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Wichita wildlife - Explore and more

By Susen Foster

Wichita is well known for its many varied attractions, loads of lodging options, and its dedication to making things fun and affordable for visitors. This summer, the Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau has taken their commitment to visitor satisfaction to an even greater level by making discount coupons--specific to your perfect vacation agenda--available at the touch of a button.

The first step in planning your family travel itinerary is to visit www.gowichita.com where you will find information about all the options available to experience in and around the city during your time frame. After you take a few virtual tours and decide what attractions, accommodations and restaurants suit your family best, click on the Go Deals link, find your choices, and print the coupons that fit your travel planning. It is that simple.

If your family wants to get up close to wildlife without getting out the bug spray, Wichita is the place to be this year. The Slawson Family Tiger Trek gives visitors a first-hand view of the Asian countries that are home to big cats, without glossing over tough realities such as poaching and deforestation. Known as an "immersion experience," this unique exhibit will leave you deeply touched. Visit Africa, Asia, North and South America, Australia and other continents during your one-day tour of Sedgwick County Zoo, which is also home of Cessna Penguin Cove and the Downing Gorilla Forest.

For more Wichita wildlife, visit Exploration Place where there is never a dull moment. Come see one of the largest whale collections in the world, brought in by the Museum of New Zealand. Their own special blend of science and storytelling adds to this much-praised family-friendly destination. www.exploration.org.

Then there is the Tanganyika Wildlife Park where 20 years of breeding and caring for rare and endangered animals has culminated into a magical place where you can walk among the kangaroos, hand-feed giraffes and, if you are brave enough, ride a camel. The park features dozens of exciting species including White Bengal Tigers, Black Rhinoceros, Clouded Leopards and Red Pandas. www.twpark.com.

At the Great Plains Nature Center in northeast Wichita, the flora and fauna of Kansas literally comes alive as you and your family make the two-mile nature hike. www.gpnc.org.

These are just a few places and ideas for your Wichita vacation itinerary. From wildlife to wild life, there is so much to see and do here. "Go Wichita's Go Deals" program offers discounts to many area attractions, events, restaurants and lodging. AAA has ranked Wichita as the third most affordable city to visit in the entire United States. Go Deals has made it even more affordable to discover Wichita's big city amenities at Midwestern prices.

Editor's note: Susen Foster is the owner of Greater Success Advertising. She is the author of numerous travel books. Susen can be reached at her e-mail address info@greatersuccess.com or call 580-622-5408.

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