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What to do in Wichita, Kansas



The list entries below are from actual visits by Heartspring Parents.

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Parks/Walking/Hiking

Museums / Zoo / Botanical Gardens

Trains

Amusement Parks / Water Parks

Movie Theaters

Miscellaneous

Hotels

Dining

Rental Car Advice

Airport Food

Parks/Walking/Hiking

OJ Watson Park

Park has miniature train ride ($3.00 per person), pony rides, pedal boats, and miniature golf. Rides shut down during the winter (see below).
Lots of picnic tables. No real hiking trail but we have walked around the whole park. Small "yellow brick" walk. Food. Bathrooms.
Park is located South Eastern Wichita.
Only one entrance which GPS may not take you to. It is located off S McLean Blvd.

Address:
3022 S McLean Blvd
Wichita, KS 67217

Telephone: 316-529-9940

Fall Hours (October 3 - October 31):
8:00 AM-6 PM Monday - Friday
8:00 AM-10 PM Saturday & Sunday
Rides will operate 12:00 PM - dark on Saturday and Sunday

Winter Hours (November 1 - March 10):
8:00 AM - dusk daily
Rides closed for the season

Train Rides start up again March 10

Arkansas River Multi-use Path and Keeper of the Plains

There is a bicycle/walking path along much of the Arkansas River as it winds through Wichita. Along the river is the Keeper of the Plains. It is located close to the Exploration Place. Park at the Exploration Place or there is parking off of Central Ave.

Keeper of the Plains Address:
650 N. Seneca
Wichita, KS 67203

Pawnee Prairie Park

Parking is off of S Tyler Rd near Sedgwick County Recycling Info County Government Office

"Variety of plants and wildlife. The park has been designated as a Wichita Wild Habitat area and is the largest in the Wichita Park system. Park includes a five-mile marked trail in three connecting loops as well as many unmarked trails."

There is a dirt road that cuts through the Pawnee Prairie Park. The dirt road on one side is line with Osage Orange trees. It is a good example of the settlers using the Osage Orange trees as natural fencing to keep livestock in. The Osage Orange Tree: Useful and Historically Significant I have heard of the Osage Orange tree refered to as tangle wood and you can see that here.

The Osage Orange tree has a fruit that looks like a small, green brain. The fruit use to be considered a nuisance, but now has become a cash crop used in cosmetics. Iowa Chemist Turns Nuisance Fruit into Spendy Cosmetic Oil

If you go early morning or in the evening good chance of seeing wildlife. (deer, armadilo, coyote)

Osage Orange Fruit

Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera) Fruit

Address:
2625 S. Tyler Rd.
Wichita, KS

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Herman Hill Park

Herman Hill is a small park along the Arkansas River in South Wichita. The park contains the Water Center. The Water center is a groundwater treatment facility using a hydraulic-venturi air stripper treatment system to clean water. You can take tours: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and other times by appointment. Call: 316-350-3386 or email: Cindy Le or Kay Drennem.

Herman Hill Park has several outdoor water fountains, a large aquarium with native Kansas fish and aquatic life, a stream, a small children's playground, a restroom, and a frisbee golf course. When I visited the outdoor aquarium looked like it needed some help.

Address:
101 E. Pawnee
Wichita, KS 67211

Oak Park

Oak Park is a surprisingly beautiful park along the Little Arkansas River in the center of Wichita. The park has numerous nature trails, though there is a longer one that is a bit hard to find.

Oak Park Wichita, Ks Nature Trail

The trail is a quick get away in an urban setting. There are a lot of birds.

The park has a very active disc golf course so lots of people throwing frisbees.

Address:
1100 W. 11th Street North
Wichita, KS

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Sedgwick County Park

Large Park, large playground; lots of paved walking paths; covered bridges paths; hidden large chair and old car on trails; picnic tables, the sheltered ones need to be reserved.
Restrooms.

Address:
6501 W. 21st St. North
Wichita, KS 6721

Chapin Park

Open area along the Arkansas River with gravel paths and concrete paths. It is a dog park but most dogs are playing in a fenced in area.
Restrooms.

Address:
2400 E. MacArthur Road
Wichita, KS 67216

Hellers Park

Hellers Park is a small park designated a Wichita Wild Habitat Area with an unpaved nature trail. The trail is really a combination of a dirt road and a mowed trail through the prairie grassland. The park is undeveloped, no restrooms.

Parking is off the entrance road to the adjacent Earhart Environmental Magnet School.

Address:
4401 N. Arkansas
Wichita, KS 67204

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Central Riverside Park

Park has playground, large loop path, bathrooms, and Kansas Wildlife Exhibit. This is one of the parks Heartspring takes kids to.

Address:
700 Nims
Wichita, KS 67220

Chisholm Creek Park

Chisholm Creek Park is divide by the Highway 96. One side has the the Great Plains Nature Center with a large parking lot and a number of paved trails going through lakes, creeks, and the prairie.

On the other side of Highway 96 from the Great Plains Nature Center. There is a trail that goes around a lake, nothing special. Mainly people fish at the lake.
Close to Heartspring

Addresses:
Parking lot at Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200

There is also an entrance off of N. Oliver Ave between Highway 96 and East 29th St N.

The smaller portion of Chisholm Creek Park with a small lake:
Parking lot on N Woodlawn Blvd across the street from the E 34th St N intersection.

Eagle Lake

Small lake with a paved path around it. Small children's playground at parking lot. No restroom.
Entry it Oliver St to Willow Point Rd to West Lake Rd.

Address:
Bel Aire, KS 67220 (just north of Wichita really only a few miles from Heartspring)

Telephone: (316) 744-2451

High Park

Large park south of Wichita in Derby, walking/hiking, plenty of paved pathways, picnic tables, and bathrooms.

Address
2801 East James Street
Derby, KS 67037

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Swanson Park

Park has a 1.35 mile paved nature walk through a wooded praire landscape next to a creek. You will see Osage Orange trees and Honey Locusts trees with there sharp thorns. The Honey Locust thorns look like medieval weapons. More information on Osage Orange trees under Pawnee Prairie Park.

honey locust thorns

Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

Address
1011 N. Maize Rd
Wichita, KS

GPS may take you to the entrance to a gated community on N. Maize Rd. The parking lot to Swanson Park is just a little further north of the gated community. There is a wooden park sign near the entrance.

Dr. Glen Dey Park (Grove Park)

The park is mainly sports fields but there is a paved multi-use path that follows the East Fork Chisholm Creek. There is a children's playground. There are restrooms but they have been closed everytime we have been there.

The park is just OK

GPS tends to take you to N Hydraulic St and N Hillside St. You have to go a little further south to N. Grove St to enter the park.

Address:
2801 N. Grove St.
Wichita, KS 67219

Parks Not Worth Going To

Plainview Park (mainly sport fields), Boston Park (sport fields and recreation center), Gill Park, Hap McLean Park (sports fields)

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Museums/Zoo/Botanical Gardens

Great Plains Nature Center

Nature Center Museum, live owls, and a number of paved walk ways. You will definitely see turtles. Close to Heartspring. Worth it.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM
Closed Sunday and Holidays

Address
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200

Telephone: 316-683-5499

Kansas Wildlife Exhibit

Small wildlife exhibit part of Central Riverside Park

Address:
Central Riverside Park
700 Nims
Wichita, KS 67220

Exploration Place

Kid oriented learning exhibitions, mini-golf, and playground.
Dome Movie Theater (Not IMAX). Theater tickets sold separately from museum admission and you can do one without doing the other. Note: When we went the picture was not bright and the lamp had not been change in awhile. Poor quality picture.

Exploration Place Hours
Monday: CLOSED*
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.

*Open Mondays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct. 24, Nov. 21, Dec. 19 & 26, Jan. 2 & 16 and Feb. 20. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Admission Prices: http://exploration.org/visit/hours-prices/

Address:
300 N. McLean Blvd.
Wichita, KS 67203

Sedgwick County Zoo

Zoo like many zoos with a Children's Farms
Parking is free
Heartspring staff take the kids here.

Hours
Summer Hours 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning March 1)
Winter Hours 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning November 1)
Open 364 Days a Year!*

Admission Prices subject to change
but around:
Children (ages 3-11): $10.00
Adults (ages 12-61): $15.00
Seniors (ages 62+): $12.00

Address:
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67212

Telephone: 316-660-9453

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Botanica

Nice Children's Garden with tree fort, place to crawl in and out of,and small stream you can float sticks down.
Small model train runs every other Saturday so better call to find out if it is running if you want to see the toy train
Lots of paths. Quiet Places. Fountain. Fish in Ponds

Hours:
The Gardens are open 9am-5pm, Mon-Sat, year-round.
Extended hours: Apr-Sept, Tue & Thur until 8pm.

Admission:
Age 3-12 -$5.00
Age 13-61 -$7.00
Age 61+ -$6.00

Address:
701 Amidon St
Wichita, KS 67203-3199

Telephone: 316-264-0448

Great Plains Transportation Museum

Title of the museum is a little misleading as you would think the museum was about all modes of transportation but it is just about trains. There are full size train cars and engines you can climb around on. There is a model train that I guess runs but was not running when we were there.

Hours of Operation
April - October: Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM; Sunday 1 PM to 4 PM
November - March: Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM; Sunday closed

Admission Prices
Ages 3 & Under - FREE
Ages 4 to 12 - $4.00 plus tax
Ages 13 & Over - $7.00 plus tax

Address:
700 East Douglas
Wichita, Kansas 67202

Telephone: 316-263-0944

Wichita Toy Train Museum

Model Trains run by Wichita Toy Train Club
Opening Dates and Times vary but mainly weekends only. Check Website.

Admission:
12 and under free
Adults - $5.00

Address:
30 S Laura St
Wichita, KS

Telephone: 620-837-3006

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Trains

You Can Ride On:

OJ Watson Park


Out of Town
(I have never been to any of these except Stratac Salt Mine Tour).

Strataca Salt Mine Tour

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad, Abilene, KS (about 1.5 hours North of Wichita)

Gage Park, Topeka, KS (about 2.25 hours NE of Wichita)

Midland Railway, Baldwin City, KS (about 2.5 hours NE of Wichita)

Heart of the Heartland, Scammon, KS (about 3 hours from Wichita)

Belton Grandview & Kansas City Railroad, Kansas City, Missouri (about 3 hours from Wichita)

Model Trains

Wichita Toy Train Museum

Great Plains Transportation Museum

Botanica

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Amusement / Water Parks

All Star Adventures

1010 N. Webb Road
Wichita, KS 67206
Phone: (316) 682-3700

Go-Karts, bumper cars, rides, arcade, food
This place has a seasonal pass, which are discounted up to March 31.

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm
Friday: 10am - 9pm
Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Sunday: 11am - 8pm

Comments:

"He likes the go karts at both places. If you are going to go to All Stars a lot it is worth buying the annual pass. It pays for itself very quickly."

The Alley Indoor Entertainment

11413 East 13th
Wichita, KS 67206
316-448-8583

Cosmic bowling, go karts, laser maze, big arcade, and pizza.

Hours:
Monday   9 AM - 1 AM*
*After 10 PM, must be 18 years old to enter building
Tuesday   11 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday   Noon - 11:00 pm
Thursday   9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday   Noon - 1:00 am
Saturday   11 am - 1:00 am
Sunday   11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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All Star Sports Fun Park

8333 West 21st North
Wichita, KS 67205
Phone: (316) 722-7529

Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Arcade, Bowlingo, Laser Tag, Climbing Wall, and Miniature Golf

REGULAR PARK HOURS:
Monday - Thursday    10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday    10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday    11:00 am to 10:00 pm

GO-KART HOURS:
Monday - Thursday    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday    5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday    10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday   11:00 am to 10:00 pm

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Interactive Fountains and Splash Pads in Wichita

Webpages lists a number of cool down interactive fountains around Wichita. Small free water parks.

Rock River Rapids in Derby

Heartspring staff take the kids here.

Address:
1900 E. James St.
Derby, KS 67037
Ph: 316-788-3363 (direct) • Ph: 316-788-POOL (info)

Hours:

Hours and opening times are seasonal so best check the website.

Admission: about $8 to 9 per person depending on age.

Strataca Salt Mine Tour

3650 East Avenue G
Hutchinson, KS 67501
Phone: 620.662.1425
Toll Free: 866.755.3450

Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 9-6
Sunday 1-6

Tickets: Adults $19.00, Childern $12.50, Safari Ride an additonal $12.50.

Comments
This is probably not for everyone. Hutchinson is too far for you to be rescued by Heartspring if things go sideways. It is a little less than an hour drive from Heartspring. To go down into the mine, you are packed (I mean packed shoulder to shoulder) into an elevator in darkness for at least 90 minutes if you are loaded into the top part of the elevator. The bottom part of the elevator gets loaded first and off load last, as the people on the top get in last and out first. A staff member in the elevator does have a flash night if light is needed. Once underground the chambers are large, lighted and the ground is even. There is a 15 minutes long train ride, and a 20 minutes long tram ride included with your ticket. There is an additional hour long dark Safari tram ride through most of the old salt mine.

They say that the basic 2 ride ticket and walk through takes two hours. Most of the two hours is if you stop and read all the exhibits along the way. If you just walk through and take the rides, it is about an hour. They do not allow you to break up the rides and come up and say go to lunch and then go back down for the longer 1 hour ride. There are rest rooms below. No food beyond vending machines.

People will tell you to eat at the Carriage Crossing Restaurant, 10002 S Yoder Rd, Yoder, KS 67585 for the pies. You will see it on your way to the Strataca Salt Mine. This is real Amish cooking, so it is kind of an experience. The food is bland and the pies are just so-so. I ordered a roasted turkey sandwich. It was roasted turkey between two slices of bread. That is it. The turkey was really good and tasted like it had just come out of the oven.

Strataca Salt Mine Train

Strataca Salt Mine Train

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Movie Theaters

Warren Theatres

A native of Wichita told me that she had been told that the movie theaters in Wichita were probably the best in the country. We went to the Warren Theatres and I told her she was right.
If you haven't been to a Warren Theatres, you will find out.

We went to this one
Address:
9150 W 21st St
Wichita, KS 67205
but they have various locations.

My son now never makes it beyond when the popcorn is gone and then he wants to go. It does not matter what movie. Most theaters will refund your ticket especially during the first part of the movie and Warren Theatres does that.

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Miscellaneous

The Troll

"The Troll first appeared in May 2007, chained to some pipes beneath a large sidewalk grate near the Arkansas River. He was created by local sculptor Constance Ernatt, stands seven feet tall, and weighs 200 pounds -- although it's difficult to appreciate his size in his underground prison."

Address:
777 W. Central Ave.
Wichita, KS

Directions:
"Along a walking path behind and just to the right of the old Westar power plant building, which is on the south side of W. Central Ave. on the east bank of the Arkansas River. Park in the lot behind the building, then walk to the right. You'll see the path and the big grate in it. The troll is visible beneath that grate, and also from the side, through a wall grate visible from another path that parallels the river. Both paths are part of a large trail system with its own cross-river bridges, so you can park in other places and simply walk over to the Troll."
roadsideamerica.com

Hotels

We have tried a few hotels that were on the list Heartspring gave us and did not like them. Some hotels if you spend the same amount or ten dollars more you can get a better room and hotel elsewhere. Right now I am leaving out the many various we tried because I would to hear other people's experiences. I also want to get suggestions at various price ranges.
In general, the hotels near the airport are less expensive than the hotels near Heartspring but than you have the commute to Heartspring.
Unlike renting a car, in general it is cheaper to rent a hotel room the day before you go unless there is some big event going on.

Heartspring Hotel List pdf

The Heartspring Hotel list has hotels not listed below. It also list "Heartspring Rate" for each hotel. If the hotel is listed below and has a "Heartspring Rate", it will be noted. Since hotel rates vary, sometimes the "market rate" can be lower than the "Heartsping Rate".

Best Western Plus Eastgate Inn & Suites

8300 E Kellogg
Wichita, KS 67207
316-682-3000

Free Wifi / Indoor Pool/Hot Tub/ Free Breakfast (hot and cold)

Price Range depending on season and room: $90 - $130

About 15 minutes from Heartspring down Rock Rd.

Comments:

"This is a good "bang for the buck" hotel fairly close to Heartspring. We have not tried all hotels near Heartspring. Kellogg road was recently redone with elevated roads and underpasses. This makes getting to the hotel a little tricky off of Kellogg, but the isolation has made the area quiet. The hotel is quiet."

Courtyard Wichita East Marriott

2975 North Webb Road
Wichita, Kansas 67226
316-636-4600

Free Wifi/ Indoor Pool

Price Range depending on season and room: $85 - $100
Heartspring Rate: $109 King/Queen (Does not include free breakfast)

Minutes from Heartspring as the hotel is located really close to Heartspring at the corner of East 29th St N and N Webb Rd

Comments:

"The marriot across from costco is wonderful. Rooms are usually well under $100/ night. If you get the marriot cc you can easily earn gold status which gets 2 people an awesome made to order breakfast every day for free . Also if you have gold with another hotel chain, (hilton/ hyatt, etc) marriot will do a match for status level.The deli at whole foods has great lunch stuff."

"Great. Staff is friendly and accommodating."

Homewood Suites by Hilton The Waterfront

1550 North Waterfront Parkway
Wichita, Kansas, 67206
316-260-8844

Free Wifi /Indoor Pool/ Hot Tub/ Free Breakfast/ Kitchen/kitchenette available

Price Range depending on season and room: $125 - $170

About 5 minutes from Heartspring near the corner of N Webb Rd and E 13th St N

Comments:

"Wifi is free. It is usually cheaper over weekend. AAA rates also good. Includes very good breakfast. It is about 5 min from Heartspring."

The Inn at Tallgrass

Address: 2280 N Tara Cir
Wichita, KS 67226
Phone: (316) 684-3466

Free Wifi/Outdoor Pool/ Spa/ Free Breakfast/ Health Club/ studio/1 and 2 bedrooms with kitchen and living room.

Heartspring Rate: $85 Studio Suite/ $109 1 bedroom suite/ $159 two bedrrom two bathroom suite/ extended (5+ Night) rate available upon request

Non Heartspring Rate: Prices Range depending on season and room: $100 - $210

Comments:

"We like staying at the Inn at Tallgrass off of 21st and Rock. They have studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units. Both the 1 and 2 bedroom units have a full kitchen, living room and bedroom(s). Free wifi, breakfast and complimentary gym membership. Nice staff and a good location close to shopping and dining."

TownePlace Suites Wichita East Marriott

9444 East 29th Street North
Wichita Kansas 67226
316-631-3773

Free Wifi/ Free Breakfast/ Kitchen/kitchenette available

Price Range depending on season and room: $75 - $95
Heartspring Rate: $79

Minutes from Heartspring as the hotel is located really close to Heartspring at the corner of East 29th St N and N Webb Rd

Comments:

"Great. Staff is friendly and accommodating."

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Dining

Heartspring Restaurant List

The Heartspring Restaurant List features fast food to casual restaurants near Heartspring.

American

Deano's Grill & Tapworks

9747 East 21st Street North, Suite 101
southeast corner of 21st & Webb Rd. (Cambridge Market)
Wichita, Kansas 67206
(316) 977-7107

Hours:
Mon   (Kitchen 11a-9p Bar 11a-9:30p)
Tue-Wed   (Kitchen 11a-10p Bar 11a-10:30p)
Thu   (Kitchen 11a-10p Bar 11a-1a)
Fri-Sat   (Kitchen 11a-11p Bar 11a-1a)
Sun   (Kitchen 11a-9p Bar 11a-9:30p)

Comments:

"Drano's is a nice sports bar though can be quite loud. Food is good."
Moderate expensive.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

0096 E 13th St N
Wichita, KS 67206
The Waterfront
316-616-0969

Hours:

Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm

Comments:


Harvest Kitchen/Bar

Located in the Hyatt Regency Wichita
400 West Waterman
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Reservations
316 613 6300

Hours:
Breakfast : 6:30AM - 10:30AM
Lunch: 11:00AM- 2:00PM
Dinner: 5:30PM - 10:00PM

Comments:

"Food is good. Expensive for Wichita. Hotel restaurants are often only one of the few places to eat on major holidays."

*The bar part of the restaurant is open Christmas Day and other holidays. It serves food.

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Mulligan's Pub

8343 E 32nd St N
Wichita, KS 67226
(316) 636-2220

Sort of right behind Heartspring. If you have ever entered Heartspring by the delivery road coming from the direction of Rock Road you can see it on the right.

Hours:
Every Day   11am - 2 am

Comments:

"This is a local pub. Food is OK, inexpensive pub food. The place smells like a lot of beer has hit the floor. It was quiet when we visited for lunch with just a few tables of older locals having lunch. The pub has about every domestic beer on tap and one or two micro beers on tap. The one I had was very good."

Newport Grill by Bradley Fair

1900 N Rock Road
Wichita, KS 67206
(316) 636-9555

Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 11AM - 10PM
Fri - Sat: 11AM - 11PM
Sun: 10AM - 9PM
Lounge Open 1 hour later every night.

Comments:

"The Newport Grill by Bradley Fair is great in summer to sit outside. They have live music. It is a bit pricey but food is great."

"Food is good. Expensive for Wichita. You may need reservations depending on time and day you go."

Public

129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, Kansas 67202
(316) 263-4044
In Old Town almost directly across from River City Brewery.

Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday:   11 am to 10 pm
Friday & Saturday:   11 am to Midnight
Sunday:   10 am to 9 pm

Comments:

"Food is good and moderately expensive. The restaurant has the feel of a hidden speakeasy as it is located in the basement of the building. The entrance is narrow stairs going down. Follow the arrow that says "Public". Public's aim is to feature local farmers and craft brewers."

Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom

7626 E Kellogg Dr
Wichita, KS 67207
(316) 685-3111
Hours:
11 am - 2 am
Christmas day opens at 4 PM

Comments:

"The food is what you would expect from this chain pizza restaurant. Good selection of beer on tap. Open on Christmas day at 4 PM. A rare restaurant that is open on Christmas day and other holidays. Packed on holidays."

Redrock Canyon Grill

1844 N Rock Rd
Wichita, KS 67206
316-636-1844

Comments:

"OK, overpriced food from a chain restaurant. Close to Heartspring."

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Ya Ya's Euro Bistro

8115 E. 21st N.
Wichita KS 67206
316-634-1000

Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 11 am - 10 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 9 pm

Comments:

"Food is good through on the expensive side for Wichita. It says it is a euro bistro but the food is more American with a Mediterranean bent."

"Last visit on Christmas Eve, the waitress forgot my wife's first plate. She tried to take away plates before my wife was finished. Later, the salmon came with the bottom burnt. I had soup and salad, no problem. Maybe the B team?"

Brewery Restaurants

Wichita Brewing Company

Has a both east and west side location. The east side is the closest to Heartspring

East Side Location
(316) 440-4885 [email protected]
535 N Woodlawn St Wichita, KS 67208 (Behind Ace Hardware)
(Not right on N Woodlawn. You have to go down an "ally" so sort of hard to find.)

Hours:
Sun-Th 11am–10pm
Fri-Sat 11am–11pm

Comments:

"Beer and food is great. The wood fired pizza is really good. The paninis are tasty and crunchy. Staff friendly. Great place to find out tips about Wichita. Pizza crust is very good making this one of the best pizza places in Wichita that I know about. Widest selection and variety of beers. Food is not as expensive relative to other micro brewery restaurants in Wichita"

River City Brewing Co.

Located in Old Town
150 N Mosley St
Wichita, KS
316-263-2739

Also located at Wichita (ICT) Airport:
"Open for Breakfast to Dinner (both are good)."

Hours of operation:
Sunday 11:30am- 10pm
Mon - Tues 11am - 10pm
Wed - Thurs 11am - midnight
Fri - Sat 11am - 2am

Comments:

"Pizza, sandwiches, salads, main courses and beer. Good beer choices. Food is good."

Sweet Allie B's & Limestone Beer Co.

707 North Waco Street, Suite 105
Wichita, KS
Phone: 316-729-6200

You have to enter through the back of the building.

Hours
Sun - Wed 10:30 AM- 4:00 PM
Thurs - Sat 10:30 AM - 12:00 AM

Comments:

"The entrance is a little strange as you enter from the back of the building. The front has a sign that says Sweet Allie B's, but the front looks like it is closed. I think this is because the restaurant started as a cater only. Restaurant openned in 2016. Limestone Beer Co. opened 2017.
The food and beer are tasty. Food is mainly breakfast, sandwiches, soup and salads. Good find."

Bricktown Brewery

2035 Rock Road
Wichita, KS 67206
Phone: 316-440-3438

Hours:
Mon - Thurs 11:00 a.m. - Midnight
Fri - Sat 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Sun 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 pm

Comments:

"Brewery chain out of Oklahoma. Food and beer is good. Mostly burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Small so it gets crowded Friday and Saturday evenings"

BJ's Restaurant & Brewery

7960 East Kellogg (at Rock Rd)
Wichita, KS 67207
316-687-0250

Hours:
11:00AM - 12:00AM Monday - Thursday
11:00AM - 1:00AM Friday - Saturday
11:00AM - 12:00AM Sunday

Comments:

"Big box chain restaurant and brewery. Food and beers is better than most of the big chain. Large menu and relatively large beer selection. Can make reservation and order online."

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Coffee Shops

Moxi Junction

319 S Park
Maize, KS 67101
(316) 260-4000

Hours:
Tuesday - Friday   7:00am - 5pm
Saturday   8am - 2pm

Comments:

Coffee shop with bakery items and some food.

MOXI Junction is a coffeehouse, bakery and art gallery that employs and trains special needs adults and teens.

"The mom who started it spoke at Parents weekend a couple years ago."

Food to Go/ Delis /Grocery Stores

Whole Foods Market

1423 N Webb Rd #101
Wichita, KS
(316) 630-8484
8AM–9PM

Italian

Bella Vita Bistro

120 N West St #2
Wichita, KS 67203
(316) 941-4500

Hours:
5-9 PM (all hours are not known)

Comments:

"Small family run Italian restaurant. Moderately priced. Table cloths. Food was good. I would go again."

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Where to eat on Christmas day and the other major holidays in Wichita, KS

Finding a place to eat can be tricky when traveling on a major holiday, especially Christmas. Most restaurants and grocery stores are closed on Christmas Day and to a lesser degree on Thanksgiving Day and Easter.

You can plan ahead and get groceries to eat and maybe cook if you have a kitchenette in your hotel room.

On Christmas Day, with few restaurants open, they will be packed. Ever had to wait in line to get into a Denny’s restaurant? You will on Christmas Day.

Here are the restaurants that are open on Christmas Day and other holidays:

Denny’s Restaurants

(There are 3 in Wichita.)
They are open 24 hours a day though can have shortened holiday times, but are usually open for breakfast and lunch.

This is the closest to Heartspring School.
8030 E Kellogg Dr N
Wichita, KS 67208
(316) 682-1008

IHOP Restaurants

(There are 4 in Wichita.)
They are open 24 hours a day though can have shortened holiday times, but are usually open for breakfast and lunch.

This restaurant is very near Heartspring School.

3505 N Rock Rd
Wichita, KS 67226
(316) 630-8401

Harvest Kitchen/Bar

(Located in the Hyatt Regency Wichita more information above under American food)

The bar opens at 4:00 PM and serves food.

Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom

(more information above under American food)

The whole restaurant is open at 4:00 PM.

Legends

Legends is at the DoubleTree Hotel near the airport. It starts serving food at 2 PM on Christmas day.

2098 Airport Road, Wichita
Kansas, 67209
Telephone: 1-316-945-5272

Asian Restaurants

Many Asian restaurants are open on Christmas and other major US holidays. Here are a couple near Heartspring School.

Wasabi ll - Rock Rd Sushi Bar

This restaurant is very near Heartspring School.

3242 N Rock Rd #112
Wichita, KS 67226
(316) 201-6885

Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11 am – 10:00 pm
Sat: 12 – 10:30 pm
Sun: 12 – 9:30 pm

Great Wall Restaurant

2240 N Rock Rd #104
Wichita, KS 67226
(316) 685-8168

Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Saturday: 04:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 09:30 PM

I do not know of any grocery stores open on Christmas Day beyond the small convenient stores connected with gas stations.

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Rental Car Advice

Avoid rental cars with license plates from California or Colorado or any state in which marijuana has been legalized in any way. There is a good chance that if a Kansas state trooper sees your car they will follow you, run your plates, and maybe pull you over.

We rented a car at the Wichita airport that had a CA license plate. A Kansas state trooper followed me several miles though I had done nothing wrong that I knew. It is not like we have any reason to speed when visiting our son in Wichita. We have a lot of time and nowhere to go that needs to be in a hurry. The state trooper did not pull us over and eventually just stopped following us.

When we had to drive our son from California to deliver him to Heartspring, we were followed in each state except for Texas. In Oklahoma, we even had a state trooper make a dusty U-turn over a neutral ground on the interstate. He followed us and even drove along side of us looking into our car. He did not pull us over and eventually went off an exit. A New Mexico state trooper followed us for a few miles to the Texas border.

I could not figure this out. I thought maybe it was political. I mentioned the above rental car incident to a waiter and he was the one that told me why I was being followed. He said since Colorado is right next to Kansas, the state troopers are on high alert for people moving marijuana across state lines.

I really do not like driving any rental cars in Kansas that do not have a Kansas license plate.

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