Wichita's Exploration Park
Tucked away behind Exploration Place, Wichita's Exploration Park sits on 20 acres along the Arkansas river. Opening in April of 2001, this park highlights some truly unique features.
300 N. McLean Blvd.
Open sunup to sundown
Free to visit.
Exploration Park highlights three distinctly separate playgrounds, each intended for a different age group. This way, parents don't have to worry about their young children climbing up too high, or about older kids playing too rough.
The fist playground, labeled for ages two to five, is low to the ground and features one small slide. It's mostly enclosed by a fence and is partially covered, allowing protection from the sun. It also features bench seating, so parents can relax and watch children play.
The second playground offers a higher elevation, allowing slightly older children more places to climb.
The third and largest playground highlights plenty of climbing surface and is higher than the other two playground areas. With multiple slides, bridges, monkey bars and more, this area is ideal for older children visiting the park.
A large sandbox in the park features a scale, allowing children to learn about weight and balance as they play.
Perfect Picnic Places
The park also offers plenty of benches and picnic tables, so seating options are available in a variety of locations. There are plenty of tables shaded by the park's many mature trees, and a few tables sit along the Arkansas river, allowing a beautiful waterfront view.
Paths with Beatiful Views
Several sidewalks and paths run in and around the park, allowing beautiful views of the Arkansas River and the Keeper of the Plains Plaza. It's a great place to go for a bike ride, on a walk, or to catch a few Pokemon, if you're into that sort of thing.
Don't miss the unique markers along the Exploration Trail, a route that runs along the river. As you walk or bike the trail, keep an eye out for opportunities to learn about Kansas History. You'll see signs that tell stories of Kansans who have been historically recognized for their efforts in exploring, inventing and changing the world.
The Exploration Trail starts on the north bank of the river, just south of the Keeper's bridge. This trail is part of a network of paths along the river in downtown Wichita and in Haysville that promote fitness and learning.
A map of this trail, and other similar trails in the area is available here.
An 18-hole, outdoor miniature golf course in the area is a great way to round out a trip to the park. Although it's technically part of Exploration Place rather than Exploration Park, the course offers a quick round of put-put that keeps the kids active and outdoors! Included with Exploration Place's general admission price, it's a great way to make a day out of a trip to both the park and the museum!
The park also highlights a rain garden that allows visitors to observe Kansas wildlife and other unique elements that make this park worth the visit. Exploration Park features a creative blend of spontaneous learning and play that makes it a perfect place fo bring children for an afternoon that's fun, informative, and totally free!