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15+ places in Liberal to explore

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September 10, 2018

As the school year kicks back into full gear, it is important for the students who are new to Seward County Community College and the area to learn what’s around for entertainment, shopping and food. There’s everything from food trucks to sporting good stores to a club for dancing.

Check out what fellow students think are the “must dos” for those living in Liberal:


Liberal offers a variety of different food options; from food trucks to fast food, and even nice and quiet sit-down restaurants. Everyone has their own opinions about where the best place to go is.

For freshman Caitlyn McIntire, general education major, sit down restaurants make it easier to actually enjoy her meal.

“I like going to Old Chicago because it’s a really good option for a sit-down meal and it’s something besides fast food,” McIntire said.

I love Mexican food …

— Jasmine Mendoza

Other students actually enjoy the array of fast food options. These places are great to grab a quick bite before, after, in between classes or just any time you’re hungry!

“I always go to Wendy’s. I love their spicy chicken sandwich. It’s really good from there. My brother usually gets a Baconator,” Alondra Rios, sophomore art major, said.

Some students suggested food that is close to their culture. No matter what type of food you want or what culture you want it from, Liberal has an option for it.

Eh Kler Pau, sophomore nursing major, said having a meal that reminds her of where she came from is ideal.

“I love the new Asian Thai food place. It tastes just like home,” Pau said.

Sophomore nursing major, Jasmine Mendoza, also enjoys eating food that is close to her heritage.

“I really like Amigo Chavez. I love mexican food and they have great food options on their menu,” Mendoza said.

On top of the many food options Liberal also has places to shop and even places to have some fun.


Click on the map for details on some of the shopping, food and entertainment options in Liberal.



Whether you are someone who enjoys watching a movie, dancing, or even just hanging out with friends over the weekend, there is a place around for you!

The Southgate Cinema 6 Movie Theatre plays a variety of the newest movies throughout the week and weekend. Currently, they have seven movies available. You can also show your student I.D. for $1 off of any movie ticket.

Billy’s/Ayr Lanes is another good option for entertainment. Whether you want to enjoy a nice BBQ meal with your family, or eat a pizza and go bowling with your friends, Billy’s has both options available! On Monday nights, college students are able to enjoy three games of bowling for a dollar each and $1 bowling shoes with your student ID.

The most popular place for college students on the weekend is El Mezcal, also known as “the club” around town. They are open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night and have a variety of music to dance around with your friends to!

Of course, a nice outfit is needed for your night out, so check out the shopping options Liberal has to offer as well!


In Liberal there are TONS of shopping options: from clothing to shoes and especially groceries.

The Liberal Plaza is the “strip mall” that is within walking distance of the college campus. The stores here consist of: JCPenney’s, Buckle, Rue21, Maurices, Twinkle Nails, Glik’s, CATO and more! Jump across the street and you can also shop at Factory Connection.

If you are someone who loves a good pair of new shoes, check out Brown’s Shoe Fit Co, Famous Footwear or Hibbett Sports for the perfect pair!

For any other thing you might need, like groceries, laundry detergent, or personal items, Liberal has both a Dillons and two different Walmart’s.

For some students, Liberal may seem like a really small town while for others, it may seem HUGE! Either way, there are many places to enjoy your college years here.

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    Emery V. SwagertySep 12, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I’d recommend a followup article to this one that would include such cultural locations as Dorothy’s House/Land of Oz and Coronado Museum, Mid-America Air Museum, Baker Arts, the International Pancake Day Hall of Fame Museum. The Coronado Museum has free admission and rotates exhibits on a regular basis so even if you visit several times a year, it’s not always the same. The air museum just played host to a free air show, and many SCCC students were volunteers during that (just one more reason to be proud of our students). Learn more about International Pancake Day before it actually comes around again so instead of asking questions (which isn’t a bad thing), you’ll actually be able to answer them when your friends ask them. Baker Arts has events throughout the year in which you can participate. All of these entities also welcome volunteers, so when your club, your team, your friends, etc. want to do a community service project, a good way to give back to the community is to assist these entities when have events or projects. The experience will also help enrich your college experience and create memories that you will take with you and you might also leave a positive influence of your own behind. Thank you for bringing the many places and activities Liberal has to offer to the attention to students who are new to Liberal. — Emery