When autumn's crisp breezes carry October into Kansas, Mr. Gourdman's Pumpkin Patch swings open its gates to help families celebrate the season with pumpkin picking, horseback rides, and an assortment of other fall-related activities. Visitors can simply soak in the scenery or take on some of the property's challenges, including a hay maze and an unofficial grass-eating contest against Mr. Gourdman's donkey, Leroy. During breaks, a picnic area lets groups gather around snacks from their own cooler, and an arts-and-crafts stand doles out keepsakes with which to remember the day.
Once the location of an unassuming furniture store, the Warehouse of Terrors now crawls with otherworldly denizens whose only interest in carpentry extends to their victims’ coffins. Over the course of 20–25 grisly minutes, interlopers navigate mazes built from derelict pallets and wend their way through vignettes populated by ghastly mannequins. Zombies, specters, and clowns lie in wait in the dark rooms, between which lie claustrophobic hallways, uneven walkways, and exit signs that point only downward.
The Museum of World Treasures lets adults ($9 value), seniors ($8 value), and kids 4–12 ($7 value) brush up on their history with three floors of exciting exhibits and artifacts. After striding into the museum’s brick-faced edifice, stay-at-home time travelers are whisked to the first floor, where they can Lindy-Hop through the Ancient Civilizations gallery, bring Egyptian mummies back to life both figuratively and literally, touch a 4.5-ton piece of the Berlin Wall, and take turns riding a 40-foot-long T. rex skeleton named Ivan. On the second floor, explore the President’s Gallery—which displays interesting items such as a lock of George Washington’s hair and the signatures of the first 43 American presidents—as well as jewelry, swords, beer koozies, and signatures from European royalty dating back to the 12th century. The third floor plays host to a swarm of sports artifacts and pop culture treasures such as the pearls Lucy wore to greet Ricky at the door in an episode of I Love Lucy, and the pitchfork used by the Scarecrow to kill Frankenstein in The Wizard of Oz. The American Frontier exhibit, meanwhile, includes a 34-star flag that was accidentally produced when the fledgling country was still composed of 63 states.
Since 1980, Village Tours and Travel's experienced staff of tour-bus whisperers has whisked Wichitans away to sight-seeing destinations across the country. Roll around in a field of four-leaf clovers and horseshoes before boarding a coach bus and embarking on a 10-hour visit of the racecourse and casino at Remington Park Racing Casino, which is just outside Oklahoma City. Pick-up is at 9:30 a.m. on May 15 at the Wichita office of Village Tours, and drop-off is at the same location at 7:30 p.m. that night. With $10 of casino play, even the risk averse can have a cordial conversation with Lady Luck at the tables, slots, or bottomless well. Touring folk also receive reserved seats at the track for watching live horse races at their leisure anytime throughout their stay. Meals are not included with this Groupon, but Remington Park offers a variety of options, including a buffet, snack bar, and a gourmet meal at the Silk Dining Room.
At Isle of Screams, strobe lights, lasers, and shrieks pierce the dark in foggy, monster-infested woods. Huddles of six to eight thrill seekers trek across the isle, steeling their courage against live monsters and disquieting special effects. Ghoul hunters who make it through the first leg of the journey may continue on to the Monster Quest game, in which they fend off encroaching fiends with laser-tag guns as they emerge from the fog-shrouded forest. So as not to scare visitors on an empty stomach, a nearby concession stand offers eats, with all revenue going to the bone-chilling Wichita Park and Recreation Department, who recently replaced all park rangers with frankensteins.
Looming 19 stories above the Oklahoma landscape, the Price Tower Arts Center was originally designed as the world headquarters for the pipeline masters of the H.C. Price Company. However, even at the time of its opening in 1956, the Prairie-style cantilevered building's origin far outstripped the reputation of its intended tenants: the tower is Frank Lloyd Wright's only completed skyscraper. The H.C. Price Company moved on in 1981, but its famous former home remained; today, the National Historic Landmark stands tall as the Price Tower Arts Center—a monument to American architecture and design of the 20th century.
Inside, a range of rotating special exhibits often focus on the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as works by modern artists, both past and living, from around around the world. These exhibitions include work from the center's permanent collection, which spans drawings, furniture, textiles, and samples of building design from some of the era's finest architectural minds. Docents regularly reveal facts about these pieces of art, and the design of the building itself, on guided tours to its 19th-floor executive offices, art-filled lower mezzanines, and the secret shark tank under the elevator.