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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Learn about local plants and wildlife at the Great Plains Nature Center. Inside, exhibits like Kansas Wildlife and Prairies of the World are educational for both kids and adults. Outside, trails provide the perfect opportunity to view some of the flora and fauna you learned about inside. Remember your trip here with something from the gift shop - it offers a variety of books, toys, and other fun memorabilia.
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.
Built in 1887, Warkentin House served as a residence to Bernhard Warkentin and Wilhelmina Eisenmayer Warkentin. The spot now operates as a museum that consists of furnishings, furniture and other elements of the Warkentin family. Visiting this museum gives you a glimpse of the then everyday life of the Warkentin family. The beautiful Victorian house consists of a foyer area, A parlor and music room, bedrooms, dining room, A kitchen and a library. If you are someone who loves history and research, this spot is a must visit.
This Kansas landmark was established in 1910 by Dr. Walter Bartlett and is spread across 15 acres (6.07 hectares) of private land consisting of gigantic oaks, cypress and Japanese maples among other majestic trees. Now run by Robin Lynn Macy, former Dixie Chick member and founder, Bartlett Arboretum is open only during concerts, weddings and by appointments. You will also find many flowering trees and plants which makes this place even more endearing. Hosting country music festivals and shows, some of the artists who have performed here are Jimmy LaFave and Vanessa Whalen.