Cool off this summer at one the interactive fountains (aka water playgrounds, aka splash parks) in Wichita. Now you can easily find a splash pad near you with our new interactive map of Wichita-area splash parks and spray grounds!
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: Keep some towels and flip flops in the car so you’re always ready when the Kansas heat gets overwhelming.
Most of the fountains are usually open by Memorial Day, but the open dates and hours will vary from park to park!
Are Wichita Splash Parks Open?
We believe from what we’ve heard that most Wichita Splash Parks and Fountains will be open in the summer of 2021. Yay! And there will even be some new ones opening this year. (I’ll check and update the info below!)
Video: Water Playgrounds & Splash Parks in Wichita
Maize Splash Pad
401 Khedive, Maize KS Maize has a 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! 🙂
New Market Square Fountains
Buffalo Park Water Playground
10201 Hardtner Road The new splash pad at Buffalo Park is a lovely addition. 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 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.
Osage Splash Park
2121 W. 31st Street South This interactive fountain features playful creatures spouting water and colorful rings to run through. Fountains are open in the summer from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Riverside Central Park Water Playground
720 Nims This fountain is near the free wildlife exhibit and there are picnic tables nearby too. Spray fountains are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the summer.
Evergreen Park Splash Pad2700 Woodland N, Wichita, KS 67204 Plans are for this brand new north Wichita splash pad in Evergreen Park to open Memorial Day 2021! It looks like it will be so much fun. Since this is a city-owned water playground, it will probably be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer like most of the others.
Chester Lewis Reflection Square Park Splash Fountain
205 E. Douglas
This cute little bronze statue of a girl playing in a stream becomes a splash fountain when the water is turned on in the summer. Kids – or anyone, really – are welcome to play in the stream of water. (There is a fountain against the wall at the back that isn’t for playing in.) The best place I’ve found to park is along the side street or back behind Reflection Square on William Street, where there is metered parking.
Old Town Plaza Spray Park
301 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 noon daily.
Lincoln Park Water Playground
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.
Fairmount Splash 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.
Edgemoor Park Splash Pad5815 E 9th St N, Wichita, KS 67208 The old Edgemoor Park pool was turned into a new water playground/splash park in the city of Wichita. It opens for the first time in summer 2021 and it looks like it’s really going to be fun! The hours will probably be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Boston Park Splash Pad6655 E. Zimmerly St., Wichita KS Boston Park is also getting a brand new splash park, which should be open as of Memorial Day 2021. You can see in the photo how close it is to being done! Since this is another city-owned splash pad, we think its open hours will probably be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. but stay tuned… We’ll update when we have more information.
Andover 13th Street Sports Park
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.
Derby’s Madison Avenue Central Park
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. 512 E. Madison Ave. in Derby, KS.
Haysville Splash Pad
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 Sarah Lane in Haysville.
Valley Center Splash Pad
716 McLaughlin, Valley Center KS
Valley Center has a free splash pad in McLaughlin Park, according to readers and friends who have been there. The Splash Pad opens sometime in May, on or before Memorial Day. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Goddard Splash Pad
108 N. Main St., Goddard KS
Goddard has a pretty new splash pad and pavilion in Linear Park! Its ribbon cutting was April 19, 2018. Put this on your list of places to check out with the kids this summer. 108 N. Main St., Goddard KS 67052
El Dorado Spray Parks
1000 N. Main & 1600 Edgemoor, El Dorado KS
El Dorado has two spray parks: the North Main Spray Park at 1000 N. Main and the Graham Spray Park at 1600 Edgemoor, which looks a bit simpler and is set next to a playground. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Augusta KS Splash Pad
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.
The address Google maps gives is 2923 Ohio St #2829, Augusta, KS 67010, and it looks like it would be well worth the drive from Wichita if you want to do a little summer exploring!
Splash Pads in Hutchinson, Kansas
Hutchinson has three free interactive fountains.
- 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.
- Rice Park Splash Pad is at 2112 N. Hendricks.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hutch also has the very fun Salt City Splash aquatic center. Not free, but cheap and quite fun!
BONUS: Honorable Mentions
These are not free Wichita splash pads, but they’re worth noting because you and the kids will probably love them.
Tanganyika Falls Splash Park
1000 S Hawkins Ln, Goddard, KS 67052
Tanganyika Wildlife Park’s new splash pad opened in 2020 for season pass-holders and paying visitors. If you have the Tanganyika Season Pass, you can visit the new splash park an unlimited number of times during the season. Otherwise, this park is included with Tanganyika admission.
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. 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?
Map of Splash Parks in the Wichita, KS Area
Also check out these articles!
- Pools, Lakes, and Water Parks: Where you can swim in the Wichita area
- Kids Guide to Summer
- Disounts at Splash Aqua Park in Wichita
- Free Swimming Days at Wichita Pools
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