays bison herd has been around since 1954 and usually welcomes several babies each Spring. You can see a great view of the calves frolicking from the shade trees in West Frontier Park. Enjoy a picnic while watching these giants interact in a natural habitat.

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 7.  Strike a Pose with the Hays Sign

Some wonders are created by nature, while others are manmade. This brightly colored sign at Cancun Mexican Grill is located on the patio and provides a great place to take selfies or enjoy a delicious Mexican meal.

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8.    Relive History at Historic Fort Hays

Go on a guided tour of this state historic site, explore the grounds, and see original structures used by officers and soldiers. The visitors center houses artifacts, interactive displays, and souvenirs. In the evenings, enjoy one of the best places to see a big sky Kansas sunset.

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9.    Play Fetch at the Hays Dog Park

Stretch your legs and enjoy some quality time with man’s best friend at the Hays Dog Park. Try out your pup’s agility abilities on the animal-friendly obstacles and playground equipment.

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10.         Get Revved up at the Races

From Sprint Cars to Modified Race Cars, the roar of the engines at RPM Speedway will make your heart pound. Racing teams from all over the region compete from May to October, and visitors can enjoy general admission seating in the large capacity stadium.