Whether you’re just visiting Wichita, or you’re a longtime resident, chances are that you need some fresh ideas of things to do when you have some free time. Believe it or not, Wichita has some great places that you may not have been before that are well worth your visit.
The Keeper of the Plains
If you’re a resident of Wichita, you’ve probably heard of The Keeper of the Plains before, although it is still worth mentioning. The Keeper of the Plains is a 44 ft steel sculpture standing at the merge point of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers, close to downtown Wichita. Surrounding the base of the sculpture is a ring of fire that is generally lit at dusk every day. Near the statue are displays describing the local Native American tribes that used to inhabit the Wichita area. If you haven’t visited The Keeper of the Plains, be sure to stop by when you have a chance.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park
Different than a conventional zoo, Tanganyika Wildlife Park gives a more hands on experience for its visitors. The open area allows you to walk around and enjoy wild animals such as lemurs, giraffes and plenty of other exotic animals. Great for children, the personal and up close experiences with the animals will have you and your family wanting to visit again and again. If you haven’t swam with penguins before, Tanganyika Wildlife Park is the spot to be at. Trust us, it’s worth it.
Botanica the Wichita Gardens
Although the most popular times of the year to visit Botanica are spring and summer, every season has something unique to offer. With over 4000 species of plants covering 18 acres, Botanica the Wichita Gardens offers a peaceful and beautiful experience that you can take at your own pace. Be sure to visit the Butterfly Pansy House within the gardens.
Kansas Aviation Museum
Wichita, the “Air Capital of the World”, has a rich history of airplane manufacturing and airplane flying. Formerly the Wichita Municipal Airport, the Kansas Aviation Museum is a home to many smaller airplanes, such as Learjets, and many larger airplanes like the B-52. If airplanes are your thing, you’ll want to stop by the aviation museum. Both indoors and outdoors, the museum will give you an up close and hands on experience with many different types of planes.
Old Cowtown Museum
At the Old Cowtown Museum, the clock gets turned back a hundred or so years to bring you back into the late 1800s where gunslinging cowboys and banjos are a part of everyday life. The replica 1870s village includes 54 buildings with artifacts and clothing from the wild west of Wichita. If you’re looking for a fun time exploring the history of an early Wichita town, you’ll definitely want to visit the Old Cowtown Museum.