Once known as the ‘Gateway to the West,’ Leavenworth is a city steeped in history. Founded in 1854, it is the oldest city in Kansas and has a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family. Leavenworth is home to many beautiful old buildings, including the Victorian-era Carroll Mansion and the European-inspired cathedral Chapel of the Veterans that was built in 1893. Take a ride on the handcrafted C.W. Parker Carousel, explore miles of hiking trails and have a picnic at the Leavenworth Landing Park on the banks of the Missouri River, or delve into the history of the city at the Frontier Army Museum. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.C.W. Parker Carousel Museum
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The C.W. Parker Carousel Museum is dedicated to the art of carousel-making and houses a collection of vintage carousels. Also known as the Leavenworth Carousel Museum, the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum is named after Charles Wallace Parker who created the first amusement ride in 1898 and features an impressive collection of historically registered handcrafted carousels. The museum also has several vintage items like an Artizan band organ, a C.W. Parker cylinder piano, and a Wurlitzer Band Organ, along with beautifully repaired or reproduced carousel horses.
320 S Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048, Phone: 913-682-1331
2.Fort Leavenworth Army Installation
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The Fort Leavenworth Army Installation is a 5,600-acre military post on the Frontier Military Scenic Byway that was built in 1827 and used as a stopover for pioneers moving westwards. Historically known as ‘the Intellectual Center of the Army,’ post is the oldest active United States Army and permanent settlement in Kansas west of Washington. The base also housed the African-American soldiers of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Today, the Fort Leavenworth Army Installation is the home of the US Army Combined Arms Center (CAC).
1 Sherman Ave, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027, Phone: 913-684-3600
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3.Carroll Mansion and Museum, Leavenworth, Kansas
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The Carroll Mansion and Museum is a historic 1880s house and the oldest museum in Leavenworth County. The beautifully preserved Victorian house museum is the home to the Leavenworth County Historical Society and stands as an outstanding example of a Victorian-era home, as well as a research center for the history of early Kansas. The house has 16 rooms and features elaborate handcrafted woodwork, exquisite stained-glass windows, Victorian-era antiques, and furnishings from the early 20th century. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday and guided docent-led tours are available.
1128 5th Ave, Leavenworth, KS 66048, Phone: 913-682-7759
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4.Richard Allen Cultural Center
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The Richard Allen Cultural Center is dedicated to researching and preserving the rich history and heritage of African-Americans in the region and their influence on society. Founded in 1992, the museum is based in the former home of U.S. Army Captain and Buffalo Soldier, William Bly, and named after the founder of the first African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States, Richard Allen. Decorated to reflect a building from the early 1900s, the museum houses an interesting collection of historic photographs dating back to the 1800s.
412 Kiowa St, Leavenworth, KS 66048, Phone: 913-682-8772
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5.Chapel of the Veterans, Leavenworth, Kansas
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Based on the grounds of the Eisenhower VA Medical Center, the Chapel of the Veterans is a beautifully preserved Gothic-inspired chapel that once served as the Western Branch National Home of Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Designed by Louis Curtis and built in 1893 from sandstone, the ornate chapel features 11 tubular bells and three gargoyles. The chapel is famous for being the only church in the country in which Catholic and Protestant religious services were conducted at the same time in the same venue. Today, the lower level of the chapel houses the Catholic Holy Ghost Chape and the upper level is home to the Protestant Immanuel Chapel.
4010 S. 4th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048, Phone: 913-758-6946
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6.Z&M Twisted Vines Wines and Winery, Leavenworth, KS
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Z&M Twisted Vines Wines and Winery is a locally owned winery that produces innovative, organic wines with a twist. The eco-friendly wine estate uses four varieties of sustainably-grown grapes and homegrown fruit to produce unique and unusual wines such as Blackhawk Blackberry wine, Hellfire jalapeño wine and Blacked Out Coffee wine. Z&M Twisted Vines combines Old World winemaking with New Age techniques using self-harvested rainwater and green cultivate practices to produce delicious farm-to-table wines. The winery has a tasting room for sampling the one-of-a-kind wines, and the winery can be rented for special events.
620 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, KS 66048, Phone: 531-600-8187
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7.Performing Arts Center, Leavenworth, Kansas
The Performing Arts Center is a historic theater in downtown Leavenworth that hosts the non-profit community theater group called the River City Community Players. Formerly known as the Hollywood Theater, the building was designed by Robert Boller and built in 1937 in an Art Deco style. Part of the Dubinsky theater chain, the Hollywood Theater was Leavenworth's only movie palace and features hallmarks of a bygone era with ornate and opulent interiors. The River City Community Players produces and presents up to seven productions a year, ranging from musicals and magic shows to drama, dance recitals, and youth plays.
500 Delaware St, Leavenworth, KS 66048, Phone: 913-651-0027
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8.Excellent Choice, Leavenworth, Kansas
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Excellent Choice is a locally owned restaurant that specializes in traditional home-cooked Southern-fried cuisine. The family-friendly restaurant has a casual, laid-back atmosphere with comfy seating and offers a menu of southern food cooked to perfection, such as fried catfish, hush puppies, collard greens, gumbo, jambalaya with cornbread, and deep-fried shrimp. The restaurant offers daily specials like Pork Chop Tuesdays, Gumbo Wednesdays, and Liver and Onions Thursdays, and authentic Southern desserts like peach cobbler and sweet potato pie. Excellent Choice is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
1000 N 7th St, Leavenworth, KS 66048, Phone: 913-364-6012
8 Best Things to Do in Leavenworth, Kansas
- C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, Photo: C.W. Parker Carousel Museum
- Fort Leavenworth Army Installation, Photo: Fort Leavenworth Army Installation
- Carroll Mansion and Museum, Leavenworth, Kansas, Photo: Carroll Mansion and Museum
- Richard Allen Cultural Center, Photo: Richard Allen Cultural Center
- Chapel of the Veterans, Leavenworth, Kansas, Photo: Chapel of the Veterans
- Z&M Twisted Vines Wines and Winery, Leavenworth, KS, Photo: Z&M Twisted Vines Wines and Winery
- Performing Arts Center, Leavenworth, Kansas, Photo: aerogondo/stock.adobe.com
- Excellent Choice, Leavenworth, Kansas, Photo: Excellent Choice
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