Have you heard the saying, “Get the Heck out of Dodge.” Well, “Get the Heck into Dodge” is the motto of today’s Dodge City. They welcome visitors with open arms.
In its beginnings, Dodge City was a lawless town along the Santa Fe Trail. Bat Matterson, Wyatt Earp, Marshall Matt Dillon, and Miss Kitty of the Long Branch Saloon are all part of the history or lore of this Kansas city. Television programs like 1960’s, gave a glimpse into the lives of people in Dodge City and the Wild West.
The Long Branch was real and these days you can enjoy The Long Branch Variety Show in the evening during the summer or special performances in the offseason. Today Dodge City is a vibrant town proud of its past.
400 West Wyatt Earp Boulevard
This is the first stop you should make to get all the latest information on activities happening during your visit. They have maps and brochures for every location in and around town. The staff at the Convention Center & Visitors Bureau are a wealth of information waiting to help make your visit to Dodge City an exciting and fun-packed experience.
While at the Convention & Visitors Center Bureau, you can book your Trolley tour. The trolley runs from June through August 8:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Monday - Sunday. For the months of September through May, it runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For the driving tour, a CD is available for purchase or rental. Maps are available for the walking/driving tour listing 77 Locations of Interest, Historical Information Storyboards, Dodge City Trail of Medallions, and Custom Pole Art Banners in this Kansas city.
Front Street and Fifth Avenue
Enter the museum through the Boot Hill archway and go back in time to the old west. Open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, the museum offers an experience of what it was like to live in Dodge City. Front Street presents a historical replica of Dodge City in 1876. Make your way from the Gift Shop to the Museum on top of Boot Hill. Explore the more than 28,000 artifacts. Visit the graves of the unfortunate victims of the many gunfights that occurred. Locate the surprise next to the buffalo exhibit. It will have your heart pounding.
From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, you can witness a gunfight or two and see an evening variety show at the Long Branch
4100 West Comanche
Located adjacent to the Boot Hill Casino and Resort, the Heritage Area is a unique display of buffalo and longhorn cattle that explains how livestock changed Southwest Kansas. Recently unveiled is the Wild West Hall of Fame which features eleven inductees from Hollywood stars to local icons.
4000 West Comanche
From gaming, dining, and entertainment, it’s all covered in a beautiful complex that is a tribute to the Wild West era. With over 700 slots, a full range of table games including Roulette, this first state-owned casino is very popular. Lodging is available nearby.
Corner of East Highway 154 and 400
This 38-foot cross marks the spot where in 1591 Spanish explorer, Francisco Vasques de Coronado, crossed the Arkansas River in search of the “Cities of Gold.” Father Juan de Padilla who traveled with Coronado kept a diary of this event and held a thanksgiving ceremony said to be the first Christian church service held in the nation 100 years before the pilgrims landed.
Must Try Places to Eat
2nd Ave Lunch Company
509 North Second Ave
Soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, sweet rolls, coffee, tea, sodas and infused beverages. Everything is fresh and mouth watering good. Open only from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
207 Wyatt Earp Boulevard
Set in an old train car this unique restaurant, sports bar, and dance club serves a full lunch and dinner menu including buffalo burgers, Rocky Mountain oysters, and alligator. It’s closed on Sundays so be sure to visit Monday through Saturday. You don’t want to miss this fantastic food. Haven’t tried Rocky Mountain oysters? Don’t worry, they are delicious.
714 Sheridan Street
The historic Fort Dodge was started in 1865 and was little more than crude earth dugouts and in 1867 the fort was rebuilt with stone buildings. The current Fort Dodge has a post office, nursing home. Some of the original buildings include General George Custer’s home, Pershing Hall, Halsey Hall, and Nimitz Hall. The Fort Dodge Museum/Library is located on Pershing Street. Today it is used as a retirement community for Kansas veterans.
Long Branch Lagoon
1001 North 2nd Avenue
Dodge City’s first water park officially opens Memorial Day weekend and will offer plenty of fun for every family on a hot afternoon.