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Dorothy clicked her heels to return to Kansas, and you'll want to do the same after you've visited this one-time cattle town turned modern, booming city, where the spirit of the Old West lives on. To get a feel of the early pioneer days, visit the recreated village at the Old Cowtown Museum. For a slightly more eccentric experience, visit the Museum of Ancient Treasures, which has everything from a baseball signed by Joe DiMaggio to a shrunken head. The Indian Center Museum features works by Plains Indian artists. Wichita is an aircraft manufacturing center, and the Kansas Aviation Museum honors pioneers in the field, as well as housing model planes. Exploration Place gives kids more insights into aviation and... more Dorothy clicked her heels to return to Kansas, and you'll want to do the same after you've visited this one-time cattle town turned modern, booming city, where the spirit of the Old West lives on. To get a feel of the early pioneer days, visit the recreated village at the Old Cowtown Museum. For a slightly more eccentric experience, visit the Museum of Ancient Treasures, which has everything from a baseball signed by Joe DiMaggio to a shrunken head. The Indian Center Museum features works by Plains Indian artists. Wichita is an aircraft manufacturing center, and the Kansas Aviation Museum honors pioneers in the field, as well as housing model planes. Exploration Place gives kids more insights into aviation and other scientific wonders. For nature and wildlife, check out Botanica's lovely gardens or head over to the Sedgwick County Zoo, home to over 350 species of animals. Wichita stays up when the sun goes down: there's nightlife, culture, karaoke and cuisine for all tastes. less

All things to do » Things to do

Sedgwick County Zoo
Sedgwick County Zoo
To inspire discovery, appreciation, and respect for animals and nature.
Attraction type: Zoos
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Botanica: The Wichita Gardens
Botanica: The Wichita Gardens
Owner description: Located in Sim Park, this gorgeous patch of cultivated flora offers themed gardens such as the Butterfly Garden, Shakespeare Garden, Rose and Wildflower Garden and the... more Owner description: Located in Sim Park, this gorgeous patch of cultivated flora offers themed gardens such as the Butterfly Garden, Shakespeare Garden, Rose and Wildflower Garden and the award-winning Sally Stone Sensory Garden, plus special programs for children. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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The Keeper of the Plains
The Keeper of the Plains
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Museum of World Treasures
Museum of World Treasures
Owner description: Discover the treasures . . . around the world and through the ages. Where can you explore the crusty bones of long-lost creatures, marvel at Egyptian mummies, uncover the secrets... more Owner description: Discover the treasures . . . around the world and through the ages. Where can you explore the crusty bones of long-lost creatures, marvel at Egyptian mummies, uncover the secrets of ancient civilizations, travel to the land of Conquistadors. and enter the battlefields of World Wars? The Museum of World Treasures, with more than 3,000 artifacts on three floors. Discover your inner explorer! less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Old Cowtown Museum
Old Cowtown Museum
Owner description: Be transported back in time at this unique, 23 acre open-air history museum that recreates Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas from 1865 to 1880. Museum staff dress in period... more Owner description: Be transported back in time at this unique, 23 acre open-air history museum that recreates Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas from 1865 to 1880. Museum staff dress in period costume and demonstrate everyday activities including, gardening, tending livestock and cooking. Historic Wichita Cowtown Inc. works with the City of Wichita to further the Museum and its mission. Established in 1952, Cowtown's unique programming chronicles Wichita's transformation from a frontier settlement to a cattle town to an agricultural and manufacturing area. The Museum has the distinction of being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition achievable by a museum. Accreditation recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures they continue to uphold public trust. Only 3 percent of the nation's estimated 34,144 museums are accredited. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; History Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Red Rock Canyon Grill
Red Rock Canyon Grill
Ranked #1 of 913 Restaurants in Wichita
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Bella Vita
Bella Vita
Ranked #2 of 913 Restaurants in Wichita
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Oh Yeah! Chinese Bistro
Oh Yeah! Chinese Bistro
Ranked #3 of 913 Restaurants in Wichita
Cuisines: Chinese
Freddy's Frozen Custard
Freddy's Frozen Custard
Ranked #4 of 913 Restaurants in Wichita
Cuisines: Dessert
Dining options: Late Night
YOLO Grill
YOLO Grill
Ranked #5 of 913 Restaurants in Wichita

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Motel 6 East
2.0 of 5
Motel 6 East
$57 - $69
Ranked #35 of 84 Hotels in Wichita
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Super 8 Wichita East
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Wichita East
$61 - $74
Ranked #39 of 84 Hotels in Wichita
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Value Place Wichita North
3.0 of 5
Value Place Wichita North
$34 - $248
Ranked #40 of 84 Hotels in Wichita
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hotel at Old Town
2.5 of 5
Hotel at Old Town
$113 - $340
Ranked #4 of 84 Hotels in Wichita
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Hampton Inn Wichita-East
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Wichita-East
$96 - $166
Ranked #5 of 84 Hotels in Wichita
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Hotel At WaterWalk
3.0 of 5
Hotel At WaterWalk
$92 - $174
Ranked #6 of 84 Hotels in Wichita
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection
4.0 of 5
Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection
$183 - $264
Ranked #3 of 84 Hotels in Wichita
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