Wichita Journals

What to Do Around Wichita

A travel journal to Wichita by meadowlark

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Quote: Safe from the hordes of tourists crowding other interesting destinations, Wichita--the largest city in Kansas--has a lot to offer tourists even if you are just passing through on a cross-country road trip.

What to Do Around Wichita

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Outdoor Museums: Not to be missed are Cowtown, which recreates life in Wichita in the 1800's when it was a town on the cattle drive route from Texas to Abilene, KS, and the Sedgwick County Zoo, which features the first, and maybe only, of its kind--the North American Prairie exhibit complete with bears, otters, bison, prarie dogs, and even a boat ride. Riverside Parks: The riverside parks in the downtown and riverside areas offer not only great walking and cycling paths but great art as well. Local wood sculptor Gino Salerno has carved and painted tree trunks all through the area while in the downtown area there are numerou...Read More
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Known by locals as Crumm Castle or Campbell Castle, this 19th century Romanesque Scottish castle was almost demolished before money was raised to save this historical landmark (built in 1888) and make it into a B&B. Set in the riverside area along the river and next to Oak Park. This newly renovated & restored B&B offers one of a kind "old-world" elegance (although at a hefty price for Wichita!). Riverside is only 5-10 minutes for the museums and downtown and about 10-15 minutes to local restaurants and/or the mall. There are also many scenic cycle paths in this area as well.Rooms are ~$250 / night. On their website, you can see a virtual tour of all of the different rooms.For ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

The Castle Inn Riverside
1155 N River Blvd
Wichita, Kansas 67203
(316) 263-9300

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Connie's is a family-run favorite on Broadway offering homeade Mexican food the way it should be. The ambience is very casual with booths or tables/chairs. There's plenty of seating in the back (no-smoking area). No reservations are necessary.Try the tacos or a combination plate. The taco shells are made fresh, the meat and potatoes are put inside then the combination is deep-fat fried. After the shell is cooked, the tacos are removed from the oil and fresh salad is put in. Mmmm... It really is quite tasty (even if greasy). Free chips and salsa are served while you wait for your food to be cooked. Meal including drink can easily be had for < $10 /person. <$5 if you just w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Connie's Mexico Cafe
2227 N Broadway Street
Wichita, Kansas 67219
(316) 832-9636

Felipe's Restaurant -Or

Restaurant | "Felipe's Restaurant"

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Felipe's is a nice family run Mexican restaurant with locations on the West (original), East side of town (newest), and South (I've not been to this one). It is a family style restuarant with a pleasant ambience. The decor is Mexican themed but not overdone. The East location is a much newer building is a nicer dining area.The food here is authentic and tasty. You are safe with most any dish. The food is not spicy (unless requested) and there are many choices that you would not find at more American-ized chains. We have also been eating here for over 20 years. I likely the tasty cheesy dishes. Favorites here also include tamales, enchiladas, chimichangas, or burritos. Chips and salsa are s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Felipe's Restaurant -Or
3434 W Central Avenue
Wichita, Kansas 67203
(316) 942-7794

De Fazio's

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De Fazio's is a family-run restaurant offering some of the best, and most authentic, Italian food in town. Great for a quiet night out or you can reserve part of it for a large group or party.Anything on the menu is a safe bet; most dishes are less than $10 for an entree that includes soup or salad and garlic bread. I prefer the cream of mushroom soup but my brother prefers the minestrone.Our family has been patronizing this restaurant for over 20 years. We enjoy the high food quality and affordable prices. There are a number of national chains of Italian food in town but none come close to the quality and authenticity here.The style is casual, but the ambience is n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

De Fazio's
2706 Amidon Street
Wichita, Kansas
(316) 838-0709

Doc's Steak House

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This down-home family run steak house is just a few blocks from my house and collects a real local crowd to its dimly lit faux wood-panelled 1970's dining rooms. The main entrees (mainly steaks plus some chicken, pork chops, and even clam strips) come with a choice of salad (they have a special garlic salad that is quite good and unique to them), choice of bread, an choice of potato (with the main meal). Most of the meals are under $10 (even the steaks). My favorite dish is the bison ground steak with french fries, garlic toast and garlic salad (that's about $7 or $8).Doc's is definitely a local establishment. The building my parents say was a series of add-on's to some now undiscernable s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Doc's Steak House
1515 N Broadway Street
Wichita, Kansas 67214
(316) 264-4735

Pho

Restaurant | "Kim Huang"

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There is a large Vietnamese community in Wichita and they eat here. Don't be fooled into going to Saigon--the more Americanized restaurant just north on 13th. This locally-owned restaurant is charmingly decorated and offers an excellent selection of Vietnamese food. I first went here with one of my Vietnamese friends but since go back all the time. It is very close to St. Francis hospital so convenient for lunch if you work in that area. The food quality is the best of the several Vietnamese restaurants on Broadway. If you are unfamiliar with the fare, ask for suggestions or request the picture menu. I like the rice noodles with barbecued pork and peanut sauce (you have to special request ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Pho
1015 N Broadway Street
Wichita, Kansas
(316) 267-8188

River City Brewery

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This trendy restaurant in Old Town has a old-western decor but is very new with wooden booths and tables. The dining area is quite large (and thus can be a bit noisier--good for family or group, not quiet date), but can fill up quickly since this is a popular area. Come early or call to make reservation.

They have many local brews as well as offering unique menu selections such as bison burgers (my favorite!). Great for lunch or dinner or for a pint before heading to some of the country music clubs in the area. Slight warning on the lemon-pepper chicken though (not so good). Most meals are under $10.

Parking is next to restaurant or in many lots around Old Town area.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

River City Brewery
150 N Mosley Street
Wichita, Kansas 67202
(316) 263-2739

Wichita River Festival

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The Wichita River Festival is the largest and most popular festival in Wichita each year and draws crowds from the surrounding area. The fun begins a week early with the beginning of the Wichita Eagle Medallion Hunt. A new clue is published in the paper each morning to the secret location of the medallion (in some public area--often a park). The hunt is quite popular since the prize for finding the medallion is several thousand dollars plus your picture in the paper. The Festival continues with traditional events such as the Sundown Parade which features local area high school marching bands (there are more than a dozen) and a float competition by different commu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Wichita River Festival
1820 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, Kansas 67214
(316) 267-2817

Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center

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Attraction | "Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center"

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This museum traces the history of man in space from the invention of rocketry through to the international space station. Associated with the Smithsonian, the museum not only houses an amazing number of artifacts and lifesize models of the different space crafts, suits, and other equipment, but does restoration work as well. For example, you can see from behind a class wall, scientists restoring the actual Apollo 13 model that the astronauts returned to earth in after almost near disaster! There are also life-size models of the lunar modal that was left on the moon and a rover. Including a completely round domed IMAX theatre and the museum you need at least half a day ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center
1100 N Plum Street
Hutchinson, Kansas 67501
(620) 662-2305

Sedgwick County Zoo

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Sedgwick County Zoo Photo, Wichita, Kansas
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This is one of the top breeding zoos in the country and along with over 2500 animals of 500 species, this zoo has several unique habitat exhibits as well. The North American Prairie exhibit might be the only of its kind in the world and offers a glimpse of animals indigenous to the area (although many rare now) in their natural environments. There are black bears, grizzly bears, otters, wolves, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, bison, a prairie dog town, cougars, and elk. There is also a boat ride. Go buy tickets to this first before looking around the zoo since rides tend to sell out quickly. The new KOCH Orangutan and Chimpanzee Habitat sponsored by a local ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
(316) 660-9453

Old Cowtown Living History Museum

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Attraction | "Old Cowtown Museum"

Old Cowtown Living History Museum Photo, Wichita, Kansas
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Cowtown is an open-air museum that introduces visitors to life in Wichita from 1860s-1880s. Original buildings have been moved from sites around Wichita and the wider Kansas area to give visitors insight to shops (including a barbershop, carpenters, blacksmith, drug store, general store, and funeral home) and home life with the recent addition of an entire farm complete with animals. Children and adults alike will enjoy the demonstrations, riding out to the farm in a covered wagon, and trying their own hand at printing, carpentry, grain grinding, and more. When we were there this fall, they were doing Victorian dancing in costume and at the end some of the audience members (including my dad and I) got...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Old Cowtown Living History Museum
1871 Sim Park Drive
Wichita, Kansas 67203
(316) 264-0671

The Wichita Gardens

Attraction | "Botanica -- The Wichita Gardens"

The Wichita Gardens Photo, Wichita, Kansas
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The botanical gardens are a well-manicured and landscaped escape from city-life in the middle of the city. In the same park area as Cowtown and the Art Museum it makes for a convenient stop. There is a large butterfly house that is quite fantastic in season as well a woodland trail besides the many species of flowers you expect to see. Also entertaining are the number of high school seniors getting their "senior pictures" taken here. A great place to spend a few relaxing hours or to get married.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

The Wichita Gardens
701 North Amidon
Wichita, Kansas 67203
(316) 264-0448

Downtown Walk - Bronze Gerber Sculptures

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Attraction | "Downtown Walk-- Bronze Gerber sculptures"

Downtown Walk - Bronze Gerber Sculptures Photo, Wichita, Kansas
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As part of the downtown renovation, sculptor Georgia Gerber has designed life-size bronze sculptures that line the downtown sidewalks. Sculptures include a man walking barefoot in a fountain, a man playing guitar for a listening dog, a girl playing hopscotch, and a Woolworth's lunch counter. One of the joys of walking or driving down Douglas Avenue is not only appreciating these sculptures but spotting them in unexpected places. The Bucknell alumni page has this to say about the sculptor: Georgia Gerber ’77 began sculpting pieces on the family ping-pong table when she was still in high school. She now creates life-size and larger bronze renderings of people and animals in her o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Downtown Walk - Bronze Gerber Sculptures
Douglas Avenue from Main Street eastward
Wichita, Kansas

Warren Theatre

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Warren Theatre Photo, Wichita, Kansas
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The Warren Theater makes the most of the movie going experience. Going all out with the decor, the Warren aims to give you the experience of going to the movies in the 1930's and 1940's with an art deco scheme, its very own malt shop (west location) or diner (east loaction), and uniformed staff with brass buttons. Not to be out done, the restrooms at the new east location has a waiting lounge complete with couches and a real fire in the fireplace, while the restrooms (at least the women's) have a vanity area and at least 30-40 toilets. Of course the technology is 21st century with Digital surround sound and some theatres with stadium seating and curved screens. In all of the theaters t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Warren Theatre
9150 West 21st Sreett N
Wichita, Kansas
(316) 722-7967

Central Riverside Park Photo, Wichita, Kansas
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Central Riverside Park is part of a larger Riverside area park system that includes a smaller North Riverside Park as well as the "Museums along the River," which includes the Art Museum, Old Cowtown Museum, Botanica, and the Mid-America Indian Center. All are located just northwest of downtown. Central Riverside Park is a large park along the river and features the Kansas Wildlife exhibit, a duck pond, and a large playground most notably remembered by children for its three-story "rocket ship." The park makes an excellent stop for families with pre-school- or elementary-school-age children who need to work off some of their extra energy. The Kansas Wildlife Exhi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 4, 2003

Central Riverside Park
Corner of Bitting & Murdock
Wichita, Kansas
(316) 268-4361

Ice Sports Wichita

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Ice Sports Wichita Photo, Wichita, Kansas
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Ice Sports Wichita is located downtown and offers two ice-skating rinks (one for free skates and the other for ice-hockey games) plus skate rental, skating supplies for sale, a concession stand, and a bar upstairs with a viewing area onto the rinks. Call (316) 337-9199 for updated free-skate times. Here is a rough estimate of the schedule for free skating: Monday No public skating Tuesday 11:30am-1pm; 7-8:30pm Cheap Skate Tuesdays (admission is $4) Wednesday Coffee Club (adults only) 9am-11:15am; 11:30am-2pm; 6:15-8:30pm Thursday 11:30am-2pm Friday 7-10:30pm Saturday 12pm-3pm; 7-10:30pm Sunday 12pm-3pm The ad...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2003

Ice Sports Wichita
505 Maple Street
Wichita, Kansas
(316) 721-3558