Adventures Above and Below (Two Day Sample Itinerary)
Your tour group will travel from the heights of space to 650 feet below the earth’s surface all while visiting Hutchinson! This two-day itinerary of Hutchinson and neighboring Yoder Amish community adds some of the area’s best eateries and shops to create a tour that feels both sky-high and down-to-earth.
9:00 a.m. Arrive at the Comfort Inn & Suites or the Fairfield Inn & Suites. Take time to get settled before gathering the group together. Contact: Rayne Templeton (620) 669-5200 or Tiffany Kirkman (620) 259-8787
10:00 a.m. Launch into fun at the Smithsonian-affiliated Cosmosphere while gazing into the infinity of the stars and seeing Apollo 13. The Cosmosphere houses one of the most significant collections of space artifacts anywhere in its Hall of Space Museum.
In the Carey Digital Dome Theater, experience a film so vivid, the action seems to come to life. Next visit the Justice Planetarium, a multimedia theater with shows that explore the wonders of the universe. You’ll also experience Dr. Goddard’s Lab, a wildly entertaining and educational live rocket science demonstration. Contact: Kristen Spurlin (620) 662-2305.
11:45 a.m. Enjoy lunch at Pizza Ranch or PiZaacos. Contact: Dianne Kovarna (620) 662-2066 or Dani Collins (620) 662-6293
1:00 p.m. Strataca/Kansas Underground Salt Museum is an adventure that you won’t soon forget! A 90-second descent will take your group 650 ft. below the earth’s surface into an active salt mine.
A special gallery displays costumes from classic Hollywood Films like Batman, Superman, Mr. Freeze, Agent Smith from Matrix, the snowman from Jack Frost and so much more.
Most groups choose to take the Dark Ride where you journey continues on a tram through a maze of massive salt chambers and a chance to collect a souvenir piece of salt! Contact: Tonya Gehring (620) 662-1425
3:15 p.m. Take a tour of Hutchinson’s Historic Fox Theatre, one of the finest examples of art deco architecture in the central United States. You will be greeted by one of the few original, functioning marquees in the country. Contact: Josh Davies (620) 663-5861
4:15 p.m. Return to your hotel to relax and freshen up.
5:30 p.m. Meet for dinner at the Airport Steakhouse, surrounded by the runway lights, or enjoy the Mexican ambiance at the Anchor Inn. Contact: Kevin Bowen (620) 662-4281 or Greg Flores (620) 669-03611
7:00 p.m. Attend a live performance at Stage 9, the FLAG Theater or the Fox Theatre if one of their performances fits into your itinerary dates OR return to the hotel for a good night’s rest!
9:00 a.m. Load the Motorcoach and head for Yoder, located about 10 miles to the southeast of Hutchinson. Your group will take a step back in time when you visit the hub of the area’s Amish community.
Browse a variety of shops in Yoder such as the Yoder Furniture Company, Et Cetera Thrift Shop, Yoder Meats/Kansas Station, Grace & Garment Boutique, Yoder Treasures & Treats, BG Gifts and Yoder Hardware to name a few. www.yoderkansas.com
11:30 a.m. Before heading out, take time for lunch. Carriage Crossing Restaurant and Bakery, featured in Midwest Living and Taste of Home, offers a large menu of home-style meals and delicious home-made pies.