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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
Owner description: The Keeper of the Plains stands at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas rivers with hands raised in supplication to the Great Spirit. Renowned Kiowa-Comanche artist... more Owner description: The Keeper of the Plains stands at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas rivers with hands raised in supplication to the Great Spirit. Renowned Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin donated the Keeper of the Plains to the citizens of Wichita on May 18, 1974.Since the sculpture's installation to commemorate the United States Bicentennial, it has become a symbol for the city of Wichita and a tribute to the local American Indian tribes. in 1974. A complete renovation of the sculpture and installation of the Keeper of the Plains Plaza now brings people out each evening to see the Keeper and the "Ring of Fire." The 44-foot Cor-Ten steel Keeper of the Plains statue is now 30 feet higher than before with its new pedestal,surrounded by a plaza which describes the Plains Indian way of life. The Keeper also serves as the focal point of an eight-year, $20 million restoration and river beautification project completed in May 2007. Pedestrians can access the area via two bow-and-arrow-inspired cable-stay bridges which span the Little and Big Arkansas rivers. Fire drums on boulders at the foot of the Keeper dramatically light the night. Plantings of sage, bottlebrush, medicinal herbs, prairie grasses, yuccas and cactus add to the sense of place and time. The area is free and open to the public year-round. less
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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Red Rock Canyon Grill
Red Rock Canyon Grill
Ranked #1 of 1,033 Restaurants in Wichita
Cuisines: American
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse
Ranked #2 of 1,033 Restaurants in Wichita
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bite Me BBQ
Bite Me BBQ
Ranked #3 of 1,033 Restaurants in Wichita
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Newport Grill
Newport Grill
Ranked #4 of 1,033 Restaurants in Wichita
Price: $14 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sabor Latin Bar & Grill
Sabor Latin Bar & Grill
Ranked #5 of 1,033 Restaurants in Wichita
Cuisines: Latin, Central American, Spanish
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

WoodSpring Suites Wichita Airport
2.5 of 5
WoodSpring Suites Wichita Airport
$49 - $77
Ranked #40 of 86 Hotels in Wichita
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WoodSpring Suites Wichita North
2.5 of 5
WoodSpring Suites Wichita North
$41 - $74
Ranked #41 of 86 Hotels in Wichita
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Value Place Wichita South
2.5 of 5
Value Place Wichita South
$34 - $61
Ranked #51 of 86 Hotels in Wichita
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn Wichita-East
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Wichita-East
$94 - $155
Ranked #6 of 86 Hotels in Wichita
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Hotel At WaterWalk
3.0 of 5
Hotel At WaterWalk
$96 - $151
Ranked #7 of 86 Hotels in Wichita
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BEST WESTERN Plus Wichita West Airport Inn
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN Plus Wichita West Airport Inn
$87 - $113
Ranked #10 of 86 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
$157 - $252
Ranked #8 of 86 Hotels in Wichita
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