Cool off this summer at the interactive fountains (aka water playgrounds, aka splash parks) in Wichita. Our family has visited several of these water playgrounds over the past few summers. They’re perfect for a fun, spontaneous (and FREE) summer outing when the kids need something to do.
Most of the fountains are open by Memorial Day.
NEW! Buffalo Park Water Playground, 10201 Hardtner Road (West)
The new splash pad at Buffalo Park is now open! The new water playground is prairie-themed, with native limestone, sculptural grass-like overhead sprayers and an assortment of ground jets. A buffalo head sculpture that sprays and mists water welcomes patrons to the plaza, which has a colored concrete pattern inspired by the grass seeds of the prairie. Native grasses will surround the area. In addition to the fun water spray area, Buffalo park now also has an outdoor open shelter and picnic tables, a circular drop-off area, and restrooms.
NEW! Maize Splash Pad
Maize has a brand new splash pad park! It’s between Vermillion Primary School and the Maize Rec. Center at 401 S. Khedive. There are picnic tables, benches, and awnings for some shade. The Splash Park is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the summer. If you get there and the water isn’t on, look for a button on a pole. That starts it going! 🙂 The Maize City Council and Park & Tree Board Members and staff officially opened the park at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening, June 21st.
New Market Square, 21st Street North & Maize Road
These fountains are in front of Old Navy/Dress Barn, and are on every day from approximately 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., off during inclement weather.
Old Town Plaza, 334 N. Mead
These fountains are in the center of Old Town Square in downtown Wichita. You can walk just close enough to be in the path a refreshing mist of water or – if you’re daring and you aren’t wearing expensive dress shoes – you can jump right into the middle of the spray. The Old Town fountain is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Lincoln Park, 1323 S. Topeka We haven’t been to these fountains yet, thus no picture, but they are part of Wichita Parks and Rec, so the fountains should be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Put a “splash park” in your own back yard:
Fairmount Park 1647 N. Yale We haven’t been to these fountains yet, thus no picture, but they are part of Wichita Parks and Rec, so the fountains should be open daily from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. during the summer.
McLaughlin Park in Valley Center has a free Splash Pad, according to readers and friends who have been there. The Splash Pad opens sometime in May, on or before Memorial Day.
Derby’s Madison Avenue Central Park has a free splash pad as well, with shaded seating areas and an all-access playground nearby. 512 E. Madison Ave. in Derby, KS.
Fairgrounds and Avenue A fountains in Hutchinson, Kansas
Hutchinson has two free interactive fountains. According to the VisitHutch, both are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
- Fairgrounds Water Park is located near the Kansas State Fairgrounds. The water park entrance is on Severance Street between 17th and 23rd.
- Avenue A Water Park is at the corner of Washington Street and Avenue A in downtown Hutchinson.
Waltzing Waters, 605 S. Wichita Street
The Fountains at Waterwalk are for visual entertainment rather than splashing in. Thursdays through Sundays throughout the summer, you can watch a 10-15 minute choreographed show at noon, 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. The shows incorporate music, lights and water in a choreographed display to different genres of music, including country, classic rock, classical and ’80s rock. The fountains are located at 605 S. Wichita Street, east of Gander Mountain.
*Also, check out the waterfalls downtown near the Keeper of the Plains and next to the Hyatt, as well as the man-made stream and waterfall in Naftzger Park on Douglas. They aren’t for playing in, but sometimes just standing near the water helps you feel cooler!
Do you know of other interactive fountains in or near Wichita?
Related: Free swimming days at Wichita pools