14 Favorite Parks In and Around Wichita

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Whether you have an hour or an afternoon, going to the park is a great way to spend time with your family and get some much needed Vitamin D. Regardless of what part of town you live in, there is sure to be a park nearby for you and your littles to explore. Check out some of our team’s favorite parks in Wichita below.

Andover Central Park

One of our favorite parks because it has a baby swing, which oddly enough is hard to find at most parks. There is a large playground area with slides of varying heights, swings, sand pit, toddler ride-ons, a climbing dome, and small zip line. Don’t forget to bring along a stroller, bike, or scooter for your kiddos, because this park is surrounded by a beautiful walking trail. And we usually pop into the library for story time before or after our trip to this park. Andover Central Park Augusta KS

Robert Shyrock,  Augusta

This park is what kids’ dreams are made of. You could spend an entire afternoon here. It had toddler swings, slides, airplane ride ons, bridges, ramps, rock wall, monkey bars, swings, and play towers. The park also boasted a sand volleyball court, covered picnic area, and beautiful walking trails located near a pond. And it’s right next door to one of our favorite splash pads. 

Robert Shyrock Park Augusta KS

College Hill Park

Somewhat of a hidden gem that includes baby swings, slides, merry go round, and big kid swings. However, what we love most about this park are the trees and walking trails. The walking trail contains hills (rarity for us Wichitans) and gorgeous old trees which provide an ample amount of shade. There are also tennis courts and a basketball court nearby.

Dalton Palmer, Augusta

The tallest play park in the state of Kansas, this park is best for older kiddos. With zip lines, tube slides, and plenty of climbing, this is a fabulous park to work off some energy. Direct quote from the son of a team member, “It’s the tallest AND the coolest park in Wichita (Augusta)”. Just head east on Kellogg into Augusta and take a right at the Subway. Can’t miss it.Dalton Palmer Park Augusta KS

Eastborough Park

Aka “the blue park”, this park is great for varying ages. There is also a walking path that is great for bikes, strollers, and scooters alike. We love the covered gazebo area with picnic tables, which makes bringing along lunches and snacks ideal.Eastborough Park Wichita KS

Edgemoor Park

This park is a great park if you have kids of varying ages. There is a children’s playground that my boys love because it is surrounded by sand, which is fun, until your four year old buries his favorite hot wheel and you spend half your day digging for it. Bonus: There are also tennis courts, pickle ball courts, and a skate park that your teens can enjoy as well.

High Park, Derby

This park is gorgeous! There is a beautiful pond for fishing which is centered around the walking trail. The playground is surrounded by rubber padding, which is great for the toddler crew. There are bouncy ride-ons, slides, monkey bars and an interactive tic-tac-toe game. And a favorite part of the park is the large sand volleyball court that had a sand hill located atop. High Park Derby KS

OJ Watson Park

This park is amazing and is more of a mini outdoor fair (minus the awesome fried fair food). Seriously this park has everything including: three playgrounds, miniature train rides, fishing, pony rides, and volleyball courts. There is something for everyone in the family! 

Madison Avenue Central Park, Derby

With a fabulous quarter mile loop and additional walking paths, this is a great park for active families. The park is perfect for kids of all ages and abilities with an interactive sculpture that educates children about nature and animals, a playground that looks like an amusement park, a splash pad, interactive fountain and shaded seating for a picnic.Madison Ave Park Derby KS

Maize City Park

A westside gem, for sure! This park has a renewed playground, great open picnic shelters, one of our favorite splash pads, and even a skateboard park for the older kiddos. Maize City Park Maize KS

McLaughlin Park, Valley Center

A park that’s connected to a splash pad, YES please! This park is actually three parks in one. There is a large park for ages 2+ which has monkey bar rings, rock wall, numerous slides and swings. In addition, there is also a smaller park located right next to it which suited for young toddlers, making this park ideal for families that have children of varying ages. (Here’s a great resource on Wichita Splash Pads.)McLaughlin Park Valley Center KS

Riverside Park

The mecca of all parks, and many of us remember this park from when we were kids! We love that it is surrounded by a padded ground which makes it extra safe for toddlers and of course the nearby splash pad and Kansas Wildlife Exhibit with 25 species of wildlife are pretty great bonuses. Riverside Park Wichita KS

Sedgwick County Park (The Boundless Playground)

With three parks nestled together for varying ages, this is a family favorite! There are swings, small rock wall, tunnel, monkey bars, zip lines, small ropes course, and more.  Bonus: a sand and water play area for toddlers….if you can handle the mess! Double Bonus:  a shaded hiking/biking trail that is heavily shaded and reminiscent of a forest path. Located off the trail is an over-sized blue Adirondack chair that is a perfect spot for a fun picture!

Sedgwick County Park Boundless Playground

 

Warren Park, Derby

We recommend this park for older kiddos, ages 5-12. With a ropes course and riverfront access for canoes and kayaks, this park is great for adventurers. 

Warren Park Derby KS


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Angela Green
Angela is the founder of Wichita Mom, the premier parenting website and community for local moms. Wife to her high school bestie, mom to two girls, and native Wichitan, she is thrilled to be raising her family in her hometown after telling her family for years she "would never move back". She is a strong advocate for mental health, believes in the power of community, and walks the talk of "babes supporting babes". She is a self-proclaimed connector, enthusiast of many things, cheerleader of moms and women, and recently converted homebody.