Fun Things to Do in Beautiful Wichita, Kansas
The locals here may complain about having nothing to do in Wichita, Kansas, but the truth is far from that. Wichita is Kansas’s second biggest city, sitting at a population of nearly 400,000 people. Maybe you’re passing through or want a reason to stop in Wichita, but here are the must dos if you only have 48 hours here.
You couldn’t possibly come to Wichita and ignore this attraction which is why it made the first spot on the list. The Keeper of the Plains is a 44 foot tall statue featuring a Native American, standing between the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers. Wichita is full of Native American History, and as such, this statue was commissioned to Native American sculptor and painter, Blackbear Bosin.
The Keeper of the Plains has become Wichita’s most iconic images, featured on a number of Wichita websites, newspapers, postcards, etc., becoming a symbol of the city. The statue is surrounded by several displays that provide information on the local Native American tribes.
Also, every evening the Keeper is lit with the Ring of Fire. Click here to see the Ring of Fire lighting times. Prepare to spend 15 minutes to an hour here, depending on how long you want to walk around the river.
One of Wichita’s well known breakfast/lunch diner’s is the food stop to make. All of their menu items are homemade and not one item on their menu is not worth trying. On Sundays they only serve a buffet and a few select items from their menu.
The only downside to Doo-Dah Diner are the wait times on the weekends (45 minutes to an hour), but don’t let that deter you from trying them out. If anything, the long wait times speak loudly about how awesome the food is. To avoid the long wait times on the weekend, go early in the mornings, before 9 A.M., or call ahead and put your name on the waiting list. Weekdays are usually easier to get in.
Doo-Dah Diner has friendly staff; the waiters and waitresses are very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu.
This three story museum features dinosaurs, mummies, military relics, and so much more. The museum is informative and interesting with lots of interactive elements to keep you and your kids engaged. Admissions are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for kids ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free! Prepare to spend about 2 hours here.
These gardens are gorgeous all year long. Bring your walking shoes because with long trails and hundreds of species of plants, you can easily spend a good chunk of the day here. The Wichita Botanica Gardens feature a special Chinese inspired garden, a senses exploration garden, a butterfly garden, and an entire section with interactive play dedicated to kids. Admissions are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors/military, and $5 for kids ages 3-11. Children 2 and under are free! Prepare to spend about 2 hours here.
Yee-hah! Take a trip back in time to Wichita’s old west. Cowtown features real buildings from 1800’s Kansas as well as replicas of these buildings. You can enter all of the buildings to take a peek at how people lived 120+ years ago. From churches, schoolhouses, Doctor’s offices, and so much more, Cowtown delivers on the old west experience. While you’re here, catch the gun fight show that occurs twice a day or relax with a snack from the saloon. Or talk to the actors who can demonstrate blacksmithing or printing.
Prices are $7.75 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $6.00 for youth ages 12-17, $5.50 for children ages 4-11, and children under 3 are free! Prepare to spend about 1-2 hours here.