Seniors Stop In Salina
Senior travelers will find Salina, Kansas 80 miles north of Wichita in the center of the state. The city has a population of nearly 46,000 and was originally settled in 1856 along the Saline and Smoky Hill Rivers.
Salina was the westernmost post on Smoky Hill Trail. It was established as a staging post in 1860 for prospectors who were moving to Pikes Peak. It also served as a trading post for the local native tribes.
Senior visitors can enjoy two shopping centres and three parks, museums, a wildlife park and a Natural Area. If you have ever driven through Kansas, then you know that there are wide acres of wheat. Salina celebrates annually with a Wheat Festival at the end of the harvest.
Santa Fe Day is a cultural heritage celebration that takes place in and around the Smoky Hill Museum in downtown Salina. It’s a fun-filled, family day outing. Salina Downtown, Inc. was one of the first business improvement districts in Kansas.
Seniors Enjoy Salina’s Orchestra And Art Center
The Salina Symphony Orchestra is always a great way to spend an entertaining evening in town. The Salina Art Center has impressive programming that is connected to a schedule of contemporary visual art exhibitions of work by regional, national, and international artists.
Senior visitors will find Salina to be a scenic city with an attractive historic downtown, a wide array of historical buildings and a beautiful surrounding landscape. For birders, the Birdpark is home to over 200 species of colorful birds.
Salina was named an All-American City in 1989, and that says a lot about this city. Kansas Wesleyan University and the Brownie Mackie College are found in Salina. Hutchinson Community College and Kansas State University also offers courses in Salina.
Seniors Find Vibrant Art Community
Manufacturing is the predominant industry in Salina. Tony’s Pizza employs nearly 2,000 and Exide Battery adds an additional 800. The local Chamber of Commerce provides senior visitors with a host of helpful links including upcoming events.
A Visitors Guide, found under Visit Salina link, provides lots of information on the city. The Chamber further notes that…“Every community may boast of having ‘something for everyone’, but in Salina…we actually DO!”
Salina has a welcoming reputation as a vibrant arts community. Concerts, theatre performances, museums, festivals, galleries and studios, public art throughout the community…it all speaks to the cultural traveler.
Lovers of the great outdoors will find great opportunities exploring 700 acres of parks, playing golf, fishing, swimming, hiking and biking.”
Seniors, enjoy your visit to the Sunflower State and especially your stop in Salina.-jeb