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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. Fort Hays was first established in the fall of 1865 as Fort Fletcher and was to protect travelers and mail coaches along the Smoky Hill Trail. It was closed after only six months when the trail was no longer in use.


Ellis County Historical Society Museum
Ellis County Historical Society Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Hays, KS
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. Located at the corner of 7th and Main Streets in downtown Hays, the Ellis County Historical Society Museum exists to preserve and showcase the colorful history of the county. . The museum has over 25,000 artifacts that tell the colorful history of Ellis County.

Historic Downtown Hays
Historic Downtown Hays Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Hays, KS
Tour in Hays, KS USA

The red brick streets and historic buildings bring back the excitement of the old fashioned main street.

Buffalo Herd
Buffalo Herd
Historic Site in Hays, KS USA

Herd of buffalo located in Frontier Park - Hays Kansas. Located on US-183 Alternate, four miles south of I-70 and directly across from Historic Fort Hays is a small buffalo herd. The Frontier Park buffalo herd was begun in 1953 with a bull named "Wild Bill" and a cow named Calamity Jane.

C.S. Post & Co.
C.S. Post & Co. things to do on a rainy day in Hays, KS
Shopping in Hays, KS USA

"a hip updated version of the general store" by Elle Decor A collection of things we love for the life we cherish. Over a decade ago, the founders of C.S. Post & Co. chose the boundless skies of Kansas over the bright lights of the big city.


Frontier Park
Frontier Park
Nature in Hays, KS USA

Historic Park with Buffalo Herd The area that surrounds Big Creek on the southwest edge of Hays at one time was part of the original Fort Hays U.S. Military Post.

Hays F.E.E.T Trail - Walking/Hiking/Biking Trails
Hays F.E.E.T Trail - Walking/Hiking/Biking Trails
Nature in Hays, KS USA

Scenic hiking and walking trails along Big Creek There are four locations in Hays,KS to take advantage of walking trails, trek out on a biking path, hike along the creek or enjoy a leisurely walk.

Historic Church Tours - Ellis County, Kansas
Historic Church Tours - Ellis County, Kansas
Tour in Hays, KS USA

Free tour to visit ten historic churches There are more historic German Catholic churches made of native limestone in Ellis County then any other county in Kansas. We invite you visit these impressive churches and enjoy the beautiful altars, stained glass windows, craftsmanship and statues.

Historical Downtown Walking Tour
Historical Downtown Walking Tour
Historic Site in Hays, KS USA

Where history walked the streets The famous and infamous walked the streets of Old Hays City during the 1860’s to 1880’s including Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody and General George Armstrong Custer. Twenty five bronze plaques mark the route and explain the historical significance of each site.


Volga German Haus
Volga German Haus things to do on a rainy day in Hays, KS
Historic Site in Hays, KS USA

One room house built of native limestone This home is located on the grounds of the Ellis County Historical Society Museum and is a replica of the size and type of home the early Volga German settlers built.

Hays Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hays Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visitor Bureau in Hays, KS USA
User Rating:  User Rating 5.0
Visitor informaton and tourism office for Hays, Kansas Welcome to Hays the German Capital of Kansas. Founded in 1867. Population – 20,300 We invite you to experience the many opportunities that our charming community has to offer.

Baymont Inn And Suites Hays
Baymont Inn And Suites Hays
Hotel in Hays, KS USA
Currently as low as $55.20/night!

Wi-Fi and a convenient location off the interstate and close to downtown put the Baymont Inn and Suites Hays on our guests' list of favorite area properties. Free Breakfast, Pets Allowed, Non Smoking Rooms.

Best Western Butterfield Inn
Best Western Butterfield Inn
Hotel in Hays, KS USA
Currently as low as $97.74/night!

Free internet complimentary hot breakfast and an eco-friendly pool are amenities that attract travelers to the non-smoking Best Western Butterfield Inn. Swimming Pool, Indoor Pool, Restaurant, Non Smoking Rooms.

Carriage Rides
Carriage Rides
This Week, Dec 14, 2017 (Thursday) Nightlife event in Hays, KS USA

Downtown Hays

Comfort Inn & Suites North Hays
Comfort Inn & Suites North Hays
Hotel in Hays, KS USA
Currently as low as $87.20/night!

Free Wi-Fi complimentary breakfast and an indoor heated pool make the Comfort Inn & Suites North Hays a convenient choice when passing through Kansas. Free Internet, Indoor Pool, Pets Allowed, Non Smoking Rooms.

Days Inn - Russell
Days Inn - Russell
Hotel in Russell, KS USA
Currently as low as $63.00/night!

With free Wi-Fi an outdoor pool and a complimentary breakfast the Days Inn Russell makes sure travelers to Russell have somewhere comfy and convenient to call it a night. This two-story hotel offers 48 rooms with cable TVs free Wi-Fi and work desks.Outdoor Pool, Free Breakfast, Pets Allowed.

Days Inn Ellis
Days Inn Ellis
Hotel in Ellis, KS USA
Currently as low as $59.96/night!

The free Wi-Fi complimentary continental breakfast and indoor pool at the non-smoking Days Inn Ellis complement a stay in America's heartland. The three-story non-smoking Days Inn features 58 warmly appointed rooms and suites. Swimming Pool, Indoor Pool, Free Breakfast, Pets Allowed, Non Smoking Rooms.

Days Inn Hays
Days Inn Hays
Hotel in Hays, KS USA
Currently as low as $49.59/night!

Interstate access Wi-Fi complimentary breakfast and a pool help land the Days Inn Hays on our guests' list of top area hotels. The 104-room Days Inn offers plenty of amenities for such an easy-on-the-pocketbook property.Outdoor Pool, Free Breakfast, Pets Allowed.

Econo Lodge Hays
Econo Lodge Hays
Hotel in Hays, KS USA
Currently as low as $71.00/night!

Interstate access free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast help make the Econo Lodge Hays one of our guests' favorite hotels in the area. The 43-room Econo Lodge offers convenient accommodations to value-minded travelers. Pets Allowed, Non Smoking Rooms.

Escape Hays
Escape Hays things to do on a rainy day in Hays, KS
Recreation in Hays, KS USA

Escape Room Adventures Escape Hays is an awesome way to get out and do something extraordinary. Be a spy, stop a bomb, escape the killers, steal the diamond. Forget video games and movies, this time YOU are the hero.

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Best Places to Stay in Hays


Best Western Butterfield Inn
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From $98 / night.


Swimming Pool, Non Smoking Rooms, Restaurant.
Days Inn Ellis
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From $60 / night.


Swimming Pool, Non Smoking Rooms, Free Breakfast.
Hampton Inn Hays
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From $128 / night.


Swimming Pool, Free Internet, Non Smoking Rooms.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Hays
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From $112 / night.


Non Smoking Rooms, Free Breakfast.
Sleep Inn & Suites Hays
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From $79 / night.


Non Smoking Rooms.

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

Hays Visitor Bureau


Hays Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hays Convention & Visitors Bureau


Free Hays Visitor Guide


Take Advantage of Hays Visitors Packet

Take Advantage of Hays Visitors Packet



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