Best Parks in Wichita for Kids
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 the best parks in Wichita below.
Andover Central Park
As of June 2022, the new Andover Central Park is open! This is a great option for kids of all ages as the play area is turf. There is a large playground area with slides of varying heights, swings, sand pit, toddler ride-ons, and a climbing dome. 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.
College Hill Park
Somewhat of a hidden gem that includes 2 ADA 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.
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.
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.
OJ Watson Park
This park is amazing and is more of a mini outdoor fair (minus the awesome fried fair food). Seriously this is one of the best parks in Wichita and 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 – one of the best parks in Derby. 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.
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.
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.)
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. One of best parks in Wichita!
Sedgwick County Park (The Boundless Playground)
With three parks nestled together for varying ages, this is one of the best parks – a true 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!
Pawnee Prairie Park
There are two entrances, the East Entrance by Tyler street, where there is a designated parking lot to handle horse trailers, with watering stations for the horses. There is also a bicycle repair station, drinking fountain, and restrooms. The West Entrance is on Pawnee St and features a small kids’ playground, a picnic shelter, a drinking fountain, and restroom facilities. Dogs are allowed on a leash, and there are pet drinking bowls on both water fountains.
The zip line is always a hit!
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.
Robert Shyrock, Augusta
**Currently closed. More details as we know them! However the Splash Park and green areas with picnic tables and hammocks are still open.**
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.
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