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From family fun to flying solo, Wichita and the surrounding areas offer beautiful sites for outdoor fun and adventure. This river city, established at and along the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers, makes the most of the setting with bike and walking trails, and river kayaking and paddle boating.
Throughout the city, 144 public parks and 102 miles of bike paths join area lakes, golf courses and outdoor attractions for four seasons full of fun. Runners enjoy races almost every weekend of the year, including a Boston-qualifying marathon in the fall. And Bike Share ICT provides bikes for rent throughout the city.
The Keeper of the Plains Plaza features a 44-foot steel sculpture of an American Indian created by Wichitan and Native American artist Blackbear Bosin. Erected in 1974, the landmark is now surrounded by a park plaza and features the “Ring of Fire,” burning nightly for 15 minutes. Two pedestrian suspension bridges create ideal walks and bike rides through the heart of the city.
The Sedgwick County Zoo is the number one outdoor tourist attraction in Kansas. Recognized nationally and internationally for conservation programs and breeding of rare and endangered special, the zoo houses 3,000 animals of 400 different species. Key exhibits include the Downing Gorilla Forest, Cessna Penguin Cove, Koch Orangutan & Chimpanzee Habitat, Slawson Family Tiger Trek and the Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley, the only elephant exhibit in the world to feature boat rides.
Downtown Wichita’s Pop-Up Park features a lunchtime food truck plaza, ping pong table and local art. It’s a prime gathering spot on sunny days for employees of surrounding offices and the nearby ICT Chalk Talks wall is a quirky message board in the middle of the urban core.
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