Wichita Offers Residents and Visitors a World of Choice Attractions
A Picture-Perfect Experience…
The Spiritual "Keeper of the Plains"
The iconic "Keeper of the Plains" pays tribute to the Native Americans who made the area their home before the arrival of settlers. Located at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers, the Keeper Plaza incorporates the history of the Native Americans and embodies a "sacred hoop" and the 4 elements that make up life (earth, air, fire and water). Each of the 5 manufactured boulders in the river next to the plaza has a fire feature, and the grouping makes up the "Ring of Fire." It is one of the most photographed locations in Wichita.
A Place of Big Entertainment…
An impressive business and entertainment venue in the heart of downtown Wichita, Century II Wichita Convention Center is a thriving spot for private and public gatherings, performing arts, conventions, trade shows, banquets, meetings, public exhibits and special events. Home of the Wichita Thunder Hockey, Intrust Bank Arena, also located in downtown Wichita, is a modern, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue that also hosts everything from rock concerts, to rodeos, to the Radio City Rockettes.
Wichita's cultural attractions are nationally known and rival other metropolitan areas of its size. Music Theatre of Wichita is a springboard for Broadway-bound talent. Internationally renowned artists such as Placido Domingo have performed with the Wichita Grand Opera. The Wichita Symphony's repertoire ranges from Bach to the Beatles.
Additionally, the Crown Uptown Theatre, Mosley Street Melodrama and Cabaret Old Town offer quality live theater featuring local and regionally known casts. Be it the roaring twenties or state-of-the-art futuristic sets, the Orpheum Theatre and Old Town Warren Theatre provide the best in visual experience.
If you're in town in June, you may very well want to check out the River Festival, a 10-day extravaganza of some 80 events.
A Place of Natural Discovery…
Kids of all ages can learn something new at Exploration Place, a learning, creative and community gathering center offering hands-on activities, including the opportunity to explore a 20-foot tornado in a tank and to investigate how airplanes and birds fly.
Wichita offers a great zoo, too: the Sedgwick County Zoo, which is not only the 18th largest zoo in the country, but also the top tourist attraction in Kansas. Another option for wild animal lovers lies just west of Wichita: the Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Open to the public after more than 20 years of quietly breeding and caring for rare and endangered animals, the Tanganyika Wildlife Park is where you can walk among kangaroos, hand-feed the giraffes and ride atop a camel! Another popular attraction for curious minds: the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, where you can explore more than 10,000 space artifacts and examine historical space aircrafts and other aviation marvels.
Where Fine Dining and Great Shopping Are Always on the Menu...
Looking for a new kind of shopping experience? Try Old Town Wichita, an eight-block area of restored warehouses near downtown, offering a wide variety of shops, clubs and restaurants. All over town, in fact, you can great shopping, ranging from chic boutiques to cheap antiques. Check out this Wichita Shopping Guide. Great food in Wichita isn't hard to find, either. Among the eclectic mix of restaurant options available.
Where the Emerald Greens Beckon...
In Wichita, golf course communities cluster like emeralds on both the city's far eastern edge and in northwest Wichita. Click here for a guide to Wichita area golf courses.
Wichita, Kansas truly is a surprisingly sophisticated city that embraces the future just as much as it honors the past. For additional Wichita attractions, see our Wichita Museum Guide.