Kit Carson County Carousel
The Kit Carson County Carousel dates back to the turn of the 20th Century. One of only a very few of its kind still in existence, it still works, is in its original condition, and can be ridden for only a quarter. The accompanying museum is filled with artifacts and history and only costs a dollar. The historic attraction, located at the fairgrounds in Burlington, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day, with expanded hours during the county fair and rodeo.
Since 1916, with the exception of a span from 2012-16, the Midway Theater in downtown Burlington has been providing first-run movies to folks in the area. The theater closed for a few years when owners decided not to upgrade equipment, but in 2015 Our Hometown Charitable Organization was organized as a nonprofit and a renovation took place and it reopened a year later.
South Republican State Wildlife Area
Tucked away off U.S. Hwy. 385 between Burlington and Idalia is great place for wildlife and bird watchers and avid hunters, the South Republican State Wildlife Area. The SWA is open year-round and covers most of the area below the dam at Bonny. There is more wildlife there than at many other plains reservoirs and river bottoms. Habitat varies from yucca grassland and large hedgerows to lowland riparian. If you are a birdwatcher, it’s a good spot for Northern Cardinals, sparrows during the winter, owls, Eastern Screech-Owl, Wild Turkey, Northern Bobwhite and migrants, not to mention white-tailed deer.
Second Central School Museum
The Second Central School Museum in Flagler offers an opportunity to inspect a country schoolhouse and see a number of historic items. The building retains its old school feel, thanks to authentic desks, a drinking water crock, a chalkboard and other artifacts salvaged from other rural schools in the area.