Wichita, KS

Best Places in Wichita, Kansas in 2021

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Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas and the county seat of Sedgwick County. In 2019, the populace of the city was 389,938. Wichita is the major city of the Wichita metropolitan area which had an expected populace of 644,888 in 2018.

Situated in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita started as a trading post on the Chisholm Trail during the 1860s and was incorporated as a city in 1870. It turned into a place for cattle drives heading north from Texas to Kansas railways, getting the nickname "Cowtown".

As an industrial center, Wichita is a local focus of culture, trade, and media. It has several universities, huge museums, theaters, parks, malls, and entertainment venues, most outstandingly Intrust Bank Arena and Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. The city's Old Cowtown Museum has historical relics and displays the city's early history. Wichita State University is the third-largest institution in the state.

Wichita History

Archeological proof shows human inhabitation close to the juncture of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers, the site of present-day Wichita, as early as 3000 B.C. In 1541, a Spanish expedition led by pioneer Francisco Vázquez de Coronado discovered the region populated by the Quivira or Wichita, people. Conflict with the Osage during the 1750s made the Wichita further south. Before the European settlement of the area, the site was in the domain of the Kiowa.

Asserted first by France as a part of Louisiana and later acquired by the United States with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, it became part of the Kansas region in 1854 and later the state of Kansas in 1861.

Wichita has kept on growing consistently in the 21st century. In the late 1990s and 2000s, the government and local associations collaborated to re-develop downtown Wichita.

Keeper of the Plains

The most stunning and memorable vacation spot in Wichita is the Keeper of the Plains, a 44-foot-tall structure that is most attractive in the evening. The sculpture is situated on sacred land, where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers meet. The plaza that surrounds the statue has seats and walkways for pedestrians.

If you visit during the day, take your time to see the Mid-America All-Indian Center, which has historical information on the region and the sculpture. The most amazing time to visit is at night when you have the staggering background of the Wichita dusk and the "Ring of Fire" that is set underneath the Keeper of the Plains sculpture.

Botanica Wichita

Spring and summer are the best times to visit Botanica Wichita when more than 150,000 tulips and daffodils shade the gardens. This garden in the core of Wichita has in excess of 30 segments to explore.

Two of the most famous gardens are the Butterfly House, which features butterfly habitats, and the Downing Children's Garden, which has huge, bright sculptures among the trees, flowers, and bushes that draw in youngsters. During the holidays, Botanica Wichita is embellished with one million lights all through the 18 acres of garden.

Sedgwick County Zoo

The Sedgwick County Zoo is one of the top places to visit in Wichita. It has more than 3,000 animals. Exploring the zoo is simple, as the animals are gathered in areas that are spread out geologically on the grounds.

The exhibits let you get the best view of hippopotamus and gorillas in the Africa area, a mountain bear in the North American region, and the continually entertaining penguins in the Cessna Penguin Cove.

So if you are ready for a great time in 2021 this is the right city for you.

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