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."
Booming Brewery Scene - In a matter of only a couple of years, Wichita breweries have grown from two breweries to 11, with a high concentration in the city’s core.
Emerging City - Wichita has evolved into a vibrant, multicultural city, with many new eateries, shops, breweries and outdoor spaces like the ICT Pop-Up Park, an urban park in downtown Wichita and regular gathering spot for food trucks, and Gallery Alley, a once under-utilized alley turned lively public space, complete with local art, a portable concert stage and a screen for outdoor movies. Final Fridays are a way to experience the local art scene, which earned Wichita a spot in Expedia’s list of Most Artistic Towns in the United States. Additionally, expansion of the city’s free Q-Line Trolley and Bike Share ICT have ignited vibrancy into downtown and popular districts Historic Delano, Old Town and Douglas Design District.
What's new in Wichita
Pizza Hut Museum - A new museum highlighting the success story of Pizza Hut is opening April 30 on Wichita State University’s (WSU) Innovation Campus. Brothers and WSU students, Dan and Frank Carney, founded the pizza chain in Wichita. The company’s original building is now a museum, providing inspiration for future generations of entrepreneurs.
Field Station: Dinosaurs - Coming this summer, families can experience Field Station: Dinosaurs, which is set to open to the public May 26, offering a trip back to prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Kids can enjoy dozens of activities and performances while learning about both sea and land creatures from different periods. They can even dig up their own fossils at the largest, soon-to-be-open animatronic dinosaur park in North America.
New Permanent and Traveling Exhibits at Exploration Place - The all-new permanent exhibit at Exploration Place, Design Build Fly, is the only exhibit in the country where families can learn what it takes to create an aircraft – made possible by tapping into aerospace experts and resources in Wichita, known as the Air Capital of the World for its innovation and manufacturing aptitude in the aviation industry. Iconic aviation brands Beechcraft, Cessna and Stearman were born in Wichita; and modern-day Airbus Americas, Bombardier, Spirit Aerosystems and Textron Aviation now design and manufacture aircraft and aircraft parts in the city.
Wichita Riverfest (June 1-9, 2018) - One of the city’s 17 festivals, Riverfest is the largest community event in Kansas and the longest running. In 2017, 400,000 people enjoyed food, concerts, family activities and fireworks during the nine-day party.
Tallgrass Film Festival (Oct. 17-21, 2018) - The Tallgrass Film Festival showcases the best independent films from around the globe. Now in its 16th year, it’s been called one of the top 10 Best-Under-The-Radar Film Festivals in America and one of the Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World.