National Parks / Natural World
Botanica Wichita Wichita
Where are we going today?
Who is excited to have a day out FILLED with nature! We are - so let's go!
Botanica Wichita is a great way to spend time with the family, surrounded by beautiful plants and colorful flowers, with some special surprises just for kids too!
This year around attractions has different experiences for you as each season rolls around.
Over spring, over 43,000 tulips and 62,000 daffodils bloom to create an incredible sight! Azaleas, irises, peonies and other perennials follow, giving kids a colorful explosion where they can explore and play.
Fall brings you those crisp leaves you can crunch as you explore the asters and chrysanthemums, and winter lets you marvel at the witch hazel and berried hollies - how very festive!
Botanica Wichita has an incredible selection of themed gardens - each one offering a completely new and exciting experience. Kids will love walking through the butterfly garden, where those little creatures fly around. There are wildflower meadows, and even a railroad garden. From Shakespearean influenced, to terraces and roses, there is SO much to see!
In particular, kids will love the Downing Children's Garden and it's one of a kind elements. There are fun encounters around every corner, from working water pumps, to a giant tree house to hide and climb in. There is an Enchanted Glen for storytelling, as well as chalk drawing and puppet shows.
Watch out for those Monster Trees that have come to life! It's also the perfect place for supervized outdoor play, with areas perfect for kids to crawl, dig, write and read. Perfect for kids aged 2 to 10, but kids of other ages should get fun out of it too.
Nature is waiting for families to enjoy, explore and play among all the colors and scents! A fun experience with Botanica Wichita.
How much does it cost?
- Children$5 (Ages 3 to 12)
- Free Under: 2 years
When can we go?
9am - 5pm Mon to Sat
All year round. Extended hours during summer
From 10am - 2pm June to Sept the children's garden has activities, and there are educational events held that you can register for. To plan a student trip just give them a call!.
Any Top Tips?
They have a daily schedule of drop-in activities for simple, hands-on fun and is free of charge with membership or gate admission. They include mud pie making, kids' theatre, water games and more. Then there are extra events such as the Family Fun Fair with crafts and activities - not to be missed!.
Doing our bit
They have created not only a garden that educates on the plants and wildlife, but also is very family friendly and offers fun activities and events too!.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff about the accessibility of any of the gardens. .
The bright green Investigation Station is stationed in the Woodland Retreat by the Monster Woods and is filled with nature-related activities shared by our dedicated volunteers or staff. Topics may include Monster Plants, Midnight Gardens, or Frisky Frogs. These mini-presentations are hands-on, informative activities and are free of charge with membership or gate admission..
What people are saying?
by Kenny B
My 11 month old daughter and I decided to have a "father / daughter" outing here and we both loved it. Her favorite parts were the water fountains and butterfly "house". For less than the cost of 1 movie ticket, we were able to get some great photo and memories here. Next time we come (hopefully soon) we will bring mom along too.
by Scott Hawk
I suppose i went with higher expectations. The "sensory" garden was a let down, I was expecting something featuring novel/exotic plants that had interesting textures, soft to the touch, interesting smells perhaps even tastes, wind chimes...something more than a circular herb garden. I have more variety in my flowerpot herb garden. The rest of the gardens were also a bit of a let down, daisies an coneflowers are nice, but I come to a botanical garden to see plants that i wouldn't normally see in a regular park, barring that I would at least like...Read More
by Deanna Webster
My Mom, my son, & I absolutely loved the Botanica. It is beautiful. The butterfly area is a must see. We didn't see the whole Botanica because it got too hot out for my son, but we plan to come back to Wichita when it's nicer out to see the whole Botanica.
by Virginia Evesham
Yes I really think everyone in Wichita should visit here. The atmosphere is so relaxing and I prefer weekdays when there are fewer crowds. This is a must see place for sure.
by Kevin Kathy Shoemaker
we spent 3 hours here enjoyed every single moment.we loved it
by Scott Hawk
I suppose i went with higher expectations. The "sensory" garden was a let down, I was expecting something featuring novel/exotic plants that had interesting textures, soft to the touch, interesting smells perhaps even tastes, wind chimes...something more than a circular herb garden. I have more variety in my flowerpot herb garden. The rest of the gardens were also a bit of a let down, daisies an coneflowers are nice, but I come to a botanical garden to see plants that i wouldn't normally see in a regular park, barring that I would at least like to have seen more impressive arrangements than what they have for free at lake Shawnee in Topeka Kansas.