Riverwalk offers something for everyone


The Keeper of the Plains can be seen from the Riverwalk in downtown Wichita. The Riverwalk is a popular attraction where people can see the city from the banks of the Arkansas River.


Whether you’re hanging out, making out, working out, going green or going crazy from being cooped up for too long, Wichita’s Riverwalk has something for you. 

The beloved path runs along the Arkansas River, offering scenic views of the city’s downtown area and the famous Keeper of the Plains statue. Besides its visual appeal, the Riverwalk provides plenty of open space for all kinds of outdoor entertainment. 

Here are some of the things that you can do while enjoying the Riverwalk:

Go on a picnic

Some days just call for an afternoon in the park. With Wichita’s bipolar weather, you’ll want to jump at the chance when the opportunity presents itself. 

Grab a picnic basket, gather your friends and make the most of a beautiful day. The playground by the picnic tables should keep the kids entertained, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot the underground troll that eats college students for dinner. No, really.

Stay in shape

The Riverwalk is a nice change of atmosphere if you’re used to only running on campus or your neighborhood park. You can also ride your bike and longboard without having to worry as much about cars. If you’re on the rowing team, you probably already know about the joys of having to get up really early to row on the Arkansas River. Keep calm and paddle on.

Get cultured

No, not by swallowing probiotics. The Keeper of the Plains Plaza has an array of sculptures that exhibit Wichita’s Native American history. Among its attractions is the “Ring of Fire” which burns at 9 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time and 7 p.m. during standard time. Even if you’re not an anthropology buff, just standing on the bridge at sunset can be a pleasurable experience.

Take a stroll

Put the “walk” in Riverwalk. Walk the dog, enjoy the breeze, reflect on life or take a romantic stroll with your special someone. It’s amazing what you can get accomplished at a leisurely pace. If you’re a writer, a notepad and pen will come in handy. You’ll want to capture that walk to remember.