Hutchinson, Kansas Travel Guide

Hutchinson Restaurants
Hutchinson Tourist Attractions
Unique Kansas Restaurants

With a population of 40,000 people, Hutchinson, Kansas is the county seat and largest city in Reno County, about 40 miles northwest of Wichita. Salt was discovered in nearby South Hutchinson in 1887. By 1910, 26 different salt companies were formed. Although only 3 salt companies remain today, salt mining is still an important Hutchinson industry and Hutchinson is nicknamed The Salt City.

Hutchinson and Reno County are visited by over 1.5 million visitors annually and offer a wide range of attractions, museums and special events. Hutchinson hosts the Kansas State Fair, Mennonite Relief Sale, and National Junior College Athletic Association Basketball Tournament. Hutchinson is also the home of the world class Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Aerospace Museum and the new Kansas Underground Salt Museum.

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Hutchinson Area Restaurants & Specialty Foods
Airport Steak House - Hutchinson, KansasAirport restaurants in small towns have to do a good job or they don't stay in business. The Airport Steak House is a but dated, but still in good shape. One wall is lined which huge picture windows looking out at the tarmac. 

The meals are quite reasonable for a steakhouse. We recommend the prime rib or the 14 ounce bone in Cowboy ribeye. The large ribeye is only $31 with choice of two sides. Most dinners are $16 - 30.

Airport Steak House, 1100 N Airport Rd, Hutchinson, KS 67501 
(620) 662-4281.  Last visited July 2022

Hog Wild Pit Bar-BQ - Hutchinson, KansasHog Wild Pit Bar-BQ is the Hutchinson location of a small chain of Wichita barbecue restaurants. While not my favorite BBQ in Hutchinson, Hog Wild has the major advantage of being open 11AM - 8 PM every day. 

Hog Wild serves smoked hot links, ham, pulled chicken, pulled pork, turkey, beef brisket and pork ribs, Side dishes are limited to baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, curly fries, corn, mashed potatoes and a variety of stuffed potatoes & potato skins.

Hog Wild Pit Bar-BQ, 2401 North Main Street, Hutchinson, Kansas 67502  (620) 669-8787. Last visited July 2022

Anchor Inn - Hutchinson, KansasAnchor Inn is a 35 year old, family run Mexican restaurant that fills the space formerly occupied by the 1916 American Hotel and two other businesses. I visited Anchor Inn with a party of 18 and everyone was happy with the food and servings. Several people said the homemade tamales were the best that they have ever had. Order from the menu or try the large Mexican buffet, which is only $8.49 for lunch or supper.

Longer review and more photos.

Anchor Inn, 128 South Main Street, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501
(620) 669-0311.  Last visited July 2022

Mi Tierra Restaurant and Cantina - Hutchinson, KansasMi Tierra Restaurant & Cantina is a very reasonable priced Mexican restaurant on Hutchinson's east side. I had one of the most expensive dishes, the $14.75 Steak Mi Tierra. It was a large T-bone steak topped with Mexican chorizo and served with beans and rice. The flavor was very good, particularly the spicy chorizo sausage. The steak was quite tough, but is pretty good for a $14.75 T-bone. The $15.25 Mi Tierra Fajitas are better and include beef, chicken, shrimp and chorizo.

Mi Tierra Restaurant, 700 East 4th Avenue  Hutchinson, Kansas 67501 (620) 662-61217. Last visited July 2021

Carriage Crossing Restaurant - Yoder, KanasCarriage Crossing Restaurant is an Amish/Mennonite style restaurant in Yoder - a tiny community southeast of Hutchinson, which has many residents from both denominations. The country fried steak is good. Other specialties include grilled pork chops, fried chicken, smoked ham & sausage, and homemade pies. Many meals are around $12.

Open Monday through Saturday from 6AM - 9PM. Serving breakfast until 10:30AM.

Carriage Crossing Restaurant 10002 S. Yoder Road, Yoder, Kansas 67585  620-465-3612. Last visited February 2020

R-B Drive In - Hutchinson, KansasR-B Drive In is a 61 year old classic local restaurant with great burgers and hand made French fries and onion rings. R-B's hamburgers are available in a variety of sizes, up to the double beltbuster, a 2 pound hamburger for $15.

R-B Drive In has limited hours. They are only open until 4PM, Monday-Saturday. 5:30PM on Friday. 

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R-B Drive In, 201 East Avenue A, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501
(620) 662-9713. Last visited July 2022

China Star Restaurant - Hutchinson, KansasChina Star Restaurant is a fairly typical Chinese mega buffet. Within those limitations, China Star does a fairly good job. They also do well handling groups. On one of my visits, there were 19 in my party and the China Star staff did a good job of serving us. My favorite items on the buffet were the salt and pepper shrimp and jalapeno chicken. Others in the group liked the soft serve ice cream and other desserts.

China Star,  1401 East 11th Avenue, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501
(620) 662-8828. Last visited March 2020

Roy's Hickory Pit BBQ - Hutchinson, KansasRoy's Hickory Pit BBQ is a small family run restaurant that has been in operation in Hutchinson, Kansas since 1982. Roy's is only open Tuesday to Saturday from 11AM until 2PM, or until the meat runs out. My favorite meat is the mild Polish sausage, but none of the smoked meats have disappointed.

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Roy's Hickory Pit BBQ, 1018 Nickerson Boulevard, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501  (620) 663-7421. Last visited June 2021

Dutch Kitchen Restaurant - Hutchinson, KansasDutch Kitchen Restaurant is an Amish inspired Restaurant five miles west of South Hutchinson on Kansas Highway 61/US Highway 50. The Dutch Kitchen is known for chicken fried steaks, hand breaded fried chicken and made from scratch mashed potatoes, breads, and pies. They have a bakery section where you can purchase fresh baked pastries and desserts to go.

The Dutch Kitchen Restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 6AM - 8PM.

Dutch Kitchen, 6803 West State Road 61, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501 (620) 662-2554. Last visited March 2020

Sack's 5th Avenue - Hutchinson, KansasSkaets Steak Shop is a dinner on the edge of the Kansas State Fair Grounds that opened in 1949. Skaet's serves reasonably priced, good solid meals.

I've been unimpressed with the steaks, but strongly recommend the breakfast. Bacon, eggs, and toast are $6.80. The bacon and eggs are very good. French toast and biscuits & gravy are other good choices. But get there early if you go for breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday. Skaet's gets packed about 10AM.

Skaets Steak Shop, 2300 North Main Street, Hutchinson, Kansas 67502 (620) 662-9845. Last visited July 2022

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Hutchinson Area Tourist Attractions & Museums
Dillon Nature Center in Hutchinson  is a hundred acre park with a wild arboretum, geese covered pound and a 10,000 square foot Visitor Center which was opened in 1994. In addition to offices, the Dillon Nature Center visitor's center houses a gift shop and nature display gallery with dioramas, interactive exhibits and live reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Dillon Nature Center 3002 East 30th Avenue, Hutchinson, Kansas 67502. (620) 663-7411 

Stratica - the Kansas Underground Salt Museum in Hutchinson is unique in the western hemisphere. Although there are some similar salt mine museums in Europe, there are none in the Americas. Following a guided tram ride, visitors are free to tour the museum galleries on their own. The galleries feature exhibits devoted to mining, as well as an exhibit of some of the movie memorabilia that is stored in the cave. 

Kansas Underground Salt Museum, 3504 East Avenue G, Hutchinson, Kansas 67504 (620) 662-1425

The Hutchinson Art Center Gallery is operated by the Hutchinson Reno Arts and Humanities Council. The free gallery includes a permanent collections, a changing program of special exhibits and a large gallery of two and three dimensional art which is available to purchase.

Free Admission.

Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N Washington Street, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501. (620) 662-1280 

Memorial Park Cemetery, a few miles west of Hutchinson has many chain-saw carved tree trunks carvings created by Vicki and Pat Langton of Rustic Creations, and a "Petland" with dog & cat burials and memorial markers.

Across the street from the President Warren G. Harding Memorial.

Memorial Park Cemetery, 5905 West 4th Avenue, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501. (620) 665-8269

The 9 acre Hutchinson Zoo has about 160 animals and takes about 45 minutes to thoroughly see without the doing the Prairie Thunder Railroad ride. Our favorite exhibits in the zoo are the raccoons and North American river otters. The raccoons were very aware and interested in the people looking at them.

Free Admission.

Hutchinson Zoo, 71500 South Plum Street, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501  (620) 694-2693 

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 1 Men's National Basketball Tournament is normally held in Hutchinson each March. The tournament consists of 26 games in 5 days - a Championship Round, a Consolation Round and Quarter Finals Consolation Round. In 2022, the tournament is scheduled for March 14-19. The Hutchinson Sports Arena is a 7,500 seat arena that was built in 1952.

Hutchinson Sports Arena, 11th & Sesher, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501 (620) 665-3590

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson has the 2nd largest collection of US space memorabilia anywhere and the largest collection of Russian space memorabilia outside the former Soviet Union. These are the experts that the other space museums come to for many of their exhibits' restoration. Apollo 13, Liberty Bell 7, SR-71 Blackbird, Imax, planetarium, and one of the coolest museum gift shops anywhere!

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, 1100 North Plum, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501 (620) 662-2305

Reno County Museum's exhibits are interesting and well designed. Most of the exhibits are traveling or temporary so the museum is constantly changing. During my last visit to the Reno County Museum, those exhibits included Medicine and quackery in Reno County, art and advertising on napkins, 4-H, and a fascinating exhibit on the battle against polio. Open Tuesday-Saturday. Free!

Reno County Museum, 100 South Walnut Street, Hutchinson, Kansas
(620) 662-1184

The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale at the Kansas State Fairgrounds is the annual festival and benefit auction with ethnic foods, quilt auction, crafts, music and the Run For Relief. The proceeds help fight world hunger and provide relief. The 56th Annual Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale is April 12 & 13. Free admission and parking.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale - Kansas State Fairgrounds,
2000 N. Poplar, Hutchinson, Kansas 67502  620-665-7406

Salt Discovery Well includes picnic tables, several markers and the Salt Discovery Well, where in 1887 Ben Blanchard found the salt that has contributed to the development of Hutchinson. The well has a small structure over it, but the open well head can be viewed through a clear top. A 1260 pound block of locally mined salt is also on display. In early June, South Hutchinson hosts Salt Fest. 

Salt Discovery Well,  309 Des Moines West, South Hutchinson, Kansas 67505

The Kansas State Fair has been held in Hutchinson since 1913. The State Fair has the usual things you would expect: farm animals, food displays, midway, booths selling a wide range of items. Many livestock events and competitions are included with admission to the fair grounds. Grandstand events require additional tickets which runs from twenty dollars for motor sports to $20-70 for musical performers. The 2024 Kansas State Fair will be September 6-15.

Kansas State Fair 2000 N. Poplar St., Hutchinson, Kansas 67502
(620) 669-3600

St. Teresa Catholic Church was dedicated 1911. The red brick Romanesque Revival church, was designed by Emanuel L. Masqueray and has asymmetrical towers of 70' and 115'. 1,500 people attended the dedication while another 1,000 waited outside. The completed and furnished church cost $51,000 including $1,000 for the high altar and $900 for the Stations of the Cross.

St. Teresa Catholic Church, 211 E 5th Avenue, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501 (620) 662-7812

Lost Acres Ranch on the northeast side of Hutchinson is a grassroots art environment of cement and rebar cement sculptures by the late Richard Brown (1934-2004). 

Brown spent years creating the folk art sculptures and a number of them remain in his former yard, where they can be seen from the street. They include western figures such as pioneers with a covered wagon, various animals, and a native American hunting bison from horseback. 

Lost Acres Ranch 3210 43rd Avenue, Hutchinson, Kansas 67502

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