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Discover the Ultimate Family Adventure at Tanganyika’s Splash Park, Wichita, KS

This summer is going to be a hot one. What do you have planned for those long summer days when all the kids are home? Are there any kids who want to sit at home and watch TV all summer? Most kids may act like they want to stay in, but the real fun happens when they are out exploring new things. Search “splash park, Wichita,KS” and you won’t believe what comes up. 

Tanganyika Wildlife Park has you covered in multiple areas. Have you visited one of the newest splash parks near Wichita, KS? Tanganyika Falls was opened in 2020 and has quickly become a crowd favorite. 

Your kids will thank you for years to come if you help them spend this summer doing all sorts of fun things. Tanganyika Wildlife Park has much to offer you and your family, including a state-of-the-art Splash Pad that kids of all ages love. 

This summer, Tanganyika is going to be a hit with your kids. Imagine grabbing breakfast on your way to the park, sitting outside, and looking at the giraffes while enjoying it. After you’re done with breakfast, you can walk around the park, see all the animals and engage with wildlife at our animal encounter stations.

You could feed our lorikeets some nectar and watch the kids fall in love with birds, or you could give a giraffe a piece of lettuce. Have you ever been licked by a giraffe before? After you’ve walked around the park, you could split a giant pretzel from Luna’s Canteen before changing into your swimming suits to enjoy Tanganyika’s Splash Park, Wichita, KS, for the afternoon. After a day at Tanganyika, your kids are sure to sleep well.

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Tanganyika Falls Splash Park will be a hit this summer!

What Tanganyika’s Wichita Splash Park has to offer your family

Tanganyika Falls is one of the largest Wichita Splash Parks. There are so many different interactive elements throughout the splash pad to capture the heart of almost any child. What toddler wouldn’t want to slide down a giant Alligator slide? What eight-year-old doesn’t want to spray someone with a water sprayer? And what kid (of any age) wouldn’t want to stand under either of our two dump buckets? No matter what age, there is something for everyone: 

  • Cool down: A splash pad is an excellent way to cool down in the summer. There is nothing quite like hanging out with the kids and getting your toes wet to help cool off too. While I can assure you that the kids will be soaked from head to toe and probably having so much fun, you—on the other hand—can stand on one side and watch (and NOT get soaked). 
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Have fun at our Tanganyika Falls splash park

Besides being just plain fun, there are many scientifically proven reasons why playing in water benefits child development. For example, research has shown that playing in and around water for young children can help develop fine motor skills and, in turn, help with coordination. It can also help develop balance and strength by working muscles that your child may not be using every day. 

  • Rent a Cabanalow: Just behind Tanganyika Falls, there are three beautiful Cabanalows that you can rent. What is a cabanalow? Think of it as a mix between a cabana and a bungalow. They are small buildings with an open front that face the splash park. They each have a TV, sink, minifridge, and, most importantly (for those hot summer days), a powerful ceiling fan. Ready to book your cabanalow at Tanganyika’s splash park? Wichita, KS, has your summer covered.
  • Drinks for adults:  While the splash park has something for the kids, it also has something for adults. Located directly next to Tanganyika Falls in The Thirsty Sloth, and in case the name didn’t give it away, it is a bar. The Thirsty Sloth is a small bar with multiple local craft beers on tap and frozen drinks. The best part about it is you can grab a drink and take it to the edge of the splash park to watch the kids play. Insider tip: if you keep your glass, you get a refill discount.

What to know about your Tanganyika season pass 

While you may have to pay an entrance fee for some water parks near Wichita, KS, Tanganyika Falls is already included in your season pass to Tanganyika. That’s right. You can access both Tanganyika Falls and Tanganyika Wildlife Park for the price of one park. 

We have multiple options for season passes that will work for exactly what you’re looking for, including unlimited visits to Tanganyika.

If you want to learn more about or contribute to Tanganyika’s conservation efforts, you can do that here.

Other Fun things to do in Wichita, Kansas

  • Visit Botanica, to explore all sorts of different plant life. After you hang out at Tanganyika Falls Splash Park, Wichita KS. You can head over to Botanica and see their amazing variety of plants. They also have a butterfly area that the kids will love. 
  • Visit Exploration Place, to watch your kids fall in love with science. If it is a crazy hot day, Exploration Place would be a great next stop. You will love their Science shows after you’ve spent the day at our splash pad
  • Visit Great Plains Nature Center, to connect with local wildlife. While there are no National or State Parks within Wichita, Great Plains Nature Center provides everything your kids love about them, including walking trails, lots of trees, and a gift shop.
  • Visit The Museum of Natural Treasures, and see a huge T-Rex skeleton. There are so many fascinating things to learn about at this museum. It would be the perfect place to start your day off before you head to the Wichita Splash Park, Tanganyika Falls this summer.
  • Grab some ice cream at Papa’s General Store after a long, fun-filled day at Tanganyika Falls, our water playground, Wichita KS.

Come Visit Tanganyika’s Splash Park, Wichita, KS

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is open now, but Tanganyika Falls opens up for the 2023 season on Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to check out our website for the most up-to-date hours. Once Tanganyika Falls is open, you can come and spend as many days splashing around as you like! 

We think this summer will be one that you and your kids will remember for a long time, and we hope you’ll include Tanganyika Falls Splash Park. Wichita, KS has so much to offer you and your family. We’ll see you out at our Park soon. 

Also, be sure to use that season pass to visit our animals before it gets hot during the summer. If you don’t have a season pass, you can purchase daily admission to come and hang out at Tanganyika Falls Splash Park. 

Finally, you can help support our conservation efforts through your purchases. A portion of every dollar spent at our Wildlife Park—whether at our gift shop, one of our Wildly Different Experiences, or even at the Thirsty Sloth Bar—goes back to support conservation efforts worldwide. 

You can stay up to date with Tanganyika by following our Facebook Page and reading our blog

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Tanganyika has a fun splash park included in admission


About the author: Sydney is a talented animal trainer and educator who started her career as a camp counselor. Affectionately called “Miss Sydney” by park visitors and students, she has taken 100’s of kids to the splash park during camp and is an excellent expert on the topic of how to cool off at Tanganyika.

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