As a midsized town in Kansas, Wichita has a lot to offer visitors that they may not know about. Travelers to the area will be surprised at the variety of activities and attractions to fit visitors of all types.
One of the many attractions to Wichita, KS is the historic center called Old Town. With nightclubs, movie theatres, restaurants, hotels, retail stores and even a farmer's market, Old Town is the perfect place for visitors wanting to get a flavor of Wichita and its history. It also offers the Hotel at Old Town which is a great Wichita hotel to stay at for visitors to the area due to its proximity to a variety of attractions and activities.
For sports enthusiasts, Lawrence Dumont Stadium hosts Wichita Wranglers and Wichita State University Shocker Baseball. It also hosts the National Baseball Congress World Series each August. Wichita is also home to the professional hockey team the Wichita Thunder and has an 81 speedway race track and a greyhound park.
There's also several other activities and attractions for visitors. These include the Wichita Grand Opera, the Music Theatre of Wichita, the Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra which offers classical, pops and blue jeans concerts from September through May. There's also Botanica Gardens, with 24 themed gardens for visitors to stroll through.
Another attraction in Wichita, KS is exploration place, which offers visitors educational programs through hands-on exhibits. While there, visitors can participate in a dig for fossils, explore caves and interact with real meteorologists. Exploration Place is also home to the Cyberdome theater with a 60 foot screen that offers educational programs, light shows and planetarium projections. An 18 hole mini-golf course is located just outside its facility.
The Mid-America All-Indian Center is a great place to visit for those wanting to know more about the Native Americans, specifically the Plains Indians of the region. While there, visitors can tour a replica of a Native American Indian Village and experience their heritage. Exhibits in the Indian Center Museum contains artifacts and art depicting Native American cultures and ways of life in the past and present.
Another favorite destination in Wichita is cowtown. Cowtown is the old west area of Wichita and comes complete with dusty streets, historic buildings, artifacts, live animals and interaction with costumed characters reenacting the old days.
For those wanting to enjoy some theatre while in town, the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre offers classic American cuisine with an amazing theatrical show. One of the 10 largest dinner theatres in the United States, the Crown Uptown is perfect for anyone wanting a night out on the town.
For those visitors coming to Wichita at times throughout the year, Wichita has special festivals and events. In May, the Wichita River Festival comes to town for nine days. Located outdoors along the river, visitors and locals enjoy food, fun, concerts, sporting events, children's activities and fireworks. The Kansas flight festival is also a special event held in Wichita in August for air enthusiasts. Guests can watch aerial acrobatics while perusing the display of vintage aircraft. There's also the Wichita Garden show held in late February and early March, where visitors can view 13 spectacular indoor gardens, learn about new and unusual types of blooms and trees and gain ideas on landscaping.
Due to the number of attractions and visitors to the area, the city offers a variety of Wichita hotels each with its own unique qualities for visitors to choose from. With many attractions and even special events throughout the year, Wichita, KS is the perfect destination for travelers looking for great value in a mid-sized town.