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Wichita Kansas Attractions

So you are coming to Wichita and you want to know some of the sights to visit. There is plenty to do and see in Wichita. Indeed, Wichita can stand with any city of comparable size in the number and quality of its attractions and entertainment options. A visit to Wichita offers an opportunity to view outstanding museums and galleries, to enjoy the symphony or live theater, to cheer for one of the numerous sports teams, to experience a wide range of dining possibilities, and to shop in local stores. The streets are easy to navigate, and the city is fun to visit for the entire family. Here is a partial list of Wichita's top tourist attractions to get you started.

Exploration Place

Discover extraordinary hands-on experiences for people of all ages.

Exploration Place

Discover Exploration Place as you experience your world in a whole new and fun way on this 20-acre site, located along the scenic Arkansas River, in Wichitas downtown Museums on the River district. Experience hands-on exhibit areas designed for all ages that focus on flight, Kansas, medieval life in a three-story castle, imaginative spaces for young children and a special traveling exhibit area. In the CyberDome Theater, travel to faraway destinations and embark upon unforgettable adventures in the states largest digital dome space planetarium. Take a breather in the great outdoors at Exploration Parks picnic grove and adventure play yard. And test your putting skills during the summer at the 18-hole, unconventional MiniGolf course. Other amenities include free parking, Explore Store, WaterWay Café and Terrace, The Egret Dining Room and family restrooms.
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Old Cowtown Museum

History comes to life!

Cowtown

Historic 17 acre open air living history museum with 35 exhibit areas depicting life in Wichita and Sedgwick County during the period 1865 to 1880. There are historic buildings complete with period furnishings, art objects, clothing, industrial machinery, craft tools, and farm equipment. There is also a living collection of livestock including longhorn cattle, horses, and Dominique chickens.

  • Covered Wagon Rides
  • Costumed Reenactors
  • 1870s Children's Games
  • Live Music & Dancing
  • Carpentry, Painting, Blacksmithing & Roping Demonstrations

1871 Sim Park Drive, (316) 219-1871
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Botanica, The Wichita Gardens

Formal gardens, wildflowers, waterfalls and woodland walks await you just west of downtown in Sim Park. Plants and flowers, both native and new to the area, thrive at Botanica.
Hours: April - December
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m - 5 p.m.; Sundays and Holidays, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours:
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
701 Amidon, (316) 264-9799
Visit Botanica, The Wichita Gardens Web site

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Hyatt Regency Wichita
Hyatt Regency WichitaThe 17-story Hyatt Regency underscores the company's faith in Wichita's development as a leading convention destination. Located downtown on the scenic Arkansas River, on the expanded River Walk, adjacent to the historic museum district.
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Sedgwick County Zoo

What started in 1971 with the Children's Farms area has grown to be the No. 1 outdoor family attraction in Kansas.

Navigate along a twisting path, more than a quarter-mile deep into the wilds of Australia and South America. Discover the magnificent cassowary, a giant bird weighing in at 130-pounds and standing up to 5-feet tall. Feeling adventurous? A fifty-foot suspension bridge will take you out of the village atmosphere of Nganda Island and will immerse you in The Downing Gorilla Forest reserve. Watch the gorillas as they forage on the hillside, lounge in the shade and wrestle together.
Discover 2,500 animals of nearly 500 different species all up close and personal. This nationally renowned Zoo has the 17th largest collection in the United States attracting more than 500,000 visitors annually.
Summer Hours (Mar. - Oct.) 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 pm
Winter hours (Nov. - Feb.) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
5555 Zoo Blvd., (316) 942-3781
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Mid-America All Indian Center

Native Wichita artist Blackbear Bosin's famous 44-foot sculpture "Keeper of the Plains" stands at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers on land where the Wichita tribe camped a hundred years ago.
The Mid-America All Indian Center is dedicated to the preservation of Native American heritage, culture and traditions. It is a frequent site for Indaian pow-wows.
Visit Mid-America All-Indian Center web site

Old Town District

The red-brick warehouse district of early Wichita has been transformed into one of the city's most popular concentration of shopping, entertainment and dining possibilities. Old Town Underground offers an eclectric array of shops offering delightful and unusual wares.
835 E. First, (316) 262-3555
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Museum Of World Treasures

Museum of World Treasures

Located at the corner of 1st. & Mosley in a remodeled warehouse, the Museum Of World Treasures houses a large and intriguing attraction with Egyptian mummies and sarcophagi, Roman and Greek treasures, the finest American Presidents collection in the world, a great Sports Museum, the only Royal Crown Jewels in mainland America, ten authentic dinosaur fossils, and much much more.
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Wichita Kansas Attractions: Exploration Place, Sedgwick County Zoo, Old Cowtown Museum