Why Wichita?

Wichita 3I grew up outside of Chicago, and my husband grew up in Madrid – we’re no strangers to the question, “Why do you live in Wichita, Kansas?!”

Sure, I moved here for a job 12 years ago and had no intention of staying. But here we are, living a life we love. When my in-laws recently visited from Spain, I was determined to make them see why we’re choosing to call the River City our home.

Where else can you eat breakfast on a airport runway, tour the tropics and listen to a concert at the new Pop Up Park without traveling more than 20 minutes?

Why Wichita BotanicaThey visited in late September, and it was a beautiful time to highlight our adopted hometown. We toured some of the well-known area attractions, like Stearman Bar and Grill, Botanica and the Sedgwick County Zoo. When we left each of these spots, I knew they were impressed! What’s not to like about watching airplanes land, strolling through gardens and hanging out with wild animals?

It was a great start but I wanted to show them more and convince them further that Wichita could hold its own. Next, we took advantage of Fidelity Bank’s lunchtime concert series to celebrate Carnegie Library’s 100 year anniversary. It was lovely to sit outside on gorgeous fall afternoons and listen to live music.

We found more live music on Final Friday, catching an outdoor performance by Opera Kansas, before heading over to the brand new Pop Up Park for more tunes!Why Wichita GPNC

From there, we hit up a high school football game, stopped by Autumn and Art at Bradley Fair and the Wichita Moms Blog fall playdate at Whole Foods. We dined at Bella Luna and Taste and See, stopped for donuts at the Donut Whole, played at area parks and fed the ducks at the Great Plains Nature Center.

If we had more time I would have taken them to the Wagonmasters Chili Cookoff, the new art garden at the Wichita Art Museum, the new toddler exhibit at Exploration Place and apple picking at Entz Orchard.

By the time the trip was over, I knew they got it. They marveled at the family friendly atmosphere, the plethora of activities and the ease in which we got around town. They
saw the joy on my toddler’s face as he danced during the concerts or fed the giraffes at the zoo.

Why Wichita ZooBut they weren’t the only ones who left with a new appreciation for this town. While I worked to convince them that Wichita was worthwhile, I was reminded why I stayed and why I choose to raise my family here.

What is your favorite thing about living in Wichita?

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2 Responses to Why Wichita?

  1. Ronda Bowen December 6, 2015 at 2:41 am #

    You know, we just moved here about 5 months ago…and we like it a lot. It’s very family friendly – it’s affordable – and there’s always something going on for kids and for adults. I really enjoyed Old Cowtown Museum. We haven’t even done half the things on your list – eating at an airport? That seems fun.

    • Kim
      Kim December 7, 2015 at 8:36 am #

      Ronda, thanks for your comment! Welcome to Wichita. I hope you’re enjoying it here so far. There is so much to do for families. Stearman Airfield is in Benton, about 20 minutes east of Wichita. It’s great for the kiddos because there’s an outside patio where you can watch planes come and go plus there’s a swing set too. Enjoy getting out and about!

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