Wichita is the largest and most visited city in Kansas. With celebrity-frequented restaurants, the seventh-largest zoo in the United States and over 50 museums and attractions, you will never get bored in the Heart of the Country. A single day would only scratch the surface of what Wichita has to offer. So, plan a week or at least a weekend to truly explore this vibrant Midwest City.
Explore over 60 Keepers on Parade sculptures
One of the most visited and photographed attractions in Wichita is the Keeper of the Plains. This breathtaking, 44-foot-tall sculpture is beautiful by day or night. This original work by Blackbear Bosin inspired the creation of smaller versions called Keepers on Parade. These 10-foot-tall sculptures are scattered throughout Wichita with 14 in downtown Wichita.
More than 60 Keepers are on display, showcasing Native American history and culture. Some Keepers on Parade names and locations include Keeper of a Brighter Future by Michella Tripoli at the Advanced Learning Library, Grow and Flourish by Delilah Reed at Clifton Square and Keeper of a World Transformed by Grace Shively at INTRUST Bank Arena. Other popular spots with Keepers on Parade sculptures are B-29 Doc Hangar, Bradley Fair and Sedgwick County Zoo.
Flow through the Museums on the River
The Arkansas River flows through Wichita, and on its path, you can experience six museums and attractions along a 5-mile span. Enjoy Botanica Wichita, the ultimate garden with over 4,000 native plants and world-class traveling exhibits. Exploration Place is Kansas’ premier science center with aviation, geography and science from around the world.
Museums include Mid-America All-Indian Museum, Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita Baseball Museum. You get to experience outdoor gardens, history and culture, art and sports along the Arkansas River.
Savor every bite at the best restaurants
Wichita has more than 1,200 locally owned restaurants giving visitors a taste of the culinary prowess of the destination. Visitor favorites include Doo-Dah Diner, which actor Harrison Ford visits regularly when he is in town, and indoor and outdoor play and dining at Chicken N Pickle. Enjoy a collection of steakhouses like Newport Grill, BBQ at B&C Barbeque Pub and Grill, the best seafood at Chester’s Chophouse and Wine Bar and enjoy Mediterranean food at YaYa’s Eurobistro. End your day with farm-to-table food and nightlife at Public Brickyard or something sweet from Papa’s General Store.
This isn’t half of what you can experience in Wichita. With over 8,000 hotel rooms, stay in comfortable accommodations. Have the whole experience at Hotel at Old Town with the Keepers on Parade statue by Keen Kutter, local history and amazing dining at The 1906 Bar & Lounge. Numerous full-service hotels are waiting to be booked. Stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport or Staybridge Suites Wichita for the best lounging.
Chicken N Pickle - Wichita
Explore your own wanderlust when you plan a weeklong excursion to Wichita. Visit Wichita has all the resources you need to make your stay epic. Learn more about planning your trip at https://www.visitwichita.com/.