When people talk about what’s known as the “American Heartland,” the state of Kansas is almost always part of the conversation. Smith County in Kansas is actually located in the middle of the country’s forty-eight contiguous states. Kansas was among the most enthusiastic states during the 1950’s when it came to drive-in, boasting more than 125 drive-in theaters in operation at its peak. Sadly, almost all of these outdoor movie theaters have closed, and just a few drive-in theaters remain open today. The Kansas City drive-in theaters are typically only open during the summer, and maybe late spring and early fall. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Boulevard Drive-In Theatre

Boulevard Drive-In Theatre
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The Boulevard Drive-in Theatre has been open since the year 1950 and is the oldest remaining drive-in movie theater in the state of Kansas. The outdoor movie venue still has traditional car window speakers for customers to use if they so wish, however, audio is also provided through FM radio using DTS digital sound. The Boulevard also claims that it is the first drive-in to utilize 4k projection to screen their films. The drive-in only accepts cash and does not contain any ATMs on the property. Pets that are well behaved and leased are permitted, and the drive-in actually sells alcohol.

1051 Merriam Ln, Kansas City, KS 66103, Phone: 913-262-0392

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2.B&B Theatres Twin Drive-In

B&B Theatres Twin Drive-In
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The B&B Theatres Twin Drive-in is similar to the company’s 1-70 Drive-in. It is a modern drive-in with two large outdoor screens, showing double features seven nights a week when open. Triple features are sometime shown on the weekends. Outdoor movie venue has been in operation since the 1950’s, originally as just the Twin Drive-in. There is a concession stand that serves seasoned popcorn, as well as an array of other snacks, and an arcade is on the grounds that gives customers something to do before the movie starts. The Twin Drive-in accepts both cash and credit cards.

291 E Kentucky Rd, Independence, MO 64050, Phone: 816-257-2234

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More Ideas in KS: Sedgwick County Zoo

The Sedgwick County Zoo is a community wildlife park and animal center in Wichita, Kansas, and ranked as one of the top tourist attractions in the state. Founded in 1971 by the Sedgwick County Zoological Society, the zoo is home to more than 3,000 individual animals from over 400 species and is world-renowned for its outstanding conservation programs and successful breeding programs of rare and endangered species. The mission of the Sedgwick County Zoo is to inspire appreciation, inspiration, and respect for animals, nature and the surrounding environment.

The Sedgwick County Zoo features 3,000 individual animals from over 400 species that are housed in natural and geographically relevant habitats from around the globe, including Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America. Theme-specific enclosures include Amphibians and Reptiles, the Cessna Penguin Cove, the Koch Orangutan and Chimpanzee Habitat, the Downing Gorilla Forest, Tropics, the Slawson Family Tiger Trek, and Children’s Farms.

The Downing Gorilla Forest features a replica of a small Congo village with walkover bridge and moat and has a large gorilla enclosure with several gorillas. Other animals in the exhibit include pink and white pelicans, colobus and De Brazza’s monkeys, saddle-billed storks, okapis, and black crowned cranes.

Designed to replicate a kopje with massive boulders, the Pride of the Plains exhibit takes visitors on a journey to Africa where they can see large African lions, meerkats, red river hogs and African painted wild dogs. See Eye to Eye with Giraffes is another African-themed exhibit that features reticulated giraffes, hippos, Eastern black rhinos, African bush elephants, and bonteboks.

Opened in 2007, the Cessna Penguin Cove was the zoo’s first marine exhibit and features a 42,000-US-gallon pool with rocky areas and coves for the Humboldt penguins that call this display home. Tiger Trek is an Asian-themed naturalistic exhibit that houses Amur and Malayan tigers, bar-headed geese, red pandas, and brow-antlered deer.

The Amphibians & Reptiles exhibit is designed to represent the Yangtze River, one of the most endangered river systems in the world and is home to Chinese alligators, yellow pond turtles, prehensile-tailed alligator lizards, golden thread turtles, and Russian cobras.

The Children’s Farm is designed to give children the opportunity to interact with a variety of interesting farm animals from around the world, including Watusi cattle from Africa, karakul sheep from Asia, and milking Devon cows from America.

Visitors can take a walk about in the Australia exhibit, which is filled with a variety of fauna and flora from Australia, New Zealand, and the southern Pacific region. Animals and birds include Kookaburra, orange-bellied fruit doves, double-wattled cassowary, rainbow lorikeets, Tammar wallabies, and tree kangaroos.

The mission of the Sedgwick County Zoo is to inspire appreciation, inspiration, and respect for animals, nature and the surrounding environment and does this through outstanding exhibits designed to promote experiential learning. The Zoo’s exhibits are designed for visitors to be immersed in the animal's world, allowing them to experience the animals' natural behaviors and enjoy an empathetic learning experience. Many of the Zoo’s exhibits include areas in which visitors can walk freely among the animals and plants.

Educational programs offered by the Zoo include a variety of learning programs for both adults and children, coffee connections, workshops and informal chats for adults, field trips, overnights at the zoo, and adventure backpacking.

Internationally acclaimed for its award-winning field conservation and rare breeding programs, Sedgwick County Zoo works in conjunction with several world-renowned organizations. Conservation groups include Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance, African Predator Conservation Research Organization (APCRO), Center for the Conservation of the Humboldt Penguin, and the Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund International. The Zoo also has unique Species Survival Plan®, which is a cooperative population management and conservation program that manages the breeding 161 individual species of endangered animals, including the African Painted Dog.

The Sedgwick County Zoo is located at 5555 Zoo Boulevard in Wichita and is open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm year-round. Visitors can explore the Zoo in several ways – by walking, hopping on a tram with five stops at different locations around the Zoo, or on a relaxing seasonal boat tour. Signature events are held at the zoo throughout the year, including ‘Easter Eggstravaganza,' ‘Night of the Living Zoo’ ‘Father’s Day Car Show,' and ‘Zoobilee.’

Visitors can enjoy a range of fun keeper chats and feeding times where they can interact with zookeepers and learn more about the animals that are taken care of at the Zoo. Keeper Chats and Animal Encounters include American Farm Cow/Oxen Encounters, Snake Demonstrations, Bald Eagle Chats, Aldabra Tortoise Training, Tiger Chats, Chimpanzee Chats, and Penguin Demonstrations, among others. Attractions at the Zoo include a Giraffe Feeding Station, relaxing boat tours and free tram tours.

Other facilities at the Zoo include the Plaza Bistro Restaurant, as well as four food and beverage stations located around the zoo. Visitors can also bring their own picnic baskets to enjoy at one of several picnic spots around the property.

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5555 Zoo Boulevard, Wichita, Kansas 67212, Phone: 316.660.WILD (9453)

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More Ideas in KS: Wichita Art Museum

The Wichita Art Museum is a distinguished art museum that showcases the art and history of South Central Kansas and the Midwest. Established in 1915 by a trust created by Louise Murdock to start a collection in memory of her husband, Roland P. Murdock, the Wichita Art Museum was opened to the public in 1935 with art borrowed from other museums.

The first artwork for the collection was purchased in 1939 by the trust, after which followed a broad range of paintings, sculptures, pottery, and textiles by artists such as Robert Henri, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Horace Pippin, and Albert Ryder. Other famed artists features include Maurice Prendergast, Charles Sheeler, Albert Pinkham, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and Arthur G. Dove and the lobby of the Museum features a striking chandelier and ceiling design by Dale Chihuly.

The Wichita Art Museum underwent an expansion in 1963 with the addition of a new lobby and two new wings designed by local architect Robert Schaefer to house the ever-growing collection, and in the 1970s a larger climate controlled facility was built. The Museum had its last expansion in 2003 taking the total floor space up to 115,000 square feet, which included more exhibition space, an art services area, a research library, a museum store and a new restaurant.

The Wichita Art Museum also offers a variety of educational programs designed to bring people, ideas, and American Art together in order enrich lives and build a spirit within the local community and hosts several events and functions throughout the year, such as Artcation and Winter Art Mania.

The Wichita Art Museum features a distinguished collection of over 8,000 works of art with a particular focus on exceptional American art. Reflecting both the broader development of art in America and the rich cultural heritage of the Great Plains, the collection compromises works in a diverse range of media by local and internationally acclaimed artists.

Begun in 1939 and continuing until 1962, the original collection, the Roland P. Murdock Collection features a cache of 168 American works, including four Edward Hopper paintings, three Thomas Eakins paintings, over 30 Arthur Dove works and a set of stunning pendant paintings by John Singleton Copley. Other notable works in this core collection that add depth include more than 20 works by Charles Russell, a distinguished collection of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century glass, and an impressive array of Pre-Columbian art.

The Wichita Art Museum also features a newly established Art Garden, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Located alongside the Little Arkansas River in the heart of the city, the Art Garden is roofless museum spread over eight acres and features a diverse variety of fauna and flora from Kansas with more than 100 new trees, nearly 600 shrubs, and more than 20,000 perennials and grasses. The Art Garden is also home to 13 outdoor sculptures that blend seamlessly into the lush landscaped environment. Admission to the Art Garden is free.

The Wichita Art Museum offers a variety of educational programs designed to brings people, ideas, and American Art together in order enrich lives and build a spirit within the local community. Programs aim to inspire curiosity and learning through informative and engaging programs for adults, teens, and youth. Adult programs include Wichita Art Chatter, Senior Wednesdays, and WAM for Adults, while family programs include Family ArtVenture, Winter Art Mania, Artcation, and special events such as the annual Summer Birthday Bash and Ice Cream Social.

The Living Room is a lively, interactive gallery for young visitors to explore their inner artists through make it/take it art activities and a variety of art projects. The bright and spacious area encourages families and friends to participate in a range of experiences linked to what's on view in the galleries with fun, physical exercises and activities and art-making projects.

The Wichita Art Museum is located at 1400 West Museum Boulevard in Wichita and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from Noon to 5:00 pm. Admission to the Museum is free every Saturday. Docent-led group tours are available during museum hours, but need to be booked at least three weeks in advance, and there is no admission charge for student groups. The Museum Café is open for brunch, lunch, and beverages until 3:00 pm during Museum hours and the Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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1400 West Museum Boulevard, Wichita, KS 67203-3200, Phone: 316-268-4921

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More Ideas in KS: Old Cowtown Museum

The Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, Kansas, is a living memorial to what life was like between 1865 and 1880 off the historic Chisholm Trail. The museum’s permanent collection includes over 10,000 artifacts, textiles, furnishings, art pieces, and tools. In addition, an archival collection of photographs, letters, and documents is used for historical research to ensure the authenticity of the museum’s displays and programs. The museum educates guests on the history of an Old West settlement, which became a cattle town and, subsequently, a city of agriculture and manufacturing.

There are 54 buildings in Old Cowtown, 27 of which are historical and have been brought to the property from other locations throughout Kansas to be preserved by the museum. The site is split into a business district, which includes Main Street, and a residential district, which includes several historical residential homes. A 5-acre period farm and outbuildings are also located within the museum’s 23 acres. Live animals on the farm include milk cows, sheep, goats, and chickens.

The centerpiece of the farm is the Smith House, an 1884 example of National Folk-style architecture. The Buffalo Hunter and Trader Area includes several historical log cabins and demonstrates the history of hunting and trading, the area’s first economic activities. Among the historical buildings is the City Eagle Print Shop, a wood-frame building with glass display windows and a false front that is representative of the iconic architecture of the late 1800s. Prior to serving as a print shop at the museum, the building was a grocery store, and later a jewelry repair shop. A front-gabled frame building, O’Hara’s Barbershop, was originally built in the 1880s as the home of the Wichita Township Hall. At the museum, it serves as a barbershop and teaches of the history of the small shops where men could get a shave and a haircut, and travelers and cowboys could have a bath.

The museum’s jail building is an example of 19th century horizontal plank construction. The small building was purchased by the museum in 1952 for one dollar. The Blood Family Homestead educates guests on the history of Gilman Blood and his descendants, who operated the Blood Orchard in Wichita for over four generations. The “hall and parlor” home is indicative of late 19th century home construction and is filled with artifacts that represent the way it would have looked when Gilman Blood lived there. Costumed interpreters bring the site’s history to life and daily activities take place throughout the museum. Blacksmiths and printers demonstrate their crafts, “gunfights” occur on Main Street in front of the saloon, and wagon rides tour guests aboard horse-drawn carriages.


The Chisholm Trail was a post-Civil War cattle-driving route that brought stock from ranches in Texas to the railroads in Kansas. Jesse Chisholm, for whom the trail was named, established a trading post at what would soon become Wichita. The town incorporated as a city in 1870. Eventually, new cattle-trails to the east and new rail lines would render cattle driving along the Chisholm Trail obsolete, but Wichita continued to thrive as settlers moved to the area in search of opportunity. The Old Cowtown Museum has been acquiring the historical artifacts and buildings in its collection for more than 50 years. While some historical structures were donated as far back as 1949, others were acquired in the 2000s. Old Cowtown Museum is supported by Historic Wichita Cowtown, Inc., a non-profit advisory board that works in partnership with the City of Wichita.

Ongoing Programs and Education

The museum offers both self-guided and guided tours. Costumed interpreters work throughout the museum to interact with guests and answer questions. The History Immersion Experience is a special guided tour in which guests learn about settler’s life through the eyes of three entrepreneurs from the late 1800s. School groups may join a guided tour or make use of the facility for self-guided activities. For example, teachers may use the one-room schoolhouse to lead a classroom as they would have done in the 1800s, with slates and chalk. Old Sedgewick County Fair Education Day takes place each October and allows students to spend time in areas of the museum that are of the most interest to them. A variety of programming is available for scout groups of all ages to earn history badges. Old West Photography works in partnership with the museum to take portraits of visitors in period costumes.

1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203, Phone: 316-350-3323

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