As the biggest city in Kansas, all of the state’s most prominent events and features are located in Wichita. Locals and tourists stay busy with the array of special events, sports, history attractions, and arts. You can also find plenty of places to take a load off and relax. Here are some common ways to treat the grandkids to a day to remember, get out of the house, or to spend a day with friends in Wichita.
With all of the performing arts groups and art museums, Wichita is the cultural center for Kansas. The largest art museum in the state is Wichita Art Museum, which contains 7,000 works in permanent collections. There are discounted admissions fees for seniors 60 years of age or older, or you can become a member and get in for free. In addition, Wichita State University is home to the Ulrich Museum of Art, which is a contemporary and modern art museum.
Located in the original City Hall designed in 1890, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is dedicated to presenting and preserving the local history of the city and county. There are regular events for people of all ages held at the museum. Wichita is known as the “Air Capital of the World” because it is home to a number of successful aircraft manufacturing companies. As such, it is also home to the Kansas Aviation Museum, which is located in a building that once served as the Wichita Municipal Airport terminal.
The most popular outdoor tourist attraction in the state of Kansas is located in the northwest part of Wichita. The Sedgwick County Zoo is home to over 2,500 animals representing 500 different species. Right next to the zoo is Sedgwick County Extension Arboretum. The Arboretum features nearly 200 trees representing 97 species adapted to south central Kansas. And, along the Arkansas River is Botanica, The Wichita Gardens.
Though Wichita does not have a major professional sports team, there are many semi-professional, non-professional, and collegiate sports teams. Perhaps the most popular of these is the Wichita State Shockers basketball teams. Both the men’s and women’s teams compete in NCAA Division I, and their games are played at the Charles Koch Arena, which seats more than 10,000 fans.
Since 1972, the Downtown and Old Town parts of the city have hosted the Wichita River Festival. Each year, more than 370,000 people enjoy the fireworks, block parties, river events, interactive children’s events, historical and cultural activities, sporting events, food court, parade, flea market, plays, traveling exhibits, musical entertainment, and more.
There are several day spas throughout Wichita where you can unwind and enjoy yourself. Two of the more popular options are Healing Waters, which is located in Bradley Fair and overlooks Bradley Fair Lake, and Fresh Spa Market if you are interested in natural nail health. These locations are the perfect places to go whether you need some time to relax on your own or with a friend.
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