Along the banks of the Arkansas River stretches Wichita, the largest city in Kansas, and one of the most colorful. This "River City" was once a cowtown, where cowhands from the Chisholm Trail and settlers heading west stopped for supplies, hospitality, culture and entertainment. The same could be said for travelers today. Wichita, with its charming neighborhoods, a vibrant Old Town District, zoo and Western Heritage, is still one of the best places to stop for first-class cultural attractions, shopping, irresistible food and fascinating festivals. There is plenty to discover on the outskirts of the big city, too. Quaint little towns are waiting with museums and parks and hand-crafted treasures. That's why so many people gather at the river every year and have a grand time.
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St. Mary's Cathedral "Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception" is the proper name of this church which is the direct successor of the First Catholic Church in Wichita built in 1872. The building you will see was laid in 1906. The tour takes approximately 45-60 minutes. Please call (316) 263-6Wichita, KS Tours
One of the signature attractions in Kansas, Exploration Place is a center for creativity, fun and imagination on the banks of the Big Arkansas River. Discover hundreds of hands-on exhibits for people of all ages. Explore four unique theme areas, including flight; health and human life;Wichita, KS Discovery Centers
Not a typical riverside residence in the least, but definitely one of the boldest homes built during the early period of Wichita's illustrious growth is the Campbell Castle. Built in 1888 by Burton Harvey Campbell, this architectural masterpiece was duplicated from architectural drawings of the "Wichita, KS Historic Homes
Visitors to the 247-acre Sedgwick County Zoo can see more than 2,500 amazing animals in eight imaginative and naturalistic exhibits including the African Veldt, a North American Prairie, Children's Farm, Koch Orangutan & Chimpanzee Habitat, a Herpetarium, and Jungle.Wichita, KS Zoos
The Aley Mansion was built in 1887 by William Henry Sternberg and is notable for its high-style Queen Anne Architecture. The home's prior occupants and history is well documented as are the works of W.H. Sternberg who not only built the Aley Mansion but built buildings across the country (Wichita, KS Historic Homes