Dreaming about a sun and sand vacation? We invite you to try Sun & Sand Kansas Style. Not only is Syracuse home to Kansas Largest Sand Park with over 1,300 acres of amazing dunes, rolling hills, bowls and fast flats, our area offers a number of other recreational opportunities for a family friendly weekend getaway. We encourage those who love the great outdoors to take in Sam’s Pond, the Tamarisk Golf Course, Veterans Memorial, and our section of the Santa Fe Trail, and Arkansas River. For the avid hunters in the family, Hamilton County offers over 50,000 acres of public access. The Hamilton County Museum provides visitors a glimpse of Syracuse’s rich pioneer history. After a day of golf or riding the dunes, stop by Syracuse’s unique eateries and mingle with the locals. Most of our restaurants are family owned and operated. If you are not ready to call it a night consider catching a recent movie release at the Historic Northrup Theatre or dropping by the Black Bison Pub. Syracuse serves as the county seat for Hamilton County and began as a water tank and railroad siding in 1873. Syracuse has always been a popular place to live, with many opportunities linked to the land. Syracuse lies along the Arkansas River making it one of the most productive areas for wheat, hay, corn, and milo. Our agriculture based economy is also fortified with feedlots and dairies. The huge elevators and railroad tracks reveal the major source of our prosperity. Syracuse is a town of values and friendliness, and is an excellent place to raise a family. Annual Events in Syracuse: April The Annual Cruisin’ Into Summer Car, Bike & Buggy Show May Alumni & Memorial Weekend July Hamilton County Fair Oct. Classic & Antique Fly-In Nov. Annual Christmas Fair Dec. Tree Lighting & Parade
The Syracuse Sand Park is the largest sand dunes park in Kansas and one of the largest in the Midwest. Opened in 2007, the park offers over 1,300 acres of amazing dunes, rolling hills, bowls and some fast flat areas that will appeal to the sand drag enthusiasts. The park also includes a 40–plus acre kid-friendly fishing pond that has been stocked. Located 1 mile south of Syracuse on Highway 27. Open 24/7. Phone: 620-384-2480.
The Tamarisk Golf Course
is one of the most challenging 9-hole golf courses in Western Kansas. A regulation length course, fully irrigated, situated along the beautiful Arkansas River. Wildlife is abundant on the course!! Golf carts are available for rent. Walk-ons accepted at all times. Steel spikes are banned. A club house, looking out over a lake, has a full range of services available: 19th Hole Golf Shop, snack and pop machines, golf driving range and chipping/putting area. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7 days/week weather permitting. Phone: 620-384-7832.
Historic Northrup Theatre
A Hamilton County jewel, it first opened in 1930. This beautifully renovated theatre has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places. Purchased by the Syracuse-Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce in 1991, the theatre continues to operate showing recently released movies in 3D and 2D at 7 p.m. MST on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Come enjoy the show. Phone: (620)384-7688
Hamilton County Museum
Founded in 1966, it offers a wealth of local history. On display are thousands of items including mammoth tusk, Indian artifacts, vehicles, and Harvey House memorabilia. Located on 102 N. Gates Street in Syracuse, museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. MST.
There are over 30 miles of the Arkansas River flowing across Hamilton County. During dry years, the river bed is a great terrain for hiking, trail riding and off-roading. During wet years, the river is great for rafting, canoeing and tanking. U.S. Hwy 50 follows the original mountain route of the Santa Fe Trail. This historic trail followed parts of the Arkansas River through Hamilton County.
Western Kansas Veterans Memorial
American patriotism runs strong in Hamilton County. Dedicated on November 2003 the Western Kansas Veterans Memorial is a tribute to veterans living and deceased from all branches of the military. Honored veterans are not limited to Hamilton County and include a number of dignitaries.
Hamilton County Fairgrounds
The first annual Hamilton County Fair was held October 4-5, 1907. The current location was purchased and buildings erected in 1953. In addition to the annual fair in July offering demo derby, ranch rodeo, barnyard Olympics, dog agility contest, blacksmith presentation, horseshoe tournament, parade and more. The buildings and grounds are available as rental facilities all year for Weddings, Dances, Meetings, Reunions, Horse Boarding and Camping. The grounds reach all the way to the Arkansas River for scenic hiking and picnics.
Leslie M. Carlholm
Community Development Director
Hamilton County Economic Development
219 N. Main P.O. Box 1167
Syracuse, KS 67878