Get a feel for how life was lived in 1870s Wichita at this living history museum where cowboys trot past on their horses and gun fights break out among the costumed residents. Cowtown recreates the long ago scene when Wichita was a cattletown along the Chisholm Trail, and you can try a wagon ride, watch the swing of the blacksmith's hammer, and visit the humble home of the town's founder.
Sedgwick County Zoo
The USA's seventh-largest zoo is the top outdoor attraction in the whole of Kansas. It puts a big emphasis on conservation and its breeding programme for endangered species, and is home to over 3000 animals of all shapes and sizes - including lions, tigers, elephants, rhinos, gorillas and giraffes. There's a chance to feed and interact with the animals too.
There's a packed calendar on Wichita holidays, with a slew of festivals to choose from. Riverfest sees nine days of live music and fun along the river in late May and early June; The American Indian Festival is in July; the Midwest Beerfest and Wingfest, with handcrafted brews and a chicken wings cook-off, is in September; and so are the aerobatics displays of the Wichita Flight Festival.
Museum of World Treasures
Stuffed full of very kind of artefact you could possibly think of, you never know what you're going to find amongst this museum's eclectic horde. Just some of the items on display are: Abraham Lincoln's walking stick; a complete T-Rex; props from the Wizard of Oz; Marilyn Monroe memorabilia; and several Egyptian mummies.
Once the sun goes down, head to Old Town, where the 19th-century brick warehouses of the city's former manufacturing district have been transformed into an array of happening bars, nightclubs, shops, galleries and restaurants. A good time is guaranteed for all.