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Wichita is the largest city in Kansas - since Kansas City is divided between the states of Kansas and Missouri. It is not the biggest or flashiest city in the US, but it remains a medium-sized city with a small-town feel. It offers much to tourists from both near and far with its variety of attractions.
Wichita is a city in the heart of the great plains in Central Kansas. The city is home to large aircraft manufacturers which make up a large portion of the local economy.
Wichita is at the junction of Interstates 135 and 35 (Kansas Turnpike) and approximately 3 hours drive from Kansas City or Oklahoma City. It's 1½ hr from I-70, and about 3 hours from Kansas City and from Oklahoma City.
- 1 Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT IATA) (5 miles west of the city's center). Serves 9 carriers providing service from 11 cities across the country, most of which are major hubs with connecting service to points around the world.
- Alaska Airlines. Service from Seattle.
- Allegiant Air. Service from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.
- American Airlines. Service from Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth.
- Delta Air Lines. Service from Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul
- Southwest Airlines Service from Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love, and Las Vegas.
- United Airlines. Service from Chicago, Denver, and Houston.
- Greyhound. (+1 316 265-7711) Buses stop at the 312 South Broadway terminal in downtown Wichita.
- Beeline Express (+1 316 201-6700) also stops at 312 South Broadway.
- Los Paisanos. Buses stop at 2210 North Somerset St, Tel +1 316 831-0817. This company travels to the south of the USA and Mexico. Buses to Kansas City can be found.
While Amtrak doesn't serve the city directly with any passenger trains, there is a shuttle service to the Wichita Transit Center at 214 S Topeka St from Newton for the Southwest Chief and also from Oklahoma City for the Heartland Flyer.
- City Bus. As the only form of public transit serving the city, bus service may cover the areas near some sights you'd want to see, but not nearly all. Routes are long and the wait for the next bus can stretch to an hour. In general, this is not a good way to get around.
- Taxi Hailable only at the airport, they don't even queue at downtown hotels. Points of interest are far enough apart that a rental car quickly becomes cost-effective. Unlike other cities of its size, you can't even find any at the bus station.
- Rental car If you didn't drive to Wichita, you'll likely want to rent a car when you arrive.
- Navigating Wichita Wichita is almost exclusively a driving town. Even so, traffic is generally lighter than most larger cities, and parking is almost always free and plentiful, even downtown. Wichita's streets are laid out in a fairly easy-to-navigate grid system.
- Ridesharing Uber and Lyft both operate ridesharing services in the city.
- No trip to Wichita is complete without an excursion through the nearby Flint Hills, and that's only possible in a car (preferably a convertible).
- [formerly dead link] Old Town. Downtown, just east of the central business district. This entertainment district is one of the must-see spots if you are travelling to the city. It boasts over 100 shops, restaurants, and bars, all within walking distance.
- 1 Museum of World Treasures, 835 East 1st St, ☏ , toll-free: . M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Experience treasures from around the world and through the ages at one of Wichita's top-rated attractions. Find your inner explorer—there's something for all to learn from the past.
- 2 The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, ☏ . This museum shows you the rich historical and cultural heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County Kansas.
- 3 Great Plains Transportation Museum, 700 E Douglas, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Sa 9AM-4PM. Dedicated to recording and exhibiting the importance of railroad transportation in the human, agricultural, commercial and industrial heritage of Wichita, Kansas and the Great Plains. 4-12 $4, 13+ $7, 0-3 Free.
- 4 Exploration Place (Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center), 300 N McLean Blvd, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. This modern museum sits on the Arkansas river, where it displays travelling exhibits. While several of the rooms in the museum are solely for kids, there is always something for the adults to do too. General Admission: $6-9.50 (Adults: $9.50, Seniors (65+): $8.00, Kids (3-11): $6.00).
- 5 The Keeper of the Plains. A beautiful 40-foot tall sculpture by Blackbear Bosin. This statue can be reached by a bridge connected to the Exploration Place parking lot.
- 6 Wichita Art Museum (WAM), 1400 W Museum Blvd. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. The Wichita Art Museum is a popular art gallery that showcases 3 centuries of art and several glass pieces by Dale Chihuly. It has more than 7,000 pieces in its permanent collection, and showcases travelling exhibitions as well. Adults- $7, Seniors (+60)- $5, Students with ID and Children (5-17)- $3, Children under 5 and members get in free.
- 7 Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N Seneca, ☏ . Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM. Adults $7, Senior (55+)/Student/Military $5, Children (6-12) $3.
- 1 All Star Adventures. An amusement park.
- Riverfest, 225 W Douglas Avenue. Held in late May or early June, Riverfest is Wichita's largest festival, with live music, food vendors and activities for all ages. Next Riverfest will be held May 29 - June 6 2020.
- 2 Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Mar 1 - Oct 31: 8:30AM-5PM; Nov 1 - Feb 28: 10AM-5PM. Opened in 1971, home to more than 3,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species. Children (3-11) $8.95, adults (12-61) $13.95, seniors (62+) $11.95.
- Starlite Drive-In, 3900 S Hydraulic, ☏ . The only drive-in theater in the Wichita area. The new digital projection is crystal clear, and audio is provided through your car's FM radio.
This is one of the best deals around, most of the time the price is $12 per car regardless of however many people are in the car. There are two large screens and each plays 3 current box-office movies back-to-back. Even when the price is higher than $12 per car (varies depending on season) it is much more economical than a traditional theater, especially considering that outside food and drinks are permitted. (though there is a snack bar selling popcorn, drinks, funnel cakes and more.)
There is an intermission between each movie that allows time for you to visit the snack bar and restroom, though be warned that the snack bar will close sometime after the third and final movie starts. (Restrooms will remain open)
The Starlight Drive-In is generally closed in the winter, and opens again when weather permits. Call in advance for pricing, showtimes, and to verify that it is operating that night.
- Warren Theatres, ☏ . Movie theatre chain with 5 Wichita locations, including the Palace and the Movie Machine. The 21st Street Warren also houses the largest digital IMAX in the world. $7-16.
- Woofstock, 6501 W 21st Street North (Inside Sedgwick County Park). 9:30AM-3PM. Held in early October by the Kansas Humane Society as their largest fundraiser of the year $10-25, under 12 free.
- 3 Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas Ave, ☏ . Century II is a full service performing arts and convention center, providing citizens and visitors with a diverse selection of entertainment and meeting opportunities. The facility is owned and managed by the City of Wichita and is unique among other municipal facilities. The complex features three sections. The main section is unique in its design as it is circular. The two secondary sections are the Bob Brown Expo Hall and the Hyatt Regency Wichita convention rooms.
- 4 INTRUST Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman St., ☏ . INTRUST Bank Arena is a state-of-the-art arena in the heart of downtown Wichita. Opened in 2010, the arena holds 15,100 people comfortably, including more than 20 suites and 40 loge boxes. It features a 50' LED display in the lobby, as well as wraparound LED screens and a central scoreboard inside the arena. It is home to the Wichita Thunder, a minor league hockey team. It also holds several basketball games a year, and serves as the secondary "Home" for Wichita State University Shockers basketball.
- Wichita State Shockers, Charles Koch Arena, ☏ . The sports teams of Wichita State University, fielding NCAA Division I teams in seven men's sports and eight women's sports as the newest member of the American Athletic Conference. With no football program (WSU dropped the sport in 1986), the hot-button sport on campus is men's basketball, which became a national powerhouse, with a Final Four berth in 2013 and an unbeaten 2013–14 regular season. Men's basketball games routinely sell out at the team's main home of Charles Koch Arena on campus and the Intrust Bank Arena. Most other facilities are on campus, with the most notable being Eck Stadium (baseball) and the former football home of Cessna Stadium, now home to WSU track and field and also hosting many local and state high school football games.
- Wichita Wind Surge, 300 S Sycamore St, ☏ . The local Triple-A Pacific Coast League minor league baseball team will begin playing at 5 Riverfront Stadium some time in 2020 (the coronavirus pandemic has delayed the start of that season from April).
- Bradley Fair. This upscale outdoor mall on North Rock Road has many trendy clothing stores found in big cities, as well as a few restaurants, water fountains, and an amazing duck pond.
- Coleman Factory Outlet, 235 N. St. Francis, ☏ . In the Downtown area, the factory outlet doubles as a museum for Coleman's history.
- 1 New Market Square, North Maize Road. This sprawling shopping center has stores ranging from Wal-Mart and Super Target to specialty clothing stores, book stores, restaurants, and more.
- Towne East Square Mall, 7700 East Kellogg Dr, ☏ . M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM. This is a typical indoor shopping mall anchored by Sears, JCPenney, Dillard's and Von Maur.
- Towne West Square Mall, 4600 W. Kellogg Dr (at intersection with Interstate 235), ☏ . M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM. Similar to Towne East. Anchor stores include Sears, Dillard's JCPenney, and Dick's Sporting Goods.
- The Donut Whole, 1720 E. Douglas, ☏ . Daily 6AM-midnight but drive thru does not close. Serving donuts 24/7 with vegan options, locally sourced ingredients, and live music.
- Nu-Way. Serving up tasty burgers and fresh curly fries since 4 Jul 1930. A Wichita staple.
- Il Vicino. Delicious pizza with two Wichita locations.
- Spangles. A local fast food hamburger chain, similar to Steak and Shake, which serves black Angus steak burgers and dairy-free soft-serve ice cream.
- Freddy's Frozen Custard (Freddy's), ☏ . Su-Th 10:30AM-10PM, F Sa 10:30AM-11PM. Locally famous steakburgers, good shoestring fries, and delicious frozen custard makes Freddy's a good place to go. Freddy's has 4 Wichita locations.
- Noodles & Company, 7700 E. Kellogg, Suite 1014 (In the Towne East Mall, Next to Von Maur), ☏ . Serves up tasty noodles and salads. Their specialty is Wisconsin Macaroni and Cheese, but they have a variety of flavors from around the world.
- Sumo by Nambara, 11233 East 13th St N, ☏ . Delicious hibachi-style food and fresh sushi.
- [dead link] Redrock Canyon Grill, 1844 N Rock Road Ct, ☏ . M-Th 5PM-10PM, F 5PM-11PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Delicious food and a fun atmosphere.
- Yokohama Ramen Joint, 613 W Douglas Ave, ☏ . Su-Tu Th 11AM-8PM, F Sa 11AM-9PM, W closed. Small restaurant serving authentic ramen, yakisoba, and other East Asian staples.
- Dempsey's Burger Pub, 3700 E Douglas Avenue #78, ☏ . Kitchen Hours: 11am-10pm Sun-Thurs, 11am-11pm Fri-Sat Bar Hours: 11am-2am, All Week. Local gourmet burger joint serving up wagyu burgers and others.
- [dead link] Dempsey's Biscuit Co, 3425 E Douglas Avenue, ☏ . M-F 11AM-10PM; Sa Su 9AM-2PM and 3-10PM. From-scratch biscuit sandwiches, salads, and hot chicken & waffles. Across Douglas from Dempsey's Burger Pub.
- 1 The Brickyard, 129 N Rock Island Rd, ☏ .
- 2 Indigo Lounge, 126 N Mosley St, ☏ .
- 3 Emerson Biggins Old Town, 808 E. Douglas, ☏ .
- 4 Heroes Bar & Grill, 117 N. Mosley, ☏ . M-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-2AM, Su noon-11PM.
- 5 Joe's Old Town Bar & Grill, 222 N. Washington, ☏ . Daily 11AM-2AM. $1-10.
- 6 Barleycorn's, 608 E. Douglas, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 7 Club Rain, 518 E Douglas, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com.
- 1 Drury Plaza Broadview, 400 W Douglas Ave, ☏ .
- 2 [formerly dead link] Hawthorn Suites Wichita, 2405 N Ridge Rd, ☏ .
- 3 Hotel At Old Town, 830 E 1st St N, ☏ .
- 4 Hyatt Regency, 400 W Waterman St, ☏ , fax: .
- 5 [dead link] Mark 8 Inn Wichita, 1130 N Broadway, ☏ , fax: .
- 6 [dead link] Scotsman Inn Wichita, 5922 W Kellogg (Exit on Dugan Rd), ☏ , fax: .
- 7 Wichita Marriott, 9100 Corporate Hills Dr, ☏ , toll-free: .
- Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection, 104 S Broadway Street, ☏ .
|Routes through Wichita|
|Topeka/Kansas City ← El Dorado ←||N S||→ Blackwell → Oklahoma City|
|Salina ← Park City ←||N S||→ ends → Caldwell → Enid|
|Liberal ← Greensburg ←||W E||→ El Dorado → Nevada|
|Dodge City ← Greensburg ←||W E||→ Jct N S → Jct N S → Baxter Springs → Joplin|