Recreation & Leisure

Recreation & Leisure

Beloit and the surrounding communities of Mitchell County are full of historical, recreational and outdoor activities. Whether visiting the Glen Elder State Park, wrapping twine or sightseeing we are confident you will find an array of options to keep your schedule full! Call ahead for details on hours and special activities or visit Mitchell County Convention & Tourism for more information. 

Beloit Area Chamber Office

Located in the Porterhouse Hotel

209 E Main St. #104


Beloit Area Concert Series

Municipal Building



Four professional concerts hosted a year, with a variety of instrumental and vocal talents.

Offering education, private lessons, youth arts and activities, local artists and community engagement. 

Brown Homestead Marker

About four miles East of Beloit on Asherville Rd. One of the first homesteads in Mitchell County. Large Historical marker describes the farm.

Chautauqua Water Park

301 Chautauqua Dr. 



Located in Chautauqua Park. Features a leisure pool, diving area, lap swimming, lazy river, drop slide, family slide and deck sprays. 

Gray Drug and Fountain

100 S. Mill St.


Historic, authentic ice-cream parlor and coffee bar. Open daily Monday thru Friday. 

Little Red Schoolhouse- "Lil' Red"

Roadside Park Hwy 24 & 9


Historical 1940’s one-room school house. Call for tours.

Mitchell County Courthouse

111 S. Hersey


Listed on National Register of Historic places. Built of native limestone in 1901. Houses county offices.

Mitchell County Historical Society Annex
& Farmer's Museum

1915 N. Independence


Mitchell County Historical Society & Museum

402 W. 8th St


Historical Society incorporated in 1971. Museum in existence since 1880. Located in “old Nurse’s home” and houses a variety of exhibits. Open Monday, Tuesday & Thursday. 

Perdue House- Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation

422 W. 8th St. 


National Registry of Historic Sites. Jane Perdue supported herself in the 1920’s and 30’s with a tea room hosted in the Perdue House. 

Porter House Apartments- Historic Porter Hotel

209 E. Main St. #105


Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, built in 1939. Lobby open to the public.

Presbyterian Church & Liberty Bell

321 E. Main St.


Historical 1878, native limestone church. In 1951 one of only six replica “Liberty Bell” bells cast for the 1876 U.S. Centennial was placed in the bell tower. 

1234 N. Independence


Community theatre owned by the Mitchell County Foundation. Open seven days a week.

St. John's Catholic Church

701 E. Court


Historic “Old World” architecture, built from 1901-1904 of native limestone. Two massive towers visible on the skyline.

Hesperian Library & Museum

721 Lake Drive

National Register of Historic Places. First building built by a Women’s Club in Kansas. Special items are geological specimens & books signed by Susan B. Anthony.

Largest Ball of Sisal Twine

Hwy 24, middle of Cawker City


Outdoor venue, started in 1953 by farmer, Frank Stoeber. Call ahead to add twine to the bal. As of August, 2019, the ball weighs 20,622 lbs and is 8,326,881 ft. of sisal twine.

Oldest Pipe Organ in Kansas

Located within the Methodist Church, 608 Lake Dr. 

Built in 1886 by Pilcher’s Sons of Louisville, Kentucky. Built for the congregational church in Kinsley, Kansas, and the only organ in Kansas west of Emporia at that time.  

Ernie Norris Castle Service Station

100 S. Market St. (now private property)

Acting on a dream from serving in the military during WWI, in 1926, Ernie Norris built a service station that resembled a castle he’d seen in Luxemburg.

Located just west of the city of Glen Elder, south of US-24/K-9 &KS 128 intersection. Glen Elder Reservoir is one of KS largest lakes at 12,500 acres and unlimited recreational opportunities.

Glen Elder State Park Hopewell Church

Located a half-mile north of the shores of Waconda Lake, just south of the Glen Elder State Park Ranger Station. Church was moved from SW of Beloit in 1994. May be rented for weddings and meetings with a view of the lake. 

Glen Elder State Park Waconda Springs Replica & Waconda Springs Visitor & Education Center

Commemorating the history of the Waconda Mineral Springs as a holy site for Native Americans and the later use of the Springs for a Hotel and Health Spa, visitors can walk to the Waconda Springs Replica and view history at the museum/visitor center. 

Glen Elder Swimming Pool

100 N. Market St


Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting. Diving board and kids slide.

National Peace Pole in City Park

Wilson Neff Park, City Square

785-545-3322 (City Hall)

North side of park. Peace Pole marks Kansas’ 150-year observance in honor of Post Civil War settlement and search for peace. 

Statue of Liberty in City Park

Wilson Neff Park, City Square

785-545-3322 (City Hall)

Symbolic statue in center of park, donated in 1950 by Emily Slaven. 


St. Boniface Church Grotto

308 Gambrinus


Grotto built in 1934 from rocks in the surrounding Blue Hills and those brought by Father Charles Menig from the Lourdes, France area. 

Tipton Grocery & Deli

601 Main St.


Old Fashioned Grocery Store with Deli counter and multiple items. 

Tipton Heritage Museum

Built in 1877 and is one of the original commercial buildings in town. Houses artifacts of the community and region. 

One hundred year old Catholic high school, still in operation. 


The Bank

First Street in Hunter


Historical building from 1917, now used as a Lodge.


Historic Steam Engine

Commercial Ave., alley by Scottsville Church, Outdoor display item

The Bank Building

2323 Commercial Ave.

Historical, built in 1916; now a private business 


Asherville Cemetery

1 mile North & 1 mile East of Asherville. First Mitchell County African American settler buried here. 


Trapper Joe's BBQ

304 S. Elkhorn


Restaurant in rustic design setting.

While You're At It