Kansas RV parks and campgrounds can be found throughout the state, while many of the most popular are found in the eastern half, which has nearly double the number of State Parks. Kansas is as far from the Atlantic Ocean as it is from the Pacific Ocean, and isn’t close to either. This is the middle of America, where the Midwest meets the Great Plains, and where America gets many of its staple crops. The land is ideal for farming, and much of it has been dedicated to that cause, but there are still many fantastic venues to explore Kansas’s wild side, if you know where to look.
Southeastern Kansas RV parks are spread all over, but tend to cluster around Wichita, the area’s largest city. Regardless of where you decide to make camp, be sure to dedicate some time to exploring Wichita’s attractions, which include the Museum of World Treasures, the Sedgewick County Zoo, and the gorgeous Botanica Gardens. Just west of Wichita is the Tanganyika Wildlife Park, and next to that is the Lake Afton Public Observatory. Motor north to Hutchinson, Kansas to visit the Cosmosphere, which chronicles the history of space exploration, and the nearby Strataca where you’ll switch from stargazing to having fun beneath the surface of the earth at this underground amusement park of sorts. Fort Scott National Historic Site is also in southeastern Kansas, and represents the one-time edge of western Anglo settlement.
Topeka is the capital of Kansas, and home to an endless parade of attractions and entertainment. Topeka has its own Zoo, and it’s home to the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center. This children’s museum is next door to the ever-popular Gage Park, which is open late and offers a variety of amusements and attractions in addition to its well-managed gardens. Get your fill of history and nature at the same time at the Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site and Botanical Garden. Just northeast of Topeka is one of Kansas’ most popular lakeside getaways in the form of Perry State Park and Perry Lake. This area is dotted with protected zones and has a variety of different access points for your boat.
When you motor east from Topeka, you’ll approach Kansas City, where the Ernie Miller Nature Center combines naturalism and education. Overland Park has its own Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, while just up the road kids can learn about what life was (and is) like on a homestead at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. This is also where the Kansas and Missouri Rivers Meet, and the Kansas side of Kansas City is home to a Schlitterbahn waterpark, Renaissance Festival, and a number of entertainment centers for the whole family.