County #17: Scott

Scott City, the county seat of Scott County, has an amazing park: Patton Park (formerly City Park).  It features the Park on the Plains, a volunteer-built playland that was one of the best we’ve seen in Kansas so far.  It was amazing! Look at all this climbing equipment and rubber base! And they had a … More County #17: Scott

County #8: Barber

Medicine Lodge is the county seat of Barber County and the home of famous prohibition icon Carry Nation.  On our way into Medicine Lodge, I turned on the Criminal podcast (episode 73) so the boys could hear the history of Carry Nation and her smashing adventures.  The boys were transfixed and couldn’t wait to see … More County #8: Barber

County #7: Comanche

Comanche County was next on our list.  We hit the county seat, the town of Coldwater, hungry and hot.  We quenched our thirst and hunger at this great pizza place called Dave’s Pizza Oven, which is right off of the main drag.  It was great!  The pizza was tasty and they had a room of … More County #7: Comanche

County #5: Meade

On our recent southwest Kansas trip, we traveled through and stayed in the town of Meade which is in Meade County.  They have a lovely city park with WPA-built shelter house, restrooms and playgrounds. They have a section of retro/old-school playground equipment which the boys gravitated to before hitting the more modern playset. I think … More County #5: Meade

County #4: Gray

Montezuma, a small town in south central Gray County, has a brand new park with parts still under construction. Weston was in heaven with all the climbing equipment, while I enjoyed tetherball! Just outside of town, you can visit the Gray County Wind Farm and see a windmill up close! It was breathtaking!

County #3: Haskell

We found a hidden gem of a playground in Sublette, located in Haskell County. This town with a population of 1,407 has probably the best park we’ve found on our adventures! We loved the rubber (pour-in-place) safety surface and that there was a miniature coordinating version for smaller kids. They also had a few of … More County #3: Haskell

County # 2: Finney

Our second Kansas county on our county quest was Finney County. Garden City is located in Finney and has loads of fun things to do. We first hit Finnup Park and were delighted to see an old rocketship, similar to the one in Wichita’s Riverside Park, still in operation. The boys were so excited to … More County # 2: Finney

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 … More County #1: Ford