County #1: Ford

We decided to hit Dodge City in Ford County for our first county. Long Branch Lagoon, a cute and inexpensive western-themed waterpark was the draw for us. It was only $24 for all four of us to go all day! So much fun and operated by the Dodge City Parks and Recreation department.

Next to Long Branch Lagoon is Longbranch Park. It has a great playground, picnic tables and a couple of gazebos that were being used for parties on this late summer afternoon.

We had to hit Boot Hill before we left town. They were having a special event which we weren’t notified when we bought our admission tickets, so it was kind of an expensive letdown. The saloon was closed for a ticket-only variety show so Weston was bummed we couldn’t “belly up to the bar” for a sarsaparilla. The restaurant and old-timey photo place were also closed to the public. I’m sure it would be great for true fans of the Wild West and its history.

For the adults, Dodge City has a great distillery, also called Boot Hill (but not affiliated with the museum). They have a variety of whiskey, vodka and bitters distilled on site. They offer tours with a tasting at the end and a lovely tasting room.

There’s a new brewery in town down the hill from the distillery: Dodge City Brewing Company, that not only serves their amazing beer but tasty homemade pizza. It was quite a “hopping” spot, loved by both locals and tourists. Andy had a brew called the Space Cowboy IPA; a refreshing end to our day in Dodge City.

To find more information on the attractions we visited in Dodge City, visit their websites:

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