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As the largest city in the Sunflower State, Wichita offers visitors to Kansas more than 30 museums, numerous cultural attractions, excellent shopping, 17 annual events and festivals, thrilling college sporting events, and more than 1,000 restaurants. Start planning your getaway today!
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Art lovers should head directly to The Wichita Art Museum, reportedly the largest in the state. With a focus on the work of American artists, visitors can see work by Edward Hopper, Mary Cassat,t and Dale Chihuly, among many others. The Ulrich Museum of Art on the campus of Wichita State University (WSU) is a popular draw, hosting more than 6,000 pieces of contemporary and modern artwork. Travelers can also see performances at Music Theatre Wichita, the Wichita Grand Opera, and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, along with the latest Broadway touring shows.
Sports fans have a lot to explore when they visit Wichita. At the college level, the WSU Shockers bring exciting men’s and women’s basketball to Charles Koch Arena. The Shockers are also known for their incredible baseball team, which counts Eck Stadium as their home field. Catch a game and cheer them on towards another College World Series berth.
The area is also home to the amateur soccer club, FC Wichita and the Wichita Thunder, an ECHL team that calls Intrust Bank Arena home ice. Meanwhile, independent baseball fans will love watching The Kansas Stars and the Wichita Wingnuts play.
If you are traveling with children, make some time in your itinerary to visit the Sedgwick County Zoo or the Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Sedgwick is home to more than 2,500 animals, and Tanganyika offers truly unique animal encounters. If you have any dino-fans in your group, the Museum of World Treasures will wow them. It’s said to house one of the most complete T-Rex skeletons in the world. If you have any budding botanists in the group, a trip to Botanica, The Wichita Gardens will be a big hit.
The city also boasts a wide range of annual events and festivals that you won’t want to miss. Events like the Tallgrass Film Festival, Wichita Flight Festival, and the Wichita Riverfest bring a terrific blend of community and celebration that you will never forget.