How (& Where) to Use Your Wichita Museum & Zoo Memberships When You Travel

If there’s anything I love as much as our fair city it is traveling, especially with my kids. When we travel, near or far, the first thing I investigate is what zoos and museums we can visit. Perhaps my favorite perk of membership to our local zoos and museums is free or discounted reciprocal admission to others around the country. It makes trip planning a breeze and saves a lot of money! Plan a day trip or weekend getaway to hit up a couple of these spots for a fun, educational, cost effective road trip. I’ve split the list into day trip range (three hours one way or less) and long-weekend (up to seven hours one way) destinations. There are ninety zoos or museums for the road warriors among us to enjoy with Wichita zoo and museum memberships.

The reciprocity lists can change yearly. Be sure to check recent info before you travel. Links provided: Botanica, Exploration Place I and IISedgwick County Zoo, Wichita Art Museum I and II.

Easy Day Trips

Hays, Kansas
Sternberg Museum of Natural History; free with EP membership

Hesston, Kansas
Dyck Arboretum; free with Botanica membership

Independence, KS
Independence Historical Museum & Art Center; free with WAM membership

Kansas City Metro
American Jazz Museum; free with WAM membership

Kansas City Museum; free with WAM membership

Kansas City Zoo; 50% off admission with SCZ membership

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; free with WAM membership

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; free with WAM membership

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens; free with Botanica membership

Powell Gardens (Kingsville, MO); free with Botanica membership

Science City at Union Station; free with EP membership

Sea Life Aquarium; 50% off admission with SCZ membership

Wonderscope Children’s Museum; 50% off admission with EP membership

Manhattan, Kansas

Flint Hills Discovery Center; free with EP membership

Oklahoma City

Myriad Botanical Gardens; free with Botanica membership

Oklahoma City Zoo; 50% off admission with SCZ membership

Science Museum Oklahoma; free with EP membership

 

Topeka
Kansas Children’s Discovery Center; 50% off admission with EP membership

University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum (Lawrence, KS); free with EP membership

 

Tulsa
Philbrook Museum of Art; free with WAM membership

Tulsa Botanic Garden; free with Botanica membership

Tulsa Children’s Museum; 50% off admission with EP membership

Tulsa Garden Center; free with Botanica membership

Tulsa Zoo; 50% off admission with SCZ membership

 

Easy Weekend Trips

(by state, outside of the six hour drive range)

 

Arkansas

Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock. AR); free with WAM

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville, AR); free with Botanica membership

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR); free with WAM membership

Fort Smith Regional Art Museum (Ft. Smith, AR); free with WAM membership

Little Rock Zoo (Little Rock, AR); 50% off admission with SCZ membership

Mid-America Science Museum (Hot Springs, AR); free with EP membership

Museum of Discovery (Little Rock, AR); free with EP membership

Garvan Botanical Gardens (Hot Springs, AR); free with Botanica membership

Scott Family Amazeum (Bentonville, AR); free with EP membership

 

Iowa

African American Museum of Iowa (Cedar Rapids, IA); free with WAM membership

Blank Park Zoo (Des Moines, IA); 50% off admission with SCZ membership

The Brenton Arboretum (Dallas Center, IA); free with Botanica membership

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Cedar Rapids, IA); free with WAM membership

Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, IA); free with WAM membership

Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens (Des Moines, IA); free with Botanica membership

Iowa Arboretum (Madrid, IA); free with Botanica membership

LaunchPAD Children’s Museum (Sioux City, IA); 50% off admission with EP membership

National Czech & Slovach Museum & Library (Cedar Rapids, IA); free with WAM membership

Science Center of Iowa (Des Moines, IA); free with EP membership

Sioux City Art Center (Sioux City, IA); free with WAM membership

 

Nebraska

Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art (David City, NE); free with WAM membership

Children’s Museum of Central Nebraska (Hastings, NE); 50% off admission with EP membership

Edgerton Explorit Center (Aurora, NE); free with EP membership

Hastings Museum (Hastings, NE); free with EP membership

International Quilt Study Center & Museum (Lincoln, NE); free with WAM membership

Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE); free with WAM membership

Kearney Area Children’s Museum (Kearney, NE); 50% off admission with EP membership

Kregel Windmill Factory Museum (Nebraska City, NE); free with WAM membership

Lincoln Children’s Museum (Lincoln, NE); free with EP membership

Lincoln Children’s Zoo; 50% off admission with SCZ membership

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (Lincoln, NE); free with Botanica membership

Norfolk Arts Center (Norfolk, NE); free with WAM membership

Omaha Children’s Museum (Omaha, NE); free with EP membership

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo; 50% off admission with SCZ membership

University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History (Lincoln. NE); free with EP membership

 

Missouri

Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO); free with WAM membership

Dickerson Park Zoo (Springfield, MO); 50% off admission with SCZ membership

Discovery Center of Springfield (Springfield, MO); free with EP membership

Endangered Wolf Center (Eureka, MO); 50% off admission with SCZ membership

Field House Museum (St. Louis, MO); free with WAM membership

The Magic House, St.Louis Children’s Museum (St. Louis, MO); free with EP membership

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis, MO); free with WAM membership

Missouri Botanical Gardens (St. Louis, MO); free with Botanica membership

National Churchill Museum (Fulton, MO); free with WAM membership

Springfield Art Museum (Springfield, MO); free with WAM membership

Springfield Botanical Gardens (Springfield, MO); free with Botanica membership

The Saint Louis Art Museum (St. Louis, MO); free with WAM membership

Saint Louis Science Center (St. Louis, MO); free with EP membership

Saint Louis Zoo (St. Louis, MO); admission free, other discounts with SCZ membership

 

Texas

Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Ft. Worth, TX); free with WAM membership

Cameron Park Zoo (Waco, TX); 50% off admission with SCZ membership

Crow Collection of Asian Art (Dallas, TX); free with WAM membership

Clark Gardens Botanical Park (Weatherford, TX); free with Botanica membership

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden (Dallas, TX); free with Botanica membership

Dallas Holocaust Museum & Center for Education and Tolerance (Dallas, TX); free with WAM membership

Dallas Zoo; 50% off admission with SCZ membership

East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society (Athens, TX); free with Botanica membership

Fort Worth Botanic Garden (Ft. Worth, TX); free with Botanica membership

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (Ft. Worth, TX); free with Botanica membership

Greater Denton Arts Council (Denton, TX); free with WAM membership

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary (McKinney, TX); free with EP membership

Kimbell Art Museum (Ft. Worth, TX); free with WAM membership

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Ft. Worth, TX); free with WAM membership

Old Jail Art Center (Albany, TX); free with WAM membership

Perot Museum of Nature & Science (Dallas, TX); free with EP membership

Texas Discovery Gardens (Dallas, TX); free with Botanica membership

 

Have you been to any of these destinations and taken advantage of your Wichita zoo and museum memberships?

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2 Responses to How (& Where) to Use Your Wichita Museum & Zoo Memberships When You Travel

  1. Samantha
    Samantha May 16, 2017 at 6:50 am #

    This is a great list. I can’t wait to use this when planning so summer get always. I have used SCZ membership for discounts at the Topeka and Manhatan, KS zoos. It definitely makes those membership fees to our wonderful local attractions worth it.

  2. Sarah Eastley May 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

    We loved the science museum in Oklahoma City, and it’s expensive, so it was awesome to get in free with our EP membership. But I never realized my Botanica pass had reciprocity…. I’m so grateful for this article for pointing that out!

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