When vacationing in Kansas during Labor Day weekend, you can enjoy the warm fall temperatures and soak up the hospitality of the Midwest. Moreover, float down the Arkansas River in Wichita, or admire the Wizard of Oz memorabilia in Wamego. As far as accommodations go, there are plenty of incredible Kansas vacation rentals to choose from. Find the perfect Labor Day weekend attractions and activities in these cities and towns across Kansas.
Close out your summer with a historical celebration in Hoisington at the annual Labor Day Celebration. The citywide weekend festival begins with a community barbecue and beer garden, followed by events that include kids and turtle races, a baby pageant, face painting, and a golf tournament. When you need to wind down, take in the sights along the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway before chowing down on some Midwest cuisine at the Tap Room.
Wichita hosts several festivals over the Labor Day weekend, all within close proximity to your luxurious vacation rental. Start off your Friday evening at the Labor Day Weekend Party at Playa Azul, which features a Latin dance party. For a more family-friendly celebration, take the kids to the Labor Day Hogs and Dogs festival at Bikers Edge of Wichita, or stop in to play some indoor games at the Labor Day Picnic at the Colonial Heights Assembly of God. This action-packed city also offers your family the opportunity to hike the 18 acres of landscaped gardens at the Botanica or kayak and tube on the Arkansas River with rentals from the Shady Creek Marina.
Say goodbye to summer while enjoying the artistic culture of Salina during your Labor Day weekend getaway. This Kansas city is home to the Salina Sculpture Walk, as well as the First Friday Live Art Walk over the holiday weekend. Continue admiring the artwork of locals with a tour of the Salina Art Center, or explore the green spaces of the city, which include 700 acres of hiking and biking trails. Treat the kids to an afternoon at the Rolling Hills Zoo while soaking up the September sun, or get in a game of golf at the Salina Country Club.
If you and the family enjoy exploring historic sites, museums, and galleries, then Lindsborg is the ideal vacation destination for your weekend getaway in September. The cool fall temperatures offer a comfortable setting to hike through Coronado Heights Park to see the rock formations. You can’t miss out on snapping a selfie with the Wild Dala Horse Herd monument in the downtown area before soaking up the cultural attractions and Swedish-American history of Lindsborg at the Red Barn Studio art gallery and the McPherson County Old Mill Museum.
Labor Day weekend is one of the last weekends you can make a splash in the river with guided boat tours by the Salt City Splash Aquatic Center. Soak up the sun, then treat the kids to an eventful day looking at the wildlife at the Hutchinson Zoo while the temperatures are still warm in Kansas. When you want some indoor entertainment over Labor Day weekend, head to the Cosmosphere science museum to see the space exhibits. The Strataca Museum is also a great place for an educational journey with artifacts dating back to the 1800s depicting the operations of the salt mines, or you can stop in to see one of the antique locomotives in the downtown area.
Festivals are plentiful in the state capital of Kansas over Labor Day weekend with the Annual Traditional Inter-Tribal Pow Wow and the Huff ’n Puff Hot Air Balloon Festival in full swing. Celebrate Native American customs and cultures at Lake Shawnee at the Pow Wow festival, then watch more than 30 hot air balloons launch over the lake. If you’re into arts and crafts, you’re in luck, because the Cider Days festival is held over Labor Day weekend at the Kansas ExpoCentre. Feel the need for speed with a stop at the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka, or rev up the motor enthusiasts with a tour of the Yesterday’s Motorbike Museum.
Enjoy some of the last moments of summer in a Kansas city that thrives on nature-themed attractions. Stop in at the Lazy T Ranch for hayrides and a chuckwagon lunch, or zipline through the wooded forests on an excursion at the Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park. The museum buffs can spend an afternoon at the Riley County Historical Museum or the Goodnow House Museum, while the kids can explore the Flint Hills Discovery Center before retreating back to your cozy vacation rental for some rest and relaxation on your Labor Day weekend getaway.
8. Dodge City
Step back into time when visiting one of the wildest towns in the Wild West, offering rustic vacation rentals and historic attractions for your Labor Day weekend trip. The cooler September weather gives you a chance to comfortably tour the Dodge Jail, see a gunfight reenactment, or pick up a souvenir at the Boot Hill Museum. When traveling with adults, try your luck at the Boot Hill Casino and take in the live entertainment in the lounges. If you want to enjoy the last few days of summer outdoors, Dodge City offers the Dodge City Trail of Fame for hiking or biking.
Enjoy some Midwestern hospitality while relaxing in a rustic cabin or luxurious vacation rental in Lawrence. Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to immerse yourself in this state’s history at the Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park, the Watkins Museum of History, or the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Watch live theatrical performances at the Black Box Theater on a Friday or Saturday evening after treating the kids to a day at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center’s final weekend of the season.
If you thrive on entertainment and are one of the biggest fans of the “Wizard of Oz,” then a Labor Day weekend getaway in Wamego is perfect for you and your family. Spend your Friday or Saturday touring the Oz Museum to see props from the set of the 1939 movie. Wamego City Park caters to the nature enthusiasts with playgrounds and walking trails you can enjoy while the September weather is mild in this Kansas city. Relax and enjoy the views of the Kansas Plains at the Oz Winery and Vineyard.
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