Exploring Camp Kansas: Flint Hills Scenic Byway
Camp Kansas, a summer fun exhibit, is a locally designed and constructed exhibit open at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center from June 9 to August 27, 2023. Families can set up a pretend camp in our indoor campground, become park rangers, go fishing, build constellations, research songbirds, and learn about Kansas' most iconic outdoor spaces.
One of the natural wonders featured in the exhibit is the Flint Hills Scenic Byway. The Flint Hills Scenic Byway in Kansas is a captivating stretch of road that spans approximately 47 miles from Council Grove to Cassoday. Families who travel along this scenic route are treated to breathtaking views of the rolling Flint Hills, covered in tallgrass prairie and dotted with grazing cattle. The byway offers a glimpse into the region's rich history and cultural heritage, with opportunities to explore historic towns like Council Grove and experience the natural beauty of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
Inside Camp Kansas, families can pose for a photo with an interactive, large-scale photograph of the Flint Hills Scenic Byway. Eagle and butterfly wings hang nearby, allowing children to take on the role of Flint Hills wildlife. We hope the visit inspires families to embark on a trip along the real Flint Hills Scenic Byway.
For a family trip, start in Council Grove, home to a fun historic district to explore and the Hays House Restaurant, the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River (parent tip: kids love the mac and cheese here!). The Flint Hills Scenic Byway itself is about an hour's drive, with the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve just north of Strong City serving as a great midway stopping point, offering opportunities to see wildlife and learn more about the Flint Hills. Kids will also love the three-level Prather Creek Falls, located at Chase State Fishing Lake.
Kansas is home to 12 designated scenic byways that offer stunning views, rich history, and unique experiences. A full guide to Kansas Byways is available inside the Camp Kansas exhibit or on the Travel Kansas website at https://www.travelks.com/things-to-do/byways-and-highways/