Tourism & Recreation
Sumner County is abundant with community parks offering picnic areas, skateboarding, playground equipment, band stages, tennis and basketball courts, walking/biking paths, RV facilities and scenic views of rivers and lake areas. Several aquatic centers and swimming pools are located throughout the County.
Numerous festivals occur throughout the year and include an International Rocket launch, Christmas in the Country (businesses and homes decorated for Christmas), Chisholm Trail Festival (ghost riders and talking tombstones), Tulip Fesitval (crafts, tulips, entertainment, and food), Wheat Festival (celebrating the wheat harvest), and the County Fair (contests, entertainment, and food). You will also find the Watermelon Feed and Fall Festivals offering numerous craft and food booths and entertainment. Check out all community events here.
Many communities offer rodeo/shodeo (equestrian only) arenas and sports complexes for baseball, soccer, football and playground areas. The local communities offer baseball, (the Wellington Heat), basketball, and football (youth league), programs outside of the school system.
You will find the Kansas Badlands Off-road mud racing and ATV park. Whether you have an ATV, dune buggy, 4-wheeler, or dirt bike or just want to watch the 4X4 mud trucks race, you'll enjoy the action. Wildlife areas with a nature preserve and hunting areas are available. There is opportunity to view buffalo herds. The Bartlett Arboretum, www.bartlettarboretum.com, is available for nature walks, outdoor events and weddings. The area is home to both 9-hole and 18-hole golf courses; a lake for camping, boating and fishing; a go-cart track, a winery, and unique restaurants and shops. The Kansas Start Casino, www.kansasstarcasino.com, located in the northern section of the county, provides Vegas style gambling in the scenic Kansas setting. You will also find the Kansas Tourism Center on I-35 at the Belle Plaine Service Center, where you can buy Kansas souveniers and gather literature about many attractions in Kansas and Sumner County.
Sumner County also offers many historic buildings including the Oxford Mill and the Caldwell Opera House, homes, museums - Salter House, home to the first woman mayor in the United State, Panhandle Railroad Museum, the NDGA Glass Museum, and historic cemeteries available to visit at your pleasure.
Please visit the Community Profiles section of this website for information on each city's individual tourism and recreation opportunities.