Archive for Thursday, March 10, 2005

What to do while in Salina

March 10, 2005

Anyone wearing Chieftain red has one thing in mind this week if they're in Salina ---- basketball.

But when the Tonganoxie High girls team isn't playing in the state tournament, Tonganoxie fans do have some options during their "free time."

Here are a few attractions Salina and the surrounding area have to offer, just in case fans need a break from the roundball.

Salina

ATTRACTIONS

  • Central Mall Aquarium, 2259 S. Ninth St., (785) 825-7733. The mall houses Kansas' largest free-standing aquarium featuring native marine life.
  • Historic downtown district ---- Santa Fe Avenue. Attractions include specialty shops, arts, museum, theater and period architecture.
  • Jumpin' Joe's Family Fun Center, 1634 Sunflower Lane, 1 mile south of Crawford on Centennial, (785) 827-9090. Family center including go-carts, 36-hole miniature golf, laser tag, arcade, and group gathering accommodations.
  • Outpost Restaurant Fun Center, 2155 N Headville Rd, Salina,(785) 820-9500. Family fun, go-carts, bumper boats,arcade and more.

HISTORIC HOMES AND BUILDINGS

  • Auld Lang Syne 101 N. Santa Fe, (785) 825-0020. Antiques showcased in historic building.

MUSEUMS

  • Central Kansas Flywheels Museum, 1100 W Diamond Dr., (785) 825-8473. Antique tractors, washing machines, radios, stationary engines, and more.
  • Salina Art Center, 242 S Santa Fe, (785) 827-1431, Contemporary art and education center.
  • Smoky Hill Museum, 211 W. Iron. (785) 826-7460. Step into the past in our 1850s sod dugout, children's hands-on gallery, and regional history exhibits.

PARKS AND ZOOS

  • Rolling Hills Refuge Wildlife Center, 625 N Hedville Rd., (785) 827-9488. Kansas' newest wildlife park features more than 80 species of animals on 145 acres of land. The center is located six miles west of Salina on Interstate-70.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Lakewood Discovery Center Lakewood Park, located at Iron and Indiana streets, (785) 826-7335. Center includes with animals and plants. Learn how to identify birds, about insect life cycles, geology, prehistoric life and urban wildlife habitat.

VINEYARDS AND WINERY

  • Smoky Hill Vineyards and Winery, 212 W. Golf Link Rd., (785) 825-2515. Taste over 25 wines made from grapes grown in the European-style estate vineyard.

Smolan

  • Hickory Tree Smolan School, Third and Walnut in Smolan, (785) 668-2164. Built in 1926, the old school has been transformed into a restaurant with all rooms decorated in old school memorabilia. The school's gymnasium is the focal point of the restaurant, with a buffet available Fridays and Saturdays form 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Smolan is located about seven miles south of Salina on Interstate-135. Smolan is a short distance west of I-135.

Abilene

  • Brookville Hotel, 105 E. Lafayette Ave., (785) 263-2244. The restaurant, famous while it stood originally in Brookville, now is a hot spot in Abilene. A replica of the structure was built just north of Interstate-70 In Abilene. Chicken and family-style dining is the forte as bowls of food are brought to the table and passed around by the patrons.
  • Eisenhower Library and Museum, 200 Southeast Fourth St., 1-877 RING IKE or (785) 263-6700. Campus also includes Eisenhower family home. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., including weekends.

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