Wichita – Air Capital of the World

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Sights in Wichita

As the biggest city in Kansas, Wichita is a popular roadtrip destination in the central US. Some top Wichita, Kansas sights include the Sedgwick County Zoo, the family-friendly Museum of World Treasures, dozens of public parks, and the vibrant Old Town nightlife district.

• Wichita’s Sedgwick County Zoo recreates South American jungles, African savannahs, and the Australian outback. From tiny poison dart frogs to majestic elephants and gorillas, more than 400 animal species populate the well-kept grounds. An especially popular exhibit is the Downing Gorilla Forest, an area accessible via a 50-foot suspension bridge. Some of the zoo’s special seasonal attractions include a Cinco de Mayo event, a Father’s Day car show, concert nights throughout the summer, and the September 11th Zoobilee – a nighttime musical celebration catered by more than 70 restaurants. The zoo is generally open year-round from 8:30-5:00 during the summer and 10:00-5:00 in the winter.

• The Museum of World Treasures is another top Wichita attraction for all ages. The three-story building can provide entertainment for a few hours or for a full rainy day. On the first floor, you won’t want to miss the 12-foot tall, 4.5 ton remnant of the Berlin Wall. Upstairs, check out the skeleton of “Ivan,” a Tyrannosaurus Rex; two Egyptian mummies; an extensive military gallery; and the Children’s Activity Center with its moon walk station, puppet theater, and castle playhouse. Regular hours for the Museum of World Treasures are 10:00-5:00 from Monday-Saturday and 12:00-5:00 on Sunday.

• For fresh air and outdoor recreation, visit one of Wichita’s many public parks. A highlight, the Riverside Parks System, is comprised of three parks that run alongside the Arkansas River. It features numerous playgrounds, tennis courts, a performance stage, and the Great Plains Kansas Wildlife exhibit with local mammals, reptiles, and birds. Meanwhile, Herman Hill Park is a favorite of disc golf players with its beautiful 18-hole course, and O. J. Watson Park is ideal for boating, camping, and catching catfish.

• As for Wichita shopping and nightlife, the Old Town Red-Brick District is a prime destination. The pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of more than 60 historic buildings is a shopper’s delight by day, featuring antique shops, art galleries, and fashion boutiques interspersed with great lunch spots. At night, the district pulses with a variety of music – blues, jazz, country, reggae, and rock. For a genuine old-time experience, travel through the Old Town district on its historic trolley.