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Great Plains Nature Center

6232 E 29th St N, Wichita, KS 67220
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Ranked #13 of 40 Attractions in Wichita
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: Great place to enjoy a few hours for free.
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you have a few hours to kill but want to avoid an expensive attraction, grab a bottle of water and get out to the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, KS. Just northeast of the Wichita State University campus, this center has multiple walking trails laced with various foliage types and watering holes. Fishing is permitted by catch and... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The Great Plains Nature center place consists of two things: a series of trails in where you can walk around or visit a museum/information center. I prefer the hike. Don't get me wrong, the museum is great, its just that I have been to it several times and am more of a nature person. But if you haven’t, definitely give... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My husband and I went on an afternoon walk here and we absolutely loved it! We saw plenty of families taking a stroll. We didn't see a lot of animals only turtles and fish which was fine with us. What I liked most about this park is you forget that you're even in a city!! At one point we couldn't... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Great place to walk amongst wildlife for free, with paved trails of differing lengths. I saw a fox, Canadian geese, a hawk, fish, turtles, and 5 deer on my 1.5 miles walk there one afternoon. Kids love this place. Kansas at its best. In the middle of NE Wichita. When the museum is open during the week, it is very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

A walk-through exhibit that clearly shows and explains the wide diversity in the Kansas outdoors. In nice weather, there is also an outside experience available following the adjacent trails. The staff are VERY friendly and full of information. Yesterday, on a cool spring day, 4 of us, all recently retired teachers, enjoyed touring the center - learning about all of... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

You'd never know it was there. Free (donations only). In its only building there are displays of local animals (some stuffed). A large aquarium where you see live native fish and various interactive things to do. It's situated on a large area in the middle of the city. You can take a hike along wooden paths that cross creeks and... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

We spent a couple hours here on a beautiful fall afternoon just walking the trails and taking photos of the scenery and wildlife. It's interesting how we draw impressions of states and regions of our country from things we hear or read. When I thought of Kansas I thought wheat, corn cattle and flat dry plains. At one point wandering... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I love this place. The information center is an entire museum in itself, with great displays of nature scenes, sounds and interaction. But walking along the many trails through the out of doors, taking in the birds, water foul, animals and plants of nature is the most peaceful, authentic Kansas you could enjoy. The staff is wonderful and the events... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

nice walking path and a good museum, watch for events like the nature walk, and honey demos. Ask for a pocket guide at the counter.

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Wichita, Kansas
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I liked all the woods and bridges but if you want pristine pretty trails, this isn't for you. The creeks running thru it were very junky - trash and tree limbs were everywhere.

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