In the Heart of the Country, sporting events are plentiful. Not only does the city boast top-notch facilities like INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita Hoops and more, but there is fun to be found in every nook and cranny of the city. No matter where your sporting event is being held, you’ll find lots of places to explore nearby.
If you’re planning to attend the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 1 Men's and Women's Soccer Championship or the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men's Soccer Championship at SCHEELS Stryker Sports Complex and are staying in a Wichita area hotel, this guide will help you find things to do and places to eat in the area.
Golf bay at Topgolf
The closest dining and shopping area to Stryker Sports Complex is Greenwich Place. The area includes Wichita Sports Forum, Dave & Buster’s and recently-opened Topgolf Wichita and has popular eateries such as Saltgrass Steak House and Panera Bread plus big-name retailers like REI, Duluth Trading Company, World Market and more. See what you can do:
- The newly opened Topgolf Wichita offers climate-controlled hitting bays for you and your family to take aim and swing at outfield targets. Plus, the entertainment venue has TVs throughout for a sports bar atmosphere.
- A family-friendly experience loaded with interactive play, Dave & Buster’s has virtual reality favorites and 200 of the biggest, newest and best arcade games.
- Scale a 38-foot top-rope and lead climbing wall or a 16-foot bouldering wall at Bliss Climbing & Fitness.
- See fish swimming in the aquarium and find outdoor equipment, clothing and more at Cabela’s.
- Wichita Sports Forum offers leagues, classes, camps and open play on indoor fields and courts across a variety of sports. You’ll also find an indoor trampoline park, Aviate.
Homemade tarts at Homegrown
Also nearby is Bradley Fair, which is home to a variety of upscale shopping and dining options. From big name brands like Athleta, Gap and Pedego Wichita to a plethora of local shops, you can shop for hours at Bradley Fair.
The area also offers plenty of dining options like First Mile Kitchen, Redrock Canyon Grill, HomeGrown Wichita, Newport Grill, YaYa’s Eurobistro and more. A great grab-and-go option is Everyday by Elderslie, an eatery serving sustainably sourced ingredients, and located just across the street is Bricktown Brewery.
After you've visited the many shops at Bradley Fair, peruse goods at one of these unique local shops in the area:
- Infinity Art Glass: unique, handmade glass products
- Karg Art Glass: glass, mosaics, pottery, jewelry, kaleidoscopes, metal and wood items created by more than 100 local and regional artists
- Paramount East Antique Mall: antiques, vintage, furniture, glassware, primitives, industrial, farmhouse décor and more
- The Popcorner: delicious selection of popcorn flavors plus fudge, chocolate-covered pretzels and more
- Twister City Harley-Davidson: motorcycles and motorcycle gear
- At Chicken N Pickle, you can play pickleball, bocce ball, shuffleboard or table tennis while enjoying delicious chicken fare.
- 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.
- Families rave about the great tasting burgers and craft root beer and soda at Fizz Burgers & Bottles.
- Find breakfast all day long and drinks made from old-fashion soda fountains at Jimmie’s Diner.
- Meddys Northeast specializes in fresh, made-to-order, authentic Mediterranean options and also has a great kids menu with traditional fare.
- All of the pizzas at Oak & Pie are baked in their signature nickel-covered wood oven and feature fresh ingredients such as homemade crust and hand-cut specialty meats.
- Looking for barbecue while you’re in the Heart of the Country? Find it at Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Q (East, Northeast and North) or Two Brothers BBQ.
- Find mouthwatering pizza, sandwiches, salads and sides at Ziggy’s Pizza.
Not in Wichita, but just 15 minutes northeast of Stryker Sports Complex is Stearman Field Bar & Grill, a destination dining experience at a private airport. You can grab a table indoors or dine on the open-air patio, located just feet from the runway where planes land and take off. There’s even a playground near the patio for kids to 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.
- Choose from a variety of classes and workshops at Mark Arts, including ceramics, culinary, dance, digital arts, drawing, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting and more.
- Experience awesome indoor arcades along with other indoor activities ranging from go-karts and billiards at All Star Adventures and The Alley Indoor Entertainment.
- Go bowling at Bowlero (Wichita, Northridge and Northrock). They have dozens of lanes at their bowling complexes.
- Explore the indoor museum at Great Plains Nature Center to learn about Kansas wildlife and native habitats. Just outside the doors of the museum is an easy trail to tackle at Chisholm Creek Park.
- Unwind at Bohemia Healing Spa, which specializes in therapeutic massage, facials, waxing, indulgent health wraps and men’s services, or get a pedicure at one of the nail bars in the area.
- If your group is all 21+, you’ll enjoy Headshots Bar & Grill and their more than 1,000 video games and 500 board games.
Still needing more options? The Wichita area is home to 20+ museums, many of which are located downtown, but you will also find several in east Wichita. This guide on indoor family fun has even more ideas of things to do. You’ll also find more than 1,300 eateries and a variety of breweries, taprooms and wineries throughout the city. Get an idea of all the events happening while you’re visiting with our calendar of events.