While visiting Clay County, guests can tour the area’s rich historical sites or view live entertainment at local venues, eat at several neighborhood dining establishments and find pleasant accommodations at one of the county’s cozy motels or inns.
A handful of museums and memorials tell the stories of early Clay County, with the Clifton Historical Museum and Wakefield Museum exhibiting displays of local history, along with the Republican Valley Farm Museum, Sunny Slope School, St. John & George Episcopal Church and St. John Episcopal Glebe. The Clay County Historical Museum in Clay Center has preserved the history of the county through displays of early art and antiques, as well as the depiction of life through a country school, old-fashioned parlor, kitchen, library, chapel and bedroom.
Situated on the grounds of the historical courthouse in Clay Center are the Civil War and the Vietnam War Memorials, both dedicated to the brave soldiers who participated in the two wars.
For a little entertainment, visit the Rex Theatre in Clay Center. Music lovers can also view the many City Band Concerts at the Clay Center Municipal Band Shell at Dexter Park every Wednesday evening in the summer.
And while in the area, do not forget to visit the admission-free Clay Center Zoo as well.
A variety of restaurants are available in the area, ranging from local establishments to national chains and fast-food fixes. Clay Center houses many eclectic restaurants, including neighborhood favorites Danny’s Grill, Dragon House, Maury’s Family Restaurant, El Puerto and the Deli Shop, while Longford boasts the well-known Coachlight Restaurant. And to satisfy that sweet tooth, make sure to check out Tasty-Pastry, located in Clay Center.
Comfortable lodging options can be found throughout Clay County. Clifton offers guests the Sunflower Inn, while Wakefield provides accommodations at Deacon’s Lodge (www.deaconslodge.com), Sportsman’s Inn and the Wakefield Suite Antique Bed and Breakfast (www.wakefieldsuiteantique.com). Clay Center houses the Sunrise Motel and the 55-room Cedar Court Motel. RV hookups are available at RV sites at Clay County Park in Wakefield and Flagstaf Resort and RV in nearby Milford.