When the temperatures heat up this summer in Wichita, there are plenty of options for keeping cool while getting out and having fun in the sun. Plus, excitement is even higher this year thanks to new features at area splash parks and built-up excitement after many pools and splash pads were closed due to the pandemic last summer.

When visiting Wichita in the summer, use this list of Wichita water and splash parks, swimming pools and spray-grounds as your guide for where to cool off.

Splash Aqua Park in Wichita

Splash Aqua Park

Splash Aqua Park is a high-energy, unique way to cool off in Wichita. This fun water park experience brings a series of inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows, trampolines, bouncers, swings, jumps, ladders and even stand-up paddleboards to a 27-acre lake.

During the month of May, the park is open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Staring Memorial Day weekend through the end of September, the park offers one-hour sessions beginning at 11 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m., weather depending. Admission starts at $15/hour. All guests must be at least 5 years old, sign a waiver and go through a safety course before entering the park.

To help swimmers have fun safely, the park is encouraging guests to complete ticket purchases and waivers online to reduce lines. Aqua Guides will be spraying sanitizer during shifts on all equipment and all life jackets will be sprayed with sanitizer after each use. Guests may bring in their own personal Coast Guard Approved life vest.

South YMCA Water Park

Greater Wichita YMCA

Four locations of the YMCA of Greater Wichita (AndoverNorthNorthwest and South) have outdoor waterparks offering group fitness classes, open swim and play on the pool features.

Each waterpark is different and can include slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, spray grounds, body slides, climbing walls and more. The YMCA is membership based; if you’re visiting from out of town you can purchase a day pass for $10 per person or $18 per family that gives full access to classes and facilities. The waterparks will be open May 29 through Labor Day weekend.

Even if the weather threatens to ruin your outdoor fun, all YMCAs in the Wichita area have indoor pools that are also included in your day pass.

Rock River Rapids - Kiddie Pool

Rock River Rapids

Rock River Rapids is a full-service waterpark just south of Wichita in Derby that features six water slides, a lap pool as well as an area with diving boards, a 600-foot lazy river, a zero-depth pool, play structures, aqua climbing walls and a treehouse-themed spray-ground. Plus, their new Green slide is completed and ready for anyone over 42” tall! .

Opening day is May 31. Hours of operation and capacities may be adjusted for COVID protocol. Check their website or call prior to your visit for full details.

McAfee Pool in Wichita

Wichita City Pools

Wichita has six public pools throughout the city, which have all undergone recent renovations that include extra play areas and slides (except College Hill, which will be renovated in 2022). Wichita pools will open for the 2021 season on May 31. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children 17 and under, and $8 for a family rate (6 people; one must be an adult). Don't miss the Dog Days of Summer in August!

Buffalo Park Splash Pad

Splash Pads and Fountains at Wichita Parks

Wichita also has 10 interactive fountains that are open to the public and do not charge an admission fee. Four of them have been completely renovated and turned into splash pads and two are currently making upgrades. In addition to a variety of spray features, slides, climbing walls and more, there will be shaded areas and gathering spots as well.

The water playgrounds not undergoing renovations will reopen May 29.

The Harrison and Planeview splash parks are closed for renovations.

After cooling off, enjoy many of the other attractions and things to do in the city.