Disclosure: Visit Lindsborg sponsored this post. However, all opinions are mine. I took the majority of the photos.
Lindsborg, Kansas, known as Little Sweden USA, is well-revered for its festival scene, art galleries, and eateries. The town, located on the Smoky Hill River, has various outdoor activities that make it unique. If you’re an outdoor adventurer, you need to visit Lindsborg.
Established more than 150 years ago, the town keeps me coming back for its long list of entertaining things to do, unlike any other town in the Sunflower State.
10 Outdoor Activities That Make Lindsborg Unique
When the Kansas sun is shining, there is no better place to be than outside exploring. Lindsborg has free, ell-maintained trails perfect for getting one’s steps, biking, or dog walking (leash required!). Välkommen Trail is a converted rail bed that runs 4.25 miles. With various points of interest, I enjoyed reading about the town’s early history from the historical markers along the trail.
To view the route, download a colorful map with trail rules here.
Not every small Kansas town can boast more than one trail, which makes Lindsborg unique. Meadowlark Trail, accessible at the southern endpoint of the Välkommen Trail, is a wide, 12.6-mile limestone trail with promising scenic views from what was once a Union Pacific railroad corridor. I appreciated the tree-covered shade at the onset of the route.
The trail will fully connect to McPherson by the end of Summer 2023. To learn a detailed summary of the trail, access TrailLink.
PRO TIP: Drive to the Old Mill Campground to park for free and walk to the Meadowlark Trail sign. The trailhead only offers enough parking space for two cars.
2.) CORONADO HEIGHTS KITE FLY
Open fields and windy conditions make Kansas the ideal place to fly a kite, and Coronado Heights (4200 W. Coronado Heights), northeast of Lindsborg, is an incurably scenic spot with views of Smoky Hills. The area is the site where it is believed Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his men explored the area in a quest for riches, which they didn’t find.
The town hosts the Coronado Heights Kite Fly! event every May, drawing kite lovers to test their skills. Wings of the World Kites & Toys sells demonstrates how to fly kites, and participants can also purchase kite kits at the toy store in town, Trollslända (135 N. Main St.)
3.) FREDRICKSON OUTDOOR FITNESS PARK
When you’re ready for a cardiovascular workout, Frederickson Outdoor Fitness Park is the place to do it. The fitness station adjacent to Völkammen Trail’s south trailhead is designed with equipment so adults can target workouts to improve their strength, flexibility, and agility.
The outdoor gym includes a shaded area that I found useful for stretching pre-workout or cooling down after a strenuous routine. I liked that the rubber surface was easy on the knees, a park feature adults will appreciate.
PRO TIP: Bring bottled water and a towel.
4.) PUBLIC ART WALK
Participating in an art walk is one of my favorite ways to increase my step count. One of the best places to do it is along Lindsborg’s downtown area, where murals, Dala horses, and framed outdoor artwork dot the corridor. I discover a new artistic creation during every visit to Main Street, and I find the framed tiled mosaics stunning.
But the art doesn’t need to be limited to only the downtown area. Everywhere you look, it seems like the community celebrates the arts. Look up, check around the corner, walk through a courtyard, and keep your eyes peeled when visiting a park. From wrought iron arches and wood carvings to painted Dala horses and stained glass windows, you’ll find more than one reason to walk the town on foot.
PRO TIP: Lindsborg Art Council hosts Makers Street twice per year. The interactive art walk highlights local artists’ work in shops and galleries and often features music, live performances, and delicious food.
5.) MAXWELL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Considered one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Geography, Maxwell Wildlife Refuge (2565 Pueblo Rd.) offers guided tours where nature lovers can admire views of native prairie and wildlife. To locate the park from Lindsborg, drive to Roxbury, north of Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, by 6 miles. Then drive south to Pueblo Road on 27th Avenue (Roxbury intersection, red blinking light) you will then see the park’s signs.
During the 45-minute covered tram tour, visitors view elk, birds, bison (look for baby calves from March through May!), native prairie grasses, and wildflowers. The area is located on the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway, the same area Native Americans and Kansas settlers traveled. Reservations are required three days in advance, and you should review the Tour Calendar before reserving your spot.
PRO TIP: Bring a camera with a telephoto lens to capture clear images of the bison from a distance.
6.) LINDSBORG GOLF COURSE
Discover a hidden gem while road-tripping is the best. Lindsborg Golf Course (1541 Svensk Rd.) is a tucked-away 64 acres, 9-hole municipal course you need to play. Featuring one water hazard and some hilly fairways, the course is easy to moderate in difficulty with tee boxes for men and women. If it’s 55 degrees or warmer, the course is open from 9 am-7 pm.
Taking to the links is a delightful way to enjoy the outdoors while getting exercise at an affordable price. The manicured tee boxes and fairways are in good shape, and the golf cart paths are easy to maneuver. Golfers can purchase balls, tees, snacks, adult-only beverages, or bottled water to fill a cooler inside the clubhouse.
PRO TIP: Check the Weekly Specials calendar to take advantage of discount fees. For example, you can play 18 holes and get a golf cart for $16. Wear soft spike golf shoes or tennis shoes.
7.) BROADWAY RFD
Imagine watching actors and singers perform at the park while you relax in a lawn chair, enjoying a summer breeze on a starry night. Broadway RFD (located at Swensson Park’s band shell) is the longest-running outdoor theatre in Kansas. Offering guests quality performances, it’s a special opportunity to appreciate live community theater.
Past productions date back to 1959 and include many well-revered shows, including Oklahoma, The King and I, South Pacific, and Music Man. Ticket sales start in early June and can be purchased online. The ticket prices are affordable, and kids ages 4 or younger get in free.
PRO TIP: Don’t expect a paper ticket. Your name will appear on a guest list at the gate.
8.) HEMSLOJD QUADRICYCLES
Why not cruise through town on a quadricycle to see the sights while burning calories? After inducing a delicious ice cream cone from Indigo Moo’d Ice Cream, I needed an easy workout. I found renting the two-seat quadricycle simple at Hemslojd Swedish Gifts (201 N. Main St.). A 4-seater Limo rents for $15/30 mins or $24/1 hour. The 2-seater Junior (pictured below) rents for $9/30 mins, $15/1 hour.
You can stroll the downtown area and surrounding paved roads like a car. The quadricycle provides a leisurely way to explore the town without breaking a sweat since both passengers peddle, and only one person steers.
PRO TIP: Consider using hand signals to indicate your intended turns.
9.) LINDSBORG SWIMMING POOL
Need a place to cool off? The Lindsborg Swimming Pool (520 S. 1st St.) allows families to splash-splash starting June 1. A kiddie pool provides zero-depth entry and water spouts for children ages 6 and under. Diving boards, lap lanes, and open swim areas guarantee fun for the entire family. Don’t miss the 153′ waterslide, Thor’s Revenge.
A nearby sand volleyball court is ideal for adults to combine physical fitness and fun.
PRO TIP: View the admission prices here.
10.) YOGA ON THE BRIDGE
I can’t think of a better way to practice mindfulness while exercising than performing yoga. Lindsborg resident Tricia Clark hosts Yoga On the Bridge for people of all experience levels. The Runic Yoga session starts by gathering at the rune stone at Riverside Park (near the covered pavilion) and walking together to the Völkammen Trail bridge. The views of the Smoky Hill River are breathtaking, and the sound of chirping native birds relaxes you. With each guided move, your flexibility, energy, and balance improve.
The $5 session takes place on Mondays at 7 pm. To join a session, contact Tricia by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRO TIP: Wear comfortable workout clothes or yoga attire.
The town’s parks offer explorers a multitude of opportunities to get some exercise. Swede Sk8 Park is designed for daredevils who want to skateboard, trick bike, rollerblade, or use their scooter. It is located adjacent to the Välkommen Trail and adjacent to Kansas Street.
Swensson Park is home to tennis courts and a basketball court. You’ll find athletic courts, horseshoe pits, and playground equipment at Riverside Park.
Disc golf is a popular sport for outdoor enthusiasts in Kansas, and Bethany Lutheran College’s 9-hole course (340 E. Swensson Ave.) is a no-cost way to play a round. Over 2,000 feet of course, golfers can catch glimpses of gorgeous sculptures on campus. Each hole is a par 3; grass tees and open spaces make the course approachable for beginners. To find Hole 1, walk to the Northwest corner of Gregory Hall.
Another highlight of the course? After the game, you’re within walking distance of Birger Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery (401 N. First St.). Visitor parking is available at designated areas on this map.
Have you heard of geocaching? A treasure hunt using an app to locate a hidden container, participants can enjoy the free outdoor activity at various places in Lindsborg. To start, visit geocaching.com to route your path using coordinates and clues.
Considering staying overnight to take in the rest of the town? Check out my additional post, The Best Way to Spend a Day in Lindsborg, Kansas, aka “Little Sweden, for plenty of things to do, from dining to exploring art galleries to shopping.