WichitaUnited States of America

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Visit Wichita

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 which includes landscape views, a festival and night scenes

Downtown Wichita

4.5/5Wonderful!(243 area reviews)

Downtown Wichita is popular for its lively bars, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to INTRUST Bank Arena or Orpheum Theater.

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!(45 area reviews)

Historic sites, restaurants, and live music highlight some of the noteworthy features of Old Town. Make a stop by Museum of World Treasures or Mosley Street Melodrama while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Old Town

Top Hotels in Wichita

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Super 8 by Wyndham Wichita North
Super 8 by Wyndham Wichita North
2 out of 5
3741 N Rock Rd, Wichita, KS
¥3,902
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated in Wichita, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Willowbend Golf Club, Koch Aquatic Center, and Belaire Park. Great Plains Nature Center is 2 mi (3.3 ...

3.9/5Good! (1,536 reviews)

"just fine not unique. didnt help that i was by the back door with all the traffic"…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Super 8 by Wyndham Wichita North
Hyatt Regency Wichita
Hyatt Regency Wichita
3.5 out of 5
400 W Waterman St, Wichita, KS
¥12,021
per night
Feb 8 - Feb 9

Located in Downtown Wichita, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of INTRUST Bank Arena, Exploration Place, and Museum of World Treasures. Wichita Art Museum and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,163 reviews)

"staff was friendly and accommodating, we love the coffee shop women and the front desk is always friendly, bartenders were nice also"…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

Hyatt Regency Wichita
Wyndham Garden Wichita Downtown
Wyndham Garden Wichita Downtown
3 out of 5
221 E Kellogg St, Wichita, KS
¥8,196
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in the heart of Wichita, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wichita Public Library and INTRUST Bank Arena. Exploration Place is 1.3 mi (2 km) ...

3.8/5Good! (924 reviews)

"Good location. Good parking. There was an omelette chef."…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Wyndham Garden Wichita Downtown

Popular things to do in Wichita

Exploration Place
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Exploration Place

4/5(137 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at Exploration Place, a popular museum 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(115 reviews)

Why not see the exotic and native animals who call Sedgwick County Zoo home during your trip to Wichita? Discover the entertainment choices and shops in this family-friendly area.

Keeper of the Plains
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Keeper of the Plains

4.5/5(235 reviews)

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

Top activities in Wichita

Wichita Puzzling Adventure
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Wichita Puzzling Adventure

¥413

• Choose your own start time and embark on your adventure. With your smartphone as your guide, go on a brain-teasing and educational walking tour of your chosen neighborhood. Visit a series of locations and answer the questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction.

Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Wichita, KS
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Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Wichita, KS

¥1,101

Itinerary During Operation City Quest, participants will solve riddles in order to find items throughout the city and complete challenges. For each correct task completed, the players will get points for their team.

Zombie Scavengers Game - Wichita, KS
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Zombie Scavengers Game - Wichita, KS

¥275

Itinerary Recommended starting location to start Zombie Scavengers. This is where you will begin your hunt to survive the zombie apocalypse. (Please start outside)

Reviews of Wichita

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
531
5 - Excellent 29.22399559713814%
4 - Good
966
4 - Good 53.164556962025316%
3 - Okay
281
3 - Okay 15.46505228398459%
2 - Disappointing
23
2 - Disappointing 1.2658227848101267%
1 - Terrible
16
1 - Terrible 0.8805723720418271%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

Seemed like a very nice City!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 23, 2020

Love the cite hate this hotel employees

3/5 - Okay

Missouri

Jan 20, 2020

There seemed to be very little choice relating to 24 hour dining. Gas stations seemed to be Wichita's solution for this?

4/5 - Good

Jackie

Jan 9, 2020

Was only in Wichita for one night stop so didn't experience anything.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Great restaurants, coffee shops and parks.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Loved it!

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