5 Favorite Stroller Walks in Wichita

Walks in Wichita

I’ve never been much of a runner. Or even a gym-goer. But man, do I ever love walking.

Ever since I got pregnant with our first, I walk most days. If it’s not below 40 degrees or raining or snowing, I’m usually taking the kiddos for a stroll. It’s simple, I don’t have to look cute and it’s the perfect fitness playdate. We even invested in a heavy duty jogger stroller for my heavy duty walking.

We’ve lived all over the country, and I’ve always made it a point to find unique and pretty walking paths. But when we moved back to Wichita, it became very clear that I was going to have to really search for some “scenic view” walking areas. And though I have really grown quite fond of my routine path in our own neighborhood {we are lucky to have two really nice parks near our house}, I like to switch things up. Plus it’s fun to check out new areas.

So after being back for just over four years, I finally have a good variety of places worth packing up the stroller and checking out.

There were only two requirements for making the list: 1. must be easily accessible and have convenient parking. 2. be able to fit my ridiculous double stroller.

Below is a list of some of my favorite places in Wichita to take a stroll with the kiddos.

Chisholm Creek Park

When not strolling my own neighborhood, this is my go-to walking spot.  It’s a 2 1/2 mile paved walking path with beautiful scenery, an almost guaranteed wildlife sighting, and plenty of spots to rest and enjoy a picnic lunch. Not to mention the Great Plains Nature Center located at the 29th and Woodlawn entrance {another entrance option is located just off of Oliver, south of K-96}. This path is quite scenic – in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been and not seen a photographer setting up shop.

Sedgwick County Park

Another scenic choice is Sedgwick County Park on the west side of town, adjacent to the zoo. You can make things interesting with this option, as there are multiple routes and loop choices, totaling 8.9 miles. This trail is lovely as you pass multiple small ponds, lakes and meadows. This walking choice is probably a favorite for the kids with the boundless playground, ball fields, and a multitude of sport courts.

 Eastborough Park

Although it looks completely different than it did 20 years ago, this walk is a favorite for several reasons, one being pure sentiment. It’s been completely remodeled since I was a kid and is one of the prettiest walks in this city. I ran my first {and only} 5K pregnant and sick with a sinus infection, looping around the neighborhood and through the park. The only thing that kept me going was the charming homes and beautiful gardens and lawns. And the park itself is reason to take a stroll – well done City of Eastborough.

Sedgwick County Zoo

This is a favorite for obvious reasons. But seriously, we use our zoo pass constantly. If anything, it gives us a reason to load up the stroller, get out of the house, go for a nice walk, and see a few animals while we’re at it. It’s a fun, easy way to get in a few extra steps in your day – for those of you Fitbit lovers. Plus, easy peasy parking and plenty of spots for a quick picnic lunch break.

Town East Mall

Yes, that’s right. I’m listing the mall as a favorite walking path. Listen, during the winter, desperate times call for desperate measures. Plus, if you hit it first thing in the morning {before the stores even open}, you’ll find plenty of sweet little old lady walking partners. Added bonus: exercise and retail therapy in one swoop.

Where are some of your go-to spots to take a stroll with the family?

 

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3 Responses to 5 Favorite Stroller Walks in Wichita

  1. Jennifer May 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    I recommend Swanson Park and Pawnee Prarie Park! Both wonderful places.

    • Angela
      Angela May 16, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

      Great! Thank you for the recommendations!

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