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The Top FREE Things to Do in Wichita, Kansas

What is there to do in Wichita, KS for free? Wichita is known for being an affordable place to live with great quality of life for residents. And it’s true – some of the best things to do in Wichita are completely free!

I’ve asked readers to recommend the Best Free Things to Do in Wichita, and here are the results, along with some honorable mentions that are just too good to keep to ourselves. Do you have any suggestions to add of wonderful, free things to do in Wichita? Please do let me know in the comments below!

You can always find more fun things to do in Wichita KS by exploring the categories at the top of this page. This website is bursting at the seams with events, activities, and ideas for things to do.

Keeper of the Plains

The Top 20 Free Things to Do in Wichita

  1. Visit the Keeper of the Plains during the lighting of the “Ring of Fire” The centerpiece of Wichita, this striking sculpture by Blackbear Bosin stands at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers. At nightfall throughout the year, the Ring of Fire surrounding the Keeper of the Plains is lit for 15 minutes. 
  2. Visit one of our many FREE Museums. Whether you are a visitor or resident, Wichita offers lots of FREE museums all year long or special days you can visit for free. 
  3. Chicken N Pickle is a big attraction with so much fun for all ages. They have a free game yard with oversized Jenga, corn hole, and more. They host many free events like Bingo, Singo (Singing Bingo), Trivia, and more. 
  4. Bike and Walking Trails. There is not much cheaper or more relaxing than taking a walk or biking outside.  
  5. Enjoy the Kansas Wildlife Park Zoo. At the approximate center of the city of Wichita, you’ll find Riverside Park. They do aminal feeding every day at noon for free. 
  6. Explore Downtown on the free Q-Line. It is a transportation service that runs down 3.3 miles along Douglas Avenue, Seneca Street, and Clifton Avenue. You can stop, shop, eat, and more along the route. 
  7. Check out our favorite Parks and Playgrounds. Our family’s favorite is OJ Watson Park
  8. Visit Great Plains Nature Center, which is always free. They have a museum, walking trails, ponds, and more. 
  9. Best Dog Parks in Wichita. If you have a furry friend and want a fun activity, you will both enjoy, check out one of our many free dog parks. 
  10. Visit City Arts in Downtown Wichita. They have a free museum for the community. 
  11. Splash Pads are a must in the summertime. Beat the Kansas heat and pack a swimsuit – it’s going to be a wet and wild time!
  12. Farmer’s Markets is where you can find fresh, locally-sourced produce and goodies you can’t find anywhere else.
  13. Visit the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University. Visitors can explore and enjoy 20th and 21st-century art with exhibitions that feature emerging and established artists, works from our permanent collection, and traveling exhibits.
  14. Visit the Advanced Learning Library or any of the beautiful libraries around town. 
  15. See the Wichita Art Museum’s Permanent Collection. It is now free to visit (they used to charge). The museum collection includes over 6,000 works of art.
  16. See the Original Pizza Hut Museum. Dan and Frank Carney, who started Pizza Hut, borrowed $600 from their mom to open the first Pizza Hut ever.
  17. Disc Golf Courses. Wichita and its surrounding area include an impressive selection of disc golf courses that cater to players of all skill levels 
  18. Go on a treasure hunt for sculptures, murals, and other public art You can wander through town and see what you find or you can use a map to plan your tour and see the most art in the shortest amount of time. Downtown is filled with bronze sculptures that are placed just in the right way to be a delightful surprise. Murals in the Douglas Design District (and elsewhere around town) adorn the side of businesses with color and positive messages. The Wichita State University Campus is the site of some iconic outdoor art. Old pianos and musical instruments decorate an otherwise ordinary stretch of sidewalk in northeast Wichita’s Art Park. And a new art installation is underway in Sedgwick County Park called the Art Walk. Wherever you go, you’re bound to find something fun, interesting, colorful, or thought-provoking. Take a selfie in front of the art you find and share it with us on Instagram!
  19. First Friday Art Crawl is an ongoing free event. It allows the public to enjoy art and light refreshment at art galleries, museums, restaurants, and other venues around Wichita.
  20. Enjoy one of our City’s special events happing around town, and a lot of them are free. Visit our calendar to see what happing!
Wichita Art Museum

More Free or Inexpensive Things to Do in Wichita

Adult Activates

Kids Activities

Old Town/Downtown Wichita

Window shop in Old Town  It’s fun just to be in Old Town, peering into warehouses-turned-retail stores and restaurants and walking along the brick paths. Of course, you won’t be able to resist actually going in to some of them, which include a few trendy local eateries (and drinkeries), a museum filled with treasures from around the world, and an all-digital movie theater that serves a full food and bar menu directly to you at your seat while you’re watching the movie.

Shop at the Old Town Farmers Market  From spring to fall, the Old Town Farmer’s Market offers locally-grown produce and handmade items for sale, along with free live entertainment, activities for kids, and free cooking demonstrations. It’s a lively and fun way to spend a Saturday morning in Wichita. Find farmers markets in the Wichita area.

Bronze sculptures downtown  Whether you’re driving or walking downtown or really anywhere in Wichita, you will likely come across a sculpture that is beautiful, interesting, or downright surprising. (I’m almost always startled into tapping my brakes when driving by one particular sculpture on Douglas. In my peripheral vision, it looks like a person about to cross the street! Thankfully, I don’t think it’s caused any accidents yet.)

The Fountains at Waterwalk Each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from May through October, enjoy a 10-15 minute choreographed show with lights and music at noon, 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. Park for free in the Gander Mountain parking garage, the Waterwalk parking garage, or in the lot just across from the boathouse. The fountain show won’t go on if winds are higher than 15 miles per hour.

Wichita’s History

Old Cowtown Museum is free on Sundays April through October. Explore the Wichita of the 1800s by walking through real and reproduction buildings, watching a gunfight at high noon, and moseying up to the saloon for some sarsaparilla.

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum Although even regular admission is very affordable, you can visit the museum for free on Sundays 

Wichita’s Fabulous Parks

Chisholm Creek Park  This park features a beautiful paved walking path through carefully maintained native Kansas grasses and plants. It’s the perfect place for solitude, exercise, and enjoying Kansas wildlife – all within the city limits.

Sedgwick County Park  There’s no place like Sedgwick County Park for a nice time out with the family. The park has several fishing ponds, playgrounds, and fields for kite-flying or playing games of softball. A walking path around the perimeter of the park takes you through shady and sunny spots, through quiet areas and places teeming with activity, up and down hills, and over a covered bridge. Covered pavilions and enclosed shelters at Sedgwick County Park are available and affordable to rent for picnics and meetings.

O.J. Watson Park is a favorite for many, many families in Wichita because it has rides (train, pedal boats, pony rides!), games, and other activities available for just a few dollars each. It’s a kids’ paradise.

Interactive Fountains Many of our parks have playgrounds with leaping fountains where kids (and grown-ups) can splash around to keep the heat at bay. There’s also a fountain at New Market Square in West Wichita, and one in Old Town Plaza downtown. All are free and open to the public. Find a FREE splash park in Wichita. 

Pracht Wetlands Park Here’s a brand new park that is officially open to the public and wonderful for nature lovers and anyone who wants a nice place to walk.

Pawnee Prairie Park With miles of walking trails, horse trails, and bike paths, as well as a covered picnic shelter and children’s playground, this west Wichita park is really unique. It’s a lovely wooded park that you’ll want to allow plenty of time to explore.

Community Events

Wichita Annual Events and Festivals. From live music and fireworks to fine art and indy films, festivals in Wichita and the surrounding areas offer a rich assortment of activities and entertainment

Wichita Riverfest is the biggest festival in the Wichita community. This massive event is the region’s largest, longest-running, and most anticipated festival.  

Woofstock  Free with a donation, Woofstock is held every fall at Sedgwick County Park as a benefit for the Kansas Humane Society. Bring your dog — on a leash — for a day of canine fun.

Free Outdoor Concerts

Bradley Fair Jazz Concerts  Held in June every year, these concerts bring in the big names in jazz, like Grady Nichols and Joseph Vincelli. The last concert before the Fourth of July always includes a wonderful fireworks display. It’s hard to believe that these concerts are free.

KEYN/Wichita WaterWalk Summer Concert Series  Just this year, the free KEYN Summer Concert Series moved to the Waterwalk in downtown Wichita, with plenty of parking nearby. These concerts often feature local favorites like the Grateful Not To Be Dead, Rudy Love, and Blue-Eyed Soul. They make for free and fun Friday nights during hot Wichita summers!

Sunset Concert Series at Hartman Arena. This is a summertime free concert in the parking lot. 

Smoke on the Plains BBQ and Music Fest in Derby. This is an annual festival that is a family-friendly event with live music, food, kid’s activities. And admission is FREE. They average about 50 professional BBQ teams from the Midwest.


The Wichita Public Library offers so many free fun and educational programs throughout the year that it’s impossible to list them all here. Not only do they have a fantastic summer reading program, storytimes and other activities for kids, and spring break activities, they also offer many adult programs and events as well.

Watch the sun set from anywhere  The sky is transformed by fire-lit clouds at sunset on any given day here in Wichita. If you drive just 5 minutes outside the city limits, ordinary fields stretching out to the horizon take on a golden glow. The view can be breathtaking.

Free Things to Do in Wichita during the Holidays .

Horse and carriage ride during the holidays  Whether we’re enjoying a winter wonderland or experiencing unseasonably mild temperatures, the free carriage rides at Bradley Fair shopping center will make you think of sipping cider and opening presents by the fire. They’re also almost certain to make you want to open your wallet and buy gifts at the shopping center’s many upscale retail stores, which is probably the idea.

Christmas light displays in Wichita range from brilliant, over-the-top Griswold-style arrangements set to music to sweet, traditional expressions of holiday cheer.

Free Things to do in Wichita