Project Editor Jess Hoffert shares his top spots for a weekend in Wichita.

By Jess Hoffert
August 18, 2016

1. Sedgwick County Zoo Six elephants from drought-stricken Swaziland live in newly constructed digs with the world's largest elephant pool. (


2. Larkspur Bistro and Bar Jazz music played on a baby grand accompanies meals of handmade pasta and juicy steaks. (

3. Old Cowtown Museum No spurs required to enter Fritz Snitzler's Saloon for a root beer or to witness shootouts in this living-history village. (

4. Botanica Even adults can't resist plunking away on instruments at the Downing Children's Garden, one of many themed areas at this botanical park. (


5. The Inn at Glenstrae In the Flint Hills Suite, multiple canvas awnings create the feeling you're glamping in the city. Eggs Benedict breakfasts come with fresh veggies and rich coffee. (

6. Wichita Art Museum The museum's collection focuses on American artists and stars contemporary glasswork by Steuben. (


7. Central Standard Brewing Head to a shed for funky brews like the Red Cicada made with Kansas salt, hibiscus flowers, ginger and lime. (

8. Keeper of the Plains For 15 minutes each night, fire drums erupt with flames around this riverfront statue honoring Native Americans. (


Three things you probably didn't know

1. A 4-ton chunk of the Berlin Wall resides at the Museum of World Treasures. (

2. Amelia Earhart made the Wichita Municipal Airport her hub; it now houses the Kansas Aviation Museum. (

3. More than 3,000 varieties of nuts, chocolates and gummies await at Nifty Nut House. (