The Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex in Hays, Kansas sits on 110 acres and features 8 baseball & softball fields and 8 soccer & football fields. Though located in west-central Kansas, Hays is the county seat of Ellis County and the largest city in that area, and a college town, playing host to Fort Hays State University. Also for Old West enthusiasts, Hays was a frontier outpost where some famous figures lived, including Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill Cody, General George Custer, and Wild Bill Hickok. Fortunately for you and your team, Hays has plenty of family attractions and restaurants for you to enjoy while your team is competing at the Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex. Consider some of these great possibilities.


Things to Do

Centennial Lanes

The life of a town like Hays, Kansas is usually found around its bowling lanes. Such is the case at their premier bowling site, Centennial Lanes. It’s a fully modern family-friendly fun center with sixteen lanes of bowling for family play. Your timing couldn’t be better as Centennial is undergoing a complete updating of their facilities and equipment for the 2017 and 2018 bowling season. Out with the old, in with the new! Enjoy the brand new synthetic lanes and approaches. They’re also installing new gutters, bumpers, and ball returns with more storage. The center features a pro shop and game room. Best of all, it’s located under a 10-minute drive from the Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex! 2400 Vine St, Hays, KS 67601


Fort Hays State Historic Site

Active from 1865 to 1889, Fort Hays was a crucial frontier post during the time of the American Indian Wars. In 1929, the land was reopened as a historical park and is run by the Kansas Historical Society. The Fort Hays State Historic Site includes a visitor’s center, parade ground, and four historic buildings. Exhibits describe construction of the fort and conflict with plains Indians. “Wild Bill” Hickok and “Buffalo Bill” Cody are just a few of the historical figures associated with the Fort Hays site. 1472 US Highway 183 Alt, Hays, KS 67601


Frontier Park Disc Golf Course

Time for your family to learn a new sports activity to bond around? Maybe try your hands at disc golf at the Frontier Park Disc Golf Course, located only a short drive from the Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex. It’s free to the public, so why not give it a try? Its 18-hole course features asphalt tee pads and extends over 5,600 feet. Disc golf is played much like regular golf, except that you throw a Frisbee-like disc into a basket with your hands instead of hitting a ball into a hole with a club. The fairways are usually shorter, too, so they’re a little less intimidating to the uninitiated. Disc golf is a more compact game, with more tightly-packed obstacles. Sounds perfect for you family while you’re visiting Hays and the Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex! The park sports shelter houses and restrooms. Old Hwy 40, Hays, KS 67601


Escape Hays

Another attraction for your team close to the Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex is Escape Hays. Gamers will love the chance to solve puzzles in real life, something only experienced in video games before now. Enjoy the real-life adventure where you get to be the hero! Relish the challenge to not only beat the clock but get the best score! Their rooms are designed to be enjoyed by groups of friends, family, and even complete strangers! Everyone from young adults to the young at heart will enjoy working together to escape. Escape the doldrums of team travel with an exciting teambuilding activity that everyone in your group will enjoy. You’ll all experience fun and excitement as you work on communication and camaraderie. 1506 Vine St, Hays, KS 67601


The Hays Aquatic Park

The Hays Aquatic Park provides a variety of kid-friendly water activities. With two huge water slides and a lazy river for relaxed floating, your family may never want to leave. The swimming pool has play structures, a variety of diving boards, and shaded lounge areas with refreshments. It also has an upper deck bathing area. A little less busy is the Wilson Pool. The park is beautifully landscaped with native limestone, trees, and flowers for a highly picturesque setting. 300 Main St, Hays, KS 67601


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Places to Eat

Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill

Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill serves up oak and ash-grilled steaks with proprietary seasonings, rubs, and sauces. The combination of fire, smoke, and the secret sauce wins them all those awards for taste. Cooking over a real wood fire grill allows the fat to cook off for a leaner meal, too. Popular selections include Rattlesnake Pasta, Wood-Fired Salmon, and Jalapeño Crusted Pork Chop. 3203 Vine St, Hays, KS 67601


Gutierrez Cocina Mexicana

The Gutierrez family moved from the Rio Grande Valley 1968 with a simple kitchen philosophy: “You can always tell a good restaurant, by the enchilada they serve!” They’ve been serving exceptional Tex-Mex, like Sizzling Fajitas and Street Tacos, for over thirty years at Gutierrez Cocina Mexicana. The real test is their Bandera Enchilada Platter, of course. 1106 E 27th St, Hays, KS 67601


Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

This retro-style chain famous for frozen custard and steakburgers is a favorite stop along Interstate 70. The combo meals at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburger are served with a choice of fries, applesauce, or potato chips. While you’re in Hays you should definitely opt for the Chicago Dog Freddy’s Style or the Double Steakburger California Style. 3505 Vine St, Hays, KS 67601


Pasta Jay’s

Who doesn’t like pizza and pasta? They’re both on the kid’s top ten favorite foods of all time list. That’s what makes Pasta Jay’s an ideal dining option for your team. Come to  and try some scrumptious Italian recipes. You will be glad you did. 4310 Vine St, Hays, KS 67601


Your team will enjoy spending time on the American plains while in the Hays, Kansas area visiting the Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex. Be sure to take back some Frontier West tokens and gifts to make your team’s trip even more memorable.