Kansas is often overlooked as a spring break vacation destination, but its charming cities, electrifying nightlife, and wide open spaces for exploring nature make it a must-visit state. Spend your spring break immersed in the artistic culture of Salina, or hike the trails in Manhattan. Wichita features both historic activities and nightlife, while Dodge City gives you a chance to try your luck at the casinos. When planning your spring break trip with friends or family, book a stay at one of many Kansas vacation rentals in these exciting towns and cities.

1. Wichita

Autumn trees over a body of water.
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Make Wichita your vacation destination for spring break, and find yourself exploring acres of landscaped gardens or touring the Wichita Art Museum. Wichita is home to the Botanic, offering 18 acres of blooming spring flowers situated right along the river. History buffs flock to this popular area that features 33 museums, such as the Old Cowtown Museum. If the weather is warm enough, paddle or canoe the Arkansas River with rentals from Shady Creek Marina or get in 18 holes of golf at the Sierra Hills Golf Club. Enjoy the nightlife of the city in the evenings when heading to Heroes Sports Bar and Grill or Mort’s Cigar and Martini Bar for happy hour.

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2. Salina

Brown fox in a field.
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Fuel your artistic side with a spring break trip to Salina, a city known for celebrating artists. Participate in the First Friday Live Art Walk in the Oldtown Salinas area, or stop in at the Salina Art Center and local galleries to see masterpieces. The Salina Sculpture Walk is an annual spring event for families and college groups, too. Treat the kids to a day at the Rolling Hills Zoo or Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park, or explore the city’s 700 acres of hiking and biking trails. Chuck’s Bar and Big Nose Kate’s offer drink and food specials especially for the spring breakers seeking nightlife.

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3. Manhattan

Wheat field under blue sky

Nature enthusiasts find Manhattan the perfect place to spend spring break, as the city offers access to the Flint Hills Discovery Center and the expansive gardens and trails at the Sunset Zoo. Fill up on an old-fashioned Tex-Mex dinner at Lazy T Ranch, or hit up the nightlife at Tubby’s Sports Bar. If history is your thing, tour the Riley County Historical Museum or browse the exhibits at the Goodnow House Museum. The Liquid Art Winery is a popular spot for wine and art enthusiasts.

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4. Lindsborg

Trees with fall leaves lining a road.
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Immerse yourselves in Swedish-American history when booking a vacation rental in Lindsborg for spring break. This quaint Kansas Town is a mecca for sight-seeing with Swedish sculptures on display in the downtown area. Admire the wooden horse sculptures and the Wild Dala Horse Monument, then stop in at the Red Barn Studio Art Gallery to see more masterpieces with the kids or your friends. When you’re ready to explore the great outdoors, Lindsborg doesn’t disappoint, giving you access to rock formations in Coronado Heights Park. Finish off an evening during your spring break with dinner and drinks at Farley’s Bar and Grill.

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5. Dodge City

Long, empty rural road.
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Step back into the Wild West when touring the Boot Hill Museum and the Dodge Jail when you make Dodge City your vacation destination for spring break. A vacation rental in Dodge City puts you in close proximity to gunfight reenactments in the city, as well as the Dodge City Trail of Fame where you can hike or bike while soaking up the cool spring weather in Kansas. Nightlife is also plentiful when you plan an evening at the Boothill Casino or the Central Station Bar and Grill.

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6. Wamego

Set table overlooking a Napa vineyard.

Wamego is a haven for fans of the movie “The Wizard of Oz.” This small Kansas town hosts the largest collection of memorabilia from the movie at the Oz Museum. Take a look at props from the movie’s set, costumes worn by the stars, and autographed photos on display at the museum. The Oz Winery, adjacent to the museum, is the perfect spot to relax after your tour before retreating back to your cozy vacation rental. The outdoor enthusiasts are in luck, too, because Wamego is home to Wamego City Park, complete with walking trails.

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7. Topeka

State building in Topeka Kansas

Head to the state’s capital to make your spring break fun and educational. Tour the Kansas Statehouse, then dive into the historical city’s attractions when browsing the Ward-Meade Historic Site. You don’t want to miss the spring blooms at the Ward-Meade Botanical Garden or the bike trails in the city’s parks. Let the kids feel the need for speed at the Evel Knievel Museum, or thrill the motorcyclists in your group with a tour of the Yesterday’s Motorbike Museum. While the kids can enjoy the carousel rides in Gage Park, the college crews can hang at the Wild Horse Saloon.

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8. Hutchinson

Lone autumn tree in a field.

Enjoy some rest and relaxation in your Hutchinson vacation renal, or explore the hotspots in town with evenings at the Polo Sport’s Lounge or Smedley’s Tavern. Hutchinson offers diverse attractions for families, too, including the Cosmosphere, an expansive science museum that offers exhibits from the space program, or the Salt City Splash Aquatic Center. Spend a day at the Hutchinson Zoo, or tour the Dillon Nature Center to fish for a few hours when making Hutchinson your vacation destination for spring break.

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