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Opened in 1987, these gardens were a collaboration between the Wichita Area Garden Council and the City of Wichita. They include an aquatic collection, a butterfly garden, a butterfly house, a 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.
Inaugurated in 1901, McAdams Park has delighted the families of Wichita for over a century. A verdant oasis of the city, the park has several well-paved paths covered with a canopy of trees making it perfect for a morning run or an evening stroll. The park's carefully-manicured landscapes are perfect for bringing a picnic, while the ball diamonds and tennis courts are ideal for local matches and tournaments.
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.
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.
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.