Congratulations on making it to the 2018 Midwestern & Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships! While you’re here, we hope you take advantage of the fun our great city has to offer.
Wichita is the largest city in Kansas, and there is never a shortage of fun, no matter what time of year it is. Whether you’re up for trying something out of your comfort zone, or you’d rather stick with familiar favorites, there is something to keep the whole family entertained during your stay.
Looking for places to eat? From food trucks to fine dining, foodies and families love the Wichita food scene. More than 1,000 restaurants in the city reflect the community’s appetite for diverse international cuisine, some of the best steaks in the world.
Skate on down to downtown Wichita for some of the best shopping in the city. From local shops selling “flag swag” to other odds and ends, you’ll find the perfect souvenir to remember your trip to Wichita or to gift to family and friends.
Mix a little shopping in with a little history by experiencing the Coleman Factory Outlet and Museum. Get deals and discounts on more than 2,000 current Coleman products and see the history of the 100+-year-old Wichita-based company.
While you’re shopping, be sure to hop on the free Q-Line Trolley to take you from College Hill to the Historic Delano District. Are you craving chocolate? Visit Wichita’s oldest candy store, Cero’s Candies, which has been around since 1885.
Build your own tin of popcorn with more than 30 flavors to choose from at Kernel’s Popcorn Express. This unique store allows you blend traditional flavors, or try new ones like apple pie, cheddar pretzel ale, garlic parmesan or Guadalajara Hot Sauce.
When you’re done on the rink, get out and explore the family fun and attractions Wichita has to offer:
Learn to paint and take home a masterpiece at Pinot’s Pallette
Race go-karts up to 45 mph at Xtreme Racing & Entertainment
Take advantage of cultural and performing arts with Wichita Symphony Orchestra
After you compete, kick off your skates and head out to explore more than 30 educational, hands-on and cultural museums. Feed your need for knowledge with a trip through time at one of Wichita’s best attractions Old Cowtown Museum. Warm yourself next to a blacksmith’s fire as he works in his 1860s shop and learn about life in the 1860s-1880s.
Step off the rink and head to Botanica Wichita for a lovely walk through the winter gardens. Botanica’s beautiful mixture of flowers and native grasses change with the seasons, as do many of its events.
Seated along the Arkansas River, Exploration Place offers a hands-on experience for children of all ages, encouraging an interest in science through creative experiences.
Before you leave Wichita, you have to stop to experience the awe and wonder of Kansas’ most iconic monument, the Keeper of the Plains, named the “Most Beautiful Spot in Kansas” by MSN Lifestyle.
While you’re at the Keeper of the Plains Plaza, be sure to read about the history of the Plains Indians in the outdoor exhibit before heading to the Mid-America All-Indian Center for even more immersion into Native American culture.
If the ice rink is a little cold for your, Wichita is home to several cozy coffee shops, including plenty offering unique drinks. Dive into the Wichita coffee scene with exclusive brews like the house-made cream mixtures frozen with liquid nitrogen at Churn & Burn or the candy bar flavored-cappuccinos at R Coffeehouse.
And if coffee isn’t enough to satisfy you, head over to Sente: Games & Refreshments, Wichita’s newest shop offering not only beverages to warm you up, but a fun atmosphere including more than 200 board games. Here, you’ll find familiar games like Connect Four to more obscure games like Go.
Don’t spoil your appetite on candy, there are more than 200 restaurants in the downtown area to choose from, each offering unique favorites. For lunch, head to Old Mill Tasty Shop for soda made from an old-fashioned soda fountain.
If you like BBQ, head to Delano for a hometown, casual atmosphere and delicious food at Delano Barbeque Company. With award-winning smoked meats slow-cooked to perfection, you can order and eat there, or take it with you.
Are you craving a little spice? Head to Molino’s Mexican Cuisine to try secret family recipes, made from scratch.
If the family wants to try something local and delicious, make a stop at Public at the Brickyard. From the appetizers to the desserts, there is nothing on the menu that isn’t absolutely delicious.
For dessert, head to Milkfloat, a popular dessert bar-like restaurant bringing seasonal flavors, coffee, tea and even homemade pop-tarts. The best part though, their signature soda floats, milkshakes and old-fashioned malts.
For fine dining in the downtown area, try AVI Searbar & Chophouse, located inside the historic Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview. There is a second-story bar for adult beverages. Inside the state’s only AAA Four Diamond Hotel, the Ambassador Hotel, lies Siena Tuscan Steakhouse. This signature dining experience offers delicious dishes reminiscent of Tuscany, Italy.
Or take the family to Café Bel Ami in downtown Wichita for affordable fine dining. Cooking up French and Mediterranean cuisine, the hummus is by far one of the most popular and delicious items on the menu. Café Bel Ami is also skilled in creating some of the best steak burgers and fattoush salads in Wichita.