Labor Day Weekend is upon us! It’s the first holiday of the school season that everyone has off together! It’s a great weekend to spend with the kids or to kick back and relax and enjoy an extra day off work! Celebrated every first Monday of September, Labor Day was originally created by the American Labor Movement to celebrate the contributions of the nation’s labor force! With an extra day over the weekend there are great many number of things you can do to take advantage of the long weekend! Here are just a few ideas:
1) Visit a lake. In this last gasp of summer, head to the three main lakes in the Wichita area for boating, swimming or camping.
2) Go shopping. Most large shopping complexes are open on Labor Day, including Towne East Square, Towne West Square, Bradley Fair and NewMarket Square. Many retail stores offer great Labor Day Savings!
3) Visit the Keeper of the Plains. Blackbear Bosin’s 44-foot-tall sculpture of an Indian warrior raising his hands skyward stands above the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers near downtown. The $20 million exhibit has been voted one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas Art. It includes pedestrian bridges from the riverbanks to the statue. Visit just before 9 in the evening, when the ring of fire lights up. Admission is free
4) Cruise through one of scenic byways. The Flint Hills Scenic Byway stretches 47 miles across the Flint Hills of Kansas on K-177 between Council Grove and Cassoday, passing the Tallgrass National Prairie Preserve. The Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway extends 42 miles from the western city limits of Medicine Lodge to the junction of U.S. 160 and U.S. 183 at Coldwater. It bisects the craggy red Gypsum Hills. The area is known for its stunning rust-red buttes and mesas capped by layers of sparkling white gypsum. This is a great experience for anyone wanting to explore Kansas!
5) Take in a movie at the Landmark Starlite drive-in theater , at Hydraulic and MacArthur. Boasting $12 Carload prices this is a great activity for families on a budget!