Welcoming Family Friendly Entertainment
Greater Wichita is a great place to raise a family because of its dynamic mix of family-friendly events, attractions, and opportunities. From parks and playgrounds to hands-on museums and exhibits, a world of wonder and lifelong learning is a purposeful part of the Wichita experience.
This river city, established along the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers, is the ideal setting for bike and walking trails, kayaking, and paddle boating. Wichita’s 144 public parks and 100+ miles of bike paths join area lakes, golf courses, and outdoor attractions for four seasons full of fun. Runners participate in races almost every weekend of the year, including a Boston-qualifying marathon in the fall.
Keeper of the Plains Plaza
Visit this 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 on either side of the Keeper create ideal walks and bike rides through the heart of the city.
Sedgwick County Zoo
The number one outdoor tourist attraction in Kansas, Sedgwick County Zoo is nationally and internationally known for conservation programs and breeding of rare and endangered animals. 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.