Explore an Amazing City

You will never run out of amazing things to do in Topeka. Our vibrant city features great restaurants, beautiful parks, museums, theaters, and lots of family-friendly attractions for any season.

Museums & Historical Sites

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Monroe Elementary School
1515 Monroe Avenue
785-354-4273

Visit one of the nation's newest national parks where you will learn about the 1954 case that brought desegregation to all schools. Free admission.

Cedar Crest, Governor's Mansion
One Cedar Crest Road
(I-70 and Fairlawn Road)
785-296-3636

This renovated French-style Governor's residence is located on a 244-acre estate with several ponds, gardens and hiking trails, overlooking the Kansas River. Call for tour information.

Combat Air Museum 

Forbes Field, Hangars 602 - 604
"J" Street
785-862-3303

Displaying aircraft from every armed conflict since planes have flown. Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday noon-4:30 p.m. There is an admission fee.

Charles Curtis House Museum
1101 SW Topeka Boulevard
785-357-1371

Visit this historic building that was home to Charles Curtis, the only Native American to serve as vice-president of the U.S. There is an admission fee.

First Presbyterian Church with Tiffany Windows
817 SW Harrison
785-233-9601

One of only 11 churches in the U.S. to have original Tiffany windows. Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. No admission fee.

Great Overland Station
701 North Kansas Avenue
785-232-5533

Museum features costumed docents, historic photographs and interactive displays that bring to life Topeka's railroad heritage.

Kansas Museum of History
6425 SW 6th
785-272-8681

A look at Kansas’ "living history" from the Native American era to present day. Open Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday 12:30-4:30 p.m. Admission fee.

Kansas State Capitol
300 West 10th
785-296-3966

Built in 1903, the capitol has many unique architectural features and one of the most elaborate Senate Chambers. Tours Monday-Friday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. Free admission.

Museum of Kansas National Guard
6700 SW Topeka Boulevard, Bldg. 301
785-862-1020

This museum is dedicated to the history of the Kansas Militia and National Guard. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Free admission.

Topeka Harley-Davidson Museum
2047 SW Topeka Boulevard
785-234-6174

See 30 rare Harley-Davidson motorcycles along with many pictures, tools and collectibles. Free admission.

Mulvane Art Museum
17th and Jewell Street
785-670-1124

View an extensive unique collection of artwork at the oldest art museum in Kansas. Call for exhibit hours. Free admission.

SouthWind Art Gallery
29th and Oakley
785-273-5994

An exciting fine art gallery representing contemporary artists with roots in Kansas and the Midwest.

Parks

Gage Park
6th & Gage Boulevard
785-368-3838

This beautiful 160-acre park is the home to Helen Hocker Theatre, Topeka Zoological Park, mini-train, historic carousel, and countless recreational facilities, including tennis, swimming at Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center, volleyball, and more. For complete details, please call 785-368-3838.

Heartland Park Topeka
7530 SW Topeka Boulevard
800-43-RACES

One of the world's fastest automobile tracks hosting several national events. Call 800-43-RACES for schedule.

Historic Ward-Meade Park
124 NW Fillmore
785-368-3888

Explore a turn-of-the-century village with log cabin, Victorian mansion, drug store and more. Grounds open 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tours are seasonal and admission fee applies.

Lake Shawnee Recreational Area
3137 SE 29th
785-267-1156

Lake Shawnee is a 411-acre man-made lake surrounded by an 1100-acre park, where outdoor recreation abounds.

Recreational Trails and Nature:

  • MacLennan State Park

  • Dornwood Nature Trail

  • Welton Grove Park

  • Landon Trail

  • Warren Nature Area

  • Shunga Nature Trail — concrete bicycle/pedestrian path

Theatres & Entertainment Centers

Kansas Expocenter
One Expocenter Drive
17th & Topeka Blvd.
785-235-1986

The Kansas Expocentre is the premier entertainment, exhibition, and convention facility in Topeka, Kansas.

Topeka Performing Arts Center
214 SE 8th
785-234-2787

The Topeka Performing Arts Center presents first-class entertainment, arts, and culture.

Topeka Civic Theatre Academy
3028 SW 8th Avenue
Box Office: 785-357-5211

You are certain to find something to entertain, educate, and inspire you at the Topeka Civic Theatre Academy — delightful comedies, engaging dramas, and awe-inspiring musicals are par for the course.

Hollywood Movie Theaters - Hollywood 14
6200 SW 6th Avenue
785-228-0444

Stadium and highback seats. Listening devices available. Accommodations available for the disabled.

Hollywood Movie Theaters - West Ridge 8
1727 SW Wanamaker Road
785-272-8580

All movies $2. Listening devices available. Accommodations available for the disabled.

Shopping

West Ridge Mall
1801 SW Wanamaker Road
785- 272-5119

The West Ridge Mall features more than 115 specialty stores, such as Dillard's, JCPenney, Macy's, Sears, and Burlington Coat Factory. Whatever you're looking for, you're sure to find it at the West Ridge Mall.

Brookwood Shopping Center
2909 SW 29th Street
785-273-3111

Here you will find 29 of Topeka's most intriguing specialty stores, one-of-a-kind shops, and favorite restaurants.

Downtown Topeka

Downtown Topeka is an increasingly vibrant district wrapped around the city's most visited tourist attraction, the Kansas State Capitol. In addition to several historical attractions, the district offers a growing list of interesting restaurants, specialty shops, and entertainment options.

Golf & Sports

Cypress Ridge Golf Course
2533 SW Urish Road
785-272-0511

Cypress Ridge Golf Course is a daily-fee municipal golf course that is conveniently located on the western edge of the City of Topeka, and is approximately 1.5 miles west of the Wanamaker corridor just south of 21st street.

Sports Center
6545 SW 10th
785-272-5522

Batting cages, miniature golf, go-kart speedway, game room, and a driving range—fun for the whole family!

In the Community

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
1515 SW 10th Avenue
785-580-4400

Your place. Stories you want, information you need, and connections you seek. Also home to the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka's oldest public art collection.

Questions?

For more information on area activities, contact us or give us a call at (785) 273-8888. We look forward to hosting you!

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