- The list below includes 33 free or cheap things to do in or near Topeka, Kansas, including 46 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Family Fun Center, Military Museums and Parks.
- From Lake Shawnee to Gage Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Topeka and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Lawrence.
The Boswell Square Park is a family friendly recreational park that features amenities including basketball courts, picnic tables, a playground, soccer fields, and gardens. The park also has multiple softball diamonds.
Old mansions and a short street composed of 19th century buildings form a large draw of Ward Meade Park. There is also a 2.5 acre botanic garden with over 500 varieties of trees and flowers as well as a fountain and water gazebo.
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Monroe Elementary School is the center-piece of the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site. Rooms within the original 1950's school are filled with historic exhibits and memorabilia detailing the end of legal segregation.
The Kansas Children's Discovery Center works to combine both exploration and fun through interactive exhibits and kid-centered learning. Families with children of all ages can participate in hands-on discovery, daily programs, and other special events during the year.
The award-winning Kansas Museum of History is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the plains states and their settlers. Must see exhibits include Civil War memorabilia, an 1868 stagecoach and a Sante Fe Railroad locomotive from 1880.
National and international art is showcased at the Mulvane Art Museum with specific exhibits that represent both Kansas and regional artists. There is also an on site Art Lab that is a hands-on education facility that features activities for all ages.
One of the few aviation museums located on an active airfield is the Combat Air Museum. It is dedicated to the creation of both resources and facilities to educate the public about the military aviation history of the United States.
The Great Overland Station is the restored 1927 Union Pacific Railroad Station. Besides it temporary exhibits, it also has permanent collections of photographs of the area, and photographs concerning the railroad system in this area. It also has a simulator.