Toto-ally Enchanting: Must-Visit Wizard of Oz Attractions in Wamego, Kansas

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Step into the magical world of Oz in Wamego, Kansas, where ruby slippers click, yellow bricks pave the way, and you just may find out what’s over that darn rainbow. From whimsical museums to Oz-themed restaurants and wineries, the town is a must-visit destination that pays homage to the timeless tale of Dorothy and Toto and their unforgettable journey through the Land of Oz.

Are you ready to embark on a grand adventure? Don’t worry – you won’t need a twister to experience Oz this time around.

Oz Museum

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the wonderful world of Oz at the Oz Museum in Wamego, which features more than 2,000 artifacts, from original costumes to first editions of many of the L. Frank Baum books. Beyond just the 1939 movie, the museum celebrates all things Oz, with exhibits highlighting the original silent films and “The Wiz.” Experience the sparkle of the 3,500 Swarvoski crystals on Dorothy’s ruby slippers, shiver at a reproduction of the Haunted Forest sign from the MGM film and peruse a vast selection of memorabilia, from movie props to posters, autographs and historical promotional photos.

In addition to their impressive collection of Oz-related items, visitors can find even more fun located in the official Oz Museum Store, from tiny red slippers to life-size Toto plushies and Oz sculptures.  

Wamego’s Yellow Brick Road

Toto’s TacOZ in Wamego, Kansas. Photo Credit: Kansas Tourism.

Spanning several downtown blocks, Wamego’s Yellow Brick Road is a brightly painted whimsical walkway that’s perfect for a photo op. Pose in front of the six handpainted murals, each depicting different scenes from the film, such as the Emerald City and fields of crimson poppies. As you venture through town, keep an eye out for the Totos Around Town, there are 18 Toto sculptures in total. Can you find them all?

Toto’s TacOZ

The Toto’s TacOZ website boasts “the best Cal-Mex on the Yellow Brick Road,” and visitors are inclined to agree. This charming eatery in Wamego makes for a great spot to grab a bite while paying homage to one of The Wizard of Oz’s most beloved characters – furry, four-legged Toto. Chow down on magical menu items like Auntie Em’s Tacos, Tin Man’s Burrito or Dorothy’s Quesadilla.

Oz Winery

Oz Winery in Wamego, Kansas. Photo Credit: Kansas Tourism.

For guests seeking Wizard of Oz-themed gifts and beverages, Oz Winery in Wamego has it all. This colorful destination pays tribute to the movie through a wide variety of award-winning wines, many of which are made from locally grown grapes. Additionally, visitors can enjoy wine tastings and tours showcasing unique blends like Emerald City Lights, Angry Trees, or Flying Monkey. Don’t skip a trip to the gift shop, where you’ll find Oz-inspired décor, a life-sized yellow brick road replica, and a variety of merchandise such as wine glasses, clothing and creative plaques featuring munchkins and the hilarious squished witch.

OZtoberFest

Each year, this annual festival celebrates all things “Wizard of Oz,” bringing together fans from across the country (and even across the world). In early October, the town of Wamego hosts a wide variety of Oz-themed activities and attractions, including live music, costume contests, parades, an outdoor market, Toto look-a-like contests, a classic car show, and a carnival. Guests often enjoy connecting with fellow fans and meeting new Oz-obsessed friends over an Oz-inspired beverage during the festival.

Bonus Attraction: Dorothy’s House Museum

Liberal, Kansas, billboard. Photo Credit: Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.

For those wishing to meet Dorothy Gale herself, Dorothy’s House is the perfect addition to their Oz-themed itinerary. Located at the Seward County Historical Museum in Liberal, this attraction has a little bit of everything from Oz, including life-sized replicas of some of your favorite characters, such as Glinda the Good Witch. Not only can visitors enjoy a guided tour by Dorothy herself (ruby slippers included), but they’ll also walk through several exhibits – indoor and outdoor – that detail the plot of the movie, from the flying monkeys to the Wizard himself!

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