See You in Salina, Kansas!
Nestled at the junction of Interstate 70 and US 81 (I-135), Salina, KS is the perfect stop as you travel through the Midwest of the U.S.
Salina is an attractive getaway, with things to see and do that appeal to all ages. In particular, Salina is an ‘arts community’. What does that mean? Well, the arts LIVE in Salina. They are unavoidable, and unparalleled in a community of this size. If you fancy the arts — concerts, symphony, theater, public art, exhibitions, and events — you MUST do Salina!
The lovingly restored Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts was once the 1930’s Watson Theatre, home of vaudeville and movies. Now, it operates as an intimately beautiful venue for concerts, comedy and dance. The Stiefel is also home to the Salina Symphony and the Youth Symphony. The Salina Community Theatre (SCT) presents dramas, musicals, comedies and family theatre in their Sunflower Theatre (black-box) and Kephart Theatre. SCT also enjoyed an expansion and update in recent years.
Smoky Hill Museum explores our regional heritage through permanent and changing exhibits. More recently, they unveiled The Curiosity Shop, an exciting children’s area. Those with an even stronger thirst for history can see evidence of our agricultural and social background at The Yesteryear Museum and Museum of Scouting. Exhibitions and related programming are the fare of Salina Art Center. Their Art Center Cinema screen films every night, another unlikely arts experience in a smaller city like Salina. We may only boast a population less than 50,000, but these people — and our visitors — enjoy and appreciate a vibrant cultural life!
Dynamic visual art dots the landscape across the community, from the outdoor Sculpture Tour downtown, to murals and intriguing installations. Salina’s love and commitment to the arts culminates with the Smoky Hill River Festival held the second weekend of June each year. Every week the Friday Night Live (FNL) program presents live entertainment somewhere in the Downtown district, and on the First FNL each month, an art walk enhances the experience.
Our Downtown is in the midst of an extensive makeover! A beautiful Art Deco-inspired Streetscape project is underway. A large development is bringing many new businesses to the district, including an all-suites hotel, several restaurants, The Alley family fun center, a vintage car museum, and the Salina Fieldhouse which has been open for a year.
If you are coming through Salina, you must stop and make some friends at Rolling Hills Zoo & Wildlife Museum. Not only can you admire more than 100 species here, the museum presents a ‘trip around the world’ through diorama exhibitions featuring full mounts and animatronics.
On the horizon…Salina is embarking on the renewal of the Smoky Hill River through the community. At completion, this area will feature walking and biking trails, opportunities to kayak and canoe, venues for events, and a wonderful experience overall.
There is SO much to see and do, you’ll need to plan multiple visits! For a calendar of arts and entertainment, go to SalinaAE.com. You can also learn about accommodations, dining and more at VisitSalinaKS.org or call 1-888-725-6245. See you in Salina!