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.
Explore Wichita Area
Historic Engine House No. 6 - The year is 1910. Imagine a pair of matched fire horses, Tom and Dick, in their stalls, one on each side of the apparatus floor, awaiting their next run. The Armstrong harnesses are hanging from the ceiling in readiness. (The pulleys are still there.)Wichita, KS Museums
Spanning over one hundred years of Wichita's proud history, the Wichita Scottish Rite was designed by noted Architects, Proudfoot and Bird, and boasts one of the most ornate surroundings in the downtown area. Listed on the National Register of Historic PlacesWichita, KS Historic Buildings
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
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