At the meeting point of the Big and Little Arkansas rivers is a weathered steel statue by American Indian sculptor, Blackbear Bosin. The Keeper of the Plains was installed in 1974 to celebrate the nation's bicentennial. Standing tall at 44 feet (13.41 meters), it is set on a huge headland and is considered a sacred site by the Native American tribes. Encircling it is a plaza with many displays, describing the lives of local American Indians who dwelt here. There are walking bridges to access the area. Fire drums on bluffs at the foot of the sculpture light almost every night, giving a dramatic effect to its surroundings.
This unique theater takes you back in time to an era where drive-ins ruled the country. At Starlite Drive-In, you can enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbusters from the comfort of your own car. They usually offer a good selection of kids' movies, making this a great spot for a family outing. Add some snacks and soda into the mix and you've got a great night ahead of you.
The Sedgwick County Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the state. A major tourist attraction, this zoo is home to more than 3000 animals of about 400 different species. Along with areas to view the animals, the site includes a children's play area, boat rides, and trams. Between Penguin Cove, the Tiger Trek and the Downing Gorilla Forest, there's enough to see that you'll want to spend a whole day here.
Opened in 1987, these gardens were a collaboration between the Wichita Area Garden Council and the City of Wichita. They include an aquatic collection, a butterfly garden, a butterfly house, a greenhouse for tropical plants, a rock garden, a rose garden, a sensory garden, a Shakespearean garden, and more. They opened a children's garden in 2011 that features several themed areas for kids.
The Allen-Lambe House was built in 1917 by the celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright and was one of the last Prairie style houses he designed. Originally designed for statesman Henry J. Allen and his wife, it was later sold to the Allen-Lambe House Foundation. The building is now a museum that conducts tours for visitors. Some of the best examples of the Prairie style of architecture as well as Frank Lloyd's distinct style of interior design can be seen in this house. By his own admission, it was one of the best houses he designed.
Featuring several lakes where you can fish, Sedgwick County State Park is a must-visit for fishing aficionados. Even if fishing isn't your thing, there's plenty to do for the whole family. Hike or bike along a trail, taking in the sights of wildlife. If you're into sports, head to the softball field or basketball court for a game. In the winter, the sledding hill is tons of fun!
Located on the city outskirts, The Prairie Pines is an extremely popular destination for weddings due to its picturesque location and beauty. The wooden barn at the Prairie Pines is an especially charming affair, built in 1983. Made of logs, with traditional architecture, the barn has been updated to modern standards while maintaining its rustic appeal. The barn can accommodate a maximum of 150 guests, and is an excellent space to host small gatherings. Besides this, the barn is also host to a popular chamber music concert series annually.
The West 21st Warren is one of the most beloved movie theaters in Wichita. Enjoy some of the most popular movies out today on a fun evening out. The Hollywood Canteen is the onsite restaurant; it's a replica of an old soda fountain, a charming place to have a meal before your movie starts. Although there is no waiter service in the theater, you can take your food into the auditorium to enjoy while you watch your film.