Explore with Kids: Park Hopping in Augusta, KS


A quick 20 minute drive from Wichita, Augusta, KS is quite a charming little town packed with outdoor adventures, parks, hiking, swimming – all completely free!

We recently spent the day with my daughters park hopping in Augusta, and we had so much fun, they requested to go back a couple weeks later. Below are some of the fun adventures offered in Augusta, KS:

Robert Shryock Park

Augusta Kansas Robert Shyrock ParkWe can see why Robert Shryock Park is considered a “destination park” as it has a playground, splash park, picnic shelters, walking & biking trails, and beautiful lake views. 

Be sure to plan for a beautiful picnic lunch right along the lake after a fun hike along the trails. The lake views are stunning!

Robert Shyrock Splash Park

Just across the parking lot from Play Pointe Park is a fairy-tale themed splash park. We love that there is so much shade with little covered benches for parents to sit with a complete view of the whole splash park. The kids can play and splash while parents stay cool.

Dalton Palmer Play Park

Two miles from Robert Shyrock Park is Dalton Palmer Park (or the “Ninja Park” as my girls refer to it). Boasting the title of tallest manufactured playground in Kansas, this park has tunnel slides, large towers, challenging climbing activities, and a one-of-a-kind gravity swing (such a hit every time we visit). The rubber surface is great for kids, but I would say this park leans more toward kids ages 5 and up. 

*Bonus: Playing at this park is likely to make the crew hungry. Walk up the street down Augusta’s red brick district to Sugar Shanes, a “world famous beach-themed cafe”. 

Santa Fe Lake

Of course we can’t talk about Augusta, KS and not mention Santa Fe Lake. Santa Fe Lake is a day trip in and of itself, but it would also be a fun stop for a dip in the lake or camping out. Also featured in our Explore with Kids series, Santa Fe Lake is a family favorite!

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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.


  1. Thank you so much for a wonderful article on our small town parks! We love having visitors come and see what a great community we have! We have so many exciting things happening here we hope you will come back and visit soon!


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