Great Bend, Kansas... It's in our nature to inspire.


You have reached the core of Walt Whitman's "Prairies and Plains," the defining American landscape. Don't let the word plain fool you though. There is much to do here along the Arkansas River! Enjoy a tour of the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway, venture out to the vast wetlands that bookend our town, Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our downtown area where you will delight in strolling the Birdhouse Art Walk and the Kansas Quilt Walk. While you are downtown, take time to browse the wide assortment of retail establishments. Great Bend offers tourists the broadest selection of food and lodging choices in the region, where you can unwind in the comfort of small-town America. No matter your interest or time, Great Bend is your home for exploring these parts of the Plains!


 Summer Street Stroll
 July 10, 17, & 24: 6:00-9:00pm
 Jack Kilby Courthouse Square - 1400 Main Street
 Stroll the square and check out the vendors who come down to share  their  wares. 

 Summer Sidewalk Sale
 July 26: 8:00am-8:00pm
 Dozen of stores around town are slashing their prices. Don't miss the sizzling hot  deals.

 Pottery Workshop
 July 31-August 2 and August 7-August 9
 Heartland Farm - 1049 CR 390
 Workshop with Phyll Klima.




 Read Dan Witt's latest Marsh Musings article here.