2303 Main Street
The Wetlands at Great Bend offers water fun for
everyone. Featuring 8 water slides, 39 spray
features, a 10,000 square foot pool, and full
service concessions, the Wetlands serves as a
safe and fun environment for the whole family.
Also available are private parties, group rates,
and discount passes.
24th & Main
The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is home to over
100 mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects.
Visitors will have an opportunity to observe
many species, ranging from lions and tigers to
alligators and bears. Free admission. Open 362
days of the year from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Great Bend has eight community parks, featuring
a public pool and aquatic center, picnic
shelters, playground equipment, skate park, BMX
bike park, basketball courts, tennis courts,
softball fields, horseshoe pits, a fishing lake,
dog park, seasonal ice-skating rink, soccer
fields, and more.
1222 Kansas Avenue
Golden Belt Cinema 6 is the most advanced movie theatre between Wichita and Denver, featuring the latest in 3D technology and Dolby Digital surround sound in a comfortable, clean environment with a seating capacity of just under 700 people in downtown Great Bend!
3101 N. Washington
Walnut Bowl and Mini Golf is a 24-lane bowling
alley with automatic scoring, cosmic bowling on
Friday and Saturday evenings, and an 18-hole
mini golf course.
The refuge contains a 41,000-acre basin-like
lowland where 19,587 acres of it are a wildlife
management area that is operated by the Kansas
Department of Wildlife and parks. It is
considered the largest marsh in the interior of
the United States and has been designated a
"Wetland of International Importance." Be sure
to check out the Kansas Wetlands Education
Center and see all the neat exhibits,
demonstrations, and gift shop!
24th & Frey
Opened in 1940, the 18-hole "Golden Belt" course
at the The Club At StoneRidge facility features
6,383 yards of golf from the longest tees for a
par of 71. The course rating is 71.6 and it has
a slope rating of 125.
673 N. Highway 281
The 18-hole "Lake Barton" course at the Lake
Barton Golf Course facility features 5,526 yards
of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70.
The course rating is 65.4 and it has a slope
rating of 101 on.
During WWII, Great Bend was a B-29 Bomber
training base. This memorial is a reminder to
tomorrow's generation of the sacrifices made to
keep the United States secure.
1401 Main Street
The center hosts regional art exhibits,
consignment galleries, concerts, cinema forums,
poetry, workshops and special events.
85 S. Hwy 281
The historical village contains nine buildings,
including an 1871 Pioneer brick home, 1908
church, 1910 train depot, 1915 school house, a
small post office, two museum buildings and an
agricultural building. The museum also displays
a variety of exhibits of subjects like the Santa
Fe Trail, Indian Artifacts, Kansas anthropology
panoramas, antique quilts, and much more.
1905 Lakin Avenue
The Crest Theatre host four community theatre
productions a year and a wide variety of other
events, including musical concerts, touring
theatre, dance, lectures, and seminars.
323 SE 80th Avenue in Ellinwood, KS
This beautiful location offers wine tasting,
tours and walking trails. Visitors can enjoy a
picnic or a relaxing stroll through the wooded
areas adjacent to the winery.
Dick Building, Ellinwood Museum in
Since 1981, the city's underground tunnels have
become a major attraction. In years past, one
could get a haircut and bath and then travel via
the tunnels beneath Main Street to the
underground saloon and hotel across the street.
6 miles west of town on K-156, Fort Larned
Fort Larned was established in 1859 as a base of
military operations against hostile Indians of
the Central Plains to protect traffic along the
Santa Fe Trail. With nine restored buildings, it
survives as one of the best examples of a fort
during the Indian Wars.
Every year, visitors from all over the Midwest
hit the trail to Great Bend, which is among the
best in the nation. The Trail starts at Brit
Spaugh Park's Wild lights, then continues to the
"Twelve Days of Christmas" at Veteran's Park, a
lighted nativity at 10th and K-96 Hwy, and
finishes up on Main Street with Lafayette Lights
5944 W 10th Street
The museum displays various phases of the oil
and gas industry, including geology, drilling,
well completion, production, refining, and
products manufactured with oil. This building
also houses the Hall of Fame that contains
biographies and pictures of inductees.
3721 183rd Street in Russel, Kansas
LaSada offers the finest in clay target shooting
and upland bird hunting. LaSada has a
Championship 40 State Fully Automated Sporting
Clays Course, as well as a 5-stand sporting, and
trapshooting. LaSada offers Upland bird hunts
for pheasants and quail.
25 miles south & 12 miles east of town
Located on 6,000 acres of managed wetlands and
marshes, the refuge features Little Salt Marsh
and Big Salt Marsh ancient basins. Quivira
National Wildlife Refuge offers opportunities
for wildlife observation and photography,
environmental education and interpretation,
hunting and fishing. Additionally bobcats,
coyotes, and other mammals are often seen
lurking about during the heat of the afternoon.
1349 K-156 in Larned, KS
The museum features an extensive trail history,
including exhibits of area Native American
1400 Main Street
In 2000, a Great Bend High School graduate was recognized with a Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the microchip. Jack Kilby changed the world with his invention, and his hometown memorial can be viewed in the courthouse square named in his honor.
Barton County Community College Campus Fine Arts
The Shafer Art Gallery houses a collection of
intricate Western-theme bronze sculptures by
internationally prominent artist Gus Shafer who
grew up near Great Bend. The Gallery contains
7,900 square feet for exhibits displaying a
permanent collection of more than 600 works
along with various other traveling exhibits
including some from the Smithsonian.
Heartland Farm is a spiritual retreat center and a registered agri-tourism operator located 13 miles west of Great Bend. It is on an 80 acre homestead surrounded by nature, wildlife, and boundless views. Heartland Farm offers opportunities for others to expand their knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience in eco-justice through education, retreat work, and a volunteer program.