Odd Kansas Attractions that you Need to See
Wichita is home to many great things. We lay claim to being the Air Capital of the World; we are home to one of the largest privately held companies in the world; many great restaurants got their start here, including Pizza Hut, White Castle, and Spangles to name a few. But outside of Wichita, Kansas is home to some interesting things as well.
Kansas lays claim to quite a few of the "world's largest," "world's smallest" and a few things that just make you stop and say "well, isn't that interesting." Here are a few in-state attractions that every Kansan needs to get out and see at least once.
Worlds Largest Ball of Twine
Located in Cawker City, Kansas, The world's largest ball of twine weighs over 5,000 pounds. The ball, which stands more than eight feet high, was created by Frank Stoeber in 1953. It took Stoeber four years to build the ball.
Big Brutus - Largest Electric Shovel In the World
If you're in the West Mineral, Kansas area, take a moment to see Big Brutus, the world's largest electrical shovel! Measuring 16 stories tall and weighing 11 million pounds, Big Brutus is a sight to see!
This eclectic roadside display features six antique trucks sticking out of the ground. Built by Ron Lessman, Truckhenge is located in front of Lessman farm, which the family has owned since the 70's. Truckhenge is also a popular location for live music and other events. Learn more here.
World's Largest Easel
Goodland, Kansas is home to the World's largest easel. At 80 feet tall, the easel supports a 32X24' representation of a Van Gogh painting from his "Sunflowers" series.
The Erie Dinosaur Park is filled with the creations of Bob Dorris, who began crafting the dinosaurs out of scrap metal after his retirement from the Air Force. The park is open on the first and third Saturday of the month, or by appointment, but the dinosaurs can still be appreciated when the park is closed.
Liberty Bell Made of Wheat
Made from turkey red wheat straw, this exact replica is actual size. Goessel, Kansas's Wheat Liberty Bell was created by the Mennonites to be displayed in the Smithsonian Museum during the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976.
50ft Concrete Teepee
Located in Lawrence, Kansas, the 50 foot tall concrete teepee was built by by Frank W. McDonald in 1930. The structure's design is even patented in his name!
Geographical Center of the United States
The geographical center of the continental United States is located in none other than Lebanon, Kansas. If you're in the Lebanon area, stop by for an opportunity you won't find anywhere else!
Largest Collection of the smallest versions of the largest things
Possibly the most unique Kansas attraction, the world's largest collection of the world's smallest versions of the world's largest things is just what you would expect. The collection might even feature tiny replicas of some of the Kansas "world's largest" attractions listed here! Check out the collection in Lucas, Kansas and see for yourself!
Skin of MGM Lion
Most people are familiar with the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film intro with the ferocious-looking lion, bub did you know that the lion's skin has been preserved, and is kept in McPherson, Kansas? That's right! Next time you're in McPherson, stop and check it out!
World's Largest Baseball
Named America's pastime, baseball is pretty big, but what most people don't know is that it gets even bigger in Kansas! You guessed it! Muscotah, Kansas is home to the world's largest baseball!
Though Kansas is known for being flat, it isn't as true as most people may think. Though it is not home to any broad mountain range, Mount Sunflower, the highest point in the state, is known and loved by many Kansans.
The Little House on the Prairie
Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie will enjoy this Kansas attraction. Located in Independence, the Little House on the Prairie cabin was listed as the 89th residence in the township Rutland in the U.S. census of 1870. In the novel, Laura talks about building the cabin with her family. The original family home has since been reconstructed. The cabin was rebuilt in 1977 according to Laura’s description. The LHOP museum also features the school house, Charles’ hand-dug well and the post office.
Kansas Day Trips
If you're looking for even more things to do while you're on the road, check out these fun trips you can make in a day!