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The Sedgwick County Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the state. A major tourist attraction, this zoo is home to more than 2500 animals of about 500 different species. Along with areas to view the animals, the site includes a children's play area, snack bars, boat rides, and trams. Between Penguin Cove, the Tiger Trek, and the Downing Gorilla Forest, there's enough to see that you'll want to spend a whole day here.
Opened in 1987, these gardens were a collaboration between the Wichita Area Garden Council and the City of Wichita. They include an aquatic collection, butterfly garden, a butterfly house, greenhouse for tropical plants, a rock garden, a rose garden, a sensory garden, a Shakespearean garden, and more. They opened a children's garden in 2011 that features several themed areas for kids.
Naftzger Memorial Park is located in downtown Wichita. Although it's small, it makes up for its size in style. There's a waterfall located in the middle of the park where visitors can sit and enjoy the sound of the water. Bring a lunch and take a seat at one of the picnic tables, or find respite in the beautiful gazebo. This small park is a treat for those passing through downtown who want a bit of time outdoors.
Learn about local plants and wildlife at the Great Plains Nature Center. Inside, exhibits like Kansas Wildlife and Prairies of the World are educational for both kids and adults. Outside, trails provide the perfect opportunity to view some of the flora and fauna you learned about inside. Remember your trip here with something from the gift shop - it offers a variety of books, toys, and other fun memorabilia.
If you're looking to have a fun family day on a budget, head to Kansas Wildlife Exhibit. With no admission fee, this exhibit provides visitors with a glimpse at over 25 species of animals native to the area. Learn about local ecology and see animals up close. The exhibit opened in 1988 and has been educating kids and adults alike ever since.
All Star Adventures is an amusement park featuring rides and a variety of outdoor activities. Apart from two mini-golf courses where you can practice your teeing and putting skills, there are adult go-karts, arcade games, bumper cars, a driving range, batting cages, and bowling. Two of the fun rides here include The Paratrooper and The Spider. The former consists of ten pods that move at an angle, so you move sideways as the ride spins, while the latter spins around in varying circles with different spinning seats that move up and down. You can also test your gaming skills at The Arcade that offers over 85 exciting games such as the Pac-Man, Ski-ball, and Slam-A-Winner. There's plenty for the kids, too, such as kiddie go-karts, a coaster, an electric track, swings, and copters. If all that activity makes you famished, head to the Snack Bar and enjoy delicious pizzas, drinks, and candy.
The Hutchinson Zoo is a 9-acre (3.6 hectare) zoo in Hutchinson, in the state of Kansas. The zoo is divided into different classifications of animals like Horns and Antlers, Prairie Inhibitors, Spider Web and so on. There is also a gift shop available at the zoo. Entry is free, but visitors can also enroll themselves for educative tours and programs for a fee.