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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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
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
The Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology at Wichita State University seeks to broaden and enhance knowledge of the world's diverse cultures, their histories, and their people. Museum collections focus on Pacific Rim cultures, including Japan, Korea, China, and Southeast Asia;Wichita, KS Museums
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
The heritage of a great people awaits you at the Kansas African American Museum. View thousands of artifacts that reflect the diverse contributions and history of the African culture, including traditional and contemporary African and African American art.Wichita, KS Museums