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About Garden City

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GARDEN CITY INFORMATION

Just the name Garden City evokes visions of dreamy fields and breathtaking sunsets.  As you enter our corner of Southwest Kansas, you will be transported by the amber waves of grain and the fresh tilled fields.  But wait there is so much more…

Garden City is home to the area’s largest Zoo.  The Lee Richardson Zoo has 50 acres of discovery, with over 350 animals from around the world and a variety of botanicals from the area.  You will experience the majesty of the mighty lion all the way to tenderness of the tiniest bird.  The Zoo also takes an active role in global conservation programs aimed at protecting the many rare and endangered species.  Look for the species survival plan symbol throughout the Zoo.  For your convenience, a cell phone tour is available to guide you through the Zoo and as an AZA accredited (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) facility you are assured you are visiting a place that is dedicated to providing excellent care for the animals and a great experience for you and your family.

If wondering through our lovely Zoo is not for you then hit the links for the best golf Kansas has to offer.  Buffalo Dunes, a municipal course was rated the number one municipal course in the nation by Golf Digest and is always at the top of the list in the best bang for your buck category.  This challenging regulation course is co-host to the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am annually.  Over 400 golfers come to Garden City the first week of August to compete in Kansas longest running Pro-Am tournament.  The Golf Club at Southwind (co-host) is also a regulation golf course and host many events including weddings, banquets and much more in their large dining area.  The Golf Club is also reciprocal with other country clubs.  Garden City is host to many golfing events of notoriety including the American Junior Golf Association Kansas Championship and most recently, the Garden City Charity Classic, a stop on the Symetra tour, the road to the LPGA!

After a long hot day on the course, cool down in the World’s largest Hand Dug Pool AKA (THE BIG POOL).  The pool is one city block of pure refreshment for visitors and the community to enjoy.  Built in 1922, the big pool is a part of history that is still making a huge splash nearly 90 years later.  Always moving forward Garden City added a new splash park to further enhance the pool park.  If you are looking for entertainment all year round for the family, come enjoy our indoor water park “Parrot Cove”, which is equipped with a lazy river, slides that suspend the riders outside of the building, a rock-climbing wall, and an arcade!

Garden City is also host to several festivals such as Beef Empire Days and a PRCA Rodeo, the Tumbleweed Music Festival and Mexican Fiesta, just to name a few.  Finally, you can top off your evening with at one of Garden City’s many fine eateries.  With such a diverse community base, you can travel the world from restaurant to restaurant, with foods from Vietnam, Mexico, that good ole Southwest Kansas steak or anything else your heart desires.

Check into one of our fine hotels and rest peacefully as you are treated like family in any of our lodging facilities.

We invite you to come experience Garden City, Kansas.  For more information please call 1-800-879- 9803 or visit us on the web at www.finneycountycvb.com

 

 

Attractions

These attractions will keep you entertained whether you’re here for a day trip or a week-long stay!

big-pool-2 Visit the Big Pool!  After a long, hot day, cool down in the World’s Largest Hand Dug Pool (aka The Big Pool) that  is one city block of pure refreshment for visitors and the community to enjoy!  Built in 1922, the pool is a part of  history that is still making a huge splash over 90 years later.  Garden City added a new splash
park to further    enhance the aquatic experience!  Pool Hours: 1-6 weekdays; 1-7 weekends from Memorial Weekend through mid-  August.  Fee: $2 per person, which includes a slide pass Phone: 620-276-1250 or 620-276-1200.

 

finnup-park Finnup Park is located at 403 S. 4th St., the park encompasses 110 acres and includes recreation for all interests.    Scattered throughout the park,visitors will find the World’s Largest Concrete Municipal Swimming Pool, Lee Richardson  Zoo, Finnup Center for Conservation Education, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, tennis courts and the Museum.

 

 

finnup-center The Finnup Center for Conservation Education is a state-of-the-art facility, which helps the zoo, fulfill its primary  mission of education.  The beautifully crafted center is named for its benefactor, the Finnup family, longtime supporters  of the zoo and Finnup Park.  Completed in the spring of 1996, the facility houses the zoo’s administrative and  education divisions. Two classrooms, a large meeting room/auditorium, an interactive television studio, and a hallway  full of interactive learning stations introduce the wonders of nature to over 15,000 students of all ages annually.  Teleconferencing capabilities are available with sufficient lead-time.  A showplace for both the zoo and Garden City, the  Finnup Center is a must-see for visitors and locals alike.  Open weekdays 8 am to 12 pm and 1- 5 pm and closed weekends and most major holidays.  The Finnup Center is open afternoons on summer weekends as volunteer staff is available.

 

sandsage-2 Sandsage Bison Range & Wildlife Area is located south of the river bridge on HWY 83.  The range is 3,670 acres of  sandsage prairie biome.  Not only is this area noted for its unique vegetative character, but also is home to the oldest  publicly owned bison herd in Kansas.  The herd was started when the state received one bull and two cows from an  Oklahoma preserve in 1924.  Other animals inhabiting the refuge are burrowing owls, lesser prairie chickens, ground  squirrels, quail, jackrabbits, and deer.  The refuge is managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.  Tours  are available by arrangement through the Friends of Sandsage Bison Range.  Call (620) 276-8886 and leave a message  or call the Finney County CVB for help with tour arrangements 620-276-0607.

 

museumThe Finney County Museum is located at 403 S. 4th Street, at the entrance to Lee Richardson Zoo.  The museum  features permanent and revolving exhibits, community programs, educational tours, and extensive research facilities.  The permanent displays include Spirit of the Plains, C.J. “Buffalo” Jones: Last of the Plainsmen, Take Stock in Finney  County, and The Sugar Beet Factory.  The museum grounds feature the Pleasant Valley One-Room museum-2Schoolhouse c.  1890, and the Fulton House, the 1884 home of William D. and Luticia Fulton, plus charming flower and herb gardens.  These buildings are available for scheduled tours.  Located off the exhibit hall, a unique gift shop is filled with Kansas  memorabilia, educational gifts, old-fashioned toys, Victorian Greeting cards, history books, and a wide range of items representing the diversity of the region.  Winter Hours: 1-5 pm daily.  Summer Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Mon-Sat. Sun. 1-5 pm daily.  Phone: 620-272-3664.  “Preserving the Past to Enlighten the Future  http://www.finneycounty.org/history

 

zoo-2 Lee Richardson Zoo: Open year round and free to pedestrians, visitors are able to experience giraffes, lions, bears,  primates, birds, and many more animals, native and exotic, at the facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and  Aquariums.  The Lee Richardson Zoo’s mission is to inspire the conservation of wildlife and wild places.  This mission is  actively achieved by their support of conservation projects both in the wild and on grounds, as well as zoocooperative  management with other AZA facilities of the world’s most rare and endangered species.  Additionally, the Zoo’s Education Division provides a variety of on and off-site programs, which include distance learning, zoo mobiles, camps, classroom presentations, and special events to help inspire and share a passion for wildlife.  Zoo Hours: April 1 to Labor Day: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Day after Labor Day to March 31: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission: Pedestrians: Free, Vehicles pay a nominal fee from 10:00 a.m. to close.  Free all day December – February- 620-276-1250.

 

arts-2 Garden City Arts: Located in the heart of downtown, Garden City Arts offers an intriguing array of fine art,  photography,  textile and other revolving art exhibits for all tastes.  In addition, the center conducts art classes for  all ages and has a  delightful gift gallery, featuring one-of-a-kind art and jewelry.  The Gallery is located at 318 N.  Main and is open  Tuesday-Friday 10 AM to 5 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM.  For more information, call  (620) 260-9700 or email  the arts center at gardencityarts@gmail.com.  arts-1Mercer Gallery: This galley is free to the  public during exhibition dates throughout the college academic year and is located at  801 N. Campus in the west  wing of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building at the  community college.  Hours are Monday through Friday noon to  4 PM and Sunday, 2-5  PM September to May.  The gallery observes regular campus holiday and vacation  periods.  For more information, go to www.gcccks.edu/artsperform/mercer or call Brian McCallum (Gallery  Director) at (620) 276-9644.

 

windsor-2 Windsor Hotel: The Windsor Hotel opened for business in 1889 after two years of construction.  The  structure features a grand three-story open court on the second floor and was once known as “The  Waldorf  Prairies” – the finest hotel between Denver and Kansas City.  The Windsor Hotel continued  operation until  1977, when it was closed by the state fire marshal.  A preservation effort is currently  underway to historically  restore the landmark back to its former glory.  The Finney County  Preservation Alliance offers tours of the  historic property and is currently working on a gift shop on  the ground floor of the hotel.  Tours are offered at  noon Tuesday – Saturday (or by appointment).  Gift  shop hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.  For more information, follow the Preservation Alliance on Facebook or stop in at the Inge & Bros. Emporium gift shop on Main Street!

 

parrot-cove-1 Parrot Cove Water Park: Garden City has the only indoor water park between Denver and  Kansas City!  Guests can enjoy the tropical-themed park with four water slides that suspend  riders outside of the building four stories high, a rock-climbing wall, a lazy river, and an arcade!  The water park is attached to the new Heritage Inn & Suites, adjacent to the Old Chicago Pizza  and Taproom in the Schulman Crossing shopping district.  Parrot Cove Indoor Water Park is  located at 990 Stone Creek Dr.  For more information, visit their website at  www.parrotcovewaterpark.com.

 

garden-city-wind-1 Garden City Wind: The Garden City Wind, part of the Pecos Professional Baseball League,  plays its home games at Clint Lightner Stadium, located in Finnup Park on the south side of  Garden City.  Clint Lightner Stadium features an artificial infield turf, making it one of the best  playing surfaces in eastern Colorado or western Kansas.  The Garden City Wind participates in a  70-game schedule, May through July, the bulk of which are played against other teams in the  same division, including the Trinidad, Colo. Triggers; Las Vegas, N.M. Train Robbers and the  Santa Fe, N.M. Fuego.  The remainder will be played against the League’s southern division  comprised of the Alpine, Texas, Cowboys; Las Cruces, N.M. Vaqueros, Roswell, N.M. Invaders  and the White Sands, N.M. Pupfish.

 

airport-1 Garden City’s Airport RacewayLocated 11 miles east of Garden City on Hwy. 50   Hours:    Races run from May to September, every other Saturday.  Gates open and hot laps – 6:00  p.m. – Races – 8:00 p.m. Watch the excitement of modified midget race cars and many  other classes of racecars speeding towards the finish line at this well maintained fifth-mile  high bank dirt track.  The speed and quick action of modified midget racing and other classes  of racecars make it an excellent spectator sport.  Speeds reach as much as 70 mph on the  1/5 mile oval course.  A fun way to spend the evening for the entire family!  The concession  stand offers refreshments.  For race schedule and more information log onto: www.airport-  raceway.com or visit their Facebook page “Airport Raceway”:  https://www.facebook.com/Airport-Raceway-349909710871/

 

shopping-1 Shopping:  Garden City is the shopping hub of the southwest!  While visiting Finney County  be sure to stop at our new shopping district, Schulman Crossing!  Stop in and check out the  wonderful stores and restaurants such as, TJ Max, Dicks Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby,  Buffalo Wild Wings, and Rib Crib that Schulman Crossing has to offer.  Also, don’t forget to  visit our beautiful downtown district and all of its amazing independent retail stores like the Corner on Main, Davis Designs, Gibson Jewelers, Patrick Dugan’s, and the Good Sport, just to name a few!

 

golf-1 Golf:  Few communities of Garden City’s size can boast two regulation golf courses within a  couple of miles of town.  While its country club course is one of the best around, its  municipal course – Buffalo Dunes Golf Course– is ranked the No. 1 municipally owned golf  course in Kansas by Golf Digest magazine.  It has been recognized by Golf Magazine and  Travel & Leisure Magazine as places to play and best bangs for the buck.  Challenging,  enjoyable and affordable, Buffalo Dunes will give you a little bit of Scottish feel as it is  nestled among the historic sand hills six miles south of Garden City.  Southwest Kansas  offers a 4-season climate and golf can be played throughout the year, weather permitting.    Opened in 1976 on land donated by E.C. Brookover Sr., Buffalo Dunes is one of the host  courses to the prestigious Southwest Kansas Pro-Am every August.  Among the golfing greats who have walked the fairways of the Dunes are U.S. Open champions Steve Jones and Lee Janzen, British Open champions Tom Weiskopf and Stewart Cink.  Beautifully conditioned, the Dunes has bluegrass fairways, well-maintained bent grass greens, and native grasses that challenges the golfer and provides a memorable experience.  The course can play at differing lengths based upon a player’s skill level, with yardages from 5,452 to the championship tees of 6,806 yards.  Buffalo Dunes has played host to numerous Kansas Golf Association state championships through the years as well as hosting high school regional and state tournaments.  The Garden City Charity Classic, a stop on the Symetra Tour is the most established women’s developmental tour in the world, entering 36 years of structured competition in 2016.  The Symetra Tour is known as “the Road to the LPGA” and since 1999, it has been designated as the LPGA’s developmental tour.  The LPGA acquired the Symetra Tour in July 2007.  The Symetra Tour annually awards LPGA membership to its top players on each official season money list.  A total of 87 players have automatically “graduated” since 1999.  The Symetra Tour schedule runs from March through September and has more than 300 players competing from around the world.  The top-10 players from the LPGA Futures Tour money list earn LPGA membership for the following year.  The Ladies Professional Golf Association is one of the longest-running women’s professional sports associations in the world.  There’s a reason for the name The Golf Club at Southwind.  The course was opened in 1980 with one over-riding factor in mind.  In southwest Kansas, the wind blows from the south often and hard.  Considering those, the course was laid out in the rolling sand hills south of Garden City to take advantage of that.  It worked!  First-time players to the course are amazed at how demanding it is, especially if the wind is blowing.  At first glance, people think the 6,921-yard course will be easy because of the obvious lack of trees along the fairway.
What they don’t know, until they’ve toured the beautiful 18-hole layout, is that the rough is so thick an errant shot means almost certain disaster.  However, the fairways are unusually wide and the course can be tamed.  Southwind has become a favorite among touring golf professionals.  Every year it is one of the two sites for the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am golf tournament, which is one of the largest golf-2professional events in Kansas with a purse exceeding $80,000.00.  (The other site of the Pro-Am is Buffalo Dunes.)  One of the major Tournaments played at the Golf Club at Southwind is the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am, which raises thousands of dollars each year for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at St. Catherine Hospital.  As the longest running professional golf tournament in Kansas, the Pro-Am offers three days of great tournament play, social events, and activities, and is set on two of the finest golf courses in the state.

 

Contact Us

Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau

1513 E. Fulton Terrace

Garden City, KS. 67846

(800)879-9803   (620)276-0607

www.finneycountycvb.com

 

Links

Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce: http://www.gardencitychamber.net/

Finney County Convention & Tourism Bureau:www.gardencitychamber.net/ctb

City of Garden City: http://www.garden-city.org/

Finney County: http://www.finneycounty.org/

Downtown Vision: http://www.gcdowntown.com/

Garden City Community College: http://www.gcccks.edu/

Unified School District #457 (Garden City):http://www.gckschools.com/

Unified School District #363 (Holcomb):http://users.pld.com/holcomb/

Garden City Telegram: http://www.gctelegram.com/

Lee Richardson Zoo: http://www.garden-city.org/zoo/zoolayout.html?home.html

Finney County Public Library: http://fcpl.homestead.com/

St. Catherine Hospital: http://www.stcath-hosp.org/

Garden City Family YMCA: http://www.gardencity.net/ymca/

Garden City Recreation Commission:http://www.gcrec.com/gcrec.html?home.html

Beef Empire Days: http://www.beefempiredays.com/

Finney County Young Professionals: http://fcyp.net/default.aspx

Garden City Movie Times:http://www.gardencitykansas.com/advertisingmovies.htm

Kansas Library: Skyways: http://www.skyways.org

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