What To Know About Visiting Kansas

September 29, 2022


Whether it’s a sporting event, a historic site/attraction or outdoor activities, there is so much for tourists to do during a visit to the state of Kansas.

Located in the Midwest part of the United States, “The Wheat State” is home to over 2.9 million people. Whether you’re on a trip throughout the Midwest or planning to visit only the state of Kansas for a period of time, there are plenty of activities and tips to know about when visiting the state.

Sports Betting Will Soon Launch In Kansas

The state of Kansas itself isn’t home to any “big four” professional sports franchises (NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL), but there are several prominent college programs — most notably the Kansas Jayhawks’ basketball team.

The hope is that within the next couple of months, licensed online sports betting sites in Kansas like FanDuel will go live. Several of these sportsbooks would also offer special risk-free bets to new customers. For instance, FanDuel would presumably offer a risk-free bet of up to $1,000 once you sign up.

When sports betting launches in The Wheat State, customers will be able to bet on more than the Kansas-based sports teams. Customers will also be able to place wagers on the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball as well as the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL.

The Chiefs are one of the prime betting favorites to win Super Bowl 57 at multiple sportsbooks. FanDuel gives them the third-best odds at +950, behind only the Buffalo Bills (+650) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+750).

Not only that, but casino lovers will have the chance to play their favorite games such as poker, blackjack, slots and roulettes through several mobile sports betting apps once they go live in Kansas.

Free Admission At Several Museums & Tourist Attractions

If you’re on a budget during your visit to the state of Kansas, you should plan some of your travels around venues that offer free admission.

Some of these venues are free of admission every day, and some of the places will offer free admission on specific dates. For example, the Wichita Art Museum offers free admission to the public on Saturdays.

The Ulrich Museum of Art, which is located on the Wichita State University campus, offers free admission daily. Sports fans keen on visiting the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (also located in Wichita) also don’t have to pay anything to take the tour.

The Kansas Museum of History in Topeka will be closing on Sept. 4 as it prepares to undergo major renovations. From Aug. 17 to Sept. 3, the museum will be offering free admission to the public.

Other popular venues that offer free admission include the Museum Of Kansas National Guard in Topeka, the Twisted Oz Motorcycle Museum in Augusta and the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art which is located on the campus of Kansas State University.

If you’re a history fanatic hoping to explore museums and historic sites across Kansas without spending too much money, it’s very easy to do so.

Public Transit Passes & Rides Costs

Depending on where you’re visiting in the state of Kansas, you may want to plan your travels around the reasonable costs of day passes in the state’s public transit systems.

Even if you’re using a vehicle for your travels, you can still save money by keeping it parked in favor of public transit.

For example, a 24-hour pass through Topeka Metro will only cost an adult $4, a youth (5 to 18 years of age) $3 and seniors $2. This is a great deal considering that a one-way pass will cost you $2, so you may as well buy a 24-hour pass if you’re spending multiple days in Topeka.

The city of Lawrence also offers plenty of museums and historic sites for tourists to check out. A day pass in this city will only cost you $2.75, and a 10-ride card will only cost you $10.

These cities all offer efficient and convenient public transportation systems. And you can travel throughout the heart of the many touristy Kansas cities with very affordable day passes.

This makes Kansas an ideal place to visit, regardless of how long you are staying for. Short-term or long-term, Kansas offers so much to its visitors.

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