History of Wichita
With a population of nearly 400,000, Wichita, Kansas is the largest city in the state. Wichita is located in Sedgwick County in south-central Kansas. Similar to other states in the Great Plains region, Wichita is steeped in industrial history. Wichita is known as the Air Capital of the World due to its role as a hub for aircraft manufacturing for companies such as Beechcraft, Cessna, Learjet, and more in the early 20th century. Some of these companies still operate out of the city.
Welcome to Wichita!
Take the family to the Sedgwick County Zoo or Botanica, The Wichita Gardens to enjoy Wichita's natural beauty. If the weather is inclement, visit a museum! Exploration Place, on the west side of the Arkansas River, is a science museum that features a planetarium, local area exhibits, an outdoor park, and more. The Wichita Art Museum opened in 1935 and features works from assorted artists. Of course, it wouldn't be Wichita without an aviation museum: the Kansas Aviation Museum, which was converted from an airport into a museum in the 1950s.
Other outdoor activities include the Tanganyika Wildlife Park, where visitors can interact with the animals (Tanganyika has been called the most interactive wildlife park in the Midwest). The Great Plains Nature Center offers a glimpse at the natural environment of Wichita through exhibits and nearly 300 acres and 2.5 miles of paved trails that traverse diverse wetlands, forests, prairies, and more.
Common Wildlife in Wichita
Wichita experiences humidity in its hot summers and dry, cold winters. This weather can invite wildlife critters for a variety of reasons. Rodents are among the most common visitor we receive calls regarding, and other critters like squirrels, skunks, raccoons, mice, bats, birds, and moles are common in the area.