As a way to celebrate a rebounding travel and tourism industry and usher in summer travel, Visit Wichita has announced it is bringing back its annual summertime tours: the Wicked Brew Tour and the Wichita Attractions Tour. Both tours will begin on Friday, June 3.
“We are thrilled to bring back our Wichita Attractions Tour this summer, and to offer once again our wildly popular Wicked Brew Tour,” said Susie Santo, president & CEO of Visit Wichita. “After a trying couple of years for the travel and tourism industry, we’re excited to once again provide even more fun ways for visitors and locals to explore the many amazing museums, attractions, eateries, breweries and coffee shops in our city.”
Wichita Attractions Tour
This tour, created by Visit Wichita in 2021, is an opportunity for locals and visitors to discover the many world-class attractions and museums in Wichita – and get entered into a drawing to win a 2023 family season pass or membership to all 13 participating attractions and one Wichita Wind Surge home game of their choosing. The tour drove more than 900 visits to 13 participating attractions last year.
Area attractions and museums are looking forward to the new tour and the potential for more people to experience their unique offerings this summer. “People are eager to get out and explore, which makes participating again in the Wichita Attractions Tour very exciting,” said Mike Noller, president and CEO of the Museum of World Treasures. “Wichita is home to so many amazing attractions and has so much to offer, and this will encourage people to experience it all. The Museum of World Treasures is participating in the hopes that we can help people discover, experience and appreciate history and cultures of all kinds.”
Participating Attractions & Museums: B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center, Botanica Wichita, Exploration Place, Field Station: Dinosaurs, Kansas Aviation Museum, Mid-America All-Indian Museum, Museum of World Treasures, Old Cowtown Museum, Sedgwick County Zoo, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, The Kansas African American Museum, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita-Sedgwick Co. Historical Museum and the Wichita Wind Surge
It begins June 3 and wraps up on Labor Day, Sept. 5. To participate, people can pick up a passport at Visit Wichita’s visitor’s center or by asking a staff member at any of the participating attractions and museums and begin exploring. Once a guest has visited at least six participating locations, they will turn in their passport to Visit Wichita to be entered into the drawing. A winner will be drawn on Sept. 16, 2022.
Completed passports must be turned in to Visit Wichita by Sept. 12, 2022. Wichita-area residents can drop their passports off at the Visit Wichita offices, 515 S. Main St., Ste. 115, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Out-of-town participants can mail their completed passports and contact information to the visitor’s center. Complete details and contest rules can be found at www.visitwichita.com/attractions-tour.
Wicked Brew Tour
The first Wicked Brew Tour kicked off in 2016 and has been wildly popular among locals and visitors. The tour has attracted visitors from more than 21 states and as far away as Germany. This will be the sixth year of this event, as it was not held in 2020.
“We are thrilled to once again be a part of such a fun event with Visit Wichita,” said Daniel Mariotti, owner of Il Primo Espresso Caffe. “Showing off all the unique brews and specialty drinks is a highlight for our staff. Il Primo, Wichita’s oldest coffee shop, has many new and unique flavors to share with those who visit us as a part of this year’s tour.”
The Wicked Brew Tour has seen success in not only getting Wichitans out to drink local, but also has been a great way to showcase the best craft beers and specialty coffee drinks in Wichita to visitors. Last year, the tour generated more than 15,000 visits to local breweries and coffee shops.
Participating beer, cider and kombucha makers: Apollo Fermentations, Central Standard Brewing, Hopping Gnome Brewing Company, Nortons Brewing Co., PourHouse by Walnut River Brewing, River City Brewing Co., Sweet Allie B's Limestone Beer Co., Third Place Brewing and Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria (West & East)
Participating coffee shops: Churn & Burn, Cocoa Dolce Chocolates (East, West & Downtown), Espresso To Go Go, Fairmount Coffee Co., Il Primo Espresso – (East & Downtown), Inspirit Kombucha Brewing Co., Kookaburra Coffee, Leslie Coffee Co., Reverie Coffee Roasters, Sunflower Espresso & Food Truck, The Donut Whole and White Crow Cider Company.
Participants can pick up a passport at any participating location and then collect at least 10 stamps (of their choice) to complete the challenge and win a t-shirt (available on a first-come, first-served basis). Locals can turn in their completed passports and pick up their t-shirt at the Visit Wichita visitor’s center at 515 S. Main St., Ste. 115, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Out-of-town participants can mail their completed passports and contact information to the visitor’s center to have their shirt mailed to them.
Complete details and contest rules can be found at www.visitwichita.com/restaurants/local-flavor/wicked-brew-tour.
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About Visit Wichita
Visit Wichita markets the greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination, thereby enhancing the economic development of the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by president and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2019 travel and tourism contributed nearly $1.1 billion in economic impact to the greater Wichita area.