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A Perfect Day
in Wichita

A Perfect Day in Wichita

Exploration meets innovation in a culture of vibrant arts, passionate pursuits and community pride. Discover - in just one day - the #RelentlesslyOriginal life in Wichita. 

First Things First

Start your perfect day at Doo-Dah Diner, a Wichita staple, with fresh monkey bread and a plate of homemade eggs benedict or jalapeño bacon. Its banana bread French toast was recently recognized as Kansas’ breakfast of choice by People magazine. 

Enjoy garden-to-table fare at Beautiful Day Café, a laid-back, taste-forward celebration of freshness near downtown. Enjoy gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan options and top your meal with a visit to the very garden where your meal was grown and nurtured.

Try HomeGrown, a breakfast and lunch hot spot with a mission of cultivating kindness and a commitment to locally-sourced ingredients. Its caramel-drizzled coffee cake and seasonally-flavored pop-tarts are a must for first-time guests. 

Morning Views

Stop and smell the flowers at Botanica, Wichita’s beloved 18-acre community garden. Botanica offers more than 30 themed gardens and exhibits, including the Downing Children’s Garden, butterfly habitat and recently-added bee house. Can you find the human-sized bird's nest hidden in the trees?

The Wichita Art Museum features an impressive 8,000-piece art collection with an emphasis in distinguished American artwork. Take off your shoes and walk above one of Chihuly’s colorful blown glass installations or walk through the Museum’s award-winning art garden with 13 outdoor sculptures.

The Sedgwick County Zoo is one of the top ten largest zoos in the nation, home to nearly 400 species and 3,000 individual animals. Its elephant area is the second-best zoo exhibit and third-largest elephant habitat in the country.

Lunchtime Favorites

Pop in to the Pop-Up Urban Park for lunch or a snack at the city's food truck hub. Tempt your taste buds with fare from vegan and healthy to fried and fabulous. The park offers a bright, thriving environment in the heart of downtown with plenty of space to relax – or compete in a round or two of ping pong. Visit ICTPopUpPark.com for the food truck line-up.

Hop on the Q-Line trolley to the Delano district for Yokohama’s authentic ramen dishes paired with a boba tea. It’s so delicious that both Food Network and USA Today mention Yokohama as one of the country’s best ramen restaurants.

District Taqueria, a luchador-themed urban taqueria, is just down the street from the Pop-Up Urban Park. It features original dishes such as barbacoa taquitos and red mole pulled chicken tacos. Order the queso – you won't regret it.

Afternoon Adventures

Get a taste of Wichita’s public art by going on a self-guided art crawl. The Douglas Design District features more than 60 original murals and is a great place to start. The Old Town district is home to the Sculpture Walkabout, an annual rotating display of art found only in Wichita. Further west you’ll discover Gallery Alley, a once-underutilized alley transformed into a vibrant public space for art. Just a few miles north of downtown, The Original Dream by artist Gleo is the Guinness World Record holder for largest mural in the world by a single artist. Wrap up your art crawl at Lucinda's to snag local art, flag swag and more.

Murals are just the start of Wichita’s creative identity. Exploration Place, a geometric-shaped museum on the Arkansas River, was designed by an internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie. This science and discovery center offers rotating educational exhibits, a dome theater and a stunning view of the river and city skyline. 

Time to Feast

Downtown, Nortons Brewing Company serves funnel cakes, PB&Js and burgers that’ll make your mouth water before even picking up the menu. Inventive brews (like the aptly named Don't Poke the Bear) are one attraction, but so is the outdoor music venue and seating area, complete with swinging benches and comfy corners to converse or listen to a live band.

People in Wichita like to eat out and often, making the city known for its disproportionately large number of restaurants and wide array of cuisine. For dinner, feast at Prost for an authentic German dining experience of steins, schnitzel and frikadellen. After, Little Lion Café and its refreshing homemade ice cream is a stones throw away. The café serves vegan and gluten-sensitive options, too. Both Prost and Little Lion Café are in Revolutsia, an outdoor mall made from stacked shipping containers with a seating and bonfire area in the center.

Evening Exploration

A family-friendly adventure awaits along the Arkansas River bike path. Local sculptor Connie Ernatt created a troll that hides under a grate near the Keeper of the Plains, and it glows bright green after dark. Whether you find the troll or not, the rooster on the roof at Donut Whole is hard to miss and is a local favorite for homemade donuts. For those 21 and over, Wichita has a robust brew scene. With nine local breweries, you’re sure to find a relentlessly original ale or lager that fits your unique taste. Mort’s, Dockum and Cana each offer a toast-worthy cocktail experience for the specialty drink connoisseur. 

Every night, the Keeper of the Plains statue is illuminated by a ring of fire. Boulders positioned in the Arkansas River are the base for controlled fire pits, lit every spring and summer night at 9 (and 7 p.m. in the fall and winter). The ring of fire, combined with one of the best views of Wichita’s skyline, makes for an incredible experience that no other city in the world offers.

Wichita offers Broadway-caliber performances without the hefty price tag. Check the performance schedules for Music Theatre Wichita, Ballet Wichita, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra or the Wichita Grand Opera. Intimate venues such as Roxy’s Downtown and Mosley Street Melodrama offer stellar performances, too, and with dinner to match. If live music is more your scene, check out INTRUST Bank Arena, The Cotillion, Barleycorn’s or WAVE with its full bar, nachoria and indoor and outdoor stages.

Getting Around

As you enjoy your perfect day in Wichita, take advantage of multiple transportation options to get you to your next adventure. 

  • The free Q-LINE travels along Douglas Avenue through the downtown districts, including Old Town and Delano. Download the myStop app for routes and hours.
  • Wichita Public Transit's public buses offer free WiFi and make stops at popular shopping districts and the Zoo. Go to WichitaTransit.org for routes, real-time bus information, cost and more.
  • Download the Zagster app to rent a BikeShareICT bicycle and view a map of available bicycles.
  • To rent an electric scooter, follow the instructions on the device. Apps and features may differ per scooter brand. 
  • With so many transportation options, you don’t have to worry about taking your car to every stop. Visit www.ParkDowntown.org to find the best places to park in downtown Wichita. 

While you’re out exploring, use #RelentlesslyOriginal and #ILoveWichita to share about your perfect day. Learn more about working and living in Wichita at www.choosewichita.com.