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6/4/23

Wichita, KS

The Exterior Look at Exploration Place, Science Museum Located in Wichita Kansas

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.

Breakfast

The Best Breakfast Place in Wichita Kansas, Doo-Dah Diner

Doo-Dah Diner

206 E Kellogg St, Wichita, KS 67202

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Banana Bread French Toast: Banana Bread Battered & Topped with Apple Butter, Candied Apples, Pecans, & Syrup $9.99


Breakfast Bologna Sandwich: Thick Cut of Fried Bologna & Fried Egg on Toasted Wheat Berry Bread, Served with Hash Browns $12.99


Brutus: Tower of Hash Browns, Caramelized Onions, Chicken Fried Steak, Sausage Gravy, and Two Eggs Your Way $17.99


Triple D: Half Portions of Banana Bread French Toast, Crispy Corned Beef Hash, and Tanya's Benny (3 Best Sellers) $18.99


Bread Pudding: Housemade Caramel, Dough, and Whipped Cream $7.99

Hours

Mon & Tues Closed

Wed to Fri 7 am -7 pm

Sat & Sun 8 am - 2 pm

Order Online: Yes

The Carrot Cake Pancakes at HomeGrown in Wichita Kansas, Three Locations

HomeGrown Wichita

645 E Douglas Ave Ste 102, Wichita, KS 67202

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Coffeecake: Original Coffeecake with Warm Buttermilk Caramel Sauce  $5.00


Blueberry Streusel Pancakes: Fresh Blueberries & Streusel Topping $10.00


Cinnamon Swirl French Toast: $9.00


Yum! I Love Biscuits & Gravy: Original Biscuits Topped with Yoder Sausage Gravy and Served with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Two Eggs $12.00


Gimme the Meats! Omelet: Bacon, Ham, Sausage, Mushrooms, Onion, Red Pepper, and Cheddar Cheese. Topped with Country Gravy $12.00

Hours

Daily 6:30 am - 2:30 pm

Order Online: Yes

Activities

Sedgwick County Zoo

The Sedgwick County Zoo, located in Wichita, Kansas, is a highly regarded zoological park known for its commitment to conservation, education, and exceptional animal care. Spanning over 247 acres, the zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals representing over 400 species.


The zoo features a diverse range of exhibits that provide visitors with an immersive experience. From the African Veldt, where visitors can observe giraffes, zebras, and rhinos, to the Downing Gorilla Forest, which showcases a thriving gorilla troop, the exhibits aim to replicate the natural habitats of the animals while ensuring their well-being.


One of the highlights of the Sedgwick County Zoo is the Cessna Penguin Cove, a state-of-the-art exhibit that houses a variety of penguin species. Visitors can watch these fascinating birds swim and play in a habitat designed to mimic their native environments. The zoo also boasts an award-winning tiger exhibit, where visitors can observe these majestic big cats up close.


Featured Animals


  • Western Lowland Gorilla


  • Humboldt Penguin


  • Amur Tiger


  • Red Panda


  • Snow Leopard


  • Black-Tailed Prarie Dog


  • North American River Otter


Cost (online)


Adult Price $20.00

Child (3-11) Price $15.00

Senior (62+) Price $15.00

Sunsari, the Famous Red Panda from Sedgwick County Zoo Located in Wichita Kansas

5555 W Zoo Blvd, Wichita, KS 67212

Hours (5.29.23)

Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Penguin Encounter: Experience the Cessna Penguin Cove from the inside! Go behind the scenes with a penguin keeper to learn what it takes to care for our Humboldt Penguins - 3 PM Thurs through Sunday - $35

Exploration Place

Exploration Place, located in Wichita, Kansas, is a premier science center and museum dedicated to inspiring curiosity, creativity, and a passion for lifelong learning. With a focus on hands-on exhibits and interactive experiences, Exploration Place offers visitors of all ages a dynamic and engaging exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics.


The museum features a wide range of exhibits that cover various scientific disciplines and subjects. Visitors can delve into the wonders of space at the Kansas in Space exhibit, where they can learn about astronauts, satellites, and the universe. The Design Build Fly exhibit allows visitors to construct and launch their own aircraft, exploring the principles of aerodynamics and engineering. The Kansas Kids Connect exhibit offers young children a stimulating play area where they can explore water, light, and sound through interactive displays.


One of the highlights of Exploration Place is the Dome Theater, an immersive digital theater that offers breathtaking visual experiences through its high-resolution projections. Visitors can watch educational films, documentaries, and captivating shows that transport them to different parts of the world or even into the depths of the ocean.


Current Exhibition


Health Inside Out - Life-Sized Version of Operation Game, EMS Helicopter, Giant Eyeball, Fart Chair, and Motion-Based Simulator


Design Build Fly - Design Airplane Seat, Test Landing Gear, Rivet a Wing, and More


Explore Kansas -  Drive a Combine, Step into an EF1 Tornado, and Storm Chaser Vehicle


Where Kids Rule - Activities Centered Around a Three-Story Castle

 

Kansas in Miniature - Kansas in the 1950s is the Setting for this Miniature Display


Sun, Earth, Universe - Connect with Current NASA Science Research and Build a Model Spacecraft for your Own Mission



All-Access Pass Cost


Adult (12-64) $20.00

Seniors (65+) $15.00

Children (3-11)  $15.00

The Exterior Look at Exploration Place, Science Museum Located in Wichita Kansas

300 N McLean Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

Hours (6.02.23)

Mon to Weds 10 am - 5 pm

Thurs 10 am - 8 pm

Fri to Sun 10 am - 5 pm

Pixel Palace: Advanced Technology of Motion Sensors, Touch Screens, and Projection Displays to Create an Interactive Game Room Experience - May 26 to Oct 22

Museum of World Treasures

The Museum of World Treasures in Wichita, Kansas, is a unique museum that offers visitors a fascinating journey through world history and culture. It is a private museum founded with the mission to educate, inspire, and provide a captivating experience for visitors of all ages.


The museum's collection spans across various time periods and civilizations, showcasing artifacts from around the globe. Visitors can explore exhibits that cover a wide range of topics, including ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, Native American history, military history, and much more. From mummies and fossils to medieval armor and space artifacts, the museum offers a diverse and eclectic array of treasures.


One of the highlights of the Museum of World Treasures is its emphasis on interactive experiences. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities, such as digging for fossils, decoding ancient scripts, and trying on historical costumes. These interactive elements provide a unique and engaging way to learn and immerse oneself in different historical periods.


Sample of Current Exhibition


Fossil Gallery - Fossilized Skeletons of Ivan the Tyrannosaurus-rex, Cutie the Daspletosaurus, and Ed the Edmontosaurus


Sea Creatures of the Plains - Fossils of Prehistoric Sea Creatures


World War II -  The Largest Collections at the Museum of World Treasures


Berlin Wall - 11 Feet of Solid Concrete, a Piece of the Wall on Display


Hall of Presidents - View Copies of Documents from All Presidents from Washington to Obama


Ancient Egypt - Enter the Tomb Room to Come Face-to-Face with the Remains of Two 3,000-year-old Female Mummies.


Other Areas Include: Ancient Rome, Old West, Royal Art of Asia, and Plenty More


Admission Cost


Adult $9.95

Seniors (65+) $8.95

Children (4-12)  $7.95

Some Dino Bones at Museum of World Treasures Located in Wichita Kansas

835 E 1st St N, Wichita, KS 67202

Hours (6.3.23)

Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday Noon - 5 pm

Old Cowtown Museum

The Old Cowtown Museum, located in Wichita, Kansas, is a living history museum that provides visitors with a glimpse into the pioneer and Old West era of the late 19th century. The museum encompasses over 20 acres and features more than 50 historic and reconstructed buildings. 


At Old Cowtown Museum, visitors can step back in time and experience life as it was in the 1800s. The museum authentically recreates a bustling frontier town, complete with period costumes, artifacts, and interactive exhibits. Visitors can explore the blacksmith shop, saloon, general store, schoolhouse, and other structures that showcase the daily life, trades, and businesses of the era.


One of the key features of the Old Cowtown Museum is the knowledgeable and dedicated staff, often referred to as "interpreters." These interpreters are skilled in bringing history to life, portraying characters from the past, and engaging visitors with stories, demonstrations, and reenactments that depict the challenges and triumphs of pioneer life.


Admission Cost


Adult $9.00

Seniors (62+) $8.00

Youth (12-17)  $7.00

Kids (5-11) $6.00

Walk Through the Center of Old Cowtown Museum on this Dusty Road Located in Wichita Kansas

1865 Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

Theater Event: The Wizard of Oz in the Wild West - August 11,12,13,18,19,20 - Adults $15

Hours (6.3.23)

Monday Closed

Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday Noon - 5 pm

Food

The Korean BBQ Chicken Sandwich at Crutch & Biscuit Located in Wichita Kansas

Crutch & Biscuit

550 N Rock Rd Ste 105, Wichita, KS 67206

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Sticky Burnt Ends (app): Burnt Ends Glazed in Crutch BBQ Sauce $14.00


C&B Bacon Burger: Double Smash Burger, Bacon, Secret Sauce, White Cheddar, and Lettuce $13.00


Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese: Smoked Gouda Cheese, White & Sharp Cheddar, Smoked Pulled Pork, Bacon Jam & Onion Rings $12.00


Chicken & Waffles: Belgium Waffle, Nashville Chicken with Bourbon Maple Sauce and Hot Sauce $14.00


Loaded Southern Mac n Cheese: Smoked Gouda Mac n Cheese with Bacon, Cheddar, and Topped with Nashville Chicken $12.00

Hours

Mon to Thurs 9 am - 8 pm

Fri & Sat 9 am - Midnight

Sunday 9 am - 8 pm

Order Online: Yes

The Spicy Chicken Sandwich from The Monarch, Located in Wichita Kansas

The Monarch

579 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67213

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Everything Cheese Ball (app): Cream Cheese, Smoked Cheddar, Bacon, and Green Onions Rolled in a Mix of Seeds and Spices. Served with Cucumbers and Flatbread Crackers $8.99


Turkey and Cranberry: Smoked Turkey Served with Smoked Provolone and Homemade Cranberry Orange Relish on a Pressed French Roll $10.99


Cuban: Ham, Smoked Pork, Spicy Mustard, Pickles, and Swiss Cheese Served on a Pressed French Roll $10.99


BBQ Pork Mac & Cheese: Corkscrew Pasta Topped with Breadcrumbs, BBQ Pulled Pork, Onion Straws, and Chopped Pickles $12.99


Chicken & Pesto Flatbread: Pesto, Cream Cheese, Peppadew Peppers, Chicken, and Mozzarella Cheese $9.99

Hours

Daily 11 am - Midnight

Order Online: No

Blueberry Cheesecake at Milkfloat, Best Dessert Place in Wichita Kansas

Milkfloat

535 W Douglas Ave #140, Wichita, KS 67213

What Desserts Will You Find Here

  • Pie by the Slice


  • Cakes & Cupcakes


  • Breakfast Pastries


  • Tillamook Ice Cream


  • Cookies


  • Poptarts


  • Brownies

Hours

Mon to Sat 8 am - 10 pm

Sunday Closed

Order Online: Yes

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita

  • Located within Walking Distance of the Arkansas River, Century II Performing Arts Center, and Riverfront Stadium


  • From their Website: "The historic Broadview Hotel opened in 1922 on the Arkansas River banks in Wichita. Our 2011 renovation preserved the large chandeliers, ornate ornamental features in the grand lobby, and the original mosaic mural in the Crystal Ballroom, which was installed by Native American artist Blackbear Bosin."


  • Food/Drinks Options: Picasso's Pizzeria (nearby ), The Monarch (nearby), and Milkfloat (nearby)


  • Who is this for: Baseball Fans, Concert Goers, River Walkers, & Budget Minded Peeps

The Exterior View of Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita Kansas

400 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67202

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night 


King Deluxe in July 23' - $166.66

Hotel At Old Town

  • Located within Walking Distance of the Orpheum Theater, Museum of World Treasures, and The Arcade


  • From their Website: "With views of the city or interior balconies overlooking our four-story atrium, we have something for everyone. Take the time to slow down and appreciate the history featured in our handpicked art, historic photos, and memorabilia of Wichita in our hotel suites. Watch out for our NEW Historic Aviation Floor Coming in 2023.  "


  • Food/Drinks Options: Homegrown (breakfast nearby ), Pumphouse (burgers nearby), and Old Mill Tasty Shop (dessert nearby)


  • Who is this for: Treasure Hunters, Theatre Goers, Best Value Seekers, & Old School Gamers

The Room View at Hotel At Old Town Located in Wichita Kansas

830 E 1st St N, Wichita, KS 67202

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night 


Queen Studio Suite in July 23' - $162.33

21 and up fun

A Brew from Nortons Brewing Company Located in Wichita Kansas

Nortons Brewing Company

125 St Francis St, Wichita, KS 67202

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

Juice Cult: Hazy IPA | 6.5% ABV


What-Then: Chocolate/Vanilla Cream Ale | 6.0% ABV


Chance Encounters: Blueberry Lemonade Sour Gose | 6.5% ABV


Don't Poke the Bear: Imperial Milk Stout w/chocolate | 8.0% ABV


Polkadot Princess: Belgian Golden Strong Ale | 9.6% ABV

Hours

Monday Closed

Tues to Thurs 3 pm - 10 pm

Fri 3 pm - Midnight

Sat 11 am - Midnight

Sun 11 am - 10 pm

Food Menu: Yes

A Brew from Central Standard Brewing Located in Wichita Kansas

Central Standard Brewing

156 Greenwood, Wichita, KS 67211

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

Girlfriend: Pale Ale - New England | 5.6% ABV


Drop Top Caddy: Sour - Orange/Vanilla | 5.0% ABV


Willie C's: IPA - American | 7.0% ABV


Keef Richards: Porter - American | 6.5% ABV


Sand Plum Contrails: Wild Ale - American | 8.0% ABV

Hours

Monday Closed

Tues to Thurs 3 pm - 10 pm

Fri 3 pm - Midnight

Sat Noon-Midnight

Sun Noon - 5 pm

Food Menu: Yes

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn

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