Wichita’s Top-Rated Outdoor Attractions
Don’t Miss Out on This Outdoor Music Meditation
If you’re a Kansas native, you know that the weather can be unpredictable, with freezing sleet one day and sunny 75 degree temperatures the next. When the good weather arrives, there’s no better way to take advantage than to spend the day outside. Thankfully, Wichita is home to some vibrant outdoor attractions that can keep you busy for months! At Campus Wichita, we help young interns explore and experience the amazing culture Wichita has to offer. Today, we are spotlighting some of our favorite and top-rated outdoor attractions, according to locals. Discover more below!
There’s nothing more reminiscent of springtime than tranquil outdoor gardens. Botanica Wichita offers tours through 26 different gardens spanning nine acres of land. And the best part? They each have their own delegated theme! With a variety of spring and warm-weather events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Delight your senses during their annual Symphony in the Garden celebrations, or venture out to view the largest Tulip display in the state of Kansas. Did we mention they offer a music meditation for those passionate about growth and transformation?
Keeper of the Plains
Originally constructed in 1974 to commemorate the United States Bicentennial, Wichita’s Keeper of the Plains sculpture has become a symbol for the city and a tribute to the Native American tribes who gather at the sacred site. Each night, the Keeper of the Plains “Ring of Fire” burns for 15 minutes, lighting up the bow-and-arrow-inspired bridges spanning down the Little and Big Arkansas rivers. Grab some friends and take a stroll from the north and south river banks to the plaza at the base of the 44-foot tall steel sculpture!
Tanganyika Wildlife Park
Are you an animal lover by nature? You need to visit Tanganyika Wildlife Park, located just a few minutes west of Wichita in Goddard, Kansas. Not only can you get close and personal with the animals, but you can interact with them and get a chance to hold a lemur! Because the park’s goal emphasizes educating the public about endangered animals and promoting their conservation efforts, there are many additional ways you can become involved with the park aside from visiting during the daytime. Attend one of their special events like their Twilight Tour, or arrange for a seasonal Safari of Lights celebration in the winter!
Downtown Farmers’ Markets
Whether you are looking for a certain secret ingredient or just browsing around on your Saturday morning, downtown farmers’ markets are a fun and unique shopping experience for locals. Not only can you find locally-sourced produce, eggs, and cheeses, but you can discover handmade crafts, baked goods, honeys, and more! Old Town’s weekly farmers’ market takes place each Saturday morning from May through October and holds different special events throughout the season, including the Old Town Iron Chefs Cookoff and regular live music. Don’t forget to bring your own bag; you’re sure to find more than you bargained for.
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