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WichitaUnited States of America

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

4.5/5Wonderful!(275 area reviews)

Downtown Wichita is known for its lively bars, and you can plan a trip to INTRUST Bank Arena and Orpheum Theater while you're in town.

Downtown Wichita
Of course no museum in the great state of Kansas would be complete without the actual pitchfork prop used by the Scarecrow in the movie The Wizard of Oz.

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(51 area reviews)

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

Old Town

Top Hotels in Wichita

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 $65 per night

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (940 reviews)

"Very clean facility, good location. Acess to hotel little tricky"…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Best Western Plus Wichita West Airport Inn
Wyndham Garden Wichita Downtown
Wyndham Garden Wichita Downtown
3 out of 5
221 E Kellogg St, Wichita, KS
The price is $61 per night

Located in the heart of Wichita, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wichita Public Library and INTRUST Bank Arena. Century II Convention Center and Kansas ...

3.8/5Good! (972 reviews)

"A nice place to stay staff was on top of it all would stay here again"…"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

Wyndham Garden Wichita Downtown
Aloft Wichita
Aloft Wichita
3 out of 5
3642 N Oliver St, Wichita, KS
The price is $98 per night

Situated in Wichita, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Great Plains Nature Center and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Wichita State University. Koch Aquatic Center and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (476 reviews)

"Super cute place. Beds were pretty comfy. Room was clean. Staff was nice. Pool is TINY but great for laying out by."…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Aloft Wichita

Popular places to visit in Wichita

Exploration Place
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Exploration Place

4/5(142 reviews)

You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at Exploration Place in Wichita. Take in the entertainment choices while you're in the area.

Sedgwick County Zoo
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Sedgwick County Zoo

4.5/5(124 reviews)

Why not meet the animals who live at Sedgwick County Zoo during your trip to Wichita? Discover the top-notch restaurants and great live music in this family-friendly area.

Keeper of the Plains
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Keeper of the Plains

4.5/5(271 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Wichita with a stop at Keeper of the Plains. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Top things to do in Wichita

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Kansas
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Kansas

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Kansas
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Kansas

$20
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Kansas
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Kansas

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Kansas
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Kansas

$10
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Kansas
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Kansas

$10
Per adult
Parasailing Snorkeling and Glass Boat Adventure in Negril
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Parasailing Snorkeling and Glass Boat Adventure in Negril

$158
Per adult

Reviews of Wichita

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 29.36821322803554%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 52.86278381046397%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 15.597235932872655%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.2339585389930898%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.9378084896347483%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Just passing through

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Sports centers were great. People are rude!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

Always has good places too eat and entertainment options.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

There is a lot to do in Wichita generally. However, this visit was just at the beginning of things opening up after the quarantine. We knew that would be the case. Not much to do, but we enjoyed getting away overnight.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

Very pretty and green

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 17, 2020

Overall Wichita isn’t that bad.

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