Situated in south-central Kansas, Wichita may be the biggest city in the state, but it still manages to evoke the friendly vibe of a small town. Wichita is known for being the “Air Capital of the World” due to its contributions to aircraft manufacturing during the early 1900s, and it offers reminders of its nickname, “Cowtown.”
Go back to the past at the Old Cowtown Museum and experience history during the late 1800s. This 12-acre museum provides groups with the opportunity to enjoy interactive learning experiences, historic reenactments by costumed interpreters doing everything from gardening to cooking, and a historic preservation program.
The Diamond W Chuckwagon at Old Cowtown is a cowboy show held in the Empire House Theater with all-you-can-eat barbecue meals, Western music and comedy.
Sedgwick County Zoo, the largest zoo in Kansas, houses more than 2,500 animals from about 500 different species, featuring exhibits such as Tiger Trek, Penguin Cove and Downing Gorilla Forest.
The Botanica Garden features 26 themed gardens with blooming plants, aesthetic scenery and a butterfly house. Highlights include the Butterfly Garden, Three-Season Perennial Border and award-winning Sally Stone Sensory Garden.
The Museum of World Treasures displays historical artifacts from all areas of the world, including items from ancient Egypt and battlefields in the World Wars. Highlights include the remains of Ivan T. Rex and Logan the Tylosaurus.
The Mid-America All-Indian Center presents Native American history with art, crafts and historical artifacts.
For more information on Wichita, contact the Greater Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.gowichita.com.