Looking for affordable family fun this summer? Kansas’ largest city, Wichita, checks all the boxes. Wichita is not only loaded with family-friendly activities, many of the city’s most popular attractions are participating in the 2023 Sunflower Summer program, which allows all Kansas students along with up to two adults free admission from May 26 to Aug. 13. That means FREE admission at 15 Wichita attractions all summer long!

With that many attractions to visit, plan for an extended stay or a long weekend in Wichita, the Heart of the Country. Heck, you may have to plan more than one getaway to Wichita this summer in order to visit all 15 attractions!

Those wishing to take part in the Sunflower Summer Program just need to download the app. For complete program details, see this guide.

Sunflower Summer App

Making memories with the kiddos doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg! Did you know that the Sunflower Summer app, developed by the Kansas Department of Education, gives students (K-12) and parents the opportunity to explore dozens of attractions across the state, FOR FREE? This app will allow families to explore participating locations, make some memories, have a blast, and maybe even learn a thing or two along the way. 

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Wichita attractions participating in 2023 Sunflower Summer include: 

Botanica Wichita

Exploration Place

Field Station: Dinosaurs

Great Plains Nature Center

The Kansas African American Museum

Kansas Aviation Museum

Kansas Wildlife Exhibit at Riverside Park

Mid-America All-Indian Museum

Museum of World Treasures

Old Cowtown Museum

Sedgwick County Zoo

Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Wichita-Sedgwick Co. Historical Museum

Wichita Art Museum

Sunflower Summer Sunday with Wichita Wind Surge

In addition to visiting 15 fantastic museums and attractions in Wichita for free, you’ll find lots of other free and affordable activities such as viewing the “Ring of Fire” at the Keeper of the Plains and taking selfies in front of murals and public art throughout the city.

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor adventures, like exploring nature and wildlife, or indoor activities like educational and hands-on experiences, you'll find things to do for the entire family in Wichita.

Wichita Family taking a group selfie

The Heart of the Country is jam-packed with cultural experiencesshopping and delicious local restaurants. Plus, there are always fun events and a steady stream of concerts in Wichita no matter when you visit. Browse the full event calendar for upcoming activities taking place while you're here and take a look at our full list of things to do for even more inspiration. With so many engaging attractions and events, you'll discover why all kids, and the kid in all of us, love visiting Wichita.

There is so much to do in the Heart of the Country, you'll have to book a hotel to be able to experience it all. Wichita has more than 8,100 rooms for every type of family, from affordable hotels to spacious family-friendly suites and top-of-the-line, full-service hotels in every region of the city. Hotels with pools, both indoor and outdoor, can be found at various price points as well. Find a place to stay with this guide.

Old Mill Tasty Shop Wichita