Stretch your legs at some of Wichita’s more than 125 parks and greenways covering nearly 5,000 acres. Whether you’re looking for playground equipment and fishing lakes, paved pedestrian and bicycle pathways or a chance to experience the native habitats of Kansas, we’ve got a park for you!
Among our largest and most popular parks are Chisholm Creek Park, O.J. Watson Park, Pawnee Prairie Park and Sedgwick County Park. And just a 35-minute drive east of Wichita, hike Prairie National Preserve trails to experience the largest remaining stand of tall-grass prairie in North America.
If you’re in the downtown area, don’t miss out on the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park located near Douglas and Market. During lunch on the weekdays, multiple food trucks line up to serve local delicacies and the park changes with the seasons to provide the perfect pit-stop for fun.
The Great Plains Nature Center in northeast Wichita, a joint venture between the United States Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service; Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks; and the City of Wichita’s Department of Park and Recreation, provides an education facility for the public to learn more about natural resources and is adjacent to Chisholm Creek Park, which has more than 2 miles of accessible trails that cross native and restored prairies, wetlands, ponds and woodlands.
Visitors can also walk through urban areas like downtown Wichita while admiring the art and murals, or take a stroll along the Arkansas River Trail.
Visit any one of the popular parks or bike through downtown Wichita with the Bike Share ICT program. With 100 bicycles at 19 stations throughout the heart of the city, visitors can pick up their Zagster bike at an hourly or yearly rate.
Bring your own bike and take any of the following paths in your spare time:
o Canal Hike and Bike Trail
o 3rd Street Trail
o Midtown Bike Path
o Redbud Trail
o Zoo Boulevard Path
o Sedgwick County Zoo/Park Path
o McAdams Bike Path
o Gypsum Creek Bike Path