Top 100 things to do in Wichita

Experience Wichita as a local with our list of the 100 best things to do in Wichita. Technically, the number exceeds 100 because I haven’t been able to make enough cuts.

Whether you’re looking for family fun, unique culinary or brewery experiences, museums, live music, shopping, sports, or date nights, Wichita has a lot more to do than most people realize. Rest assured, this list is not sponsored or influenced by anyone. All of this is written by locals who spend their time and money experiencing what this city really has to offer.

World Treasures Museum

History, science and the arts

  • Explore the rich historical and cultural heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County at the Wichita County Sedgwick Historical Museum.
  • No visit to Wichita is complete without a stop at the most famous statue, The Keeper of the Plains.
  • Get a glimpse into life in the 1870s at the Old Cowtown Museum, with daily exhibits and displays.
  • One of the striking 21st-century rooms can be found in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House.
  • Enjoy amazing artwork filling MarkArts or take part in an art or cooking class.
  • Check out to see the Kansas African American Museum, the number one place where communities come to learn about or tell the story of African American Kansas.
  • Witness the passion for performance as the city’s top performers take to the stage at the Wichita Musical Theatre, Kitchee Theatre, Forum Theatre, or the 2nd Century Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Learn something new at CityArts which offers workshops and lessons in a variety of creative topics such as pottery, photography, glassblowing, drawing, painting, and silversmithing.
  • Air Capital means you have to stop by the Kansas Aviation Museum.
  • Head to the Wichita Museum of Art, the Ulrich Museum of Art, or the Wichita Art Center to browse some of the city’s best galleries for free.
  • It’s all on board at the Great Plains Transportation Museum.
  • Discover Native American history and culture at The Mid-America All-Indian Center.
  • Experience a journey through time at the Museum of World Treasures, where history comes alive.
  • The history of food can be found in the Pizza Hut Museum, the original Pizza Hut building.
  • Come see the thousands of interesting and historical firefighting items at the Kansas Firefighter Museum.
  • Get creative with MakeICT or GoCreate, two of the city’s manufacturing venues.
  • Go to the Wichita Toy Train Club and Museum where you will find several working toy trains set up in its scenic toy setting, along with displays of toy trains and collectibles related to toy train brands.
  • Participate in First Friday, the gallery crawls for thousands of students, families, and art lovers to participate in local art each month at unique locations downtown and across town.
  • Experience science in interactive ways and let your imagination come alive at Exploration Place.
Norton Brewing Company

Food and drink

  • Check out what’s available at our local breweries like Hopping Gnome Brewing, PourHouse, Wichita Brewing Company, Third Place Brewing, Central Standard Brewing or Limestone Beer Co. or River City Brewing Co.
  • Take a step ahead and check out the outdoor igloos in the cooler months at Norton Brewing Co.
  • Gather your friends and head to PM Sessions at the Canvas. There you can enjoy a special multi-course blind meal where everything is decided for you with 10-12 of the closest foodies.
  • Looking for a date night? We have a great list of places to check out.
  • Stroll the areas of Revolutsia or Clifton Square where foods of all kinds await.
  • Cook your own food at Gangnam Korean BBQ on a gas stove built into the table.
  • Make a toast at one of the many local wineries and wine bars such as Alzavino Wine Tavern, Jenny Dawn Cellars, Grace Hill Winery, Wyldewood Cellars and Fleur De Vin.
  • Spend an afternoon in one of Wichita’s best patios.
  • Grab some dim sum on the weekend at Pho Le’s or Tom’s Lotus Garden.
  • Watch the planes come and go at Stearman Airfield Bar & Grill and enjoy an afternoon on the large patio overlooking the runway.
  • Grab some shrimp and a cooking show at one of the local hibachi spots: Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, Sumo by Nambara and Old Tokyo Steakhouse.
  • Tastefully order fare from one of the city’s beloved food trucks at events like the Southside Food Truck Rally at Blood Orchards or food truck gatherings hosted by the Wichita Food Truck Alliance like Food Trucks at the Fountain.
  • Pick berries, visit goats, or enjoy a farm-to-table meal at Elderslie Farm.
  • If all else fails, Wichita is home to one of the most eclectic restaurants. Here’s a sample of some of the best in town.
Orpheum Theatre

Nightlife and entertainment

  • Enjoy some live boots from the biggest shows at Wave, Intrust Bank Arena, or The Cotillion.
  • Enjoy watching AMC theaters or one of Regal Warren’s theaters.
  • Do you want to watch a movie under the stars? Starlite Drive-In is your answer.
  • Enrich yourself with live orchestral music thanks to the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
  • Learn a board game or two at Hero Complex Games & Entertainment or Wizards Asylum.
  • Compete against the house and gamble your way to big winnings at Kansas Star Casino or CrossWinds Casino.
  • Laugh all night long at The Looney Bin.
  • Sing your heart out at one of the city’s many karaoke spots.
  • Stop by the Orpheum Theater which does everything from touring nationally musical artists, as well as host film series, comedies, and dance groups.
  • Find out if you’re the next Bob Ross in Paint the Town.
  • Grab a console, beer and a seat at Headshot Bar & Grill where over 1,000 video games are at your disposal.
  • Channel your inner lumberjack to either Ax to Grind or Blade & Timber for some classic ax throwing.
  • Lots of local music that can be enjoyed at many bars such as Barleycorn’s, Kirby’s Beer Store, The Shamrock or The Brickyard.
  • Learn to dance at Kelcy’s Dance Studio, Sway Ballroom, A Step Ahead Dance Studio, or Wichita Union Stockyards.
  • Enjoy a dinner and show at Roxy’s Downtown, Crown Uptown Theatre, Mosley Street Melodrama or Prairie Pines Playhouse.
  • You never know what will happen next in Flying Pig Improvement.
  • Don’t forget to take up some free space at Bingo Casino as Bingo is available seven days a week.
Botanica

outdoor and adventure

  • Put on your swimsuit and head to Splash Aqua Park. Make your way around a series of inflatable slides, walkways, jumping cushions, and bouncers all connected together and float into a large refreshing lake.
  • Experience the fun of equestrianism at the Wichita Riding Academy.
  • Make your way to Bliss Climbing & Fitness and discover your love of rock climbing.
  • Whether you are a beginner or a professional, hone your archery skills like Diamond Archery.
  • Connect with nature at the Great Plains Nature Center.
  • Sit on the grass in Naftzger Park and enjoy the weather.
  • Get wet and wild at Rock River Rapids, the premiere water park in south-central Kansas.
  • Stroll the peaceful gardens of Botanica. Make sure to ride the carousel while you are there.
Riverfront Stadium

Sports

Nifty Note House

the shopping

Wichita Alley

family friendly

  • Blow out your own decorations at Karg Art Glass or stop by to visit a glassblowing studio and gallery in town.
  • Get up close and personal with the animals at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, where getting a hand is part of the attraction.
  • Get cool and do some business sign design work at Board & Brush.
  • Visit one of the state’s biggest attractions at Sedgwick County Zoo, home to 3,000 individual animals from nearly 400 species.
  • Put the quarters away at The Arcade and enjoy all you can play classic video games for the low price of $10.
  • Closer closer to the stars at the Lake Afton General Observatory.
  • Visit Wichita’s largest public library, the Advanced Learning Library, designed to meet the distinct needs of youth groups from birth to teens, an audiovisual studio, 3D printing, and a number of collaboration spaces,
  • Board the Q-Line and explore Delano, Old Town, Douglas Design District and Clifton Square.
  • Take the family to All Star Sports for some mini golf, arcades, bumper buggies, buggies and more
  • Head to OJ Watson Park and ride a train, kayak and pedal boat, or play volleyball and ride ponies.
  • Travel back 65 million years ago to Field Station: Dinosaurs for a unique prehistoric experience featuring over 40 life-size, animatronic and realistic dinosaurs.
  • If you want to see some animals on a cheap budget, visit the free Kansas Wildlife Exhibit.
  • Choose one of the many activities you can do at Chicken N Pickle. Whether it’s pickle ball, ice skating, yard games, or live music, there’s a lot of fun going on.
  • With over 120 parks in Wichita, you are guaranteed to find one that is right for you to spend your afternoon in.
  • Put on your skates at the Carousel Skating Center and make your way around the rink.
  • Buy a game card and work your way to rewards in the Dave & Busters, Round1, Pizza Ranch or Emerson Biggins game room.
  • Do you think you have what it takes to compete in the pinball tournament? Check out Wichita Pinball for tournaments and tournaments that are held around town.
  • A quarter mile race in 3:16 Slotcar Racetrack where old fashioned car racing takes place awaits you.
  • Solve puzzles required to escape the room in The Room, Entrap Games, or Escapology.
  • Put on your bowling shoes and drop some pins at The Alley, Northrock Lanes, West Acres and Seneca Bowl.
MyGym Wichita

For kids only

  • Let the little ones lose at My Jim Wichita. Exercise, play, gymnastics, they have it all.
  • Your kids can create their own experiences in the creativity room, which builds new brain pathways to encourage more creativity.
  • Get in the sky at the trampoline parks at Aviate or the Urban Air Trampoline Park.
  • Real mermaids are waiting for you at The Enchanted Mermaid.
  • Relax on a splashpad in one of the many interactive fountains around town.
  • Create a childhood party mansion in the bounce house of your dreams in Jumpy Jump Land.
Wichita Asian Festival

Festivals and events

  • Enjoy the music at the Bradley Show with their summer music series.
  • Head downtown for the biggest foodie event in town with Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff.
  • Populate the streets with Open Streets ICT where traffic is closed and open for cycling, walking, running, dancing, yoga and more!
  • Attending the Wichita Asian Festival, which aims to promote cultural awareness among various Asian groups and provides a way to keep the expression of Asian cultural arts alive.
  • Enjoy your main offal the year after the annual Cancer Crawl.
  • Show your appreciation for the cinematic arts at the Tallgrass Film Festival.
  • Immerse yourself in comic book culture and all things geek at Air Capital ComicCon and celebrate the art of cosplay and gaming in all its forms.
  • Get your own barbecue at Smoke on the Plains Derby BBQ & Music Fest.
  • Creativity, food and fun culminate in an event called Autumn and Art that draws thousands annually.
  • Celebrate German heritage with handcrafted beer and sausage at ICT Bloktoberfest.
  • The joy of Christmas is best enjoyed with the first light show which is illuminations.
  • This annual festival celebrates all that’s going on for garlic at Orie’s Garlic Fest.
  • Every second is Taco Tuesday at Wichita Taco Fest where the best gather to see who can make the best tacos.
  • Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day the right way with the Delano Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
  • Enjoy Big Days of Andover, a four-day festival of food, fun and entertainment.
  • Enjoy good music, good art, and good times at the Wichita River Festival.

This concludes the top 100 things to do in Wichita. Which of them stand out as your favourites? Drop them in the comments below.


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