Local Attractions on the Cheap

Experience Wichita attractions on the cheap by finding coupons or discounted days. This page is updated less frequently than I’d like, so please call the attractions in advance to verify prices, hours of operation, and other pertinent information.

Attractions with asterisk participate in the Wichita Go Card. Save $2 on the price of admission with this free card. (Details)

*Botanica, 701 Amidon, Wichita, KS 67203 (316) 264-0448
$3 admission on Thursdays. Valid on Thursdays only. Hours of operation on Thursdays are 9am-8pm. Can’t be combined with any other offers, discounts or coupons. Children under 3 and members always get in free. On Mother’s Day Botanica usually has free admission for moms. It’s a beautiful time of year to see the gardens!
Garden membership is available and entitles you to free or discounted participation/admission to popular Botanica activities like Tuesdays on the Terrace and Illuminations.

*Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 West Zoo Boulevard, Wichita, KS 67212, (316) 660-9453
Winter Wednesdays, $2.50 admission. Winter Wednesdays usually begin in November and go until February. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


*Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard, Wichita, KS 67203, (316) 268-4921
Admission is always free on Saturdays. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (The Wichita Art Museum also has numerous free or cheap kids’ activities/programs. See the website for details.)

*Museum of World Treasures, 835 E 1st St. (in Old Town), Wichita, KS 67202
Family Night at the Museum of World Treasures is the first Thursday of every month. Admission is only $5 per person. Children under 4 and members are always free. Some children’s programs are free with admission. Birthday party packages are available. See the website for details.

Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th Street North, Wichita, KS 67220-2200, (316) 683-5499
Always free admission during regular hours of operation, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free group tours (donations are accepted) with reservations–double-check this though, since I haven’t talked to them in a while. Free publications about Kansas nature and wildlife. A great resource.

*Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main, Wichita, KS 67202, (316) 265-9314
$4 adult admission, $2 children 6-12, children under 6 years old are free. Frequent free special events and activities. Senior Wednesday once per month with $2 admission. Teacher’s Pass gets teachers and their students in free.

*Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203, (316) 219-1871
Group rates and special rates for school groups. See website for details.

Great Plains Transportation Museum, 700 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202, (316)263-0944
Adult admission $5, children 3-12 $3, children under 3 are free. (There is a coupon in the Entertainment book: Get up to two complimentary admissions when two admissions are purchased.)

Wichita Ice Center, 505 West Maple, Wichita, KS 67213, (316) 337-9199
$2 Tuesday are every Tuesday. Public skate admission price is only $2 with $2 skate rental per person.

Wichita Sports Hall of Fame, 4700 E. Central, Wichita, Kansas  67208, (316) 264-5222
Admission is always free during regular hours of operation.  The Wichita Sports Hall of Fame is open Wednesday — Friday, 1 pm – 5 pm, and Saturday, Noon – 5 pm.

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, in the Wichita Boathouse at 515 S Wichita, Wichita, KS 67202, (316) 262-2038
Admission is free, but there is a suggested $3 donation for adults. The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is open Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. Not open on weekends unless there are special events.

Kansas Sports Museum, at Newton Chisholm Trail Center, 601 SE 36th, Suite 123, Newton, KS 67114, (316) 804-4686
Regular admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students, but special family and/or group rates are available. The Kansas Sports Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Ulrich Museum of Art 1845 Fairmount Street, Wichita, KS 67260, (316) 978-3664 (Located on the Wichita State University campus)
Admission is free. The galleries will be closed for remodeling until fall 2012, but the museum website says activities are planned for the intervening months.

Coutts Memorial Museum of Art, 110 N. Main, El Dorado, KS 67042, (316) 321-1212

Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67206, (316) 634-2787. Open Tuesdays through Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Admission is free.

The Kansas African-American Museum, 601 North Water Street, (316) 262-7651

Exploration Place, 300 North McLean Boulevard, (316) 660-0600

CityArts, 334 North Mead Street, (316) 462-2787

…more to come