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Fishing in Wichita - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

June 18 is National Go Fishing Day, and June is a truly beautiful month to be out on the water in Kansas. Here in the Wichita area, we're lucky to have a wealth of great fishing options close by, including over 20 public lakes within the metro area.

Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite local fishing holes for bass, catfish, panfish, and more. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 18, and join us at one of these outstanding Wichita fishing lakes!

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Chocolate Ice Cream - Wichita, KS - J.P Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Ice cream is a smoothly decadent treat that's tasty year-round, but its creamy coolness is even more appealing in warmer months. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is on June 7, so visit a Wichita ice cream shop on that day and stop by others throughout the month and summer.

Our real estate agents recommend paying a visit to the following ice cream shops to indulge in some chocolate ice cream.

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Pick Your Own Berries - Wichita, KS - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

National Strawberry Month is observed each May, and that's when they usually ripen in the Wichita area. You'll find plenty of pick-your-own strawberry farms where you can go to pick the juiciest, freshest fruits right off the vines. And when you get home, wash them and eat some plain, use them in shortcakes or on top of a cheesecake, dip them in chocolate, and save some to freeze for later.

Our real estate agents suggest stopping by one or more of the following places to pick your own berries around Wichita.

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Bakeries for Brownie Day - Wichita, KS - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Whether you like them fudgy or cakey, a rich chocolate brownie is an undeniable treat – and with National Brownie Day coming up on December 8th, you've got a great excuse to indulge. Check out these five places serving stellar brownies near our Wichita homes for sale.  

  1. YaYa's Eurobistro - 8115 E. 21st St. N, Wichita, KS 67206 
    YaYa's Eurobistro
    serves a mixture of Italian, French, Greek, and other European cuisines for a truly diverse culinary experience. Whether you prefer chicken, beef, pork, seafood, or even pasta or pizza, you'll find the food you're craving here. The real highlight, however, is this restaurant's Phyllo Brownie. Served with crème anglaise and French vanilla ice cream and topped with a sprinkling of Oreo cookie crumbles, this is one of the most indulgent versions of this dessert you'll ever taste.

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Holiday Light Displays - Wichita - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

The holidays will soon be here, and the Wichita area will come alive with lights. Driving around to see decorative holiday lights is a wonderful pastime. You can sing your favorite holiday songs on the way and maybe even stop for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Here are some of the top spots our real estate agents recommend seeing holiday lights this year.

  • Illuminations at Botanica Wichita: 701 N. Amidon St., Wichita, KA 67203
    Illuminations is an annual holiday light celebration that takes place at Botanica Wichita. This year, it's scheduled through January 1. From 5:30 - 8:30 each evening, you can drive through the Botanical Gardens and admire various light displays. There's a second set of walk-through displays, too. 

    The cost is $20 per carload Sunday - Thursday and $25 Friday and Saturday. There's an additional per-person fee for the walk-through displays.

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Exploration Place - Wichita, KS - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Whether you're visiting the area or call it home, Exploration Place in Wichita is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. Kids will love it, and they'll actually be learning about a variety of topics while they're having fun.

Our real estate agents share what you need to know before heading out to Exploration Place.

  • Permanent Exhibits
    The museum has some activities that are scheduled to last only for a specific range of time, but these are some of the permanent exhibits that are always available to check out:
    • Exploration Park - Take a walk on paths along the Arkansas River, take a break in the shady picnic grove, or let the kids get some exercise on the play structures.
    • Design Build Fly - Learn how planes are created in Wichita aircraft plants.
    • Sun, Earth, Universe - Build a model spacecraft and learn about NASA's current science research.
    • Explore Kansas - Discover elements of the state's land, water, and weather along with the life they support.

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Outdoor Sculptures - Wichita, KS - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Art comes in so many forms. While many people keep art in their homes for their own enjoyment, there's also art displayed publicly for the enjoyment of all. Outdoor sculptures fall into this category of public art, and Wichita is home to some lovely ones. Here are some sculptures our real estate agents think you'll enjoy.

  • Keeper of the Plains: 650 N. Seneca St., Wichita, KS 67203
    Keeper of the Plains is a magnificent steel statue built where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers intersect. It was created in 1974 by Blackbear Bosin, a Native American artist, in honor of the surrounding land's sacred significance to the Native people.

    Stretching more than 44 feet into the sky, this statue is truly a sight to behold. If you visit at 9 pm in the spring or summer or at 7 pm in the fall or winter, the accompanying Ring of Fire will be lit, casting a gorgeous light on the statue.

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Ice Cream Shops - Wichita, KS - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

July is National Ice Cream Month! 31 days to celebrate cones, sundaes, milkshakes, banana splits, and more. And by "celebrate," we naturally mean "eat." Of course, you're moving, so you'll have to find some good ice cream parlors near your new home. There are plenty of Wichita homes for sale, but how many have ice cream nearby? All of them, if you know where to look. Here are some of our favorite ice cream places in and around Wichita.

  1. Churn & Burn - 548 S. Oliver, Wichita, KS 67218
    This locally owned and sourced ice cream shop is a mesh of delicious opposites. Churn & Burn specializes in both ice cream treats and hot coffee. They also take classic, old ice cream recipes and modernize them by flash freezing their desserts in liquid nitrogen. Offering both dine-in and takeout, they have a wide variety of flavors, from cranberry walnut to strawberry balsamic to cinnamon, made to order with your favorite mix-ins and sauces.

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Farmers Markets - Wichita, KS - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

There's nothing better than browsing a farmer's market on a lazy Saturday morning. You can get fresh, delicious produce that's much better quality than what you'll find in the store – all from local vendors. You're about to move to Wichita, and you know there must be some good farmer's markets around town, but you don't yet know where they are or how close they are to you. Fear not. There are plenty of Wichita homes for sale near farmer's markets. Our real estates are happy to help you find the best ones in your area. Here's a list of our favorites.

  • Kansas Grown! Market - 7001 W. 21st St. N, Wichita, KS 67205, or 701 E Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67202
    Kansas Grown!
    is the largest grower-owned farmer's market in the state. There are actually two different locations in Wichita. The Main Market at 21st and Ridge meets Saturdays, from 7 am to noon, starting in April and through October. Or, if you're not an early riser, you can go to the Union Station market on Douglas, Wednesdays between 4 and 7 pm, from mid-May until September. In addition to farm-fresh produce, both locations often have themed days and host cool events for you and your family.

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Wichita Tourist Attractions - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

The Wichita area is bursting with fun attractions and things to do. But if you've lived here for a while, you may not take the time to venture out and explore as much as you used to. This summer, consider taking a "staycation" and re-acquainting yourself with the Wichita area through a tourist's eyes. Here are some of the top attractions our real estate agents recommend.

  • Jurassic Art: 256 W. Rosewood St., Rose Hill KS, 67133
    If you're looking at Rose Hill homes for sale, be sure to stop at Jurassic Art while you're in the area. This offbeat tourist attraction is a collection of artistic creations related to Jurassic Park and the Jurassic period in general. 

    Visitors can drive or walk through the park for free. You'll see dinosaur sculptures, a 15.5-foot Sir Allen the Knight, and even a graveyard for discontinued cars.

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Historical Destinations Around Wichita - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

The Wichita area has a rich history that includes cattle drives, Native Americans, and aviation manufacturing. If you'd like to learn about some of the area's history, you'll find several museums and other stops, including an old-fashioned sandwich and soda shop, that are well worth a visit.
Our real estate agents suggest stepping into the past at these Wichita destinations.  

  1. Old Mill Tasty Shop – 604 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67202  
    Although it may not seem like a traditional historic destination, the Old Mill Tasty Shop has been serving hungry and thirsty customers since 1932. The atmosphere is friendly, and some customers make the Tasty Shop a daily habit. Take a break and order a soda that's still made the old-fashioned way, or try a malt, shake, or float. If you'd like to make a meal of it, order the daily blue-plate special, or choose a sandwich like peanut butter, banana, and honey.

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Sedgwick County Zoo - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

What could be a better way to celebrate spring than a family outing to the zoo? Zoo Lovers Day takes place every year on April 8, providing the perfect excuse to get out and explore the outstanding Sedgwick County Zoo. The zoo is currently open with limited entry, with all of your favorite exhibits waiting to be explored and some fun special events planned over the next few months. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on what to expect when you plan a trip to the Sedgwick County Zoo this spring.

  • Discover More Than 3,000 Animals at Wichita's Favorite Zoo
    The Sedgwick County Zoo is one of the most popular family attractions near Wichita homes for sale, and there is so much to see when you visit. The zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals from 400 species and a diverse selection of fun, educational exhibits showcasing environments from around the world that will appeal to visitors of all ages. There are a variety of exhibits that allow visitors to walk among the animals, along with special programs designed for kids.

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Unique Museums Around Wichita - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Looking for a way to learn, have fun, and experience local culture all at the same time? Museums can make for perfect dates or just simply provide an opportunity to unplug and immerse yourself in a new experience. Visiting a museum can make you feel educated and more inspired.  Museums also serve an important social pillar and activity center in every community.

Our real estate agents love spending the day at a local museum, and we love that Wichita has so many good ones. If you're looking to plan a trip to the museum, consider these options.

  • Museum of World Treasures - 835 E. 1st St. N, Wichita, KS 67202
    The Museum of World Treasures is often considered to be one of the best natural history museums in the country. Here, you can see dinosaur specimens, American president signatures, and even a section of the Berlin Wall. The museum is three floors and also features a number of rotating exhibits. It's open Tuesday through Sunday until 5 pm.

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