After several hours on the trail we needed a break. Great Bend boasted a small zoo and appealing park so we pulled off the highway to take a look at what there was to see. Unfortunately, Brit Spaugh Zoo was closed for the day, having closed its gates at 4:00 p.m. Brit Spaugh Park did offer us a bit of respite though. Some of the zoo exhibits were outside the zoo proper, so we strolled through the park, stretching our legs and viewing the animals. The park also has a nice swimming pool, not opened yet when we visited as it was a few days before Memorial Day.
One rather cute feature of the park were carvings of Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. The tree stumps that they were carved from were still in the ground.
After about 1/2 hour rest time we got back on the highway, but found we couldn't leave town without taking a good look at the numerous wall murals we found painted on the buildings.
If you're going to stop in Great Bend, make it early enough in the day to take in their zoo. Reportedly it is quite nice for a small town. Also, take the time to drive around scoping out the beautiful wall murals.