Wichita Outdoor Activities

Wichita Outdoor ActivitiesDoes a forty-hour workweek and long nights in front of the TV control your life? Admit it, you've been inside too long! Here are some great outdoor places around Wichita to breathe in some fresh air and enjoy all the city has to offer in the way of natural beauty.

Botanica
Botanica Wichita is like Mother Nature's greatest hits album, with a stunning collection of over nine outdoor gardens and picturesque landscaping that collects over 4,000 species of plants both native and new to the region. There are also twenty-five themed gardens, so you can spend the most time in the ones that capture your attention and feed your senses. Choose from the Bird Garden, the Shakespearean Garden, or the Butterfly Garden, just to name a few. Either way, Botanica Wichita is a natural escape where something is always in bloom.

Address: 701 Amidon, Wichita, KS 67203 - MAP
Phone: (316) 264-0448
Web: www.botanica.org

Sedgwick County Park
Sedgwick County Park is like a buffet of natural fun, all in one place! Choose from such activities as boating, tennis, rollerblade hockey, basketball courts, hike and bike trails, and a whole lot more. Plus, there are four lakes to stroll around and beautiful scenery to enjoy. Lots of great spaces for lots of fun are waiting at this outdoor gem in Wichita.

Address: 6501 W. 21st N, Wichita, KS 67212 - MAP
Phone: (316) 943-0192
Web: www.sedgwickcounty.org/sq_park

Tanganyika Wildlife Park
Though it doesn't quite reflect Wichita's natural habitat, the Tanganyika Wildlife Park brings together some of the most recognizable species of animals from all around the world in an outdoor spot that makes them easily accessible and more up close than you could ever imagine. Ride on a camel, feed the giraffes or take an unforgettable photo with a kangaroo, but no matter what you do, you will always remember your special moment when you met some of nature's wondrous creatures for the first time at the Tanganyika Wildlife Park.

Address: 1000 S. Hawkins Ln., Wichita, KS 67052 - MAP
Phone: (316) 794-8954
Web: www.twpark.com

Sedgwick County Zoo
The Sedgwick County Zoo has been a Wichita tradition for over 40 years, and that says a lot about the highly regarded facility and the various species of animals it presents to visitors day in and day out. It also speaks volumes about the quality, family-friendly atmosphere that the zoo offers families and visitors the moment they walk through the gates. Gorillas, penguins, tigers and zebras are just a few of the zoo's occupants, and the zoo stands as a great fun and educational trip for kids and adults alike.

Address: 5555 Zoo Boulevard, Wichita, KS 67212 - MAP
Phone: (316) 660-WILD
Web: www.scz.org

North Woodland Park
The North Woodland Park in Wichita offers a return to the basics. It offers shaded walking paths, a large playground area, a baseball field and basketball court, as well as plenty of scenic spots to have a picnic and enjoy the day outdoors with family and friends.

Address: 841 W 21st St., Wichita Kansas 67203 - MAP
Web: www.uptake.com/parks

Great Plains Nature Center
Revisit the prairie and its wildlife at the Great Plains Nature Center. See the development of the area's wildlife through various full dimensional exhibits, and commune with nature as you travel through the 240-acre Chisholm Creek Park through the trails that make touring this beautiful slice of nature possible for everyone.

Address: 6232 E. 29th, St. N., Wichita, KS 67220 - MAP
Phone: (316) 683-5499
Web: www.gpnc.org