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Hays, KS Tourism and Sightseeing
Hays is famous for being a frontier town with a colorful history that features the legendary “Wild Bill” Hickok, “Buffalo Bill” Cody and General George Custer. Hays City was founded in the fall of 1867 when the Union Pacific Railroad reached the military post of Fort Hays along the banks of Big Creek. Because many of the first citizens were railroad workers, saloon owners, soldiers and even desperados, the early days of Hays City were wild and dangerous. During several months in 1869, “Wild Bill” Hickok served as the acting sheriff after several incidents prompted the citizens to form a vigilante committee. Many of the outlaws were buried at the original boot hill cemetery, which was located on a hill just north of Hays City. Historic Fort Hays and the Ellis County Historical Museum feature many displays and provide tours for visitors to relive the exciting frontier history.

During the late 1870s, German immigrant arrived from Russia and began to bring their culture, strong religious values and work ethic to this area. In 2003, Ellis County was name the German Capital of Kansas and has a proud reputation of being a friendly place to enjoy a great Oktoberfest, listen to a good polka band and enjoy some tasty beer and brats with the local Volga Germans. The Volga German Haus, annual polka fest, Liquid Bread Brewing Company and a tour of the impressive historic native stone German Churches all provide an enjoyable experience of the German Heritage of Ellis County.

Visitors are truly amazed when they enter the 100,000 square foot dome shaped Sternberg Museum of Natural History and see one of the most impressive displays of Cretaceous Period fossils, rocks and educational material. The centerpiece exhibit features a full-scale recreation of the sea and land environments from 70-80 million years ago. Full scale models of plants and animals, some with realistic motion, allow visitors to encounter the world of the Pteranodons and Tyrannosaurs.

With attractions like the Stone Gallery, Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, The Hays Arts Center and 711 Studio, Hays is the arts and entertainment mecca of western Kansas. The crown jewel of the Fort Hays State University entertainment scene is the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. This historic, yet modern facility has a seating capacity of 1100, and is used for both college and community events.
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Fort Hays State Historic Site
Fort Hays State Historic Site Top Attraction!
Historic Site in Hays, KS USA

Museum located on the grounds of Indian Wars fort.
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Ellis County Historical Society Museum
Ellis County Historical Society Museum Top Attraction!
Museum in Hays, KS USA

A variety of permanent exhibits, artifacts, displays, photographs and new exhibits throughout the year tell the story of Hays, Ellis County and the early pioneers. Includes the first stone church in Hays, a harness shop and gift shop.
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Chestnut Street District
Chestnut Street District Top Attraction!
Tour in Hays, KS USA

The red brick streets and historic buildings bring back the excitement of the old fashioned main street.
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Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Sternberg Museum of Natural History Top Attraction!
Museum in Hays, KS USA

See dinosaurs, fossils, prehistoric animals, giant sea-swimming lizards and fish fossils that inhabited Kansas over 70-80 million years ago. An extensive collection of exhibits and artifacts explain the natural history of the Great Plains.
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C.S. Post & Co.
C.S. Post & Co.
Shopping in Hays, KS USA

"a hip updated version of the general store" by Elle Decor.
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Hiking, Biking & Nature Trails
Hiking, Biking & Nature Trails
Recreation in Hays, KS USA

Enjoy nature by taking a hike or stoll along Big Creek.
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Blue Sky Miniature Horse Farm-Hays, Kansas 67601
Blue Sky Miniature Horse Farm-Hays, Kansas 67601
Farm in Hays, KS USA
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Tours by Reservation only at Blue Sky Miniature Horse Farm.
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Boot Hill
Boot Hill
Historic Site in Hays, KS USA

First cemetery in Kansas to be known as Boot Hill.
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Buffalo Herd
Buffalo Herd
Historic Site in Hays, KS USA

Herd of buffalo located in Frontier Park - Hays Kansas.
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Forsyth Library & Special Collections Display
Forsyth Library & Special Collections Display
Museum in Hays, KS USA

Display & collection of Ellis County Volga German Heritage.
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Frontier Park
Frontier Park
Nature in Hays, KS USA

Historic Park with Buffalo Herd.
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Best places to stay in Hays


Comfort Inn And Suites Hays
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From $95 / night.


Fairfield Inn by Marriott Hays
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From $99 / night.


Hampton Inn HaysNorth of I70
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From $120 / night.


Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Hays
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From $105 / night.


Super 8 Hays Ks
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From $60 / night.



Best Time to Visit Hays


The best time to visit Hays is in the summer and fall. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the mid 70's and highs in the upper 90's. Nights are cool with lows in the 60's to 70’s. Fall temperatures are pleasant with averages in the upper 50’s and 60’s with highs in the low 70's. Fall nights are cool with lows in the mid 40's.

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Monthly Temperatures in Hays


Month Low Avg High
January 14.6 27.0 39.4
February 19.5 32.6 45.7
March 28.9 42.1 55.3
April 40.0 53.1 66.2
May 50.9 62.8 74.7
June 60.8 73.5 86.2
July 65.9 79.1 92.2
August 63.9 76.9 89.9
September 54.2 67.7 81.2
October 40.7 55.2 69.7
November 27.3 40.2 53.1
December 18.3 30.5 42.7

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