From museums and galleries to movies and bowling, you'll find something to do in Newton. Here are a few of our community favorites.
The Kauffman Museum offers an indoor/outdoor experience for its patrons. Inside, the museum features permanent displays about the cultural and natural history of the plains and the immigration of Mennonites to Kansas, including the "Save America's Treasures" collection of Mennonite immigrant furniture. A special exhibit, "Sorting Out Race," examines racial identity and stereotypes in thrift store donations. The museum shop offers puzzles and toys for children, wheat weaving, jewelry, books and items produced by local artists. The museum grounds also feature a tallgrass prairie reconstruction, an 1875 house and 1886 barn. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and is located on the corner of 27th Street and North Main Street in North Newton on the campus of Bethel College. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children 6-16. Click here for more information.
Harvey County Historical Society & Museum
The Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives, 203 N. Main, features interactive exhibits including an 1887 furnished one-room schoolhouse, USO/World War 11 piano with more than 4,000 signatures and special exhibits. Feeling nostalgic? Check out the museum's vintage game corner that features a working Pac-Man video game machine that's free for patrons to play. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.
Warkentin house Museum
The Newton home of Bernhard and Mina Warkentin was built in 1886-87 and is a splendid example of the Victorian Period. This home offers a glimpse into the way the Warkentins lived, since 80 percent of the original furnishings remain. Interior details include Italian tiled fireplaces, Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers, Lincrusta-Walton wainscoting. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is located at 221 E. First Street. It is open by appointment from January through March. Admission is $4 for adults and teens and $2 for youth 5-12. For more information or to schedule a tour, call the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau at 316-284-3642.
Carriage Factory Art Gallery
Carriage Factory Art Gallery features works by local and regional artists for sale in its three galleries and gift shop, special exhibits,The nonprofit gallery is located at 128 E. Sixth St., a block off of Main Street in downtown Newton in a historic carriage factory building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission to the gallery is free. Click here for more information.
Chisholm Trail 8 Theatres
The Chisholm Trail 8 Theater shows first-run movies on 8 screens daily. Movie choices range from family films to the latest comedy, drama and action movies. It also features a full-service concession stand with popcorn, sodas, candy, hot dogs, nachos and other treats. The theater is located at the Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 SE 36th St. Ticket prices range from $6 for adult evening admission to $4.75for all matinee shows and children and senior tickets. College students with a valid ID can purchase $5 evening tickets. Click here for current showtimes.
Newton Recreation Commission
Newton Rec Center offers an abundance of recreation options to the community and visitors. The facility boasts an indoor pool, gymnasiums, exercise classroom space, racquetball courts, weight room and cardio theater. Visitors are welcome to use the amenities as well as drop in for classes. A class schedule is available online or at the rec center. Summer offerings include yoga, Zumba and strength training. Prices vary by length of class. The rec center is located at 415 N. Poplar St. Facility hours are 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. More information and class schedules available at www.newtonrec.org.
The new Newton YMCA offers a wide variety of recreational amenities including cardio and strength equipment, an indoor pool, racquetball courts, family locker rooms, a drop in nursery, whirlpool, indoor track, basketball and volleyball courts. The Y is located near Newton Medical Center at 701 E. Wheatridge Drive. It is open from 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Group exercise classes are included with day passes and memberships. Group exercise schedules and more information is available at https://www.ymcawichita.org/locations/newton-ymca
Play-Mor Lanes Bowling Alley
Play-Mor Lanes offers traditional and cosmic bowling on its 24 lanes. It is located at 1105 Washington Road, south of downtown Newton, and is open in the late afternoon and evening from 4:30-10 p.m. The bowling alley also features a snack bar and game room. For more information about pricing, call 316-283-0095.
With 19 city parks, a 7-mile bike path, two county lakes and disc golf and a nearby arboretum, take advantage of the beautiful late-spring Kansas weather to enjoy some time outside.
Sand Creek Trail
This popular biking and walking path runs nearly 7 miles along Sand Creek through the heart of Newton to Bethel College in North Newton. Easy access to the path is available at Athletic Park, just west of downtown on Fifth Street, or from the Kauffman Museum in North Newton. The trail is mostly paved, with more wooded, unpaved portions near Kauffman Museum. Water fountains -- for people and dogs -- are located along the trail as are benches and a boat dock at Fourth Street. Do you love to ride but didn't bring your bike? You can rent bicycles from Newton Bike Shop, located near the trail at Sixth and Poplar streets. Click here for more information.
Rent a Boat
Enjoy paddling on Sand Creek with a boat rental from CaNewton. The business offers canoes, kayaks and paddle boats for customer rentals. Boats are available weekday evenings and on weekends from spring through fall at the Fourth Street boat ramp (five blocks west of Main Street at the creek). Hourly rates start at $10. Credit cards are accepted. Reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling 316-288-5756. Walk-up rentals are accepted when boats are available. Click here for more information.
Athletic Park is Newton's signature park. The community space features an outdoor swimming pool, several playgrounds, sports fields, picnic tables, tennis courts, river access, baseball and softball fields, sand volleyball, shelters, restrooms and horseshoe pits.The park is also home to the Mennonite Settler Statue. The 17-foot limestone statue honors Mennonite farmers and their wheat heritage. It was created in 1942 by Kansas artist Max Nixon and commemorates the introduction of Turkey Red hard winter wheat by the settlers, which helped Kansas become known as the "breadbasket of America." It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Click here to explore all of Newton's parks.
Centennial Park & Pod Park
Centennial Park is home to the Blue Sky Sculpture, a collaboration between artists Phil Epp and Terry Corbett and Conrad Snider. The sculpture interacts with the Kansas sky, and benches invite viewers to stay a while and enjoy the peacefulness of the panorama and surrounding grasses. The sculpture is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art, and its cloud theme has been incorporated into local themes, such as a nearby water tower and cloud-shaped wayfinding signs in the downtown area. Centennial Park is located on North Kansas Avenue, just north of 12th street in Newton. The adjacent Pod Park features large sculpture shapes along a path through native grasses. Admission to both locations is free. Centennial Park also offers a disc golf course. (See information below.)
Newton and North Newton offer a pair of disc golf courses. Newton's course is located in Centennial Park, just north of 12th St. on Kansas Avenue. This mostly open course has a wooded perimeter with 9 holes. It was established in 2012. Nearby Thresher National is a 9-hole course that winds through the Bethel College campus. The Bethel course was established by a student initiative in 2014. Admission to both courses is free and open to the public.
Harvey County East Park
Harvey County East Park is located on the edge of the Flint Hills 6 miles east of Newton, 314 N. East Lake Road. It features a 314-acre tree lined lake with a variety of fishing options, camping sites, restrooms, boating opportunities, swimming beaches, sand volleyball courts, playgrounds, shelters and biking, hiking and horse trails. In winter, it is not uncommon for visitors to spot bald eagles here. Admission to the park is free, through fees are required for boating, horseback and camping. State fishing licenses are required. For more information, call 316-283-5420.
Harvey County West Park
Harvey County's West Park is located 13 miles west and 4 miles north of Newton and is Harvey County's original park. It was developed in the 1930s in the Sand Hills of western Harvey County on the Little Arkansas River. The 310-acre park is heavily wooded and features a 16-acre fishing lake and access to the Little Arkansas River. The park also offers camping, softball, hiking and horse trails, playground, swimming beach, shelters, a bait shop and canoes for rent.Admission to the park is free. Fees are required for boating, horseback riding, camping and canoe rentals. It is located at 15835 NW 24th St., Burrton. For more information, call 316-835-3189.
Dyck Arboretum of the Plains
Dyck Arboretum is a 13-acre botanical garden in nearby Hesston that features wildflowers of the Great Plains. It features more than 1,000 varieties of native and adaptable trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses. The gardens are open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. A visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays (May 1-Oct. 15). Pets are welcome, but owners must clean up after them. Admission is $2 for adults and teens and $1 for children under 12.The arboretum is located at 177 W. Hickory St. in Hesston. Click here for more information.