Make a Day of It in Hutchinson on March 23, 2013

March 23, 2013 – Saturday

Morning
Spend the morning at the Kansas Underground Salt Museum. It’s the only one of its kind in the western hemisphere. Travel 650 feet underground to see a new exhibit of movie items fromĀ 20th Century Fox, as well as a host of other items. Enjoy the dark ride and the train ride underground in addition to the museum. Advance reservations are always a good idea.

Lunch
FraeseTake a break for lunch at Fraese Drug downtown. There’s an old-fashioned lunch counter and a daily special, as well as the standard fare you’d expect. Cap off lunch with fresh pie or a malt.

Afternoon
Take in the Kansas Cosmopshere and Space Center, which tells the story of the space program from its earliest days in Russia to the present time. It’s a Smithsonian affiliate and offers not only a museum but also a planetarium show and a theater. Get a discount by doing both museums in one day. Details here.

Extras
If you have a little extra time, visit Dillon Nature Center on 30th Street, just east of the intersection of K-61 and 30th. Walking trails circle a pond and go through a natural prairie area. It’s open until dusk and has beautiful gardens, sculpture, wooded areas and a children’s playground.

Dinner
El Potrillo on Main Street is a family run Mexican restaurant. They have a large menu and are generous with the chips and salsa, which are included with every meal. Service is good and the restaurant is always spotless..

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