This post could also be titled: “The only 15 things to do in Marysville, KS.” (no offense to Marysville, we loved this little town!)
While waiting in line at Call Hall one day the woman behind us had a Marysville shirt on. We asked her where that was and why that town name sounded so familiar. She said it was probably because of the black squirrels. We said, “The what?” She explained that they had squirrels that were completely black for some reason. That’s how this town an hour north of Manhattan ended up on our Summer Bucket List. We had such a fun day that we decided to rank our experiences.
So upon arriving into town it became clear that they do indeed pride themselves on their black squirrels.
Here’s all we did, ranked in “fun” order even!
1. See the Black Squirrels.
Y’all. They really have totally black squirrels.
The first squirrel we saw was a normal brown one, and we were about to cry “false advertising!!” but we asked some locals and they said they have brown ones, but they have black ones too, and that we would for sure see them. And we did! They were actually pretty common! Legend claims they arrived in Marysville when they escaped from a travelling circus in the 1910s!
2. Ride bikes on the Blue River Trails
This was actually the second reason we came out. Brian did some reasearch and found this great trail. It’s converted from the railroad tracks (just like Katy Trail) so totally flat!
We only rode 4 miles, but the trail is 13 miles long and has this cool bridge:
Sadie and I took a picture cause we were twinkies this day. And Berkley was pretending to be a bunny and the picture is mid-jump!
3. Alcove Springs
We called an audible as we were on our way back home when we saw a sign that said “Alcove Springs, 6 miles.” What is Alcove Springs? Do we care? We followed the sign.
It’s a spring that forms a cool waterfall!
The settlers coming along the Oregon Trail discovered it in the 1800s. (The Donners passed thru here too, so they had water…but no food…)
The hike was a pretty one.
4. Take a Picture with the Giant Pony Express Statue
This actually ranked higher than visiting the actual Pony Express Barn (below). Cause posing with statues ranks high in our book.
5. Get a milkshake at Penny’s Diner
Thought it would be fun to find a fun local spot to stop for a snack, and Penny’s was it!
We would have thought this place had been around 60 years. It was actually built in 1999
6. Visit the only remaining Pony Express Barn open to the public
The Pony Express was only a thing for 19 months (1859-60), who knew?
We didn’t go into the barn or museum (it was $6 for adults and $4 for kids, we are too cheap) but we peeked in the window and went to the gift shop!
7. The Rope Ferry
A life-sized recreation of a rope ferry used along the Blue River
8. Visit the City Park
This scored high for a few reasons. One, cause they had an old school teeter-totter. (moments after this photo was taken someone was crying…) And two because it was just cool. I’m guessing it was designed by the same people who did the Clay Center one.
9. Try to catch a rat snake
Cause we’ve done a lot of that this summer!
10. Ride the Dinosaur
At a random Sinclair gas station
11. Take a photo at the Pepsi Bottling Company
There’s no bottling, just distribution, but a cool sign to show for it
12. Check out the rows of charred catfish heads on fence post
You know how some people put boots on fence posts? This guy had a huge collection of huge catfish heads on his!
13. Visit the one room school house
It’s a real one room school house
14. Check out the Sod House
It’s a one room furnished house you can look into (which was good for our kids to understand so we can say remind them of it when they claim to need more space! 🙂 )
15. Visit the historical courthouse
Disclaimer: we didn’t go in. 🙂 That’s why it got the 15th spot!