Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Dorothy’s official hometown of Liberal, Kansas, where you can become a part of the “Wizard of Oz” story.
Skip with your Dorothy tour guide as you visit her home, a farmhouse built in 1907, carefully restored and furnished to replicate the house in the movie, reproducing the warmth of the farm where Dorothy realized, “There’s no place like home.” Then fly into the Land of Oz, 5,000 square feet of good and bad witches, Munchkins, talking trees, winged monkeys, and of course, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Toto, too.
History buffs will also get a chance to tour Coronado Museum, where the history of Seward County comes alive with displays dating back to Coronado’s travels.
Try your hand at being the pilot at Mid-America Air Museum, one of the largest general aviation museums in Liberal Kansas and the nation. Aircraft, flight simulators, hands on exhibits and educational videos make this a place to spend hours learning about all aspects of flight. Dwight Eisenhower’s Air Force One, a Beech Starship, LTV A-70 Corsair II and a 1937 Rearwin Sportster 7000 are a few of the over 100 aircraft on display.
Come visit anytime but come on Fat or Shrove Tuesday, and you are in for a treat as you watch the International Pancake Race, a friendly competition with Olney, England, bringing the USA and the United Kingdom together in a symbol of peace and unity. A tradition since 1950, the women of Liberal and Olney square off in a fun, fast-paced race to the finish line carrying skillets complete with pancakes inside. A pancake breakfast, Shriving Service, web chat and parade round out the event.
Summer visitors will find added activities at the Adventure Bay Family Water Park and Arkalon Park.