South Central 1811
Wichita, Kansas' largest city, is right in the heart of the United States and right at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers join together. The Wichita Indians, who lived in this area, gave our city its historic name. The arts have always prospered here. A dozen museums are scattered throughout the city, each with a distinctive or historic cast. Art has even taken to the street! Wichita is considered the economic hub of the region. The city is home to corporate headquarters for leading producers of aircraft, aviation components and all-American consumer products. In the heart of downtown, Douglas Avenue has been transformed into an open-air gallery of 12 bronze sculptures, including a lone guitar player, to a child playing hopscotch, to a cow, and a pony.
Wichita is full of fun things to see and do. More than 136 municipal parks and playgrounds cover nearly 3,000 acres in the city and county. The Park Board offers a bike system of more than 100 miles and landscaped picnic areas. The Wichita River Festival, a ten-day extravaganza of some 80 events, draws a quarter of a million visitors and citizens together every June. The Mexican Cinco de Mayo, German Oktoberfest, the Wichita Asian Festival, the Black Arts Festival, and Native American Pow Wows create cross-cultural opportunities for the enjoyment of good food, good music, and new friends. Shopping opportunities include two of the state's largest shopping malls, antique shops and a host of specialty stores. First-rate restaurants in every sector of the city offer an abundant choice of cuisine, ranging from Asian, Mexican, French, and Continental to various American fares.