Western Heritage - The Old Cowtown Museum offers visitors a living history experience as reenactors stroll among 26 historic buildings depicting life in Wichita in the 1870s. Regularly used for commercials, TV shows and movies, Old Cowtown injects you into the Wild West with experiences like frosty-cold sarsaparilla, shoot-outs and other cowboy adventures from Wichita's past.
Air Capital of the World - Approximately 35 percent of the world’s (48 percent of the U.S.) general aviation aircraft are produced in Wichita. The Kansas Aviation Museum displays Wichita's aviation history including a B-47 and a B-52 jet bomber. The annual Wichita Flight Festival celebrates the city's aviation heritage. Fly in or drive in for lunch to Stearman Airfield and rub elbows with fellow aviation enthusiasts. Stroll through the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum to ooh and ah over Wichita’s many aviation pioneers and leaders.
World-class Zoo - The Sedgwick County Zoo is Kansas' most popular outdoor attraction, and it's the seventh-largest zoo in the United States! Spend hours up close and personal to tigers, gorillas, penguins and more than 3,000 other animals at this truly world-class facility. The remarkable Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley opened in 2016, showcasing the 3rd largest elephant exhibit in the country and the world’s largest elephant pool at 550,000 gallons.
Keeper of the Plains - At the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas River - pronounced OUR-Kansas locally - see where Wichita was founded and visit the iconic Keeper of the Plains. The area represents the circle of life every night between 9 and 9:15 p.m. (or 7 p.m. during fall/winter hours) when the 40-foot-tall statue is illuminated by the Ring of Fire. When you visit the Keeper of the Plains, you'll see why it's one of the most photographed locations in Wichita.
Worldly Museums - Nowhere else in the world can you feed ring-tailed lemurs by hand, admire the third-most-complete tyrannosaurus rex on display and see one of the finest collections of early 20th-century art. You could spend days visiting Wichita's 33 museums that span from Wichita's Wild West roots to its technologically advanced aviation heritage.
A Foodie's Dream - In a town where hummus is as popular as potato salad, Wichita is home to home an incredible selection of international restaurants, fine-dining and award-winning food trucks. Spend a weekend trying authentic Mexican, delicious Mediterranean, fresh Vietnamese pho and locally-raised beef. You'll leave blown away by Wichita's selection of more than 1,000 restaurants. Dine in Wichita and see why Livability.com called Wichita a "Top 10 Foodie City."
What's new in Wichita
Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport- Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal opened in June 2015 and is a quick 10-minute drive from downtown. The nation’s 11th most affordable airport, according to Cheapflights.com 2014 ranking, offers nonstop air service from nine U.S. cities and 33 daily flights on five major airlines.
Hotels a-plenty - Adding to the already more than 8,000 rooms available in Wichita, a 110-room Hampton Inn with a 550-square-foot meeting room opened in October 2016 near the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport. Five other hotels are in the works:
- 123-room Element by Westin
- 127-room Aloft Wichita Northeast with three large meeting rooms totaling 3,600 square feet
- 118-room La Quinta Del Sol
- 144-room Crowne Plaza
- A 120-room Hilton Garden Inn is on its way. The property will provide another hotel option in downtown Wichita in advance of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament first- and second-round games that will be played at INTRUST Bank Arena.
Nifty Nut House expansion - Nifty Nut House, a Wichita tradition since 1937, recently expanded. Countless shelves are filled with 4,500 items featuring classic and modern candies, nuts and snacks. Food Network's Alton Brown called it "a national treasure." Now, it’s even bigger!
New and expanded sports facilities - The newly-opened Wichita Sports Forum boasts six basketball courts, 10 volleyball courts, six indoor beach volleyball courts, a turf soccer field and an extreme trampoline park, Aviate.
Wichita Hoops completed an expansion this spring, creating 12 basketball courts under one roof, making it the largest basketball facility in Kansas. The expansion also includes a mezzanine level with a view of all 12 courts, a new concession area, and an updated coaches’ hospitality area with a designated private entrance and televisions that can live stream all courts simultaneously.