West Wichita Walk (Self Guided), Wichita

Wichita is the largest city in Kansas so it is very easy to find attractions in the different parts of the city. There are several famous and interesting museums, architectural and historical buildings, monuments and naturally wooded parks. Take this tour to explore the most attractive places in western Wichita.
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West Wichita Walk Map

Guide Name: West Wichita Walk
Guide Location: USA » Wichita (See other walking tours in Wichita)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 Km or 4.8 Miles
Author: Dee
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Oak Park
  • B. H. Campbell House
  • Botanica, The Wichita Gardens
  • Wichita Art Museum
  • Old Cowtown Museum
  • Central Riverside Park
  • Keeper of the Plains Sculpture
  • Exploration Place
Oak Park

1) Oak Park

Oak Park is one of the most beautiful, green and naturally wooded territories in Wichita. There is also artificial vegetation like flowers and lawns, and people can admire them by walking on the pathways. It is a great place to spend some leisure time and enjoy the fresh air. Oak Park is partly surrounded by the little Arkansas River.
B. H. Campbell House

2) B. H. Campbell House

B. H. Campbell House, also known as the Castle Inn Riverside or the Campbell Castle is located on North River Boulevard near Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. The structure was established in 1888 and has twenty-eight rooms. The limestone castle represents Victorian architectural style and the interior is mostly made of wood such as cherry, walnut and mahogany. Today the B. H. Campbell House is used as a bed and breakfast facility.
Botanica, The Wichita Gardens

3) Botanica, The Wichita Gardens (must see)

Botanica, The Wichita Gardenswas opened in 1987. The Gardens is located not far from the Old Cowtown Museum on North Amidon Ave. It is one of the most interesting attractions in Wichita and it occupies 9.5 acres. Visitors can admire different species of plants and butterflies that form large, unique collections. There are also tropical plants like juniper, poeny, pinetum, sedum and other kinds of plants. Visit the Wichita Gardens Monday to Saturday between 9 am and 5 pm.
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Wichita Art Museum

4) Wichita Art Museum (must see)

The Wichita Art Museum is an art museum established in 1915, when Louise Murdock’s Will which created a trust to start the Roland P. Murdock Collection of art in memory of her husband. The trust would purchase art for the City of Wichita by “American painters, potters, sculptors, and textile weavers.”

The museum opened in 1935 with art borrowed from other museums. The first work in the Murdock Collection was purchased in 1939. Mrs. Murdock’s friend, Elizabeth Stubblefield Navas, selected and purchased works of American art for the Murdock Collection until 1962. The building was enlarged with a new lobby and two new wings in 1963. In 1964, a foundation was established for the purpose of raising funds for new acquisitions. In the 1970s, the city built a new and larger climate controlled facility. In 2003, the museum finished another expansion project giving the building 115,000 total square feet.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

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Old Cowtown Museum

5) Old Cowtown Museum (must see)

Old Cowtown Museum is a living history museum that focuses on life in Wichita and the southern plains of Kansas during the last part of the 19th century.

The museum contains over twenty-six historic buildings, including a blacksmith, saloon, and 5-acre (20,000 m2) farm. The museum also contains a number of live animals, such as Percheron horses, a Longhorn steer, chickens, and a retired United States Cavalry Horse. Old Cowtown also provides a number of events throughout the year. The museum recently constructed a 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) Visitor's Center which is available for rent.

Opening hours:

Spring/Summer Hours

Wednesday-Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

Winter Hours

Tuesday- Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

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Central Riverside Park

6) Central Riverside Park

Central Riverside Park is a wonderful place with attractive trees and open areas where you can simply relax. There are many walkways enabling entry to all sides of the park; if you come by car, you may use the parking lot. Access is possible from different parts so local people have the possibility to visit more frequently. On sunny days it is possible to have picnics. There is also a playground for children, a water fountain and wildlife exhibits. There is also a nice zoological garden in the park and a public swimming pool.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Keeper of the Plains Sculpture

7) Keeper of the Plains Sculpture (must see)

7.The Keeper of the Plains is a 13.4 metres (44 ft) Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin.

Surrounding the base of the statue are multiple displays which describe the local tribes that used to inhabit this area, as well as several fire pits which sometimes light up to illuminate the statue at night. The fire pits, which are known as the Rings of Fire, are lit manually for public safety and run in 15 minute increments. They are generally lit 2-3 times a night.

The sculpture, commissioned by the city and private organizations to mark the United States Bicentennial, was erected in 1974.

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Exploration Place

8) Exploration Place (must see)

Exploration Place is a modern hands-on science museum.

Construction began May 1997 and took 2 ½ years. There are 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) and 20 acres (81,000 m2) on the property. The tallest point of the building is the peak of the roof of the traveling exhibits space and is 70 feet (21 m) above the floor (nearly 7 stories high).

The "Island Building" is named because it is surrounded by water, with the Arkansas River on one side and the reflecting pond on the other. The reflecting pond is between the buildings to create the illusion that looks like the river runs between the buildings.

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 a. - 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

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Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Wichita, Kansas

Create Your Own Walk in Wichita

Create Your Own Walk in Wichita

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Cultural Tour of Wichita

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Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles
Wichita Introduction Walk

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Architectural Tour in Wichita

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Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Religious Buildings Tour in Wichita

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles