The 10 Best Retirement Activities in Kansas!

Deciding on the right time to retire is one of the most important decisions one makes in later life. In addition to finding the right time, retirees need to consider the right place. In this, Kansas is a hidden gem. With one of the lowest cost of living and tons of retirement activities, Kansas might be the perfect spot for you to begin the rest of your life. Find 10 such retirement activities to keep in mind below.

1. Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

The Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Kansas offers retirees the opportunity to catch up on all the culture they might have missed in their busy working years. They have multiple performances a week ranging from student performances to culture festivals and visiting artists.

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2. The Culture House, Olathe, KS

The Culture House is a performing arts academy with dance, theatre, music, and visual arts classes. While many of their programs are aimed at younger performers, they also offer a wide variety of adult classes perfect for a retiree.

3. Sporting Kansas City soccer game

Support the first major league soccer team in Kansas by becoming a regular attendee to Sporting Kansas City home games. While based just over the border in Kansas City, Missouri, they still play their home games at Village West in Kansas City.

4. Kansas Speedway and the Sports Car Club of America, Kansas City and Topeka, KS

Racing is a way of life in Kansas. During prime working years, it can be difficult to enjoy every aspect of racing, but retirees have the time to really dig into the sport. Get your season tickets for the Kansas Speedway and consider becoming a member of the Sports Car Club of America to solidify your racing fan status.

5. Cosmosphere, Hutchinson, KS

The Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas, boasts the largest combined collection of Russian and U.S. space artifacts. They have a variety of regular events scheduled to keep visitors coming back.

6. Big Basin Prairie Preserve Wildlife Area

The Big Basin Prairie Preserve covers over 1,800 acres of prairie. The Big Basin and Little Basin are the main attractions, although there are plenty of other natural wonders to see in the area, too. 

7. Oak Park Mall, Overland, KS

Sometimes we all need a little retail therapy! The Oak Park Mall has two levels and tons of great stores. Make an afternoon out of it with lunch at one of the on-site restaurants. 

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8. World’s Largest Ball of Twine, Cawker City, KS

Experience a Kansas must by visiting the World’s Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City. Started in 1953, this Ball of Twine is one of Kansas’s premier tourist attractions. 

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9. Final Friday Celebrations, Wichita, KS

Every final Friday of the month, galleries, museums, restaurants, retail shops, and studios stay open late to welcome customers from near and far. According to the official website, they stay open “to celebrate art with special showings and receptions of local artists, all free to the public. 

10. Livestock Auction, Eureka, KS

Eureka, Kansas, hosts weekly livestock auctions, in which ranchers can bid and sell their prized cattle. Whether you’re buying, selling, or watching, there’s no better way to experience Kansas culture than here. 

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