Wichita Tourist Information and Tourism

(Wichita, Kansas - KS, USA)

Wichita city is a prosperous area of Kansas (KS), and stands at the junction of the area's Big and Little Arkansas Rivers, pronounced 'Are-kan-sus'. With a history dating back to the mid-19th century, Wichita is the biggest city in Kansas and the downtown Wichita area is enhanced by public art and sculptures. Wichita's history includes wealthy oil and wheat industries, responsible for much of Wichita's early growth and structure, followed by important aircraft manufacturing plants on Wichita's' outskirts, a number of which still remain in business. The city of Wichita is also the home of the world-famous chain Pizza Hut, which first opened in Wichita in 1958.

Considerable development and renovation around Wichita's riverfront has transformed the downtown Wichita district, with a host of shops, fine dining and fascinating museums nearby. Wichita contains many historic buildings, such as the Old City Hall, which features elaborate stone architecture, arches and turrets. Locals in Wichita enjoy a number of seasonal festivals, which include the McConnell Air Force Base shows each June, and Wichita's popular Mid-America All Indian Inter-Tribal Powwow, which is help each July.

Tourism has become a significant part of Wichita life and is promoted throughout the city. The main tourist information outlet in Wichita is the Boathouse Visitors Center on West Lewis. Open seven days a week, Wichita's tourism bureau houses a range of leaflets about tourist attractions, brochures, travel guides, events information and also an America's Cup-class yacht.

With a selection of popular hotels and accommodation options, many hotels in Wichita offer superb views across the scenic Arkansas River. Many hotels in Wichita are clustered around the downtown district, close to shops and restaurants. Further hotels in Wichita are located around the College Hill district, the Eastborough area, throughout Old Town Wichita and nearby Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT), which stands on the southwestern side of the city. More information about Wichita Hotels.

Wichita has many popular tourist attractions, including the Great Plains Nature Center - showcasing the rivers, streams, lakes, woodlands and wetlands, together with a 2,000-gallon aquarium stocked with fish; Botanica, the Wichita Gardens - superb landscaped gardens with many exceptional plant specimens; Exploration Place - full of scientific gadgets and hands-on displays for all the family; and the Mid-America All Indian Center (MAAIC) - featuring a variety of fascinating exhibits and information about the life of the Native American Indians. More information about Wichita Tourist Attractions.

Some of Wichita's best museums include the Old Cowtown Museum - offering an insight into the people of the Old West, in a lifelike setting with historic homes, a one-room school, blacksmith shop, rail depot, and much more; and the Kansas Aviation Museum - with a vast collection of historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia. More information about Wichita Museums.

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