Wichita Kansas is the largest city in the state, and it's full of great attractions that can satisfy a range of tastes and preferences. Speaking of tastes, over 1,000 restaurants call Wichita home, so finding something good to eat is as easy as finding things to do. While many cities in Kansas are culturally-rich, Wichita remains the state's cultural center, and it boasts a number of excellent museums and performing arts groups. On the last Friday of each month, an array of Wichita museums and art galleries stay open late as part of the Final Friday Gallery Crawl, which is a nice treat for visiting museum and art aficionados. Getting bored on a Wichita vacation won't be easy, and there's plenty to enjoy in the greater Wichita area if you feel like exploring.
When looking for museums to add to your Wichita travel agenda, the Wichita Art Museum is always an option. It's the largest museum in Kansas, and it boasts permanent collections that feature some 7,000 works. You'll find this large museum resting along the Arkansas River, where some of the city's other top museums can be found. Other museums in the same vicinity include the Old Cowtown Museum and the Mid-American All-Indian Center and Museum. The Old Cowtown Museum is a living history museum, and its exhibits focus mostly on life in the southern Kansas plains during the latter 1800s. Interestingly enough, this museum contains some live animals, such as horses and chickens. As for the Mid-American All-Indian Center and Museum, it's a great place to learn more about the Native Americans who called the Kansas plains home for centuries. These museums are just some of the museums that you can visit on a Wichita vacation, and if you head over to the Wichita State University campus, museums like the Ulrich Museum of Art and the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology await you. Visiting museums is one of the top things to do in Wichita, partly because of the fact that there are so many good ones.
Back along the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, Exploration Place attracts visitors who are interested in learning more about the natural history of Kansas. The exhibits here also focus on things like the history of flight and general science. There are interactive exhibits that visitors of all ages will enjoy, which helps to make Exploration Place one of the top Wichita attractions. While you can learn a little bit about flight at Exploration Place, the Kansas Aviation Museum shouldn't be missed either if you are interested in things that fly. You can find the Kansas Aviation Museum on the southeast fringe of town. Museums abound in Wichita, and the ones mentioned thus far don't comprise all of them. In the Old Town section of Wichita, which is known for its bars, shops, restaurants, and museums, you can visit the Museum of World Treasures or cruise on over to the Great Plains Transportation Museum. The Wichita-Sedgwick Country Historical Museum is just one more museum in Wichita Kansas that deserves mention.
Suffice it to say that Wichita is full of museums, but they aren't the only attractions here. A bunch of good zoos can be found in Kansas, and the Sedgwick County Zoo is one of the best. This wildly popular Kansas tourist attraction houses more than 2,500 animals from 500 different animal species. In addition to checking out the terrific Sedgwick County Zoo during your Wichita vacation, you can also consider making a trip to the Tanganyika Wildlife Park, where you can do things like feed giraffes and ride on a camel. Getting close up looks of creatures like white Bengal tigers and black rhinos is a treat that any animal lover will appreciate. You'll find the Tanganyika Wildlife Park in the small city of Goddard, which is just a few miles outside of Wichita.
Wichita travel can involve many different kinds of activities, and if you like to golf, there are a few area courses that might pique your interest. The Sand Creek Station Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course that is among the best golf courses in Kansas. In fact, Golf Week Magazine has it ranked as the 24th best municipal course in the country. Should you feel like adding a few side trips to your Wichita travel itinerary, the city of Hutchinson with its Cosmosphere and Space Center is just 60 miles away. The sky is pretty much the limit when it comes to all the fun things that you can do in Wichita Kansas. Find yourself a good Wichita hotel today, and start planning your own fun-filled Wichita vacation.
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