Are you hosting your family or friends in Wichita during the upcoming holidays? Let Visit Wichita help you make it a visit they won’t forget with some tips and tools on keeping up with what’s going on in our city!

Show your guests why named Wichita a “Top 10 Surprising Foodie City” by taking them out to a few of the 1,000 restaurants in Wichita that reflect our appetite for brunch, lip-smacking barbecueinternational cuisine, delicious steaks and more in settings ranging from fine dining to family-owned, independent fast food restaurants.

Don’t forget to show off the growing number of craft breweries Wichita has or stop for a specialty drink at one of the many local coffeehouses. And if you need snacks or desserts, your guests will love sampling at Nifty Nut House, selecting a handcrafted chocolate to savor in the chocolate lounge at Cocoa Dolce or stopping at another of our one-of-a-kind sweet spots. Here’s a recent blog post where we share 8 amazing hot chocolate experiences you can have in Wichita.

You’ll have no problem keeping your visitors busy during their stay in Wichita if you use our resources. Read our recent blog posts on holiday activities that started in November and more festivities that start in December, scroll through our sample Wichita itineraries for suggestions on where to go and search our calendar of events by date or category. The best way to access these resources is through our free Visit Wichita app, which allows you to make and save plans in advance or will guide you in the moment with interactive features. The free app is downloadable for Apple or Android smartphones and tablets. Be sure to follow Visit Wichita on social media, where we post the latest news and events on all things Wichita (find us quickly on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest).

One attraction your guests really shouldn’t miss is seeing the Keeper of the Plains. Here’s a refresher that will remind you of the logistics of a visit and it will also help you explain the importance of the 44-foot sculpture. Don’t forget that the nightly lighting ceremony is at 7 p.m. and that the plaza around the statue is being renovated. The Keeper will remain visible throughout the work, however, there will be times when sections of the site will be temporarily cordoned off and inaccessible. 

Save money at attractions and local businesses
Don’t forget the discounts available at 11 Wichita-area attractions through the Explore Card. Guests pay full admission for each ticket at the first attraction they visit, then they are eligible to receive a $2 discount for each ticket purchased at the other participating attractions through Dec. 31, 2016. The card is free and available at the attractions (except the Kansas Aviation Museum) or at Visit Wichita’s office, 515 S. Main, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Explore Card participants: Botanica, Exploration Place, The Kansas African American Museum, Kansas Aviation Museum, Mid-America All-Indian Center, Museum of World Treasures, Old Cowtown Museum, Sedgwick County Zoo, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Wichita Art Museum and Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.

Another easy way to save a few dollars is to peruse the Visit Wichita Deals 'n Discounts. Right now, for example, you can get a free chocolate, see the weekly deals at one of our favorite barbecue restaurants and receive discounted services at a spa.

Trivago rates Wichita third on its list of best value cities in the U.S. in 2016 based on the annual average price of a standard double room and the city’s average hotel rating. With more than 8,000 rooms, there are plenty of options for places to stay in Wichita. Your guests can choose from economical motels, extended stay properties, spacious family-friendly suites and luxurious, full-service hotels in part of the city. Book accommodations here.