Not only has Wichita been named an All-American City four times since 1962, it also ranked among the top 32 cities nationally for quality of life. In fact, Money magazine recently named the Wichita community a Top 10 Best Place to live. These rankings communicate affordability, short and easy commutes to work and a high level of public safety for your family - attributes you simply can't find in most metro areas. Wichita's diverse business community truly prizes and encourages entrepreneurship and innovation - values confirmed by companies like Pizza Hut and Coleman Companies, which got their start right here in the middle of the heartland.
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If shopping is your bag, your next stop must be Wichita! There are shopping choices for all budgets and tastes - from the sophisticate to the flea market. Wichita has two shopping malls and several shopping areas filled with boutiques, antique shops and specialty stores.
Going to the movies will be an unforgettable experience when you visit one of three Warren Theaters located throughout Wichita. Local entrepreneur Bill Warren was the mastermind behind these deluxe multi-screen theaters, each appointed in the motif of the grand movie houses of the 1930's and 40's.
IMAX Is Believing. It's an entertainment experience so real you feel it in your bones, so magical it takes you places you have never been; so all-encompassing you're not just peeking through the window, but part of the action. IMAX is the ultimate movie experience, and Wichita has the largest digital IMAX screen in the world.
As a test market for local restaurants and an excellent variety of ethnic foods, Wichita is home to many truly unforgettable dining locales. Culinary entrepreneurs here are common, such as the two college students who founded Pizza Hut in Wichita in 1958. Such talent spoils residents with a plethora of delectable cuisine and cutting edge dining environments. Chefs around town specialize in Mediterranean, European, Mexican and Indian, along with everything in between. Wichita also offers a wide variety of down home barbecue, southern and Cajun favorites to suit your tastes. Although miles from ocean waters, our seafood selections are surprisingly fresh and tasty. You can take a culinary trip around the world and never leave Wichita!
Wichita residents love to play and watch sports, and there are ample opportunities to join the crowds as a spectator of exciting, local sporting events. Wichita is home to pro and college baseball, basketball, volleyball, hockey, soccer and more. There's enough sports action to keep you cheering all year long.
Old Town is nestled in the heart of Wichita Kansas. Among the brick-lined streets and historic lampposts are a collection of converted brick warehouses dating back to the mid 1800s. Built with brick and native limestone accents, these distinctive architectural features define the character of Old Town.
With more than 100 businesses, Old Town has become a destination sought out for its restaurants, shops, clubs, theaters, galleries, museums, and stores. It has also become a popular place to live and stay. With hundreds of newly renovated apartments, luxury condos, and two of Wichita's finest hotels, Old Town is a vibrant and thriving community.
Wichita has 125 miles of bicycle trails, 33 golf courses, and over 100 parks. Kansas is among the top 10 sunniest states in the country with more sunny days than Florida. Don't miss these great Wichita parks and recreation areas.
A little bad weather can't stop Wichita! There's a wide variety of indoor entertainment available.
Wichita offers a thriving arts and culture community. Wichita boasts a professional opera, symphony and ballet, as well as dozens of cinematic and performance theatres that stand ready to impress with independent films, old favorites or new drama.
Local talent can be seen and heard year round, while a growing number of traveling artists continue to add Wichita to their tour schedules. Whether you want excitement, drama or just some mellow singer-songwriters, you're sure to find something you like in one of our local hot spots.
The Sedgwick County Zoo is the largest zoo in Kansas and one of the largest zoos in the United States. It's home to more than 2,500 animals of nearly 500 different species. The Sedgwick County Zoo ranks 7th among U.S. zoos on TripAdvisor.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park is a non-profit breeding facility for rare and endangered species. The goal of Tanganyika Wildlife Park is to educate the public about endangered species while increasing the population of certain species through quality breeding programs.
Wichita has over 30 great museums to visit. There's a wide variety of museums in Wichita including art, sports, science and history.
Dozens of festivals are held during the year throughout Wichita and South Central Kansas, including the Wichita River Festival, the biggest of them all and the largest event in the state of Kansas. Lasting for nine days every spring, the River Festival is highly anticipated by the community for the food, fun and outdoor activities it offers. The Wichita community also encourages and celebrates cultural diversity through several events including the Cinco de Mayo Celebration, the MultiCultural Festival, Wichita Black Arts Festival and the Annual Asian Festival.
Where ever you are, it's easy to fly or drive to Wichita. Wichita Eisenhower National Airport offers nonstop or connecting service to hundreds of destinations worldwide on several major airlines. Kansas City International Airport and Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City are only a few hours drive from Wichita. Driving is also easy. Wichita is at the junctions of I-35 and I-135, and US Highway 81 and US Highway 54/400.