If you’re planning to attend an event at Hartman Arena – such as the 65th Annual NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championships – and are staying in a Wichita area hotel, chances are you may be interested in finding things to do in the area. There are tons of great options!

We’ve put together some ideas to help plan your day, all within a short drive of the arena.

Couple Shopping at Bradley Fair

Discover Bradley Fair

Located in east Wichita, Bradley Fair is home to a variety of upscale shopping and dining options. From big name brands like Gap and Athleta to a plethora of local shops, you can shop for hours in Bradley Fair. The area also offers plenty of dining options like Redrock Canyon Grill, Bella Luna Café, Homegrown Wichita, Newport Grill, YaYa’s Eurobistro and more.

Shop

After you've visited the many shops at Bradley Fair, peruse goods at one of these unique local shops in the area:

Additional shopping options include Revolutsia, New Market Square and Towne East Square. Each are easily accessible by car from Hartman Arena.

Deano's Fat Kid Burger

Find Flavorful Food

While there are many dining options in Bradley Fair, northeast Wichita is also chock full of restaurants.

  • Chicken N Pickle - play pickle ball, bocce ball, shuffleboard or table tennis while enjoy delicious chicken fare
  • Dave & Buster’s - a family-friendly experience loaded with interactive play, virtual reality favorites and 200 of the biggest, newest and best arcade games
  • The menu at Chester's Chophouse and Wine Bar includes wood-fired oven pizzas, oysters flown in daily and chophouse favorites such as Maple Mustard Salmon and Creekstone Farms USDA Prime Black Angus Beef steaks
  • Cocoa Dolce Chocolates takes pride in its Sweet Lounge concept, featuring all things chocolate and a cozy atmosphere
  • Find all of your Mexican favorites like enchiladas and fajitas at Carlos O’ Kelly’s Mexican Café
  • Not only will you like the 23 big screen televisions, you’ll love the flavorful, fresh food at Deano’s Grill & Tapworks
  • Enjoy small bites and a fun atmosphere at Dōma
  • A great place to find coffees and teas, Fairmount Coffee Co. is also the perfect spot to find smoothies, sandwiches, soups, salads and more
  • Find breakfast all day long and drinks made from old-fashion soda fountains at Jimmie’s Diner
  • Enjoy food made from scratch and plenty of happy hour fun at Jax Restaurant & Bar
  • Northeast Wichita’s Lola's Bistro offers upscale New American cuisine in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Their ingredients and cooking techniques are influenced by French, Italian and Asian cuisines
  • Meddy’s Northeast specializes in fresh, made-to-order, authentic Mediterranean options
  • Georges French Bistro serves modern French cuisine in a classy, sophisticated spot in the heart of one of Wichita’s east side neighborhoods, College Hill
  • If your group is all 21+, you’ll enjoy Headshots Bar & Grill and their more than 1,000 video games and 500 board games
  • Find mouth-watering pizza, sandwiches, salads and sides at Ziggy’s Pizza
  • Looking for barbecue while you’re in the heart of the country? Find it at Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Q (eastnortheast and north) or Two Brothers BBQ
  • Saltgrass Steak House is famous for serving Certified Angus Beef steaks, fresh seafood and homemade sides
  • Order wood-fired pizzas and hand-crafted beers at Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria or delicious salads, pizzas, gourmet burgers and more at Bricktown Brewery

Relax

Helping cheer on your favorite athlete can be intense. Unwind at salons like Bohemia Healing Spa, which specializes in therapeutic massage, facials, waxing, indulgent health wraps and men’s services. 

Play

From indoor rock climbing to hundreds of video games, there are a ton of fun activities to enjoy when you’re in between competitions at the arena.

Great Plains Nature Center Trail

Explore

Outdoor recreational spaces can be found within a short drive of the arena.

  • Explore the indoor museum at Great Plains Nature Center to learn about Kansas wildlife and native habitats. Just outside the doors of the indoor museum is an easy trail to tackle at Chisholm Creek Park
  • Find trails, playgrounds and more at city parks like Lincoln, McAdams and Fairmount
  • Get in a round of golf at city courses or play disc golf at nearby Evergreen Park
  • Near the Wichita State University campus you’ll find Wichita’s black history on display along the Redbud Trail. Three rest areas tell the story of the people who live in nearby neighborhoods with art and history-filled installations at 9th & Hillside, 13th & Roosevelt and 17th & Oliver

Museums and Attractions

The Wichita area is home to 20+ museums, many of which are located downtown, but you will also find several near Hartman Arena.

Visit our webpage on indoor family fun for more ideas of things to do while you are in Wichita. You’ll also find more than 1,200 eateries and a variety of breweries, taprooms and wineries.