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.
Video: Water Playgrounds & Splash Parks in Wichita
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Buffalo Park Water Playground
10201 Hardtner Road (West)
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.
Riverside Central Park Water Playground
720 NimsThis 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.
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.
Reflection Square Park Splash Fountain
205 E. DouglasThis 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.
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.
Osage Splash Park
2121 W. 31st Street SouthThis 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.
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.
New Market Square Fountains
Goddard Splash Pad
Goddard has a brand 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
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! 🙂
Andover Splash Park
At the 13th Street Sports Park, they have a playground with water toys that are available in the summer. The park also has a picnic area, tennis courts, ball diamond, and more. This would be a fun park to check out on your next adventure with the kids! The address is 1008 E. 13th Street in Andover.
El Dorado Spray Parks
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.
Haysville Splash Pad is outside the swimming pool area. It opened May 1 and usually remains open until October. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Lights go on automatically 9:15 p.m. 525 Sarah Lane in Haysville.
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.
Augusta’s Robert Shyrock Park Splash Pad is near Augusta City Lake and a terrific playground built by volunteers. The address Google maps gives is 2829- 2923 Ohio St, 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!
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. 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?
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