Sep 01


Posted on September 1, 2020 at 5:22 PM by Brandon Cooley

Challenge others – or yourself – to a round of 18 holes at the beautiful Hays Municipal Golf Course. Drive, ride, or walk the course, which is on land that was once part of the Fort Hays U.S Army post. Afterwards, cool off in the Pro-Shop with a beverage and relive the greatest – and not so greatest 
 – shots.
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A scientific surprise awaits around each corner of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. Watch the museum come to life with animated dinosaurs and live reptile exhibits. Traveling exhibits are showcased and changed out seasonally to visitors learning. While you are there, take time to explore the wildlife on the Dr. Howard Reynolds Nature Trail.

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Open the door to historY
History buffs and families alike can explore the grounds and original structures of the Fort Hays State Site while listening to the military history of those who called the military outpost their home. Catch a sunset over the rolling hills or enjoy a picnic by the limestone bison sculpture chiseled by local artist Pete Felten.
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Not all adventures require a hotel room. Sometimes the best times happen while sharing s’mores around the campfire at the Creek Side RV Park. Hays’ newest RV park has 41 pull-through and 4 shaded back-in full hookup sites as well as a playground and fenced area for dogs so everyone has a chance to relax and unwind. Creek Side offers quick access to Downtown Hays as well as the golf course, restaurants, parks, Fort Hays State University, and Historic Fort Hays.

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Arrive hunGry and leave satisfied
Foodies are welcome to indulge in our wide variety of eateries and diners for everything from gourmet bites to hearty comfort food plates. Our local chefs create International cuisines such as German, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian to satisfy every craving. Delivery and carry out options are offered at many restaurants so you can opt for a picnic in the park if you like.
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Sep 01

How to Beat the Heat in Hays

Posted on September 1, 2020 at 4:47 PM by Brandon Cooley

Ice Cream!
Since 1969, Vernie’s Hamburger House has been serving up delicious handmade milkshakes – our favorite is peanut butter! For a twist on the traditional banana split, try the Churro Split at Taco Riendo’s ice cream shop, where you’ll also find creamy Mexican popsicles and bottled sodas.
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Hotel Pools

Ready to unwind after a long day’s travel? Hays hotels boast more than 10 indoor and outdoor swimming pools where you can relax and recharge. Many of our hotel properties are conveniently located right off I-70 near local restaurants or national chains. 

Tour a Museum

At the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, explorers of all ages will enjoy seeing dinosaurs, prehistoric animals, and giant sea-swimming creatures that inhabited the prairie over 80 million years ago. Visitors can also view a collection of live animals, including giant African tortoises, snakes, amphibians, and fish. Hands-on learning in the Discovery Room and Fossil Dig Pit are always a hit with kids.
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Indoor Golf Simulators

When it’s too hot to be out on the course, play a round at the indoor golf simulator at Precision Valley Golf & Bike Center. Bring your own clubs or use clubs provided by the facility to practice like the pros. Challenge your friends, colleagues, or yourself on a variety of courses. There’s even an option to try your soccer skills!
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Cool Treats

You’ll find the Snow Cone Express drive-through at Big Creek Crossing Mall during the summer months. With 35 flavor combinations of shaved ice and the option for giant-sized portions, you’re bound to find a tasty way to keep it cool on a hot day. Pop into a Cervs convenience store to try the original SnoBall frozen drink, a favorite with the locals.
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City Parks

Pack a picnic or take your to-go order to a shady spot in more than 20 parks and green spaces. We’re partial to Frontier Park, which is home to the “Dark Forest,” playgrounds, covered picnic areas, and the Hays bison herd. You can reserve a specific shelter house in advance at
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Aug 24

Top 10 Outdoor Activities

Posted on August 24, 2020 at 11:35 AM by Bobbi Pfeifer

Most Beautiful Main Street
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 10thand 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.