Skip to main content

ACL 2020: Beyond All Limits!: Fun & Unique Wichita Hot Spots

A guide to all things ACL 2020 Annual Conference at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. We look forward to hosting the conference at our school and we are ready to welcome you to our school and our community.

Uniquely Wichita

Keeper of the Plains



Riverside Park



Sedgwick County Zoo

The Zoo is a great place to have some family fun, or just relax on your own. If you love animals, you'll enjoy Wichita's biggest Zoo!

Sedgwick County Park

Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House

Great Plains Nature Center

Kansas African American Museum

Museum of World Treasures


Nifty Nut House

Cocoa Dolce

With three retail shops in Wichita, there's every reason to visit one while here. Artisan chocolates, custom coffee beverages, gelato and a welcoming environment, everyone can find something to enjoy here. I'll stop in with friends after dinner for a chocolate and conversation. They have a great patio at their New Market location that's pleasant in the evenings while enjoying your gelato.

Spice Merchant

Eighth Day Books

Here's what they say about themselves: "Eighth Day Books has specialized in classic books across the disciplines of art, science, and the humanities since 1988, when we first opened our store in Wichita, Kansas."

Here's what Jeanette says about Eighth Day Books: "This is an incredible book store. New, used, ecumenical and welcoming, the employees are very knowledgeable about a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres. The store is located in a house in the design district of Wichita, near other unique and cool stores. You can grab a book off a shelf and settle in to read for a while. I especially like browsing the Tolkien and Lewis section of the shop."

Watermark Books

Watermark Books is located about 5 miles from Newman and not far from Eighth Day Books. This is our local independent book seller  Along with books, they have a great cafe where you can get breakfast or lunch while you browse for new books. They also sell lots of novelty and gift items and is one of my go-to shopping places when buying gifts for friends and family!


This new shopping and meeting area is a mix of restaurants and retail shops made from shipping containers. It's fun to explore and spend some time visiting with old and new friends!

Bradley Fair

Here's what their website says: 
"From the colorful storefronts to the scenic open-air Plaza and lakeside view, you’ll discover more of what you want at Bradley Fair. An appealing blend of stores and restaurants offer a unique shopping, dining and
entertainment experience."

They have a summer concert series that is a great experience and lots of fun. Thursday evenings have the live music, but the performance schedule isn't available quite yet, but you can check here if interested. Of course, we'll have live music at our closing event that same evening.

Bradley Fair is filled with high-end vendors and familiar retail spaces, including Cocoa Dolce and our local Barnes & Noble store.

New Market

New Market Square is located in the NW section of Wichita. A fairly recent development area, there are new retail shops and restaurants opening up all the time. The development extends nearly two miles along Maize Road, on both sides of the streets. Check their website for a full list of shops and restaurants. Many businesses we've highlighted have locations here.


The Arcade

You can also have a blast from the past at our local arcade located in Downtown Wichita. It's a local favorite and a lot of fun!

Axe Throwing

If you're feeling adventurous and want to try something new axe throwing could be for you! It is all the fun of thrill, in a safe environment.

Escape Rooms


Are you a natural sleuth? Show off your skills at the local escape rooms we have in town! It's a fun time that can be enjoyed by all and it can become a competition of who was able to do it faster. 


Wichita Art Museum

Exploration Place

All American Indian Center

Kansas Aviation Museum

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum