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Why Wichita?

View of downtown Wichita

Nicknamed "The Air Capital of the World," Wichita is the largest city in Kansas, with a population of about 640,000 in the Wichita metropolitan area. Wichita offers all of the amenities of a big city with a small-town feel, boasting an average commute time of 18 minutes. Among Money Magazine's Top 10 Best Big Cities, Wichita was also rated the No. 1 city to live the good life economically by Forbes.

There is plenty to do in Wichita, with a wide variety of attractions, activities, restaurants and nightlife to choose from. Some of our favorites are:


Intrust Bank Arena
Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center
Roxy's Downtown
Orpheum Theater
Wichita Art Museum
Museum of World Treasures
Keeper of the Plains
Old Cowtown Living History Museum
Kansas Star Casino
Grace Hill Winery

Family activities

Botanica Gardens
Sedgwick County Zoo
Exploration Place 
Tanganyika Wildlife Park
Wichita Ice Center
Great Plains Nature Center
The Art Park
Wichita Sports Forum
Greater Wichita YMCA
Mark Arts
Wichita Public Library
Sedgwick County Park
Cheney State Park
Lake Afton
The Q (free trolley)


Bradley Fair
Towne East Square
Towne West Square
New Market Square
The Waterfront
Delano District

Local government

City of Wichita
Wichita Chamber of Commerce
Sedgwick County


Chester's Chophouse
Bella Luna Café
Newport Grill
Ya Ya's EuroBistro
Public at the Brickyard
Knolla's Pizza
College Hill Deli
The Monarch
Georges French Bistro
Chicken N Pickle
Dempsey's Burger Pub
ICT Pop-Up Urban Park<


Downtown Wichita
Mort's Martini & Cigar Bar
Hopping Gnome Brewing


Wichita Thunder
WSU Shockers
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
81 Speedway
Wichita Force
Wichita Wings

Cultural activities

Wichita Symphony Orchestra
Wichita Grand Opera
Music Theatre Wichita
Tallgrass Film Festival
The Mid-America All-Indian Center
The Kansas African American Museum
Ballet Wichita

More information

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Last modified: May 10, 2019