Wichita, KS

Travel Guide
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Visit the largest city in Kansas to explore its many museums and walk or cycle along riverside trails.

Learn about life in the plains of MIdwestern America by exploring Wichita’s museums, or enjoy a day shopping and dining in the city’s stylish Old Town area. Those who love the outdoors can spend their time in the many parks and on the walking or cycling paths that run along the Arkansas River.

Wichita was founded in 1863 and is most famous for the role it has played in the development of the aviation industry. At one stage it was known as the “Air Capital of the World” and many aviation companies, such as Boeing, still have headquarters here today.

Find out more about Wichita’s place in the aeronautical world at the Kansas Aviation Museum. This is one of the city’s many fine museums and galleries, which can mostly be found along the waterfront or in the Old Town district. Visit the Wichita Art Museum, which holds nearly 7,000 works of art including paintings, pottery and sculptures by mainly American artists. The Mid-America All Indian Center gives you a taste of pre-European life in the area while the Sedgwick County Historical Museum and the Great Plains Transportation Museum cover the city’s history in detail.

Take a boat ride along the Arkansas River in the summer and enjoy some relief from the heat. Winters, which are usually cold but dry, are a great time to take a stroll or cycle along the paths that run adjacent to the river.

Explore over 4,400 acres (1,620 hectares) of Wichita’s parkland. One of the most popular spots is Botanica, which features 25 themed gardens including a butterfly garden and a sensory garden.

If you’re looking for ways to keep the children happy, go to the Sedgwick County Zoo to see more than 3,000 animals or head to the Exploration Place science center.

Driving is the best way to get around in Wichita, although there is a public bus service with stops near most of the major sights.Hit the highway and follow the Arkansas River out of town to explore the beautiful prairies and woodlands surrounding Wichita.

Where to stay in Wichita

Wichita featuring a sunset and a bridge

Downtown Wichita

4.5/5(275 area reviews)

Explore the vibrant Old Town entertainment district, boasting numerous restaurants and nightclubs, or visit iconic landmarks like the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center and Intrust Bank Arena. Enjoy convenient access to various hotels and transportation options, including the free Q-Line trolley.

Downtown Wichita
Exploration Place, Wichita, Kansas.

Old Town Wichita

4.5/5(51 area reviews)

Bars, historic sites, and live music are just a few things travelers enjoy about Old Town Wichita. Check out Museum of World Treasures or Mosley Street Melodrama while you're exploring the area.

Old Town Wichita
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College Hill

4/5(25 area reviews)

Historical and predominantly residential, College Hill boasts attractions like Allen-Lambe House, Clifton Square, and Crown Uptown Theatre. Enjoy amenities at College Hill Park and easily access Wichita Transit's bus service.

College Hill
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Stanley - Aley

When in Stanley - Aley, you can plan a visit to Exploration Place and Century II Convention Center, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Stanley - Aley
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Sunnyside

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Sunnyside and surrounding area, you can visit INTRUST Bank Arena and Museum of World Treasures.

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Sleepy Hollow

Though Sleepy Hollow might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Cessna Stadium and Museum of World Treasures.

Sleepy Hollow
Wyndham Garden Wichita Downtown
Wyndham Garden Wichita Downtown
3 out of 5
221 E Kellogg St, Wichita, KS
The price is $69 per night from May 22 to May 23
$69
$80 total
includes taxes & fees
May 22 - May 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Wichita. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
6/10 (1,005 reviews)
"Ok"

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Wyndham Garden Wichita Downtown
Best Western Plus Wichita West Airport Inn
Best Western Plus Wichita West Airport Inn
2.5 out of 5
3800 W Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS
The price is $84 per night from May 19 to May 20
$84
$97 total
includes taxes & fees
May 19 - May 20
Book a stay at this business-friendly hotel in Wichita. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (1,007 reviews)
"Nice place would definitely stay again next visit to town."

Reviewed on May 17, 2024

Best Western Plus Wichita West Airport Inn
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wichita Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wichita Airport
4 out of 5
2098 Airport Rd, Wichita, KS
The price is $105 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
$105
$122 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 16 - Jun 17
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Wichita. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast (surcharge). Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"Nice"

Reviewed on May 11, 2024

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wichita Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
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Wichita
Stay at this vacation home in Wichita. Enjoy air conditioning. Popular attractions INTRUST Bank Arena and Sedgwick County Zoo are located nearby.