The 2024 Air Capital Hoopfest, a two-day boys basketball showcase featuring four of the top high school basketball programs in the U.S., is set to take to the hardwood Feb. 15-16 at Friends University.

What’s a basketball fan to do in between games in Wichita, the Heart of the Country? The opportunities are endless. We’ve compiled this checklist of things every first-time visitor should do before they leave Wichita. Even if you’ve been to our city before, we bet there’s something on this list you’ve yet to do!

Friends University is uniquely located within a short drive of attractions on Wichita’s west side, like Sedgwick County Zoo, and Wichita’s downtown districts such as the historic Delano District, Old Town and more. See what’s nearby with this interactive map.

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Uniquely Wichita

Kids dig through a pit of nearly one million Lego bricks at Exploration PlaceBricktopia exhibit at Exploration Place

Museums and attractions

Gallery Alley features colorful artworkGallery Alley in Downtown Wichita

Free and affordable activities

Trail at Great Plains Nature CenterGreat Plains Nature Center

The Heart of the Country has many other attractions and popular restaurants perfect for basketball fans. For more ideas on where to eat, shop and play within a short drive of Friends University, explore downtown districts or southwest and northwest Wichita.

Find a list of events happening during your stay in Wichita on our calendar of events page, and for even more inspiration, check out our Official Visit Wichita Visitor’s Guide.