Welcome to Hutchinson
Travel from the heights of space to 650 feet below the earth’s surface without leaving Hutchinson. Accomplish these feats with visits to The Cosmosphere and Strataca.
This two-day tour of Hutchinson and neighboring Yoder adds visits to some of the area's best eateries and shops to create a tour that feels both far-reaching and down-to-earth.
9 a.m.—Arrive at the Comfort Inn & Suites or the Fairfield Inn & Suites. Take some time to get settled before gathering the group together.
10 a.m.—Launch into fun at the Smithsonian-affiliated Cosmosphere while gazing into the infinity of the stars and seeing Apollo 13. The Cosmosphere houses one of the most significant collections of space artifacts anywhere in its Hall of Space Museum.
In the Carey Digital Dome Theater, experience a film so vivid, the action seems to come to life.
Then visit the Justice Planetarium, a multimedia theater with shows that explore the wonders of the universe.
Experience Dr. Goddard’s Lab, a wildly entertaining and educational live rocket science demonstration.
11:45 a.m.—Enjoy lunch at Pizza Ranch or Sirloin Stockade.
1 p.m.—Strataca is an adventure like no other. A 90-second descent on a double-decked elevator will take groups 650 feet below the
A special museum exhibit illustrates the underground vaults and storage facility. It includes an ongoing display of costumes worn in movies, such as Mr. Freeze and Batman, James Dean’s shirt from Giant, Agent Smith from The Matrix and the snowman from Jack Frost.
Most visitors choose to add on the Dark Ride, a guided tour on a tram through a maze of chambers created by decades of mining. To keep the fun going, hop aboard the Salt Mine Express underground train.
3:15 p.m.—Stop at Metropolitan Coffee for a café latte, hot chocolate, smoothie or a flavored iced tea. Add a pastry for a full afternoon snack. After ordering, relax on one of the comfortable sofas while enjoying the refreshments.
4:15 p.m.—Return to your hotel to relax and freshen up for dinner.
5:30 p.m.—Meet for dinner at the Airport Steakhouse, surrounded by the runway lights, or the Anchor Inn Mexican Restaurant.
7 p.m.—Return to the hotel for a good night’s rest
9 a.m.—Load the motorcoach and head for Yoder, located about 10 miles to the south east of Hutchinson. Visitors will take a step back in time when they visit the hub of the area’s Amish community.
Browse a variety of shops in Yoder, such as the Yoder Furniture Company, Et. Cetera Thrift Shop, Yoder Meats/Kansas Station and Yoder Hardware to name a few.
11:30 a.m.—After shopping, take time for lunch. Carriage Crossing Restaurant and Bakery, featured in Midwest Living and Taste of Home, offers a large menu of home-style meals and delicious home-made pies. Visit the gift shop filled with handmade Amish quilts and other quality gift items.
Indian Creek Bison Ranch- Sample Itinerary
Tours are given, by appointment, throughout the year by owner Jerry Schmidt.
The tour begins with a narrative about Native American’s and how they depended on the bison for every aspect of their existence on the plains. Educational displays include Native American artifacts; weapon and tool replicas; and other bison items which Native American’s would have used in everyday life. The history of bison is explained from the time they roamed in the millions to their near extinction. The goal is to promote the production of these superb animals while still holding onto the history that is so much a part of who we are.
After the narrative, the tour group will sit upon their straw bale in the back of a truck/trailer and head out to get a close up view of the herd. Everyone will be within a few feet of some of these incredible animals. During this time Jerry will talk about bison characteristics; methods used to raise and care for bison; and handling of the herd. Any and all questions about bison are welcome!
Groups of less than five usually ride in the back of a truck; groups of up to 20 ride on a smaller trailer; and groups over 20 will be on a larger trailer. The trailers have sides and all participants will have straw bales to sit on.
Come and get an ‘up close & personal look’ at these magnificent animals and learn why they have survived throughout the centuries and continue to serve such a useful purpose today. More information is available at www.indiancreekbison.com
**Tours may have to be postponed due to inclement weather**
FUN BISON FACTS:
- Both males & females develop horns
- Bison can live to be 30 years old
- Calves are born orange in color & weigh around 40 lbs.
COST OF THE TOURS:
Cost per person- $7.00 Jerry & Linda Schmidt
Senior Citizen (65 & Older)- $5.00 13010 E. Lake Cable Rd.
Children Under 12- FREE Haven, Ks. 67543
Groups of 20-40- $125.00 Email: email@example.com
NOTE: Minimum charge of $30.00 Cell Phone: 620-921-5184
Yoder Sample Itinerary
Visitors will take a step back in time when they visit the Amish community of Yoder. The town is a quaint mixture of the past and present, as horse drawn buggies are intermingled with cars and trucks.
Yoder Hardware and Lumber is truly an old-time hardware store with horseshoes, hand tools, crocks, butter churns and sausage stuffers. One of the specialties of the store is the oil lamp collection. They carry a full line of Radio Flyer metal wagons, bicycles and toys. Like most hardware stores they also carry all of the latest gadgets for your hardware needs. Proprietors: Rod & Brad Fry (620) 465-2277
Enjoy a delicious lunch at Carriage Crossing, a delightful restaurant featuring a large menu of home-cooked meals or try the family-style all-you-can-eat dinner. They pride themselves in serving local meats from Yoder Meats and you will taste the quality difference! Be sure to save room for a slice of homemade pie! You won’t want to miss their gift shop filled with handmade Amish quilts and other unique gift items. Owner: Mike Miller (620) 465-3612
After lunch you might want to take a tour of The Farm at Yoder where you will see a petting zoo, explore the barns and maybe take a wagon ride through the fields. The Farm also offers a corn maze and pumpkin patch in the fall. Contact: (620) 465-2604 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before you head out of town, make a stop at Yoder Meats/Kansas Station. Kansas Station is a
warm inviting country shop showcasing an excellent array of the very best of Kansas! They stock locally made items, including quilts, bonnets, aprons, Amish dolls, doilies, candies, jams, jellies and Amish-made baskets. Yoder Meats features some of Kansas’ best smoked ham, turkey, bacon, sausage, beef jerky, dried beef and Amish cheese. Proprietors: Alan & Carol Waggoner (620) 465-3807 or (800) 952-6328
For more information on Yoder go to www.yoderkansas.com (Allow approximately 1 1/2 hours to visit all of the shops.)
Adventures Above & Below-Two Day Sample Itinerary
Your tour group will travel from the heights of space to 650 feet below the earth’s surface all while visiting Hutchinson! This two-day itinerary of Hutchinson and neighboring Yoder Amish community adds some of the area’s best eateries and shops to create a tour that feels both sky-high and down-to-earth.
9:00 a.m. – Arrive at the Comfort Inn & Suites or the Fairfield Inn & Suites. Take time to get settled before gathering the group together. Contact: Rayne Templeton (620) 669-5200 or Samantha Ybarra (620) 259-8787
10:00 a.m. – Launch into fun at the Smithsonian-affiliated Cosmosphere while gazing into the infinity of the stars and seeing Apollo 13. The Cosmosphere houses one of the most significant collections of space artifacts anywhere in its Hall of Space Museum.
In the Carey Digital Dome Theater, experience a film so vivid, the action seems to come to life. Next visit the Justice Planetarium, a multimedia theater with shows that explore the wonders of the universe. You’ll also experience Dr. Goddard’s Lab, a wildly entertaining and educational live rocket science demonstration. Contact: Janet Fischer (620) 662-2305 Ext. 340
11:45 a.m. – Enjoy lunch at Pizza Ranch or PiZaacos. Contact: Leslie Shea (620) 662-2066 or Dani Collins (620) 662-6293
1:00 p.m. – Strataca/Kansas Underground Salt Museum is an adventure that you won’t soon forget! A 90-second descent will take your group 650 ft. below the earth’s surface into an active salt mine.
A special gallery displays costumes from classic Hollywood Films like Batman, Superman, Mr. Freeze, Agent Smith from Matrix, the snowman from Jack Frost and so much more.
Most groups choose to take the Dark Ride where you journey continues on a tram through a maze of massive salt chambers and a chance to collect a souvenir piece of salt! Contact: Tonya Gehring (620) 662-1425
3:15 p.m. – Take a tour of Hutchinson’s Historic Fox Theatre, one of the finest examples of art deco architecture in the central Unites States. You will be greeted by one of the few original, functioning marquees in the country. Contact: Josh Davies (620) 663-5861
4:15 p.m. – Return to your hotel to relax and freshen up.
5:30 p.m. – Meet for dinner at the Airport Steakhouse, surrounded by the runway lights, or enjoy the Mexican ambiance at the Anchor Inn. Contact: Kevin Bowen (620) 662-4281 or Greg Flores (620) 669-03611
7:00 p.m. – Attend a live performance at Stage 9, the FLAG Theater or the Fox Theatre if one of their performances fits into your itinerary dates OR return to the hotel for a good night’s rest!
9:00 a.m. – Load the Motorcoach and head for Yoder, located about 10 miles to the southeast of Hutchinson. Your group will take a step back in time when you visit the hub of the area’s Amish community.
Browse a variety of shops in Yoder such as the Yoder Furniture Company, Et Cetera Thrift Shop, Yoder Meats/Kansas Station and Yoder Hardware to name a few.
11:30 a.m. – Before heading out, take time for lunch. Carriage Crossing Restaurant and Bakery, featured in Midwest Living and Taste of Home, offers a large menu of home-style meals and delicious home-made pies.
For more information about group tours in Kansas, visit www.tourkansas.org.