The value of freedom is beyond question. Our way of life stands on the courage and sacrifice of people who resolved to fight for it with every breath. Their sacrifices led to better working conditions in mines that still stand nationwide today. It mustered forces in our nation’s historic fight for human rights and dignity. The free spirit blows through our hearts continually. We live it out on the open road. Gravel biking. Hunting the woods. Fishing unrestrained waters. We won’t be held back. We’re a place For The Free.
Only in Southeast Kansas
The world’s longest Yellow Brick Road. The world’s largest surviving electric shovel. The Disc Golf and Outhouse Capitals of the World. The largest Downtown Square in the U.S. The nation’s only collegiate gorilla mascot. A dinosaur park. Twinkies. Where wild mustangs run free. And Route 66 in Kansas.
Why We Choose To Live Here
The most diverse scenes and recreation in Kansas
Between I-35 and Route 66 is the Kansas Hollywood doesn’t tell you about. This region is situated between the Flint Hills and the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, with several rivers, countless lakes, and more ecozones than anywhere else in Kansas.
Numerous communities and small college towns mean multiple festivals any given weekend
The world’s premier paramotoring and gravel cycling events. The world’s largest bean feed. America’s only Biblical Parade. KART racing. Día de los Muertos. Festa Italiana. More art, heritage and music festivals than you can imagine.
Mayhem and fried chicken wars
The Civil War’s largest cavalry engagement west of the Mississippi River. America’s first serial killer family. The Dalton Gang’s demise. The March of the Amazon Army. Jefferson Highway. Chicken Wars. Astronaut Miss Abel. The Disney-Pixar’s “Cars” connections.
Names you know. Names you should know.
Martin & Osa Johnson, Gordon Parks, William Allen White, Little House on the Prairie, The Appeal to Reason, the Little Blue Books, and students saving stories of Unsung Heroes.
Southeast Kansas in Numbers
Annual Fairs & Festivals
State Parks & Wildlife Areas
Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries & Vineyards
Why Families Love SE KS
Looking for a day trip? A quick, adventurous or quiet, weekend getaway? Or are you on a mission to throw at every disc golf course you can? Whatever you and each member of your family is passionate about, we’ve got you covered.
- Antiques & Uniques
- Arts & Entertainment
- Kid-Friendly Adventures
- One-Of-A-kind Shopping
- 13 Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries & Vineyards
- 33 Disc Golf Courses
- Countless Eateries & Drinkeries
- 20+ Farmer & Maker Markets opportunities
- 110+ Festivals & Fairs (not counting other annual events!)
- 18 Golf Courses (not counting private clubs!)
- 50+ Museums
- 75+ State Parks and Public Wildlife Areas across 4 ecoregions
Latest Blog Posts
Christmas lights road trip through Southeast Kansas
Take your family on a road trip to experience the beautiful and magical, free light displays throughout Southeast Kansas. Some of these, in communities you’ve probably never heard of, are going to surprise you.
Inter-State Fair & Rodeo
The best days of summer are coming your way at the annual Inter-State Fair & Rodeo each August.
Bourbon County Fair & Rodeo
From the signature Bourbon County Rodeo (2nd weekend in July) to the Bourbon County Fair the week after to the many other agricultural, college-related and civic events.
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