Tallgrass Tour Bus

Explore the Flint Hills and beyond with the Tallgrass Tour Bus! Join the Discovery Center as we embark on day trips to exciting locations in central Kansas. We will dive into the history, culture and natural beauty of our remarkable state. Trips leave from the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Fees vary per trip. See details below for more information.

Custom Tours


Have a large group of between 20 and 40 people? We'd love to work with you to develop a custom tour that meets your needs and interests. Call 785-587-2726 or email our Education Staff at fhdceducation@cityofmhk.com to get started today.
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Upcoming Tours: Fall 2019


Registration is now open.

Exploring Emporia


Saturday, September 21, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Experience the "Front Porch of the Flint Hills" as we travel to Emporia in Lyon County, where we will be treated to a driving tour full of history and fun tales with a local step-on guide. The William Allen White Home is known for its famous guests. Now is your chance to visit this historic landmark. Choose your own lunch location of either Radius Brewing Company or Bobby D’s Merchant St. BBQ. There will be plenty of time to explore the unique shops downtown. We will include a stop at the All Veterans Memorial featuring a Huey Helicopter, Ship Anchor, a Sherman Army tank. Finally, we will finish with a relaxing stroll through the David Traylor Zoo. Be sure to bring your walking shoes, sense of discovery, and some spending money on this historic bus tour!

Round trip travel and tours are included. Participants are responsible for their own lunch cost. Guests are encouraged to bring a resealable water bottle. Light snacks will be provided. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Tour leaves the Flint Hills Discovery Center at 8:00 AM and returns no later than 5:00 PM. 

Pre-registration is required by September 20 at 5:00 PM. Pre-register online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Youth & Adult FHDC Member: $22 I Youth & Adult Non-Member: $26

Plumlee Buffalo Ranch


Saturday, September 28, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
Join us for a morning of bison fun at the Plumlee Buffalo Ranch. You will get up close to America’s National Mammal during a 2-hour guided tour of this working Bison ranch. See a beautiful native tallgrass prairie and remnants of pioneer wagon ruts. Guests travel on a comfortable trailer making it safe and fun for the entire family.

Round trip travel and tour fees are included. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Not recommended for youth under 2. Tour leaves the Flint Hills Discovery Center at 8:30 AM and returns no later than 12:00 PM.

Pre-registration is required by September 27 at 5:00 PM. Pre-register online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Youth & Adult FHDC Member: $15 I Youth & Adult Non-Member: $20

Kansas City Art Tour


Saturday, November 9, 8:00 AM-5:30 PM
Time to get artistic on this special art-themed Tallgrass Tour Bus. Travel to the Buttonwood Art Gallery to see the 2019 Visions of the Flint Hills juried art show, including a tour from Gallery Director Macy Layne. Next, we'll travel to view the galleries at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, including lunch at Café Sebastienne, one of Kansas City’s premiere restaurants. Finish your day at the Anita B. Gordon Conservation Discovery Center for a dose of natural splendor in the heart of the city.

Round trip travel, admission fees and lunch are included. Choice of entrée: Biscuits and Gravy, Pork Shoulder Hash, Omelet, Whole Order French Toast, or Seasonal Salad and one non-alcoholic beverage. Guests are encouraged to bring a resealable water bottle. Tour leaves the Flint Hills Discovery Center at 8:00 AM and returns no later than 5:30 PM.  

Pre-registration is required by November 7, 2019 at 5:00 PM.  Pre-register online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Youth & Adult FHDC Member: $40 I Youth & Adult Non-Member: $45

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