Why You'll Love Wichita
Many of our former (and current) interns have been pleasantly surprised by all Wichita has to offer. In fact, a good number of our interns decide to stay in the Wichita area even after finishing their training. In 2018, Wichita was named one of the US’s most underrated cities. With a growing population of nearly 400,000, a vibrant restaurant and art scene, and fantastic outdoor and recreation options, Wichita has a lot going on!
What Does Wichita Have to Offer?
Food and Drink
Wichita has been named of one of the Top 10 Foodie Cities. There are more than 1,000 restaurants to choose from, ranging from casual eats, to international cuisine, to fine dining. During their time here, interns are able to enjoy our many food trucks (some of which even visit WSU's campus for lunch!), coffee shops, or local breweries. Wichita is also home to Kansas’ Only Urban Winery
Wichita's Old Town district provides ample opportunities to check out live music, and Wichita is home to several music venues. We have several theatres that allow interns to enjoy the performing arts, and on the First Friday of every month, Wichita's most popular art galleries allow patrons to tour their exhibits free of charge. There are also numerous opportunities to experience the city's diverse heritage, culture and history. Each year, Wichita hosts the the Tallgrass Film Festival which brings in more than 11,000 people and has been named one the Top 10 Film Festivals in the country.
Wichita has a great sports scene, and is home to more than 30 diverse museums and the country's seventh largest zoo. The city also has some great movie theaters that include one of the largest IMAX screens in North America and a 21+ section with reclining, heated seats. Additionally, Wichita hosts a number of annual events that interns often attend, including Midwest Beerfest, the Great Plains Renaissance Festival, Illuminations at Botanica, and Riverfest.
Recreation and Outdoors
Wichita is home to more than 125 parks, covering nearly 5,000 acres. The city has over 100 miles of bike paths and is just a short 35-minute drive away from the largest remaining area of tall-grass prairie in North America. Wichita features five of some of the nation's best golf courses, one of the Midwest's best indoor rock climbing gyms, some of the top YMCAs in the country, and hosts a number of 5ks, 10ks, and marathons throughout the year.