Wichita is the largest city in the US state of Kansas. In the 1920s and 1930s, several aircraft manufacturing companies were established in Wichita earning the city the name of "The Air Capital of the World". Even today Wichita is a major center of aircraft manufacturing with companies like Textron Aviation, Airbus, and Learjet continuing their operations in the city.
While Wichita is famous for being the Air Capital of the World, the city is a regional center of culture, trade, and media. There is also a diverse culinary scene and plenty of entertainment options during your visit to Wichita. Here is a list of some of the best things to do in Wichita.
Old Cowtown Museum
You can revisit the time from the late 19th century when Wichita was a cowtown. Old Cowtown Musuem is one of the largest open open-air museums in the Midwest and is located by the banks of the Arkansas River. The musuem houses over 50 historic recreated buildings and depicts how the city of Wichita would have appeared during the period ranging from 1860s to 1880s.
Visitors can take a tour and learn about the repurposed buildings, costumes, authentic artifacts, etc. The staff wears period costumes to add to the authenticity of the experience.
Located in downtown Wichita, this science musuem aims to get its visitors more interested in science through some of the most amazing exhibits you would see in a science museum. Spanning a 20 acre campus, the exploration place building is nearly a 100,000 square feet. Exploration place has both permanent exhibits and rotating exhibits throughout the year. Some of the most popular exhibits include the seven-foot tall mouth replica depicting importance of oral health (also called "Big Mouth"), a tornado simulator, a space exhibit, a flight simulator, etc. The entrance fee is modest and is a must visit for both adults and kids.
Kansas Aviation Museum
No visit to Wichita is complete without exploring the history of what made Wichita "The Air Capital of the World". One of the most popular destinations in Wichita, Kansas Aviation Museum aims at preserving the state's aviation history and educate visitors about the history of aircraft manufacturing. The museum is built at site of a former airport terminal which operated between 1935 and 1951 and contains exhibits like aviation-themed display, authentic aircrafts, educational materials, and interactive activities. If you are visiting at the right time you can enter one of their exhibition aircrafts during their annual "play in a plane day".
Museum of World Treasures
One of the best museums in the state of Kansas, the museum of World Treasures boasts of displaying artifacts from many historical periods and from across the globe. Here you will find everything from dinosaurs to Roman coins to an Egyption mummy. Visitors can learn about world leaders, ancient arts, literature, sports, royalty, and military history from around the world. The museum is open seven days a week and has a modest entry fee.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House
Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House is the last property designed by Frank Lloyd in Prairie collection. Considered as one of his best designs, the house was built to make visitors feel connected with nature and its surroundings. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House has been restored several times to make it look as close as possible to the time it was built. Guided tours are appointment only and are around 1.5 hours long for groups ranging from a minimum of 5 people to a maximum of 20 people.
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