Wichita is always growing, changing and finding unique ways to revitalize places around the city, and the summer of 2018 is bringing some exciting developments. 

From a new shipping container mall concept to the largest dinosaur theme park in the United States, the area is expanding and adding features unlike ever before. Here’s what you can expect as you make your way to Wichita this summer: 

Field Station: Dinosaurs

  • Family-friendly theme park focused on the science behind dinosaurs from the Cretaceous and Jurassic eras
  • Largest dinosaur park in the United Stateswith more than 40 animatronic, life-sized creatures
  • Performances and shows, mini-golf course and North America’s first challenge dome available for ages 2+
  • Unique dinosaur species found in Kansas, along with popular favorites

Pizza Hut Museum

  • Located on the Wichita State campus
  • The project moved the original building from its location on one side of campus to the other, renovating the building and adding a roof that looks just like it used to
  • The museum is filled with artifacts donated by the Carney family (founders of Pizza Hut)

Boats & Bikes/Floatin’ Down the River

  • The Arkansas River will be active with public boat, kayak and bicycle rentals at a boathouse built by the new RiverVista Apartments
  • Ride the trails around this gorgeous part of downtown Wichita or get out on the river
  • People can also sign up for a “Floatin’ Down the River”trip for $30 to rent kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for either a sunrise or sunset tour on the Arkansas


  • A destination shipping container strip mall concept bringing restaurants and businesses near the College Hill neighborhood
  • Made up of 16 storage containers that will eventually house 12 to 15 businesses including local favorites Little Lion Ice Cream, Let ‘Em Eat Brats and Molino’s Mexican Cuisine
  • Outdoor patio/open food court area will allow for year-round dining experiences inside and outside
  • New German restaurant and beer garden called Prost expected to open within building as well


  • New indoor/outdoor event venue in the works near St. Francis & Second Streets in downtown Wichita
  • Outdoor shows can accommodate up to 3,300 people while 500 can fit inside
  • It will be built with a variety of supplies including shipping containers, wood, concrete and metal
  • There will be room for at least four food trucks outside and have a beer garden that serves mostly-local craft beer

Blade & Timber

  • Ax-throwing bar set to open in the Delano District on West Douglas Avenue
  • Bar will allow patrons to drink alcohol, other beverages, eat snacks and throw axes at targets on the wall
  • There will be 10 lanes available to rent, similar to a bowling alley

Leagues and regular tournaments will be available