With just a population of about 16,000, Great Bend is certainly a village-city. The city got its name because its location is the area where the Arkansas River bends east then southeast. Take that charter bus in Great Bend, Kansas to see how the city's great bend.
If in the city, hop on a charter bus in Great Bend, Kansas to the local favorite: The Wetlands at Great Bend Aquatic Center. It is among the most popular water parks in Kansas, which features eight slides, swimming pool with a divided shallow end, water wars and other amenities. This place is perfect for families.
Great Bend is a historical town, a former B-29 Bomber Training Base during the World War II. To preserve this piece of history, the city developed the B-29 Memorial Plaza. The evolution of Great Bend is also stored in the Barton County Historical Museum and Village.
Another piece of history is kept in the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum. Oil rigs were among the first economic activities in Great Bend, which kept the city afloat. A lot of memorabilia can be seen in the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum. Make sure this is included in the list of places to visit when hopping on a charter bus in Great Bend, Kansas.
For deliriously good barbecue, Johnsons Smokehouse BBQ is a popular dining place in Great Bend. Another local favorite is the city's own Great Bend Coffee, which is more than just a coffee shop because its pizza and sandwiches are really glorious. The other notable dining places in Great Bend are: Playa Azul Mexican Restaurant, Leann's Restaurant and Carryout and the Old Chicago Bistro.
The Great Bend Sports Complex has five fields for locals and tourists to enjoy sports.
The Jack Kilby Memorial or Plaza has a solid bronze statue called "The Gift," which stands imposing in Great Bend. It's surrounded by colorful flower beds that surely attract tourists. It is called The Gift because Kilby is reaching out to a young boy, with a microchip in hand. A young girl stands on Kilby's right, pointing to the stars.
Another important imposing statue in Great Bend is the rifleman, which was created in honor of the men and women who shed their lives for the country.
Cheyenne Bottoms is said to be the largest wetland in interior America and it is in Great Bend, along with many other parks for locals and tourists to enjoy.
The Kansas Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway and the Great Bend Zoo are a welcome attraction not just for those living in Great Bend but for the neighboring Kansan cities. As Great Bend says, these animal havens connect people to nature.
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