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Garden-City is small city located in Finney County in southwest Kansas. As of the 2000 census, the population of Garden City was 28,451 residents. It is the county seat and also the home of the campus of Garden City Community College. The largest zoological facility in western Kansas, Lee Richardson Zoo, in also located in the community. Garden City gained notoriety when it was depicted in Truman Capotes novel, In Cold Blood, and as the county seat, it was the location of the trails of the murderers. The community of Garden City boasts more than sixty restaurants and forty churches, which both cater to a diverse local population. The Lee Richardson Zoo is the most well-known attraction in Garden City. Walking tours are free to the public and the fee for a driving tour is three dollars. The Lee Richardson Zoo contains the largest hand-dug swimming pool in the world. It is also an AZA accredited zoo and has more than 100 species of animals located on 47 acres inside Finnup Park. The zoo include many animals that are non-native to southwest Kansas. The newest exhibit is Wild Asia and includes Red Pandas, Bactrian Camels, Snow Leopards, Snow Monkeys and a Sun Bear. Hours at the zoo are April-October 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., November-March 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Garden City Vacation Rentals

Garden City Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Value Inn1818 Commanche DrGarden City, KS (620) 275-5095
Comfort Inn2608 E Kansas AveGarden City, KS (620) 275-5800
Garden City Community College801 Campus DrGarden City, KS (620) 276-7611
Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites2502 East KansasGarden City, KS (620) 275-5900
National 9 Inn123 Honeybee CTGarden City, KS (620) 275-0677
Super 8 Motel2808 North TaylorGarden City, KS (620) 275-9625

Garden City Weather & Climate

Southwest Kansas has a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Temperatures range from an average of of about 20 degrees in January to an average high of 93 degrees in July. The first fall freeze typically occurs between the second week of October and mid-November, and the last spring freeze occurs between the end of March and the final week of April. The area receives over 30 inches of precipitation in an average year, with the most occurring in May and June. Winter snowfall averages almost 17 inches. The area is vulnerable to severe weather, with frequent thunderstorms in spring and summer. These thunderstorms may produce large hail and tornadoes.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 42°F 14°F 0.43 in. -
February 48°F 19°F 0.48 in. -
March 57°F 27°F 1.36 in. -
April 66°F 37°F 1.65 in. -
May 75°F 48°F 3.40 in. -
June 86°F 58°F 2.87 in. -
July 92°F 63°F 2.59 in. -
August 89°F 61°F 2.56 in. -
September 82°F 52°F 1.25 in. -
October 71°F 39°F 0.92 in. -
November 54°F 26°F 0.85 in. -
December 45°F 17°F 0.41 in. -

Garden City Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Garden City Regional airport (GCK) located about 8 miles southeast of Garden City, the Ulysses airport (ULS) located approximately 37 miles southwest of Garden City in Ulysses, Kansas, the Dodge City Regional airport (DDC) located roughly 51 miles southeast of Garden City in Dodge City, Kansas, and finally the Liberal Municipal airport (LBL) located around 64 miles south of Garden City in Liberal, Kansas.

Garden City Attractions

Golf Courses
Buffalo Dunes Golf CourseGarden CityKS 
Golden Locket Golf CourseGarden CityKS 
Lakin Country ClubLakinKS21.3 mi.
Mueller-Schmidt House (1881) MuseumDodge CityKS48.7 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Lee Richardson ZooGarden CityKS 

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