10 Free Things to Do in Downtown Wichita

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Keeper of the Plains Explorations Place n Downtown WicitaWhether you’ve got visitors in town, kids to entertain, or just want to spend some time exploring the city, here are some of our favorite FREE things to do in downtown Wichita!

10 Free Things to Do in Downtown Wichita

Keeper of the Plains on the Arkansas River

Keeper of the Plains & Ring of Fire

Visit Wichita’s most well-known landmark, the Keeper of the Plains and stay for the lighting of the Ring of Fire at 9pm (sprng/summer) or 7pm (fall/winter). The bridge at the Keeper allows you to cross the Arkansas River, so take a stroll up one side and down the other.

Spot the Troll

While you’re on the north side of the river, see if you can spot the famous Wichita Troll! Hint: look down. There’s no plaque or marker – but you’ll know when you find it!

Walking paths at Riverside Park

Riverside Park & Wildlife Exhibit

This Wichita attraction dates back to the early 1900s! A wildlife park (formerly a zoo), interactive splash pad,  playground, and Wichita’s very own “Stonehenge” can all be found on its 50 acres. Pack a lunch and enjoy the nature trails!

The Fountains at Waterwalk

Four shows take place at noon, 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m., Thursday-Sunday. Each 10- to 15-minute show incorporates music, lights, and water in a choreographed display to different genres of music, including country, classic rock, classical and 80’s rock. The fountains are located at 605 S Wichita Street.

 

Playground at Exploration Place

Playground at Exploration Place

This playground hides in plain sight right next to Exploration Place! With equipment for smaller & bigger kids, it’s always a hit when you need to get the wiggles.

Advanced Learning Library

Hop across the street to visit the largest library in Wichita! Advanced Learning Library includes specialized collections and services you cannot find at our branches, including archives of our city’s historymeeting spaces that can be rented after hours, areas of the building designed for the distinct needs of youth age groups from birth to teens, an audiovisual studio3D printing, a number of informal and formal collaboration spaces. But the real star of the show is the conveyor belt you can watch as books are returned!

Chain Link Gallery

 Chainlink Gallery Place is designed to function as an interactive space, where all are encouraged to share their creativity. It is to act as a catalyst that activates the arts within the downtown district. Check out the current installation by local artists or leave your own mark!

Lunch counter at the site of the old FW Woolworth Store.

Sculptures on Douglas

You’ll notice a variety of bronze sculptures along Douglas Ave. Try to fin them all & snap a pic with each one! 

Gallery Alley

Gallery Alley in downtown Wichita.

Gallery Alley is “a destination for intersensory art experiences featuring five sculptures created by local artists Armando Minjarez, Denise Irwin, Laura Shank, Mike Miller and Tomiyo Tajiri. The works were created with a conscious effort to serve all visitors, including specific consideration for individuals with low to no vision. Experience the artwork, explore the local businesses located at the Shops at Gallery Alley and enjoy a coffee or lunch break using the cafe seating available in the space.” It’s a great spot for photo ops, so don’t forget your phone! 

Naftzger Park

Right across from Gallery Alley. you’ll find Naftzger Park – complete with an interactive splash fountain, grassy area for playing, picnicking or reading, and an amphitheater. It’s pet-friendly too! Check their Facebook page for a schedule of events.

Outdoor Wichita Park Events

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