incredibly odd kansas attractions

Ever since Dorothy famously uttered, “Were Not in Kansas Anymore” the world has come to think of Kansas as the ultimate model of normalcy and banality. Frankly, we believed it to, that is until we actually paid the pace a visit.
After a thorough investigation, we’ve reached a conclusion: Kansas is just as nutty as anywhere else.
1. Agricultural Hall Of Fame: Bonner Springs, Kansas
Forget Baseball’s Cooperstown, this is America’s real must see Hall of Fame. Your eyes will widen as you take in the sights of agriculture’s all time greats including Luther Burbank, Hoke Smith, and yes, even John Deere. Sure Babe Ruth hit hundreds of home runs, but the man couldn’t harvest wheat for the life of him.
Strap on your boots and marvel at the impressive farming innovations around you, including irrigation systems, tractors and a collection of over 300 anvils. You’ll even see the legendary plough harry Harry Truman used to till the fields on the way to becoming President. Not bad for a farm boy from Kansas.
2. Paul Boyer Museum Of Animated Carvings: Bellville, Kansas
Take the mind of Tim Burton, the artistic vision of De Vinci, and the mechanical mastery of Henry Ford, mix them together, and you’ll have something approaching the creative genius of Paul Boyer’s museum.
Some sixty five of Boyer’s hand carved exhibits are on display here, each moving in mysterious ways with a simple touch of a button. For fans of Rube Goldberg machines, or for fans of any kind of machine for that matter, this is absolute heaven.
3. World’s Largest Ball Of Twine: Cawker, Kansas
How long is a piece of string? In the case of Cawker City’s Giant Twine ball, 7,049,191 feet. Since its humble beginnings in 1953, the mass has since reached near planetary proportions. A generation from now, it may well have its own gravitational force.
To ensure no other locale dare threaten Cawker’s reign as world twine ball king, the community holds an annual “Twine-a-Thon” to help feed the ball’s continued growth. No doubt a truly impressive showing of civic pride.
4. Kansas Underground Salt Museum: Hutchinson, Kansas
It’s the only museum in America able to season your soup, clear the roads and kill a slug at the same time. If you’re a salt lover, this beats even potato chips, though we don’t recommend you lick the walls.
Hop into the Salt Museum’s rickety elevator and descend more than 400 feet to the 67 mile long sodium filled haven waiting below. Here you’ll board a tram and be shown some of the greatest salt related exhibits known to man leaving you thirsty for more. Pepper has never felt so neglected.
5. Museum Of The Odd: Lawrence, Kansas
What better place to discover the odd, than at the Museum Of The Odd itself. You’ll bear witness to a collection of over 350 sock monkeys, binders overflowing with circus freak trading cards and lamps fashioned out of animal limbs. Trust us, there’s nothing quite like seeing Sparky light up a room.
Though you won’t find a pair of Elvis’s Blue Suede Shoes on display, you will find a lock of his hair, a finger nail clipping and a small piece of a bed sheet he once slept on. Thirty years after his death, Elvis (and his fingernails) have yet to leave the building.