There are no shortage of things to do and places to explore in Wichita. New residents should be sure to check out some of the popular tourist destinations like the Sedgwick County Zoo, Botanica: The Wichita Gardens, and the Museum of World Treasures. Once you’ve had your fill of these hot-spots, you’ll likely want to explore beyond the main attractions to discover delicious eateries, unique shopping destinations, and the best places to relax and be pampered after your adventures. Here are a few ideas on where to start exploring with your friends and family.
Bite Me BBQ is out to prove that Wichita has some of the best barbecue around, better even than their neighbor to the east, St. Louis. Known for their dry-rub ribs, clean restaurant, and affordable prices, Bite Me has some of the best ribs in town. Not just a ribs joint, their menu is chock full of delicious sides and other smoked and barbecue meats, as well as beer and cocktails, including their The Bite Me BBQ Signature Bloody Mary complete with a mini hot dog, cheese wedge, bacon, celery, and olive garnish.
If local, craft beers and tasty food strike your fancy, visit River City Brewing Company. The city’s only brewpub still in operation, River City Brewing is nestled in the heart of Old Town and offers a rotating tap of 16 beers, including 6 local microbrews. Their menu compliments their beer and includes favorites like beer-battered fish and chips, Kansas-raised beef burgers, salads, pastas, and hand-crafted pizzas.
Wine lovers will swoon over Chester’s Chop House and Wine Bar. The upscale, waterfront restaurant offers a full menu featuring inspired starters, entrees, and desserts and boasts a 1,000 bottle wine cellar on the property.
Wichita has a number of malls and shopping districts that make it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. The Simon properties on each side of the city, Town East Square and Town West Square. Town East is the larger of the two, including 150 speciality stores like Coach and Sephora, as well as their flagship stores, Dillard's, JCPenney, Sears and Von Maur. Town West has over 100 speciality stores and is anchored by Dillard's, JCPenney, Sears and Dick's Sporting Goods. Both malls offer dining options and amenities for shoppers.
For an outdoor shopping experience, check out the largest outdoor shopping center in Wichita, New Market Square. With a Super Target at one end, a WalMart Supercenter at the other, and well-known retailers like Marshalls and Petco as well as eateries and speciality boutiques like Hallmark and Layne Bryant, you’ll find everything from groceries to gifts all in one place. For a more local shopping experience, check out the Historic Delano District on the river. Full of small eateries, businesses, and local boutiques, you’ll find one-of-a-kind and authentic items with a little Wichita flair.
Wichita has everything you could wish for when you’re looking to primp, pamper, and look your best. Check out one of the cities many salons and day spas, like Pure Salon and Spa in Old Town Square. The full-service day spa offers a variety of hair, skin, massage, and makeup services by appointment.
This listing is just a sampling of what the city has to offer. Start your adventure here, and then see where your path takes you.
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