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Wichita, KS

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This Midwestern city sits on the Arkansas River near the Flint Hills. Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas and it shows. The city buzzes with arts, culture, parks, and businesses. Sometimes called “Cowtown,” due to the fact it used to be a destination for cattle drives from Texas headed to the railroads. With a population of about 385,000, Wichita has plenty for visitors and residents alike to see and do. Temperatures throughout the year fall right in the middle of the national average.

Getting Around in Wichita, KS

Average commute time to work for residents is nineteen minutes, which beats the national average of twenty-eight minutes. Public transportation does exist, but is used by less than one percent of residents to commute to work. Wichita ranked 38th in a 2011 study by Walk Score on the most walkable cities in the United States.

Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in Wichita is:
15 to 19 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 5.36%
  • 7.63%
  • 0.65%

Wichita Art Museum

<p>The Wichita Art Museum opened in 1935 and is the second-largest art museum in Kansas. The museum has an incredible collection of American art with about 7,000 works in their permanent collection from artists including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Mary Cassatt. Interesting rotating exhibits of all different mediums are brought in ranging from sculpture and pottery to glass and Pop Art. The museum also has an interactive area called The Living Room where visitors can create their own art. Education is a focus of the museum as well, and many programs including lectures, workshops, films, and hands-on activities work to achieve that goal.</p>

The Wichita Gardens

<p>Walk amongst beauty in Botanica, The Wichita Gardens. A butterfly house, greenhouse, an aquatic collection, a rose garden, and a Shakespearean garden are amongst the gardens to stroll through in this gorgeous city-owned garden. The gardens opened in 1987 and cover almost 18 acres. There is something for the whole family here. A whimsical children&Otilde;s garden opened in 2011, which includes a musical maze, a rainbow and sunflower fountain, and monster woods. The garden is interactive, educational, and is a truly special place for children to explore and expand their imagination.</p>

Wichita-Sedgwick Country Historical Museum

<p>Take a step back in time with a visit to the Wichita-Sedgwick Country Historical Museum to explore the local history. The museum has been preserving history and educating the community and visitors since 1939. The beautiful museum building is a gem in downtown Wichita and contains nearly 70,000 artifacts dating all the way back to 1865. The museum hosts rotating exhibits as well and provides programs for families with hands-on lessons, tours, and make-your-own crafts. The building itself is striking with its tower clock and 1,000-pound bell.</p>