If you’re planning to attend the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship coming in March 2018, you’ll have some time downtown before, between and after games.
We’ve put together a list of six indoor options to help fill that time, all within walking distance (or a short ride on the free Q-Line trolley or on two wheels using Bike Share ICT) of INTRUST Bank Arena.
Eat, drink and be merry
If you’re really into college basketball, you’ll want to keep up with tourney games from around the country. We’ve put together this handy guide to the closest spots to the arena to watch games. Our sports bars serve tasty food but if you’re looking for a different type of cuisine, you’ll find everything from food trucks to fine dining among the hundreds of restaurants in the downtown Wichita area.
If you’re spending a lot of time sitting or standing at the arena, you might want to schedule a massage or body treatment at one of Wichita’s spas. Just down the street from the arena, Bohemia Healing Spa uses natural and holistic methods of treatment, specializing in therapeutic massage, facials, waxing, indulgent and health wraps and men’s services.
Hop on the historic Q-Line Trolley and discover works of art, bath and body products, clothing, jewelry, home décor, antiques, snacks and Wichita souvenirs, among many other items within close proximity to the arena. You’ll find fun shops within a block of the arena, plus many more in nearby Old Town Wichita, Historic Delano and Douglas Design District. Click here to read a blog post highlighting some of the unique shops Wichita offers.
Challenge your brain by solving puzzles, cracking codes and finding clues at Entrap Wichita Escape Room in Old Town. Entrap Games is a real-life escape experience where the concept is simple: you are locked in a room with a group of friends or strangers with only 60 minutes to make it out before being caught. Players use their wits, teamwork, deductive reasoning and problem-solving skills to escape the room. If it’s physical play you’re looking for, get a day pass at the Greater Wichita YMCA’s downtown branch.
Look at art
Many of Wichita’s art galleries, art museums and art organizations are downtown.
Just a couple blocks north of the arena you’ll find Tessera Fine Art Gallery, home to one of Wichita’s largest original art collections, and Gallery XII, Wichita's longest running artists’ cooperative art gallery.
Immediately south of the arena, you’ll enjoy touring Commerce Street, a revitalized warehouse district that is home to art and design galleries, companies and organizations.
In Old Town, you’ll find CityArts, our community arts center offering classes as well as an exhibition gallery and gift boutique featuring works by local and regional artists.
Along the Arkansas River, you’ll want to explore the Wichita Art Museum—the state’s largest art museum—and the native art at the Mid-America All-Indian Center, including the largest collection of Blackbear Bosin paintings.
Wichita has more than 30 museums and many are close to the arena. Depending on your interests, you might be interested in: Coleman Factory Outlet and Museum, Great Plains Transportation Museum, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, The Kansas African American Museum, Wichita Toy Train Club & Museum, Museum of World Treasures or any of the six Museums on the River, which cover art, culture, gardens, history and science.
For more blogs about things to down while in downtown Wichita, see below:
Six spots to watch sports near Wichita's INTRUST Bank Arena
Where to shop when downtown at an INTRUST Bank Arena event
Five outdoor activities near INTRUST Bank Arena
History of NCAA and Wichita's connection
Where to eat when downtown at an INTRUST Bank Arena event
Free and nearly free activities within 10 minutes of INTRUST Bank Arena
What to do inside INTRUST Bank Arena
Mark your calendar now for free Open Practice Day at INTRUST Bank Arena
Don't miss Fan Fest in downtown Wichita
For the answers to all your NCAA Tournament questions, click here.