The start of the school year is just around the corner but there’s still time to sneak in a few days of summer vacation in Wichita. We could give you an entire A-to-Z- list or full itineraries for Wichita vacations, but in this post we’ll focus on a handful of last-minute summer vacation ideas.

  • Be among the first visitors to explore the new Field Station: Dinosaurs attraction, which opened earlier this summer and is just the second of its kind in the U.S. The dinosaur-themed park features more than 40 hand-carved and painted animatronic dinosaurs built to scale, informative and interactive live shows, workshops, games, a challenge course and a miniature golf course.
  • Meet the newest elephant at the Sedgwick County Zoo, the seventh-largest zoo in the U.S. and home to the third-largest elephant exhibit in the country. Ajani arrived in May as the first adult male in the zoo's herd, which includes six females and one juvenile male in the Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley exhibit. His arrival is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Elephant Species Survival Plan and zoo officials hope he’ll breed with the herd’s females.
  • Catch the national traveling exhibit Planet Shark: Predator or Prey before it ends Sept. 3. It’s at Exploration Place, our science and discovery center in downtown Wichita. If you’re looking for more museum options, Wichita has more than 30 museums!
  • There’s still time to get tickets for the final show of the47th season of Broadway-scale musicals produced by Music Theatre Wichita. “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” runs Aug. 8-18, including a special 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Aug. 18 that may be attended by children as young as 3 years old. Wichita has 22 live theaters.
  • Get wet and wild at Rock River Rapids, the water park in Derby with regular hours until Aug. 12, or one of the four Greater Wichita YMCA that have outdoor waterparks, which are open through Sept. 3.
  • Go see the newest baby animals at Tanganyika Animal Park– whether it’s a baby sloth, a tiny otter or newborn clouded leopard cubs. While the schedule for the babies can be unpredictable, you can always call in the morning to find out the day’s schedule. And don’t forget the interactive experiences available; the newest is a behind the scenes experience with Chewbacca the two-toed sloth.
  • Head to the ballpark and catch some baseball! The Wichita Wingnuts play through Sept. 3 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The independent professional baseball team takes an extended road trip in early August to make room for the annual National Baseball Congress World Series, which features some of the top college and amateur players July 27-Aug. 11 this year. Click here to learn more about baseball in Wichita this summer.
  • Take a look at our packed Calendar of Events and find just the right August event for you and your family, whether it’s a festival like ICT Pizza Fest or Grub & Groove Festival, a Final Friday art crawl or one of the many concerts scheduled.

Go to VisitWichita.com to plan your trip to Wichita and look forlast-minute hotel deals.