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WICHITA ATTRACTIONS


Wichita, KS


African American Museum
DESCRIPTION: Located downtown in the Old Calvary Baptist Church built in 1917; at that time, it was the heart of Wichita's black community; in the mid-1990s, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places; its collection encompasses a wide variety of books, artifacts, paintings, quilts, textiles, sculptures, metal works, works on paper and other items pertaining to Wichita's role in the Civil Rights Movement, jazz and blues musicians, entrepreneurs, athletes, luminaries and more reflective of African American culture
ADMISSION: Adults $5.50, Students & Seniors $4.50, Age 5-17 $250, Age 4 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 601 North Water Street  MAP
PHONE: 316-262-7651
WEBSITE: http://tkaamuseum.org

Barry Sanders Football Field
DESCRIPTION: Located in McAdams Park, the field is named after this football great who was born and raised here. The park is also the site for both the annual Juneteenth Festival and Wichita Black Arts Festival over Labor Day Weekend
ADDRESS: 1329 E. 13th Street North  MAP
PHONE: 316- 268-4361
WEBSITE: http://www.wichita.gov/Park/McAdams

Chester Lewis Reflection Park
DESCRIPTION: Located downtown and named after this state and national Civil Rights leader born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas, the park contains several bronze sculptures by artist Georgia Gerber, one of which is The Lunch Counter, a symbol of the struggle for equal rights by African Americans at lunch counters across the country.
ADDRESS: 205 E. Douglas Street  MAP
PHONE: 316-268-4361
WEBSITE: Link

Lynette Woodard Recreation Center
DESCRIPTION: Named after Lynette Woodard, a basketball star at the University of Kansas and on the women's basketball Olympic team that won a gold medal in 1984; Lynette was the first woman to become a member of the Harlem Globetrotters in 1985; the center is home to a variety of community activities and a fitness center, and is located at Lynette Woodard Park; she is also honored with a tribute monument in Piatt Memorial Park
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: 2750 E. 18th Street  MAP
PHONE: 316-303-8015
WEBSITE: Link

Barfield’s Boutique
DESCRIPTION: For over 20 years, this black family-owned boutique has been the place for African American women to shop for the best designer cocktail, wedding, church, special occasion, evening and everyday dresses, pant and skirt suits, hats, handbags and accessories in the Wichita metropolitan area; Donna Vinci, Terramina, BenMarc, St. Julian Hats, Moshita and Odeliah Denim are among the many designer labels carried at Barfield’s
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat 10a-6p
ADDRESS: 1907 East 21st Street North  MAP
PHONE: 316-269-4560
WEBSITE: being reconstructed http://www.barfields-boutique.com

National Baseball Congress
DESCRIPTION: Founded during the Depression by a local sporting goods salesman as a tournament to bring great baseball talent to town, it is now a national institution and host of the world-renown College baseball World Series. Satchel Paige is recognized as a most valuable player and in the Hall of Fame here.
ADDRESS: 300 S. Sycamore at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium  MAP
PHONE: 316-264-6887
WEBSITE: http://www.nbcbaseball.com

Exploration Place
DESCRIPTION: As Kansas' premier science and discovery center, the 100,000 square foot Exploration Place offers oodles of interactive, hands-on exhibits for the whole family from the human body to flight and design, Kansas environments, science and more; houses a park, mini-golf area, snack bar and Cyberdome Theatre; traveling exhibits like Star Wars, Videotopia and Dinosaurs Unearthed are also a large part of the fun; this popular science center averages 170,000 visitors/year
ADMISSION: Age 12-64 $8, Age 65+ $8, Age 4-11 $6, Age 3 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
PHONE: 316-660-0600
ADDRESS: 300 N. McLean Blvd  MAP
WEBSITE: http://www.exploration.org

Kansas Aviation Museum
DESCRIPTION: Provides a great overview of the city’s early aviation history which has positioned Wichita to producer of 42% of the world’s general aviation aircraft; located in the original Wichita Municipal Airport Terminal Building, the facility—built in the grand art-deco style—once served as a primary postal delivery site for aviator Charles Lindberg, as the origination point for custom-built jets for the rich and famous and occupation by the U.S. Air Force beginning in the 1950s as a staging point for their military operations; the museum collection encompasses a wealth of aviation related artifacts, historic photographs, aircraft--both inside and out on the tarmac—and themed exhibits. Among the latter is an exhibit detailing the life and work of the many African American men and women aviators who left an indelible mark on the landscape here, within and outside of the aviation community
ADMISSION: Adults $8, Age 65+ $7, Age 4-12 $6, Age 3 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 3350 South George Washington Blvd  MAP
PHONE: 316-683-9242
WEBSITE: http://www.kansasaviationmuseum.org

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
DESCRIPTION: Located in the historic Wichita Boathouse downtown and founded in 1961, it honors those whose involvement in sports brought pride to Kansas and inspires future generations of Kansans to achieve athletic greatness and as leaders with integrity off the field; multifarious exhibits detail the athletes, teams, coaches and others that made indelible marks in their respective sports
ADMISSION: Free, donation suggested
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 515 S. Wichita Street  MAP
PHONE: 316-262-2038
WEBSITE: http://www.kshof.org

Old Cowtown Museum
DESCRIPTION: A living history museum detailing life in a 1870s Midwestern cattle town; the expansive property gives a wonderful overview of the different commercial and economic periods of the day, the experience enhanced by costumed guides found at nearly every structure—a log cabin, Presbyterian church, blacksmith shop, country store, farm home, barn and others, a few of them original, on the property
ADMISSION: Age 16-61 $8, Age62+ $6.50, Age 12-17 $6, Age 4-11 $5.50, Age 3 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat 9:30a-4:30p, Sun Noon-4:30p
ADDRESS: 1865 Museum Blvd  MAP
PHONE: 316-219-1871
WEBSITE: http://www.oldcowtown.org

Museum of World Treasures
DESCRIPTION: Located in Old Cowtown and founded in 2001, the museum began as a collection of “stuff” in a local entrepreneur’s basement, where he had amassed interesting and unusual items during his many global adventures; since that time, the collection has grown in size, reputation and popularity to become one of the most popular attractions in the country; collections include Tuskegee Airman uniforms, photographs and artifacts, extensive militaria from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War, American Pop Culture, Egyptian mummies, a presidential gallery, deep sea exploration, and an incredible collection of dinosaur fossil exhibits
ADMISSION: Adult $9, Senior $8, Youth $7, Age 3 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 835 E. 1st Street  MAP
PHONE: 316-263-1311
WEBSITE: http://www.worldtreasures.org

Sedgwick County Zoo
DESCRIPTION: One of those is also one of the largest attractions in the state of Kansas, the exhibits here detail animal life in Asia, Africa, North and South America and Australia, with concentrated exhibits about tigers, reptiles and amphibians, domestic farm animals and penguins, among others
ADMISSION: Age 12-61 $14, Age 62+ $12, Age 3-11 $9, Age 2 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 5555 Zoo Boulevard  MAP
PHONE: 316-660-9453
WEBSITE: http://www.scz.org


Ulrich Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: Located on the campus of Wichita State University, this free museum features a nationally significant collection encompassing approximately 6,300 20th and 21st Century modern and contemporary artworks; other artwork here includes 77 expressive works dotted across the 330-acre campus that constitute the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: (museum being upgraded)
ADDRESS: 1845 Fairmount Street at Wichita State University  MAP
PHONE: 316-978-6462
WEBSITE: http://www.ulrich.wichita.edu

Wichita Art Museum
DESCRIPTION: As the largest art museum in the state of Kansas, it houses one of the country’s finest collections of American art, its permanent collection consisting of nearly 7,000 works; its major collections span three centuries of decorative arts, paintings, works on paper, sculptures and more including British watercolors, western art, 16th to 20th Century European, British, and American prints and drawings, 19th Century English lusterware, American Impressionist paintings, contemporary and historic Steuben glass, Native American baskets, dance sashes and a great deal more; a wide variety of traveling exhibitions, a museum store, café, research library, special events and The Living Room--a family-friendly interactive area where visitors can create their own works of art--are also part of the artistic experience
ADMISSION: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Ages 5-17 $3, Age 4 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Sun Noon-5p, Tue-Sat 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 1400 West Museum Blvd
PHONE: 316-268-4921
WEBSITE: http://www.wichitaartmuseum.org

The Keeper of the Plains
DESCRIPTION: One of the most remarkable landmarks in the entire country, the Keeper, situated at the confluence of the Little and Big Arkansas Rivers, is a five-ton, 44-foot sculpture soaring more than 30 feet in the air; designed by Blackbear Bosin, a Kiowa-Comanche Indian and internationally recognized artist, muralist and designer, the statue is surrounded by the Keeper of Plains Plaza that incorporates the four elements of life--earth, air, fire and water--in four “Rings of Fire,” set ablaze every evening (weather permitting) with educational signage, Native American music and quiet places for reflection; it is also flanked by two stunning pedestrian bridges suspended from uprights fashioned to resemble giant arrows, and on either side of the river shorelines visitors enjoy pedestrian and bike paths with verdant riverbank landscaping that extend into the heart of downtown
ADDRESS: 650 N. Seneca  MAP
PHONE: 316-350-3340
WEBSITE: http://www.wichita.gov/Keeper

Mid-America All-Indian Center
DESCRIPTION: Located adjacent to the Keeper of the Plains and dedicated to educating people about and preserving the heritage of the American Indian, the center is a multipurpose facility with a museum, Gallery of Nations, and gift shop

ADMISSION: Adults $7, Age 55+, Students and Military $5, Age 6-12 $3, Age 5 and under enter Free

DAYS & HOURS: 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 650 N. Seneca 
MAP
PHONE: 316-350-3340
WEBSITE: http://www.theindiancenter.org

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
DESCRIPTION: Designed to “educate visitors about local history by collecting, preserving, and interpreting materials reflecting the heritage of Wichita and Sedgwick County,” the museum features a wide range of themed exhibits, photographs and other memorabilia detailing the area people, places, history, events and more
ADMISSION: Adults $4, Age 6-12 $2, Age 5 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 11a-4p, Sat-Sun 1p-5p
ADDRESS: 204 S. Main Street  MAP
PHONE: 316-265-9314
WEBSITE: http://www.wichitahistory.org

Hatman Jack’s Wichita Hat Works
DESCRIPTION: No trip to Wichita would be complete with a visit to Hatman Jack’s, one of the most popular and one of the largest hat stores in the country; owner Jack Kellogg’s success has earned him features in the New Yorker and Enterprise magazines and invitations to sell his hats in Bloomingdale’s New York and Harrods London; his hats have been purchased for use in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Urban Cowboy and The Quick and the Dead, among other films, and some of his most famous clients include Prince, Luciano Pavarotti, Mickey Mantle, Harry Connick, Jr., B.B. King and Charlie Daniels; they sell nearly 100 popular hat brands, but focus on handcrafted, custom made hats fashioned from quality materials, for men and women, from Fedora’s to Western, Easter, sport, dress and other hats made by their in-house Milliners, with one—a woman—who specializes in women’s hats. Accessories include wallets, belts, canes and scarves. Although not black owned, they are happy serve clients from every walk of life
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5:30p
ADDRESS: 601 W. Douglas Ave  MAP
PHONE: 316-264-4881
WEBSITE: http://www.hatmanjacks.com

Goddard, KS

Tanganyika Wildlife Park
DESCRIPTION: offers an outdoor nature preserve experience, with over several hundred animals including African Spur-thighed Tortoises, Malayan Tapir, Black Capped Lories, Indian Rhinoceros, Pygmy Goats, Red Kangaroos, Black-Footed Penguins and Kookaburras. Many of the areas offer animal feeding and interaction opportunities, as well as educational areas that include the largest snow leopard breeding area in the world
ADMISSION:
Adult $14, Age 3-11 $9, Age 60-89 $11, Age 90 and over and 2 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: daily 10:30a-5p
ADDRESS: 1000 S. Hawkins Lane  MAP
PHONE: 316-794-8954
WEBSITE: http://www.twpark.com

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