Explore with Kids: OJ Watson Park | Wichita, KS

This article is sponsored by Wichita Park & Recreation.

OJ Watson Park | Wichita, KS

OJ Watson Park is a family favorite park in Wichita – we are truly lucky to have this local gem. It is one of the largest parks in Wichita, covering over 119 acres, with playgrounds and great activities for families. 


3022 S McLean Blvd, 67217 South Wichita, KS


Spring – Early Fall 
Daily: 8am-10pm

Late Fall (October)
Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm

Daily: 8am-4pm


Free to enter the park. However, some of the activities and amenities charge a fee. See prices below. 

Things To Do: 


Cost: Free | The northeast playground is boundless with rubber-in-place safety surface and the west playground has regular sand. 

Pony Rides

Cost: $4/person | See special hours here. With 9 ponies to choose from, see which pony fits your child’s personality best. Riders must be under the age of 10, weigh less than 60 pounds, and be able to hold onto a saddle by themselves. 

Mini Golf

Cost: $4/person | Watson Park has a newly renovated, lighted, 18-hole mini golf course is for kiddos ages 6 and up. 

Pedal Boats

Cost: $4/30 minutes | Each pedal boat can hold up to 3 adults and 2 children or four adults. 

Train Rides

Cost: $4/person | Take a family ride around the Watson Park on the mini choo-choo train. All ages welcome (each person needs a ticket). 

In the fall register for Watson’s Christmas Express during the holidays. Families ride the Watson train to the North Pole, make s’mores by campfire, drink hot cocoa, and enjoy a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus!


Cost: KS State Fishing License (register for fishing license here) | Watson Park has a two fishing lakes with bass, catfish, crappie, grass carp, and more. *Bait can be purchased at the concession shop. 


Enjoy kayaking at Watson Park, we offer single and tandem kayaks. New to the park is a self-service kayak station that guests can rent through an app during park hours. To rent a kayak you must be 12+ older, children younger can ride with an adult in a tandem kayak. Guests of the park are welcome to bring their own kayaks but are required to check in at the clubhouse.

Kayak $10/hour, tandem $20/hour, self-service $10/hour

Picnics & Parties

While at Watson Park enjoy a family picnic. You bring the blanket and let Watson Park provide the yummy food. Our concession menu has great options including cheeseburgers, hot dogs, nachos, pretzels and more! (List of food is available on this page along with a fun map of the park: About Watson Park (wichita.gov)

Rent one of the five outdoor shelters for a party, reunion or get-together and include a bouncy house! The new Seasons Venue is a great option if you’d like to have a party indoors. 

Free Movie in the Park on May 28, 2023

The entire family will love watching a DreamWorks classic Shrek together under the stars at OJ Watson Park. A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord to get his land back. It’s the story of a terrifying green ogre by the name of Shrek, who lives in a swamp. The movie will start after 7:30pm, concessions will be available. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets. No outside food or drink is allowed.

Be sure to check out our Explore With Kids Series!

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