While staying in one of our Wichita Airport hotels, don’t miss out on some of the fun attractions near the airport.
Distance from Wichita Airport: 6.8mi
Exploration Place is a $62 million 98,500 sq. ft. science center designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie. This premier destination for enrichment and entertainment for all ages features a children’s museum and park that will promote learning and fun in a state-of-the-art environment where imaginations can soar.
There are four thematic exhibit areas located in the Island Building: flight, health and human life, people, and places and environments of Kansas.
300 . McLean Blvd., (316) 263-3373
OLD COWTOWN MUSEUMDistance from Wichita Airport: 7.2mi
History comes to life at the Old Cowtown Museum! Historic 17 acre open air living history museum with 35 exhibit areas depicting life in Wichita and Sedgwick County during the period 1865 to 1880. There are historic buildings complete with period furnishings, art objects, clothing, industrial machinery, craft tools, and farm equipment. There is also a living collection of livestock including longhorn cattle, horses, and Dominique chickens.
1871 Sim Park Drive, 264-6398/264-0241
MID-AMERICA ALL INDIAN CENTER MUSEUMDistance from Wichita Airport: 6.5mi
Native Wichita artist Blackbear Bosin’s famous 44-foot sculpture “Keeper of the Plains” stands at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers on land where the Wichita tribe camped a hundred years ago.
The Mid-America All Indian Center Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Native American heritage, culture and traditions. It is a frequent site for Indian Pow-Wows.
Visit the Indian Center Museum and see exhibitions of artwork and artifacts of Native Americans. Shop for Native American art, jewelry, breadwork, books, pottery and souvenirs in the Museum Gift Shop.
650 North Seneca, 262-5221
SEDGWICK COUNTY ZOO
Distance from Wichita Airport: 6.5mi
Sedgwick County Zoo
Animals of the world roam their “native” veldt, birds fly free in a tropical rain forest. North American Prairie Exhibit features the animals of the frontier including grizzly bears, bison, wolves, antelopes, and eagles. Unique “sky walk” over bison and antelope herds; “walk through” prairie dog town. The Koch Orangutan and Chimpanzee Habitat allows multi-level viewing from a 10-foot overlook of the zoo’s 12 chimps and seven orangs.
This nationally renowned Zoo is the 18th largest in the U.S. and is the state’s most popular tourist attraction with nearly half a million visitors annually.
5555 Zoo Blvd., 942-2212
BOTANICA, THE WICHITA GARDENSDistance from Wichita Airport: 7.2mi
Formal gardens, wildflowers, waterfalls and woodland walks await you just west of downtown in Sim Park. Plants and flowers, both native and new to the area, thrive at Botanica.
701 Amidon, 264-9799
OLD TOWN DISTRICTDistance from Wichita Airport: 7.6mi
The red-brick warehouse district of early Wichita has been transformed into one of the city’s most popular concentration of shopping, entertainment and dining possibilities. Old Town Underground offers an eclectric array of shops offering delightful and unusual wares. The Wichita Farm & Art Market, located at the corner of 1st. & Mosley in a remodeled warehouse, houses a variety of specialty shops including a bakery and cafe. The farmers’ market is held on the weekends in the large outdoor plaza featuring local artisans and local farmer’s fresh fruits and vegetables.
835 E. First, 262-3555