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Splash Parks in and around Wichita

Splash pads in Wichita are a big attraction during the summer months. These splash parks (aka water playgrounds, splash pads, or play fountains) are a great way to enjoy summer for free. They are cost-effective and require less maintenance. Therefore, several have popped up in the past few years, funded by the city. In fact, a few run-down city pools in the area have now been replaced with splash parks because of just that reason.

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. Tip: water shoes are a good idea to avoid slipping and/or stepping in (or on) something you’d rather not.  

Most of the splash pads are usually open by Memorial Day, but the open dates and hours will vary from park to park. For the past several years, the city has even kept them open until the first week of October.

Splash Pads In and Around Wichita

Buffalo Park Water Playground

10201 Hardtner Road, Wichita KS

The splash pad at Buffalo Park is lots of fun. This prairie-themed water playground has 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 surround the area. In addition to the fun water spray area, Buffalo park has an outdoor open shelter and picnic tables, a circular drop-off area, and restrooms.*Note that half of the shelter can be rented out on the weekends so please make sure you park your items on the other side if it seems that there is a party going on in the other side. 

Buffalo Park Splash Park Wichita

Osage Splash Park

2121 W. 31st Street South, Wichita KS

One of the motr impressive splash parks in Wichita, this interactive fountain features playful creatures spouting water and colorful rings to run through. Lots of opportunity for cute photos opps of your kiddos as they run around. Fountains are open in the summer from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Osage Park Splash Pad Wichita

Riverside Central Park Water Playground

720 Nims, Wichita KS

In the heart of Wichita, this fountain is near the free wildlife exhibit in Riverside Park. 

Picnic tables surrounding the area and frequently shaded to allow you to take a break from the heat. Spray fountains are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the summer.

Riverside Park Splash Pad Wichita

Evergreen Park Splash Pad

2700 Woodland N, Wichita, KS

This new splashpad gives off aztec vibes or flashbacks to the 90’s Nickelodeon show Legends of the Hidden Temple (who remembers this show?!). A little on the smaller side so I suggest trying to avoid this location on the weekends. 

Evergreen Park Splash Pad Wichita

Old Town Plaza Spray Park

301 N. Mead, Wichita KS

These fountains are in the center of Old Town Square in downtown Wichita. Being that this is in the middle of the city plaza this is not a location where you camp out for very long, nor is it a location to where swimming suits. It is, however, a fun area for kids to run through a few times to cool off in the heat of summer.  The Old Town fountain is open from 10 a.m. to noon daily.

Old Town Square Splash Pad Wichita

Lincoln Park Water Playground

1323 S. Topeka

This park’s splash pad is really more of a small area with interactive fountains spraying from the concrete floor. Great fun for kiddos to run through as they are playing on the playground but not a place I suggest venturing to with swim getups and water toys. 

Lincoln Park Splash Pad Wichita

Linwood South Park – Closed for the Season 

1901 S Kansas, Wichita KS

This splash park is one that the city replaces a run-down city pool with. This splash park is much more than just a few fountains shooting water out of the ground.  It has really cool water features, bright play equipment, and lots of shade. I highly recommend visiting this one, this summer! 

Linwood South Park Splash Pad Wichita

Tanganyika Falls Splash Park

Location: 1000 S Hawkins Ln, Goddard, KS 67052

Tanganyika Wildlife Park’s splash pad opened in 2020 and is free for season pass-holders and paying visitors. This splash park is quite impressive containing multiple tall fountains, water buckets, and ground bubble fountains. If you plan to visit Tanganyika this summer, I suggest having your kiddos spend some time cooling off in this new park feature!

Tanganyika Splash Pad

Fairmount Splash Park

Location: 1647 N. Yale St. Wichita, KS 67218

This splash park seems to be a carbon copy of the Osage feature. It also has impressive creature splash fountain features and colorful rings to run through. Again, lots of opportunity for cute photos opps of your kiddos as they run around. Fountains are open in the summer from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Fairmount Park Splash Pad Wichita

New Market Square Fountains

21st Street North & Maize Road

These fountains are in front of Old Navy/Dress Barn, and are usually on every day from approximately 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., off during inclement weather.

New Market Square Splash Pad Wichita

Edgemoor Splash Park

Location: 5815 E 9th St N, Wichita, KS

The old Edgemoor Park pool was turned into a new water playground/splash park in the city of Wichita. It opened for the first time in summer 2021! Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the summer.

Edgemore Park Splash Pad Wichita

Boston Park Splash Pad

Location: 6655 E. Zimmerly St., Wichita KS

This splash pad has a fun aviation theme with many tall pole fountains and small bubble fountains from the ground. Next to the fountains is a nice patch of turf, great for sun bathing after having been soaking wet. 

Boston Park Splash Pad Wichita

Maize Splash Pad

401 Khedive, Maize KS

This splash pad in located in Maze Ks. There are picnic tables, benches, and awnings for some shade. In 2022, the city added new picnic tables under new awings to expand the splashpad park! It is open 9 a.m. to 8 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!

Maize Kansas Splash Pad

Andover 13th Street Sports Park

Location: 1008 E 13th St, Andover, KS 67002

Rather than a splash park, Andover’s 13th Street Sports Park has a playground with fun water toys to provide a cooling spray during the summer season.

Andover 13th Steet Sports Park

Derby’s Madison Avenue Central Park

Location: 512 E. Madison Ave., Derby KS

Derby has a free splash pad in Madison Avenue Central Park, with shaded seating areas and an all-access playground nearby.

Derby Madison Avenue Central Park Splash Pad

Haysville Splash Pad

Location: 525 Sarah Ln, Haysville, KS

The splash pad in Haysville is just outside the swimming pool area. It opens in May and usually remains open until October. Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Lights go on automatically 9:15 p.m. 525

Haysville Splash Pad Kansas

Valley Center Splash Pad

Location: 716 McLaughlin, Valley Center KS

Valley Center has a free splash pad in McLaughlin Park. The Splash Pad opens sometime in May, on or before Memorial Day. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.  Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.

allery Center Splash Pad Kansas

Augusta KS Splash Pad

Location: 2923 Ohio St. #2829, Augusta KS

The Augusta splash pad is near Augusta City Lake and – like the nearby playground – has a fairy tale theme. It definitely seems worth the trip to allow your little one to explore! 

Augusta Splash Pad Kansas

Hutchison Water Parks

Avenue A Water Park

Location: corner of Washington Street and Avenue A in downtown Hutchinson

Avenue A Water Park


Location: Severance Street between 17th and 23rd.Hutchinson KS.

Rice Park Splash Pad

Location:  2112 N. Hendricks

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