- Our list of the best things to do in Topeka, Kansas, features the top 40 nearby activities — including 19 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Topeka, KS has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Museums & Galleries, Amusement, Outdoor Places, and Entertainment & Shows.
- The results below include the top 24 things to do within the city of Topeka, KS , followed by 16 popular activities in nearby cities, including Lawrence
Located in downtown Topeka, construction of the Kansas State Capitol Building, began in 1866. The building features ornate copper and gold accenting, intricate woodworking, murals and historic memorabilia from the 19th century.
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.
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.
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.