1700 Fifth St.
Wichita Falls, TX 76301-2118
Phone: (940) 761-1889
Fax: (940) 761-1505
River Bend Nature Center at Wichita Falls, is an excellent space that abounds with nature. The center offers its visitors not only an opportunity to explore the many natural wonders within its grounds but also organizes educational programs and events that help spread awareness regarding nature conservation and environmental issues. The center features a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces so as to meet the varying preferences of visitors of every age. Peyton's Place (butterfly enclosure), Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, and the Bryant Edward's Learning Center with its live exhibits are some of the center's most popular attractions. There are a number of nature trails, a picnic area and even a library, making this not only a valuable educational resource, but also a great place to spend a relaxing day in the lap of nature without having to leave the city.
Lucy park is spread out over a wide 178 acres (72 hectare) in the city center, alongside the beautiful Wichita River. The park has wooded areas, native trees and shaded boulevards, perfect for a picnic outdoors or a game of disc golf, volleyball or other sport. The River Bend Nature Center is located within the park.
Art on the Green is a sculpture garden located on the grounds of The Kemp Center for the Arts. This fabulous garden features a collection of eight permanent exhibits, with ten additional sculptures acquired from all over the globe for a period of one year. Every May new sculptures are brought in while those from the previous year are returned home. Beautifully lit up every night, the garden has come to be a well known land mark at Wichita Falls.
Williams Park is situated at the Williams Avenue at Wichita Falls. The scenic and beautiful park is laden with ample of benches and picnic spots. Barbecue grills are also available. There are two basketball areas here and also a softball field which is lighted. You can also find a charming gazebo and an area dedicated for children to play at.
Castaway Cove Waterpark at Wichita Falls promises a fun day out for the entire family. Whether you choose to indulge in a few thrills on any of the parks many slides or spend the day taking a relaxing ride down Nellie's Rolling River, this waterpark has a little something for everyone. For families with small children, the Buccaneer's Bay is the perfect getaway. With fun-filled events organized regularly alongside the permanent attractions, Castaway Cove Waterpark is a place where time seems to fly right by.
The Gates of Hercules is a sculpture installed within the grounds of the MSU campus at Wichita Falls. This art work is the brainchild of artist Sandi Stein who constructed this imposing set of three columns from a collection of weighty limestone blocks. Easily visible from Taft Boulevard, the sculpture stands in commemoration of MSU's 75th year.
The 258 acre (104 hectare) Weeks Park features biking, hiking, tennis and picnic areas. The golf course within the park was established in 1917, the Weeks Park Championship Golf Course is a much sought after venue for golfers, both pros and amateurs. The golf course is open to all, and offers a world-class 18-hole course for avid golfers to appreciate.
Sikes Lake offers the locals of Wichita Falls opportunities to take a break from their routine life and connect with nature through peaceful strolls around the lake. You can also indulge in bird watching and some other recreational activities here.
Named after John Morris Sheppard, a Texan senator, Sheppard Air Force Base was established in 1941. It is the base of the 80th Flying Training Wing (80th FTW) and 82d Training Wing. It is the nation's premier military and technical institution. The non-flying wing trains all military officers including civilians in medical, technology and field training. While the 80th FTW equips fighter pilots and has 13 nations manning this project to arm not only airmen but also marines, naval officers and soldiers.
Spread out over 60 acres, the Kiwanis Park is the perfect place to bring your kid on a playdate or an afternoon at the playground. Wildlife enthusiasts can try spotting Prairie Dogs in their natural habitat, while picnic areas and grills make for a fun day out for the family.
Located near the north shore of Lake Wichita is this beautiful park which serves as a place for several recreational activities for the locals. The park measures up to 234 acres and consists of trails for biking and hiking. There are several picnic shelters for you to enjoy a nice picnic lunch on or you can sit under the shade of one of the myriad huge trees here. There are also drinking fountains and a disc golf course here. The area of the park also comprises of baseball, softball and football fields.
Sunbathe or swim at the pristine beaches by the lake, enjoy a family picnic, go boating or riding and even waterski or play disc golf at this haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The Lake Arrowhead State Park offers a huge array of enjoyable activities for the entire family. Admission is USD3 for adults, USD1 for groups, while kids under 12 get in free.