Explore the Air in Wichita: Airplanes, Airports, Museums & Restaurants for Kids

Wichita is the Air Capital of the World, which is good news for flight-obsessed ICT kids! Whether you’re looking for a spot to watch planes take off and land, museums to explore, or aviation-themed restaurants, we’ve got you covered.

Where to See Airplanes in Wichita KS

McConnell Air Force Base Frontiers in Flight Open House & Air Show

Annual Air Events in Wichita

Stearman Bar & Grill Fly-In
June 15, 2024

All kinds of aircraft will be here throughout the day. Live music from Rebel Outlaws from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. &  Lucky People will play the evening show from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Walk around on the tarmac and get up close to the aircraft! The full menu will be available inside and hotdogs and hamburgers will be for sale outside (along with our beer gardens). No coolers allowed.

McConnell Air Force Base Open House & Air Show 2024
August 24 & 25, 2024

The McConell AFB Open House & Air Show is not to be missed! This event is open to the public & completely FREE on August 24 & 25, 2024. The US Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to perform & there will be a Kid Zone, as well as opportunities to see & board several aircraft.

Pro Tip: Bring ear protection!

Airports in Wichita

Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport
2277 Eisenhower Airport Parkway, Wichita, KS 67209

There isn’t a great place to park and watch planes take off & land here. However, if you want to ride the escalators, check out the arrivals/departures board, and learn about the history of aviation in Wichita, you can make a quick stop in the short-term parking lot and pop inside.

Pro Tip: Head to Pawnee Prairie Park on Tyler & watch the air traffic there! Pull up the flight schedule here to see the best times.

Loyd Stearman Airfield
14789 SW 30th St, Benton, KS 67017

Located just north of Wichita, this is a family favorite for plane watching! Grab a bite at Stearman Field Bar & Grill and watch the birds come and go. Check out their calendar of events here & don’t miss the annual fly-in every June!

Pro Tip: There’s a playground too!

Aviation-Themed Restaurants in Wichita

Stearman Bar & Grill
14789 SW 30th St, Benton, KS 67017

A family-friendly spot perfect for dinner on the patio & plane-watching! Pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and a great kids menu!

Hangar One Steakhouse
5925 W Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67209

Steakhouse with a fun flight-themed atmosphere. More for adults than kids but close enough to the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport that you can occasionally see arrivals & departures.

Aviation Museums in Wichita


B-29 Doc hangar & Museum in Wichita KS

B-29 Doc Hangar, Education & Visitor Center
1788 S Airport Rd. Wichita, KS 67209

The B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center provides a unique and one-of-a-kind look into aviation history. Located in Wichita, Kan., at Eisenhower National Airport, the 42,000 sq. ft. facility is an interactive experience for all ages.

Pro Tip: Doc isn’t always on display, so check before you go!

Kansas Aviaiton Museum
3350 South George Washington Blvd. Wichita, KS 67210

The Kansas Aviation Museum is a great attraction for any flight fanatic. Indoor & outdoor exhibits, an historic airport terminal, and the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame are all housed in the original Wichita Municipal Airport built in 1935.

Pro Tip: Their indoor kids space and Little Aviators program are a must! Free with the Sunflower Summer app.

Exploration Place
300 N. McLean Blvd. Wichita, Kansas 67203

Though not entirely devoted to aerospace, the Design Build Fly permanent exhibit is a must-see for aviation fans. 
Take a peek behind the scenes of Wichita’s aircraft plants, sit in a luxury jet, shoot a rivet, and learn about the science of flight. Free with the Sunflower Summer app.
Design Build Fly at Exploration Place

Other Kansas Attractions Worth the Drive

Check out our guide to the 9 Best Air & Space Museums in Kansas! If you’re looking for a day trip from Wichita, these will fit the bill.

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