When you land in Wichita, you’ll find yourself in a crossroads of history and modernity. Not only will you have the opportunity to see this city’s great impact on the aviation industry, but you can also learn about its transformation from a cattle and settlement town to what it is today.
For your first stop, discover Old Town. As you walk through the brick-lined streets, take advantage of over 100 local shops, restaurants, and live entertainment venues. You’ll notice unique converted brick warehouses that have been preserved from the late 1800s. These features, along with other distinctive historic accents, are what give Old Town its unmatchable charm. Take a trip to the Museum of World Treasures or catch the farmers market for delicious fresh produce and unique handmade goods. If you’d like to explore different forms of art from the area, pop into City Arts Gallery. Here, visitors can engage in educational trainings from local artists and explore current exhibits.
For live entertainment, visit Orpheum Theater in the downtown area. This historic atmospheric theater is considered one of the first of its kind in the United States and offers tours for visitors. Once you’ve gotten a feel for Wichita from a historical perspective, spend some time exploring new additions to the city by walking the Arkansas River Trail. Along this ten-mile trail, cyclists, runners, and walkers come together to enjoy the outdoors. It’s also a great way to stop by shops, museums, and stadiums while you’re becoming acquainted with the area.
Of course, your trip to Wichita wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Old Cowtown Museum. Transport yourself to the mid- to late-1800s and explore this unique history museum. Through unique textiles and preserved artifacts, learn how Wichita’s transformation from a frontier settlement took place.
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Things to do in Wichita.
- Arkansas River Trail
- Botanica, The Wichita Gardens
- Great Plains Nature Center
- Museum of World Treasures
- Ulrich Museum of Art
- Wichita Art Museum
- Orpheum Theatre
- Wichita Grand Opera
- Wichita Symphony Orchestra