Kansas state capital Topeka is not only a “good place to dig up potatoes,” as its name suggests, but it is also a great place to find both leisure and adventure when you want to relax and get away from all the stress. So, the next time you visit, check out these fun and educational things to do in Topeka.
1. Visit Topeka’s Top Museums
They say that the best way to truly know a place is to know how it came to be.
So, take a trip down memory lane and get right to where Topeka’s history is displayed for all to see. And fortunately, Topeka has no shortage of museums and historical monuments.
You could visit the:
Entrance fee: $16 for adults, $5 for kids 8 to 16 years old, free for kids 7 years old and below
Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm (Tuesday-Friday), 9 am to 5 pm (Saturday), 12nn to 5 pm (Sunday)
Entrance fee: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 2 to 17 years old
Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm (Tuesday-Saturday), 1 to 5 PM (Sunday), no holidays
Entrance fee: $7 for adults, $5 for kids 5 to 17 years old, free for 4 years old and below
Opening hours: 12nn to 4 pm (Monday-Sunday)
Entrance fee: $6 for adults, free for kids 12 years old and under
Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm (Wednesday to Friday), 10 am to 7 pm (Tuesday), 1 pm to 4 pm (Saturday), closed on Monday and Sunday
2. Stroll around Topeka’s Parks
To be one with nature is one of the best things to do in Topeka, Kansas. Wherever you may go within the city, the voices and breeze of nature do call out and let you feel it.
If you plan on spending the day doing recreational ventures, walking through multicolored flower farms or just sit and frolic in the green grass, head on to one of these few Topeka parks and gardens:
- Heartland Motorsports Park
Best known for sports racing events, music festivals
Entrance fee: depending on the current event held
- Ward-Meade Park Botanical Gardens
Best known for colorful flower gardens, iconic Southern-style mansion, the Old Prairie Town
Entrance fee: $20 per person
- Ted Ensley Gardens
Best known for diverse botanical species, beautiful lake, widespread picnic areas
Entrance fee: none
- Gage Park
Best known for Reinisch Rose Garden, Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, Topeka Zoo
Entrance fee: none
3. Spend a Sunny Day at Lake Shawnee
Topeka wasn’t named The Golden City for no reason! Blessed with the “golden hour” glow in the constant sunshine, Topeka is an obvious choice of venue when it comes to spending a day in the heat and sun.
Lake Shawnee is one of Topeka’s hottest tourist spots, attracting over a million visitors each year. Mainly, the manmade area is for different types of recreation.
It’s the perfect place for a family outing, a reunion, or a team-building event, or any other activity that you can do to pass the time! You’ll be surprised to know that it offers a recreational activity for each and every one of its visitors.
A few of these activities include:
- Sports tournaments
Tips for going to Lake Shawnee:
- There are over a hundred campgrounds at Lake Shawnee, each with complete resources like electricity. A day’s camping will cost $17 per person (or $20 during camping season).
- Remember to bring your sunscreen because you will be spending a whole lot-—or most of your time under the sizzling heat.
4. Taste Topeka’s coffee
One of the few most common things to do while hanging out in the city is to let time pass you by as you sit and relax in a cafe, surrounded by people, with the nostalgic scent of roasted coffee beans in the mist.
And what’s a little fun without your daily cup of energy in a few sips of coffee? You’re in luck because Topeka has a few of the best-brewed coffees around.
Get a whiff of Topeka’s best-brewed coffee in these establishments:
Coffee price range: $2.00 to $5.00
Known for: the different brewed coffees made of beans from around the world (Brazil, Ethiopia, etc.)
Must-have menu items:
- Classic Bean Espresso Coffee House & Deli
Coffee price range: $1.50 to $5.00
Known for: European-style coffee, all-day breakfast menu
Must-have menu items: the alcohol-infused espresso drinks
5. Take in the Topeka nightlife
A city wouldn’t be a state capital without its fair share of nightlife centers. Topeka boasts several bars, clubs, and corners that you and your fellows can unwind, chill, and relax in after a long day.
Aside from the cool, energetic atmosphere in these venues, the nightlife is upped by the amazing drinks and people that you can find.
Want a relaxing sip or a fun time on the dance floor? Get yourself in your party clothes and into these clubs:
- The Boobie Trap Bar
Admission fee: $5 per person, $7 for persons under 21 years old
- Uncle Bo’s Blues Bar
Admission fee: $10 per person
- The Celtic Fox
Admission fee: none
Truly, these activities don’t scratch the surface of the all-too-many ways to enjoy your time in Topeka. But at least, with these in mind, you’ll know how to wear and how to get started. Still, whatever you’ll probably choose to do when in Topeka, you’ll surely have a sunny time!
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