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!
I 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:
We 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 Shryock: Play Pointe Park (aka Castle Park)
This is a fun castle-themed park for kids of all ages. With a semi-enclosed section for children ages 2-5, the “Tot-Spot part of the park has an area just for the littles. This park also has slides, monkey bars, climbing towers, swings, and obstacles – keeping your kiddos busy for hours.
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.
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”.
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!