Featuring several lakes where you can fish, Sedgwick County State Park is a must-visit for fishing aficionados. Even if fishing isn't your thing, there's plenty to do for the whole family. Hike or bike along a trail, taking in the sights of wildlife. If you're into sports, head to the softball field or basketball court for a game. In the winter, the sledding hill is tons of fun!
Opened in 1987, these gardens were a collaboration between the Wichita Area Garden Council and the City of Wichita. They include an aquatic collection, butterfly garden, a butterfly house, greenhouse for tropical plants, a rock garden, a rose garden, a sensory garden, a Shakespearean garden, and more. They opened a children's garden in 2011 that features several themed areas for kids.
A visit to Tanganyika Wildlife Park fulfills the dual goals of an educational and fun-filled outing for the entire family. One can view common, rare and endangered species such as clouded leopards, Purple-capped Lories, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, domestic ferrets, Southern Three-Banded Armadillos and Huachuca Mountain Kingsnakes. Keep an eye out for special events like Pumpkins at the Park, Safari Splashdown and Twilight Hours. This park conducts safari classes and other educational activities for students and scouts. It also runs the Species Survival Fund for wildlife conservation. One can host birthday parties and weddings at this much-loved family park.
Learn about local plants and wildlife at the Great Plains Nature Center. Inside, exhibits like Kansas Wildlife and Prairies of the World are educational for both kids and adults. Outside, trails provide the perfect opportunity to view some of the flora and fauna you learned about inside. Remember your trip here with something from the gift shop - it offers a variety of books, toys, and other fun memorabilia.
The Sedgwick County Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the state. A major tourist attraction, this zoo is home to more than 2500 animals of about 500 different species. Along with areas to view the animals, the site includes a children's play area, snack bars, boat rides, and trams. Between Penguin Cove, the Tiger Trek, and the Downing Gorilla Forest, there's enough to see that you'll want to spend a whole day here.
At 14 miles (22 kilometers) in length, the Arkansas River Trail is one of the longest and most popular paths in Wichita. Walk or bike along the Arkansas River, taking in the great outdoors. Along the path, not only will you see plants and wildlife, but you'll come across major attractions in the city, like stadiums and museums.
The Prairie Sunset Trail is gorgeous and the perfect way to experience nature. The trail is gentle and approximately 12 miles (19 kilometers) long running through open grassy meadows, farmlands, densely forested areas, lakes, and ponds. It's perfect for biking, hiking, bird watching, jogging, and just enjoying the serenity of nature at its best. The trail is suitably named and offers spectacular views at sunset making it a must visit when in the city.