Archive for Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Salina tourist’s guide

October 24, 2007

If you have free time at the state volleyball tournament this weekend in Salina, here's a list of restaurants, attractions, museums, parks, etc. to check out:

Restaurants
¢ Scheme Restaurant, 123 N. 7th St., (785) 823-5125. Regarded by many circles as the best pizza in town.
¢ The Cozy Inn, 108 N. 7th St., (785) 825-2699. Known as the most historic hamburger place in town. Around since 1929. Seventy-five cent hamburgers.
¢ 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 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Smolan is located about seven miles south of Salina on Interstate-135.
¢ Brookville Hotel, 105 E. Lafayette Ave., Abilene, (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.

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.

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 this 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, Iron and Indiana streets, (785) 826-7335. Center includes animals and plants. Learn how to identify birds, about insect life cycles, geology, prehistoric life and urban wildlife habitat.

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