Whether you travel to or through the Midwest of the U.S., you must take time to visit Salina, KS!
Salina is an attractive getaway, with things to see and do that appeal to all ages. 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 an arts experience appeals to you, Salina is for you. Concerts, symphony, theatre, public art across the community, exhibitions, and events — all here in the 67401!
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 intimate and 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, plus trains actors, singers, and dancers.
Smoky Hill Museum explores our regional heritage through permanent and changing exhibits. The Curiosity Shop is a fun children’s area with hands-on experiences. The Kansas agricultural and social background is on display at The Yesteryear Museum and Museum of Scouting. Exhibitions and related programming are the fare of Salina Art Center. Their Art Center Cinema screens films every night, another unlikely arts experience in a smaller city like Salina. We may only boast of a population less than 50,000, but these people – and our visitors – enjoy and appreciate a vibrant cultural life!
Dynamic visual arts dot the landscape across the community, from the outdoor SculptureTour Salina exhibit downtown, to murals and intriguing installations. Salina’s love and commitment to the arts culminates with the Smoky Hill River Festival held the second full weekend of June each year. Every week, Friday Night Live (FNL) presents live entertainment somewhere in the Downtown district, and on the First FNL each month, an art walk enhances the experience.
A beautiful Art Deco-inspired Streetscape project is underway in our historic downtown. 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 a year.
If you are coming through Salina, you must stop and make some friends at Rolling Hills Zoo & Wildlife Museum. Rolling Hills is celebrating their 20th Anniversary throughout 2019. What a treasure this is! Not only will you admire more than 100 species in the zoo, 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! Go to SalinaAE.com for a calendar of arts and entertainment. Learn more about accommodations, dining, shopping and more at VisitSalinaKS.org or call 1-888-725-6245.