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Fort Hays State Historic Site

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Address: Hays, KS
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+1 785-925-6812
09:00 - 17:00
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Four original buildings from the frontier days of Fort Hays.

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Looking for something to do before eating dinner seen that this was close so we went over to see, glad we did. There were a few buildings left. Lots of good information and things... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2016
John W
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

Looking for something to do before eating dinner seen that this was close so we went over to see, glad we did. There were a few buildings left. Lots of good information and things to see.

1 Thank John W
Arapahoe, Nebraska
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took the tour, and we will be coming back with the kids. It's a lot of walking, but there are benches here and there which help. I liked the videos and audio clips. It was pretty neat seeing how people lived way back when. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Well worth the $5 admission.

Thank staceyc777
Soldotna, Alaska
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2015

Take a stroll thru history while you walk the grounds of the old fort. The park service has done a great job of filling in the gaps when it comes to the history of the fort and nearby Hays. You won't be disappointed when you visit here.

Thank AKDave1
Derby, Kansas
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015

The staff member took us to the officer's quarters and patiently explained what we were looking for. It's easy to image living on the plains in the 1880's just by being here. Only the O quarters, block house and jail are still here but the grounds are laid out so you can see where things were and how the soldiers... More 

Thank Bruce L
Columbia, Missouri
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57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2015

very interesting with some interactive features. Friendly staff knowledgeable guide. No food or drink available on site when we were there.

Thank KARL6444257
portsmouth england
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119 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2015

All though there are not much of the original features left to see we found it very interesting and the film that you see before makes it very clear how important the Fort was to the area and to the travellers on the trail from the East thtough to the West. The grounds are well kept and ideal to a... More 

1 Thank sisteract_10
Douglass, Kansas
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Poor parking, Not much to see. However if they depend on state funding the quality of the exhibits is to be expected.

Thank Jenni O
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173 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2015

There's only a few buildings still standing but it gives you a chance to visualize the size of the fort on the open prairie. Had some interesting items in the buildings to help bring history to life.

Thank KansasMover
Alta Vista
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56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2015

Interesting stop for all ages. It's unfortunate more original buildings aren't on site, but what is there is great.

Thank Peggy H
Clifton, Kansas
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42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

This is an opportunity for children to see what living on the plains of KS at a Fort would have been like in a time before. This isn't an all day venue, unless there is an event going on, but it should be a stop as you pass through Hays.

Thank 20KLC07

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