We’ve put together a list of seven options to help fill the time before or after a game, all within walking distance of the stadium (or a short ride on the free Q-Line, Bike Share ICT or electric scooters).
Learn about Delano's colorful past
Located along Douglas Avenue on the west bank of the Arkansas River and just a block away from Riverfront Stadium sits the Historic Delano District. Delano was established during the days of the Chisholm Trail cattle drives as a place for the cowboys to blow off steam after months on the trail from Texas.
During the 1870s through 1880s, the cowboys who drove cattle from Texas to railheads in Kansas on the Chisholm Trail would often find their so-called rest and recreation in Delano. It was a time of saloons, brothels, gambling houses, gunfights and cattle rustling. Eventually incorporated into Wichita, Delano is now a thriving district with more than 250 businesses, including dining, shopping and entertainment.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat or a place to find a microbrew, specialty drink or glass of wine, try Delano favorites like Monarch, Delano Barbecue Company, Leslie Coffee Co., Alzavino Wine Tavern, Ruben’s Mexican Grill, Yokohama Ramen Joint and others. If you’re trying to satisfy a sweet tooth, be sure to try out the delicious desserts and drinks at Milkfloat.
Schedule a massage or body treatment at one of Wichita’s spas. Just down the block from the stadium and within walking distance from hotels like Home2 Suites by Hilton Wichita Downtown Delano and the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, Bohemia Healing Spa uses natural and holistic methods of treatment, specializing in therapeutic massage, facials, waxing and more.
The Delano District is also a great area to shop for bath and body products, clothing, jewelry, home décor, snacks and Wichita souvenirs, among many other items.
If you’ve always wanted a hat made just for you, a visit to Hatman Jack’s is in order. Owner Jack Kellogg has been a custom hat maker since the age of 17. He has fitted the likes of Merle Haggard and Luciano Pavarotti and treats every customer like a VIP. A couple of doors down, pop into Bungalow 26 for eclectic and handmade goods for bath, body and home. If you’re trying to satisfy a sweet tooth or entertain the kids, swing by Sweet ‘n Saucy and choose from an assortment of candies, soda pops and novelty socks.
One of the most unique features of the stadium is its location along the Arkansas River. Just north of the stadium is Boats & Bikes, which offers kayaking and other water activities such as pedal boats and stand-up paddleboards (SUP). From their dock, it’s easy to make your way to the Keeper of the Plains for a beautiful view.
Swing axes at targets in a friendly competition at Blade & Timber. Or challenge your brain by solving puzzles, cracking codes and finding clues at The Room - Wichita. Players use their wits, teamwork, deductive reasoning and problem-solving skills to escape the room.
The Wichita area is home to 20+ museums, many of which are within just a few miles of the stadium. Along the Arkansas River, you’ll find five museums, referred to as the Museums on the River, which cover art, culture, gardens, history and science. Just head north along the river and you’ll encounter these five: Exploration Place, Mid-America All-Indian Museum, Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita Art Museum and Botanica. Near the Mid-America All-Indian Museum, you’ll find Wichita’s most iconic landmark, the Keeper of the Plains, which sits at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas rivers. Visit the Keeper during Daylight Saving Time between 9 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. and you can take in the “Ring of Fire” at its feet.
Also nearby, but not along the river are several other museums: the Great Plains Transportation Museum, Museum of World Treasures, The Kansas African American Museum and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.
Take the Q-Line and see more
You can explore even more of the city by hopping aboard the city’s Q-Line. This free mode of transportation takes people from the Delano District east to Downtown, Old Town, Douglas Design District, and stops in Clifton Square. Along the route, you'll find Ziggy’s Pizza, Dempsey’s Burger Pub, Larkspur Bistro and Bar, the Hopping Gnome Brewing Company and Wichita’s tiki bar Lava and Tonic. If you’re in the mood to shop or just browse, the Spice Merchant, The Workroom and Lucinda’s are a must. These are just a handful of hundreds of dining and shopping options along the way as you take in the heart of Wichita!