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Wichita, KS
Travel Guide

Wichita showing a lake or waterhole, a city and night scenes

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

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 $70 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Towne West Square and Newman University. Friends University and Old Cowtown Museum are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (960 reviews)
"Everything was great. We were able to get Justin to take us on a tour with the company shuttle to have our group together. Something they did not offer but accommodated us!"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Best Western Plus Wichita West Airport Inn
Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview - Wichita
Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview - Wichita
3 out of 5
400 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS
The price is $108 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in Downtown Wichita, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Century II Convention Center and INTRUST Bank Arena. Wichita Public Library and Lawrence-Dumont ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (956 reviews)
"I loved the appetizer buffet and free drink cards that were offered. Everyone was so helpful. It's a beautiful hotel and the river in back is so pretty."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview - Wichita
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Wichita Northeast
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Wichita Northeast
2.5 out of 5
2660 N. Greenwich Ct, Wichita, KS
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $71 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
Situated in Wichita, this hotel is 6.1 mi (9.9 km) from Wichita State University and within 12 mi (20 km) of McConnell Air Force Base and Museum of World Treasures. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (856 reviews)
"Friendly. Clean and comfortable room"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Wichita Northeast
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The Old Town Luxury Lofts
The Old Town Luxury Lofts
5 out of 5
200 East Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS
The price is $83 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Located in Downtown Wichita, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Orpheum Theater and INTRUST Bank Arena. Wichita Public Library and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (23 reviews)
I liked it!
"Very little to complain about. The unit was very cute and clean. The bed was wicked comfortable and the location is basically perfect. Only downsides... parking can be a bit of an issue as the there are limited numbers of allowable spaces. Also, the walls are not well insulated for sound. The neighbors ..."

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

The Old Town Luxury Lofts
Relaxing Flat in Heart of Wichita!
Relaxing Flat in Heart of Wichita!
Wichita, KS
Located in Downtown Wichita, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Orpheum Theater and INTRUST Bank Arena. Wichita Public Library and Century ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Downtown Wichita
"A very clean and specious one bed apartment that could have benefited from a furniture upgrade and local TV. The kitchen, bath, and bedroom worked well but could have used a bedroom door. The location was superb, close to our family in college hill and the parking garage was a nice touch especially ..."

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Relaxing Flat in Heart of Wichita!
WaterWalk Wichita
WaterWalk Wichita
3 out of 5
411 W Maple, Wichita, KS
The price is $119 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Situated in Wichita, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and INTRUST Bank Arena. Wichita Public Library and Century II Convention ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (48 reviews)
"Great customer service and I loved the coffee machine in the lobby!"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

WaterWalk Wichita
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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