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“FUN!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Strataca

Strataca
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Hutchinson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Travel 650 feet underground into an active salt mine! Experience a cool and soothing subterranean world formed by salt deposits in the Permian Sea long ago. See the raw mine as it was left more than 50 years ago on the Salt Mine Express train ride and catch a guided tour on a tram to the Dark Ride. You won't want to miss a special gallery filled with authentic movie costumes and memorabilia. NEW in June is the SAFARI SHUTTLE! Add a one hour guided tour to your underground adventure and go BEYOND STRATACA. See salt formations not available to the general public until now! Limited capacity -- only 12 visitors at a time depart 3-4 times a day.
Wichita, KS
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144 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“FUN!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

If you are clautrophobic, don't bother. However this is an awesome place to go and see how they mine salt and see how they keep important items safe underground. I recommend it!

Visited July 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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185 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“History and Science all in one!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is a very nice way to spend an hour and a half. Going down the distance of a 65 story building to a large cavernous area. You go through safety orientation of a few minutes, don a hard hat, and an emergency breathing apparatus on your shoulder, you then go down 650'. A mixture of geology and engineering displays leads you to the area where some film is stored as well as some Hollywood costumes, Personally I would bypass the train ride but do add the Dark Tour. There are rascal scooters and wheelchairs available as well.

Visited October 2012
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Kansas
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55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Very Interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

Despite having grown up in Kansas, I did not know that the salt mines existed in Kansas. The Kansas Underground Salt Museum was extremely interesting and very educational. You get to learn about the salt mining process (mine is still an active mine), but you also get to see the history of the mine including equipment used. It is also shared with the Underground Vaults & Storage company; so, you even get to see historic artifacts and Hollywood memorabilia.

I went by myself on this trip; however, I will be returning with grandkids. I think it is something that they, and others as well, need to see.

Visited September 2012
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Wichita, Kansas, United States
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33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Cool undergound”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

be sure to take a jacket if you go. Take the train ride and explore the storage vaults. Lots of old stuff left in the mine over the years.

Visited August 2012
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Sterling, KS
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

Did not know there was so much Hollywood history stored in Kansas. The caverns are big and it was educational. You get to pick out your own hunk of salt! If you have claustrophobia this is probably not for you.

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