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'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 Final Friday of every month, Wichita's most popular art galleries allow patrons to tour their exhibits free of charge. 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 greats sports scene, and is home to more than 30 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 host 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.
Learn even more by visiting the links below!
- One of the Coolest Cities in America in 2018
- Kansas's Most Underrated City in 2018
- Wichita Ranks Among Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2016
- #1 Among Metro Areas with Least-Stressed Commuters in 2016
- #1 of America's Most Unique Art Towns
- 2019 All-America City Award Winner
- #4 of Cool Cities in Kansas Where the Arts Are Thriving