Places to Visit in Kansas After Enjoying Your Medicine
Like the Wizard of Oz’s character Dorothy chants, there really is no place like home in Kansas. Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Exploration Place, and the Museum of World Treasures are just some of the reasons locals live and visitors flock to Kansas. The Bluegrass State also touts the Botanica, Wichita Gardens, a botanical garden and butterfly home, and Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Of course, Kansas City is a prime place with excellent eateries, museums, a plethora of parks, and an ever-changing entertainment schedule of concerts and shows. When Kansas does decide to pass a medical cannabis program and opens dispensaries statewide, surely it will offer the opportunity for locals and visitors to explore parts of Kansas.
Botanica, Wichita Gardens
In addition to more than seventeen acres of tropical plants and Shakespearean woodlands, including azaleas, dogwoods, elm, mulberry, elms, and more, Botanica Wichita Gardens also boasts 350 rose plants, 30 types of junipers, and a peony collection. And that is not the least of it, with the Downing Children’s Garden available for adolescents to enjoy the Monster Woods, Salamander Stream, and Granddaddy’s Musical Maze. Of course, exploring the nearly 3,000 square foot butterfly house and garden or seeing the amazing aquatic collection are also hours of fun at the facility in Wichita.
Wandering around for hours is par for the course at the Exploration Place. Exhibits including a 7-foot-tall model of the mouth, ever-changing local artist exhibits, a flight simulator, wind wall, and a miniature version of the state of buildings and landmarks are some of the reasons why thousands of visitors frequent the Wichita facility. With some sections of floor to ceiling windows, the edifice itself, designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, is an incredible building to tour. The Kemper Creative Learning Studio, a 150-seat theater, hosts live science shows with state-of-the-art sound systems and audio/visual equipment. While adults wander around in awe, adolescents do the same in their unique sections, including Kansas Kids Connect, where children learn the similarities of country and city living in an interactive area.