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HELLO! Welcome to Emporia, Kansas!

These pages are full of inspiration for your visit. Join one of our can’t-miss events, or live like a local.

Bring yourself, a friend, the whole family, or your social entourage for some organized activities or for some easy going getaway fun. Check in with the Emporia Convention and Visitors Bureau for assistance with lodging, dining, shopping, maps and guides. Check us out at 719 Commercial or PHOTO CREDIT/courtesy Emporia State University.

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We are a bike-riding, disc-throwing, flagwaving, University-loving, community. Located smack in the middle of all the major metros in Kansas, we hold our own with plenty of action, shopping, culture, entertainment, and unique dining. Whether riding the iconic Flint Hills, sampling a delicious culinary tour, strolling downtown, or just hanging, you’ll be planning your next trip back.





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DISCLAIMER: The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, a Not for Profit 501 © (6) association, and the Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau, a tax supported government entity, provides this information as a service for Emporia. We have made every effort to make sure that the information is accurate and current. However, we cannot and do not warrant that the information furnished to us is correct nor completely without errors. No part of the publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including a photocopy, recording, or any information retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and the Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau. or IM Design Group, LLC. COPYRIGHT© 2018 IM Design Group, LLC.

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While You Are Here There is always something to do in Emporia. While you are here, get the most out of your visit by seeing everything we have to offer. Here are just a few suggestions.



Morning Start the morning with a fresh brewed coffee creation at Granada Coffee Company. Stop by the Emporia Arts Center where you can browse the gallery, admire local and regional art or take home some amazing art from the gift shop, before you take a short walk to the Lyon County History Center to explore our local history.

Afternoon Stay downtown and have lunch at BobbyD’s Merchant Street Barbecue or a sandwich with fresh baked bread at Amanda’s Bakery & Café. Continue your foodie afternoon with a wine tasting at Twin Rivers Winery, but save room for handmade chocolates at the Sweet Granada. Be sure to stop by Dynamic Discs before spending the afternoon playing disc golf on one of our world famous courses. Stroll through the botanical beauty of the David Traylor Zoo, possibly the best free zoo in the country. Then explore Soden’s Grove and see the All Veterans Memorial and ride the Sertoma Miniature Train.

Afternoon Nearby is Do-B’s Phillys & PoBoys, a regional favorite voted one of Kansas Magazine Readers’ Choice Best Local Eats. Hit Gravel City Adventure & Supply Company or High Gear Cyclery to gear up before exploring the scenic Flint @chadharrelson Hills by bike. If you aren’t that adventurous, journey to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and see the splendor of the last remaining tallgrass prairie in the world.

Evening Radius Brewing Co. is a must try for any visitor to Emporia. The first brewery in Emporia since prohibition, this microbrewery serves up award-winning craft beers, while the restaurant offers artisan-style appetizers, sandwiches, brickoven pizzas, and a rotating Chef ’s menu. End the evening by having a nightcap at Mulready’s Pub, which has over 70 craft beers and 140 whiskies, scotches and bourbons from around the world. Photo Credits: GRANADA THEATRE/courtesy Duane Henrikson. FLINT HILLS SELFIE/courtesy @chadharrelson.

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Evening Don’t pass up the opportunity to dine at Casa Ramos, a unique Mexican restaurant in the heart of downtown. Then top off the evening by enjoying Emporia’s music scene at the Granada Theatre or one of our other live music venues.

Morning Attempt to finish your made from scratch breakfast at Commercial Street Diner where they serve pancakes so big they hang off the plate. Take a tour of Red Rocks State Historic Site, the home of William Allen White, and see where the famed Pulitzer Prize winning editor entertained Presidents. Honor the best teachers in the country by visiting the National Teachers Hall of Fame. See the Memorial to Fallen Educators which commemorates educators who have lost their lives while working with students.


365 Days of Fun No matter what time of year you are visiting, there is always an exciting event

happening. Here are a few of our events that you can plan your trip around. For a complete list, go to The disc golf season starts with a bang with the Monkey Island Open, a B-Tier PDGA sanctioned singles disc golf tournament at scenic Peter Pan Park. Join disc golf fans at the Glass Blown Open, the largest disc golf tournament in the world. This PDGA National Tour tournament concludes with a downtown block party. Celebrate Hispanic culture with folkloric dancers, food and live music at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Come for the food trucks and famous pin tacos, and stay for a day full of activities.

Over one hundred antique and hot rod cars, trucks and motorcycles take over downtown Emporia at Flatland Cruisers Car Show. Enjoy rock & roll music and door prizes.

Summer is a time of music in Emporia. Enjoy an evening concert in a Norman Rockwell setting, as the Emporia Municipal Band plays at Fremont Park. Don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket. Hear local artists at Live in the Lot, an outdoor music series every Friday evening in June. For family fun, bring your lunch and enjoy a different performance each Wednesday in June at the Kids’ Koncerts at the Emporia Library. Symphony in the Flint Hills offers a symphonic music experience unlike any other. Set in the scenic Flint Hills, listen to the Kansas City Symphony under the setting prairie sun.

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Flint Hills Rodeo is a Kansas tradition that takes place in Strong City. The three-day event features a parade, dances, art shows and other activities. Cheer on over 2,000 riders as they attempt the Dirty Kanza, a grueling 200-mile race through the Flint Hills. Join the finish line celebration at this epic downtown party. Welcome this year’s exceptional teachers at the National Teachers Hall of Fame Induction. Lunar Kanza is a 50-mile gravel leisure bike ride under the full moon. Experience the open range under the Milky Way.

Flint Hills Beef Fest is an annual celebration of the grass cattle industry for which the Flint Hills region is well known. Includes a ranch feed, ranch rodeo, and steak dinner. Run or ride the Flint Hills Nature Trail at Rush the Rails. This 100-mile ride or relay run starts in Osawatomie and ends in Council Grove with a festival. Emporia lives up to its name during the Great American Market. This 9-block long market event has fun for everyone. Buy collectibles, antiques, artwork, crafts and food.

No summer is complete without the fair! The Lyon County Free Fair features carnival rides, livestock shows, concerts, and grandstand events.



Every October, things get spooky with Eek Town celebrations in Emporia. The Downtown Haunted Tours allow visitors to take a self-guided, behind the scenes tour of historic downtown buildings and learn about the city’s colorful history.

The ESU Homecoming Celebration is an annual tradition that includes football, a parade and a musical production. Brave the cold on Commercial Street for the Annual Christmas Parade. Festivities include a lighting ceremony, musical performances and an appearance by Santa.

PHOTO CREDITS: LIVE IN THE LOT/courtesy Jose Medrano Jacquez. WELCOME BACK BLOCK PARTY/courtesy @emporia_arts_center. STREET PARTY/courtesy Emporia State University. TWINKIES FESTIVAL/courtesy @kat_omeara.

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Did you know all the world’s Twinkies are baked in Emporia? The Twinkies Festival celebrates the sweetest comeback in the history of ever! Events include a 5K run, eating contest, box car derby, carnival games, costume parade, EAC Art Mobile and more!

All Veterans Tribute Celebration in the founding city of Veterans Day includes too many events to count. This celebration honoring veterans starts at the end of October and culminates on Veterans day. Events include a parade, memorial service, art exhibit, and banner walk, where visitors can hear stories about those who served from their families. Freedom Fest includes a 15 or 40-mile gravel bike ride, 5K walk/ run, Spur Ride, and disc golf tournament.


DESTINATION DOWNTOWN Discover artisan shopping in the best downtown in America. Emporia’s walkable city center is a hub of dining, indie shops and boutiques, galleries

LOCAL LIBATIONS Take a tasting tour of the craft beverages served up in Emporia. Our awardwinning brewery and

winery are sure to have just the drink to enjoy while in town.

and culture.

A timely craft Reinventing, creating and maintaining timepieces is the mission of Time Travelers. Keeping a dying craft alive, their showroom features an eclectic collection of clocks both vintage and new. 501 COMMERCIAL ST. // TIMETRAVELERSCLOCKREPAIR.COM

Local artists The spirit of creativity is on display at the Don & Mary Glaser Art and Gift Shop in the Emporia Arts Center. Blown glass, paintings and photography from renowned local artists are available to own. 815 COMMERCIAL ST. // EMPORIAKSARTS.ORG

Craft beers

Artisan Wines

Emporia’s first brewery since prohibition, Radius Brewing Co. has a rotating set of craft beers on tap. Try a flight or try a pour. Voted the best brewery in Kansas by Yahoo Travel, you can see the award-winning beer being brewed right in the middle of the dining room. The kitchen serves up brick oven pizzas, unique sandwiches and a fantastic rotating chef ’s menu. Be sure to stop by on Sundays for brunch and sample one of their famous Bloody Marys.

Nestled in the heart of downtown, stop by Twin Rivers Winery and Gourmet Shoppe for a flight of handcrafted wines produced onsite. With over a dozen wines made from varietals of grapes that are grown in Kansas, the tasting room is a must see for any visit to town.




Hard Ciders Crafted locally with Kansas apples, ask for First Base Cider at area bars and restaurants, such as Radius Brewing Co., Mulready’s Pub, and Twin Rivers Winery.

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Handcrafted Emporia

There is plenty to love about Emporia’s local scene. With locally made brews and wines, chocolates and coffees, and unique artisan goods and souvenirs, living like a local has never been so good.

Sweet delicacies Don’t miss the handmade chocolates, fudges and confections at the Sweet Granada. Near the historic Granada Theatre, this specialty chocolate shop uses premium ingredients to make gourmet candies and treats daily. 803 COMMERCIAL ST. // SWEETGRANADA.COM

Farm to Table Open year-round, the Emporia Farmers Market offers the best in locally-grown produce and goods. From sun-ripened tomatoes to oven fresh cinnamon rolls, shopping local is the best way to eat local. EMPORIAFARMERSMARKET.ORG


Coffee Classics Sometimes you just have to slow down, have a nice cup of joe and enjoy the atmosphere in one of Emporia’s independently owned coffee shops. Gravel City Roasters hand roasts their own beans and crafts signature drinks like the Frank’s Crowbar.

Savory meats Fanestil Meats has been making the best tasting smokehouse meats since 1942. Fanestil Meats Fresh Local Market is the best place to find the tastiest ham and turkey. Their selection of meats, bacon, salsas, cheese and other local goods can’t be beat.

fresh baked breads Specializing in Mexican sweetbreads and sandwich rolls, Panaderia Progresso is a delight. Try sweet or savory breads, conchas, and empanadas, or just visit for the smell of their fresh baked goods.

1120 N. HIGHWAY 99

602 E. 6TH AVE .

4700 W. US-50 // FANESTILS.COM

608 COMMERCIAL ST. PHOTO CREDITS: TWIN RIVERS WINERY/courtesy @Kansacityfoodiefinds. GRAVEL CITY ROASTERS/courtesy @carlee_shay.

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Apple picking Just a few miles north of town is The Orchard. Enjoy local products like honey and apple cider. With apple picking in the fall, and their own miniature golf course, it is fun for the whole family. The apple cider slushes are a favorite.


ICONIC ROUTES The endless unpaved stretches of the Flint Hills are perfect for people who want to test their limits. The Iconic Route Series offers the perfect ride, regardless of your skill level.

Murder ordained Despite its ominous name, ‘Murder Ordained’ is a very tame, beginnerfriendly route. It is nearly pancake flat with only 249 ft. of climbing over the 13.8 miles. BEGINNER // 13.8 MILES

Kahola Krusher

Many Dirty Kanza veterans know Kahola Lake quite well, as it is featured in the final leg of many editions of the famed gravel race. This scenic route will give riders the same taste of those hills without the epic distance. INTERMEDIATE // 53.4 MILES

The Grind This route is not to be taken lightly by even the most accomplished gravel riders. Riders will be completely on their own with little to no civilization in sight for the first 100 miles before arriving in the first town to resupply. Not for the faint of heart!

Cycle City DIRTY KANZA The Race The first weekend after Memorial Day, over 2,000 cyclists from across the globe descend on Emporia for the Dirty Kanza. This grueling 200mile bike race through the beautiful and rugged Flint Hills is one of the top endurance races in the world. Just finishing the Dirty Kanza has become a badge of honor for those in the endurance cycling world. This unique race winds through the very remote and unforgiving terrains of one of the last remaining tallgrass prairies on the planet. There is a reason it is on the bucket list of cyclists from around the world. Riders can also opt for the shorter DK100 Half Pint or the DK50.

the Celebration Experience the excitement at the starting line of the Dirty Kanza, and cheer on the riders with thousands of other cycling fans that are lining Commercial Street. Later in the afternoon, join the finish line celebration as the first riders complete their trek. All of downtown becomes a street party that goes late into the night as fans enjoy live music, street food, games, and ringing cowbells to cheer on riders.



Find GPS or printable maps and more routes at

PHOTO CREDITS: DIRTY KANZA/courtesy Linda Guerrette. DIRTY KANZA FINISH LINE/courtesy Jason Ebberts. LAP THE LAKES/courtesy Christopher Nichols.

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GRAVEL GRINDING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD Emporia is the epicenter of the gravel grinding world. Every year, thousands of cyclists endure the blistering sun, steep hills and rough trails of the Flint Hills. Whether you are here to race in the epic Dirty Kanza, or to experience the solitary beauty of the landscape for yourself, Emporia has the cycling adventure for you.

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tour de Lyon County This 105-mile gravel ride/relay snakes though every town in Lyon County and proceeds go to charity. Or opt for the 20-mile fun ride.

FreedomFest A number of rides and runs take place during this November event to support veterans, including the Spur Ride, a unique 5k run and gravel grinding ride that will challenge any athlete. Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide

Lap the Lakes Lap the Lakes Gravel Grinder is a 120-mile gravel road race fundraiser for Emporia’s Camp Alexander that takes riders around three different local lakes. This fast rolling ride has a 65-mile course too.

Single track trails Emporia has more than gravel. For mountain bike lovers, Camp Alexander features 4.3 miles of singletrack trails with a wide variety of terrains. Ride the recently opened Cottonwood River Trail, with the trail head at the All Veterans Memorial, or the Campus Trails at ESU.

Bike Stations Unexpected flat or need a quick repair? Bike repair stations are located around town, including at the All Veterans Memorial, Emporia State University and the parking lot at 8th Ave. and Merchant Street.

Lunar Kanza This 50-mile gravel leisure ride takes place under the full moon. Riders get to explore the Flint Hills at sunset and under moonlight. The ride finishes with a late night block party featuring live music and food trucks.

No trip to a cycling-oriented city is complete without a stop at the local bike shop. Emporia is home to three! Eclectic Bikes is a specialty bicycle shop where you can rent or buy vintage road bikes. Gravel City Adventure & Supply Co. is your adventure headquarters. From beginners to pros, they will help you find the right bike and gear to tackle the Flint Hills. High Gear Cyclery offers big city selection and small town service. With a passion for cycling, they will help you find the bike of your dreams.


Disc Golf Heaven Emporia might not have invented disc golf, but we’ve definitely perfected it. Whether you are an expert


wanting to practice for one of Emporia’s first-rate tournaments, or a beginner wanting to spend an afternoon surrounded by our beautiful parks, Emporia

is the place to tee off and have fun.


Glass Blown Open Dynamic Discs Dynamic Discs is the world’s premier disc golf retailer for enthusiasts, beginners, experts, and professional players. They have all the discs and equipment golfers need to play. Stop by the retail store in historic downtown Emporia before hitting the course for apparel and accessories.



One of the PDGA National Tour Elite Series tournaments, the Glass Blown Open is the world’s largest disc golf tournament! Over 1,600 disc golfers from around the world will compete on local courses, and winners receive glass blown trophies. The tournament concludes with a downtown block party that includes a putting competition, food trucks, beer garden, and the Ring of Fire. APRIL 21-29, 2018

PHOTO CREDITS: GLASS BLOWN OPEN/courtesy @paigeapierce. PETER PAN PARK/courtesy Christopher Nichols.

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COURSES Emporia is home to some of the best disc

golf courses in the world, most of which were


designed by a world champion disc golfer. Our diverse courses are fun for any playing style.

Don’t have much time? Play one of Emporia’s

Peter Pan Park The holes in this beautiful park are short and technical. Peter Pan Park’s course is great for casual golfers and beginners, but with fun and unusual features, it can challenge more experienced golfers. Water is in play on up to 8 holes and hole 11 is a peninsula shot. Feel free to explore the memorials, stone structures and natural amphitheater in this historic park. Free course. FIRST HOLE IS ON S. CONGRESS ST. BETWEEN KANSAS AVE AND LOGAN AVE. // COURSE LENGTH: 6650 FT. PAR: 57

shorter, less technical 9-hole courses.


Flint Hills Technical College 3301 W. 18TH AVE.

Emporia Country Club Monkey Island Open This event is a B-Tier PDGA sanctioned singles tournament that takes place at Peter Pan Park. MARCH 24 & 25, 2018

This course has something for everyone. It is a championship-caliber course with long, open fairways and an island hole that is very challenging. The well-manicured rolling hills make for some great elevation changes. Call 620-342-0343 for tee time. There is a green fee. 18TH AVE. AND RURAL ST. // COURSE LENGTH: 9354 FT. PAR: 61

U.s Amateur Match Play Championships Singles Play

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SEPTEMBER 28-30, 2018

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parks, to challenging water holes, these courses are worth the drive.

Jones Park West

Jones Park East

This course offers a nice variety of holes, from short to long. Gently rolling hills and light woods are fun for golfers of any skill level. There is not a lot of heavy rough, but many protected pins will challenge golfers. Water is in play on 5 holes. Free course.

With long fairways, 3 water shots and many trees, this course is a great challenge. Golfers will be forced to test their skills on the technical holes. With longer holes than Jones Park West, this course allows golfers to open up on their drives. Free course.



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Swope Park, Cottonwood Falls

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communities and their

2018 PDGA Junior World Championships

JULY 10-14, 2018

3048 W. 24TH AVE.

Explore the surrounding

JUNE 22-24, 2018

This inaugural tournament is the premier international competition for junior disc golfers. Young disc golfers will get the chance to try their skills on Emporia’s famed courses.

Emporia Middle School


Reading City Park, Reading 613 FIRST ST.

Jones Park, Olpe W. SANTA FE ST.

Eagle Disc Golf, Olpe 600 RD K7


Bohemian Culture Home to nationally recognized glass blowing and engraving programs, the community’s

vibrant arts scene is woven into the fabric of Emporia.

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The visuals arts, music and theatre are all at home in Emporia. With galleries, live music, public art and seasonal street installations, Emporia’s bohemian culture will win over any art enthusiast.

First Fridays Emporia’s monthly Art Walk is held on the first Friday of every month. Visit with local artists and musicians in downtown businesses and see the bohemian side of Emporia.

CAMPUS ARTS Emporia State University is the perfect place to start your art tour of Emporia.

Public Art Walk among the massive chiseled limestone pylons at the Prairie Passage Stone Sculpture Garden. Depicting Emporia’s history, the sculptures range in height from 10 to 15 feet and weigh 5 to 9 tons each. INDUSTRIAL RD. & HWY 50

Granada Theatre The glitz of the historic Granada Theatre makes every event glamorous. This 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival theatre has been completely restored and has an atmosphere like no other place. Catch a concert such as LeAnn Rimes or the Reverend Horton Heat, or rent the facility for corporate meetings or events. 807 COMMERCIAL ST. // EMPORIAGRANADA.COM

Mural Tour Stroll through downtown and see the many murals that bring color to the city. VISITEMPORIA.COM/PLACE/ DOWNTOWN-MURAL-TOUR

Emporia State University Theatre Going strong for over a hundred years, Emporia State University Theatre has one of the oldest and strongest theatre programs in the country. Shows are year-round. 1301 MARKET ST.



ESU Galleries



Live music The streets are alive with music in Emporia. Hear local artists at Live in the Lot, an outdoor music series every Friday evening in June. Listen to the Emporia Municipal Band in a Norman Rockwell setting as they play free summer concerts in Fremont Park.

Art for everyone The Emporia Arts Center is central to the Emporia art scene. View exhibits from local and regional artists in the Trusler Gallery or shop in the Don & Mary Glaser Art and Gift Shop. The Performing Arts Series has hosted distinguished artists, such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Shanghai Acrobats, and the Dinosaur Zoo Live. 815 COMMERCIAL ST. // EMPORIAKSARTS.ORG

PHOTO CREDITS: GLASS BLOWING/courtesy Emporia State University. GRANADA THEATRE/courtesy Duane Henrikson. LIVE IN THE LOT/courtesy @dbhubba. EMPORIA ARTS CENTER/courtesy Dinosaur Zoo Live. GILSON GALLERY/courtesy Emporia State University. ESU THEATRE/courtesy Emporia State University.

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View works from students, faculty and nationally known regional artists at the Eppink & Gilson art galleries on the Emporia State campus. These free galleries are open when classes are in session.

Music Beach Music Hall was originally constructed in 1926. Performances include symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, community chorus and more.


Eek-Town! October is full of events, from the Historic Haunted Tours and Downtown Trick-or-Treating to the Oktobierfest Pub Crawl and Oktobeardfest, a charity beard and mustache event.

CELEBRATING CULTURE Emporia is a melting pot of people and cultures, and we love to celebrate them. From parades to street fairs, there is always something fun for everyone.

CInco De Mayo Celebrate Hispanic culture during this annual Cinco de Mayo Street Party in front of the Granada Theatre. Get treated to Hispanic foods, music and folkloric dancers.

Think Green Cultural events We celebrate our diversity in Emporia. Russian ballets, Celtic music, poetry slams and live painting are just a small sampling of the many events that happen throughout the city. Plan your visit around the events you want to attend by going to

Celebrate the luck of the Irish at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Explore downtown for themed events and specials.

PHOTO CREDITS: POETRY SLAM/courtesy Emporia State University. CINCO DE MAYO/courtesy Christopher Nichols. OKTOBEARDFEST/ courtesy Christopher Nichols.

Holiday Spirit Enjoy the Yuletide in downtown Emporia. Take a horse-drawn Carriage Ride tour of historic Commercial Street Thursdays in December, or ring in the season by watching the Annual Community Christmas Parade.

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25th Year of Elevating the Profession of Education Memorial to Fallen Educators Museum of Education History Gift Shop Educators Wall of Fame Located on the Emporia State University Campus, Visser Hall Room 114 For more information visit our website at or use the QR Code

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Bourbon Cowboy

On the Town When the sun goes down, the streets fill up with

late-night diversions, including scotch bars, lounges

DESTINATION DOWNTOWN You’ll find great nightlife options throughout Emporia, but when

it comes to the best excitement, downtown

you entertained well into the night.

Cowboy up

Local institution

The Bourbon Cowboy is a 6,000 square foot, two-level country dance bar featuring live music on Saturday nights, open jam sessions during the week, a free bluegrass concert series, and the friendliest bartenders and cocktail waitresses in the region.

Founded in 1992, Town Royal is an Emporia institution and is one of the town’s most beloved bars. Stop by on St. Paddy’s Day for this mainstays annual party.


is the place to be.

Craft beer and Scotch Voted best bar in the Flint Hills, Mulready’s Pub is the place for craft beer and scotch aficionados. Mulready’s knowledgeable bartenders serve up over 70 craft beers, and 140 whiskies, scotches and bourbons from around the world in an inviting atmosphere.


and live music. Emporia’s nightlife options will keep


Sip and Relax Relax and enjoy cocktails or craft beers in the Trophy Room Bar and Lounge. Enjoy the atmosphere in this laid-back, second story bar that overlooks Commercial Street. 705 COMMERCIAL ST. // 620-208-6099

Mulreadys Pub

405 COMMERCIAL ST. // 620-343-1232

Live music and dance Along with 20 different types of beer on tap, the Brickyard 20 Ale House has a great selection of bottled beers, spirits and craft cocktails. The club boasts 20,000 sq. ft. of space and an open-air courtyard, with three separate stages available for bands and other entertainment.

Brickyard 20 ale house


PHOTO CREDIT: BOURBON COWBOY/courtesy Jason Brinkman. BRICKYARD 20 ALE HOUSE/courtesy Pitts Photography.

Trophy Room Bar and Lounge

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ATHLETICS For more information about ESU Athletics, visit or call the Ticket Office at 620-341-NEST

1120 Commercial St., 11am-9pm Mon - Sat Visit us at or 23 Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide


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Family Outings

Looking to spend time with the family? Emporia is ideal for family visits. With a safe, small town feel and fun


attractions, there is lots for kids of all ages to do.

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From our parks to our zoo, from concerts to swimming, we have plenty of reasons to keep kids off their phones and enjoying family time.

A natural escape The David Traylor Zoo is one of the most beautifully landscaped zoos in Kansas and possibly the best FREE zoo in the country. Come get lost with the animals in the botanical beauty of the park. The lemurs in the newest exhibit, Mission Madagascar, will steal your heart. Take a break from the day while the kids play and explore the Preston Forest Adventure. 75 SODEN RD. // EMPORIAZOO.ORG

Family Fun Try your hand at mini-golf, go-carts and batting cages at the Emporia Family Fun Center. Open March through November. 1004 E. 12TH AVE.

Hit the Rink All Aboard Next door to the zoo, the Sertoma Miniature Train circles through Soden’s Grove Park. Hop aboard Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings or Thursday mornings from May through September.

Rollers Skating Rink provides a fun, safe and supervised environment for the whole family! Great for birthday parties or spending time with the kids. 701 GRAHAM ST. // KSROLLERS.COM


Skateboard park

Throw a strike Flint Hills Lanes offers 24 lanes of bowling with easy automatic scoring for family, friends and league bowling. 1519 W. 6TH AVE. // FLINTHILLSLANES.COM

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parks, Emporia has room to play or relax. For a peaceful walk, visit C of E Park and get a stunning view of the Tudor Gothic style architecture of the former College of Emporia. Take the kids to Peter Pan Park, which has a top-notch disc golf course, playground, pond, horseshoes, civil war monument and memorial of William Allen White. Kids can view a Santa Fe train engine and caboose or take in a concert by the Emporia Municipal Band at historic Fremont Park. Jones Park has over 70 acres to explore and is well known for its disc golf courses. Jones Park has a playground, horseshoes and ponds.

Off the leash Traveling with your pup? Visit the Buck Fund Dog Park and meet some new friends. Your pet will love to play off-leash at this fenced dog park packed with amenities such as a small dog area, doggie water fountain and picnic tables. 7405 DRYER RD.

Don’t miss Soden’s Grove Park nestled along the Cottonwood River. The east side of the park includes a baseball field, David Traylor Zoo and the Sertoma miniature train. On the west side across Commercial Street, is the All Veterans Memorial, and the trail head for the Cottonwood River Nature Trail. The rainbow arch bridge is a favorite local fishing spot.


With 18 neighborhood

Hammond Park offers tennis, basketball courts, and disc golf.


The Southwest Santa Fe Skateboard Park is a free, unsupervised park open to skateboarders and in-line skaters. This hybrid park features rails, transitions and a quarterpipe.



Camp Alexander Camp Alexander provides 90 acres of stunning outdoor adventure filled with lush woods, ponds and rolling meadows. Whether you are looking for a serene walk in the woods or want to build upon your fitness program, Camp Alexander provides nearly five miles of challenging hiking and biking trails traversing thick woods and open meadows. 1785 RD. P5 // CAMPALEXANDER.ORG

Cooling off

Looking to cool off on a hot summer day? Come take a dip at the Jones Aquatic Center. With water slides, lazy river and zerodepth entry pool, this attraction is open daily Memorial Day to mid-August. The outdoor pool and slides can be rented out for birthdays, family reunions or group events. 4202 W. 18TH AVE // EMPORIAREC.ORG

Camp Wood YMCA Give the TV a break, pack up the kids, and head to Camp Wood YMCA for the family experience of a lifetime. Their weekend family camps are designed to build strong families through shared adventures and time spent together outdoors. Whatever your camper’s interests, from horseback riding to skateboarding and from paintball to rock climbing, there is a special camp for them set in the beautiful Flint Hills. 1101 CAMP WOOD RD., ELMDALE // CAMPWOOD.ORG


Rec Center

Emporia Public Library Stop by the library and keep the kids entertained with near daily events that include story time and crafts. 110 E. 6TH AVE. // EMPORIALIBRARY.ORG

Kids’ koncerts Bring your lunch to the Library on Wednesdays in June and enjoy music and fun with the Artmobile. Fun for kids of all ages. 110 E. 6TH AVE. // EMPORIALIBRARY.ORG

Enjoy family fun with racquetball, an indoor pool, fitness room and more at the Lee Beran Recreation Center. Available for rentals. 313 W. 4TH AVE. // EMPORIAREC.ORG


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Located on the edge of the Flint Hills, Emporia has been steeped in ranching culture for over 150 years. Emporia offers visitors a countrywestern experience as unique as the city itself. From shopping and dining to real ranch experiences, fill your visit with western adventure.

Cowboy up

AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES Discover real western

Open since 1975, Jim’s Cowboy Shop will take care of all your western needs with western wear, hats, cowboy boots and leather repair.

adventures in the Flint Hills experience a different way of life.


Life on the Prairie


Farm Life Whether you need farm equipment or you’re looking for the perfect gift, check out the extensive inventory at PrairieLand Partners. Find infant and toddler toys from teething rings to power toys, bicycles, collectibles and more. Clothing, home décor collectibles, rain gauges, clocks, signage, coolers, mailboxes, wallets and checkbooks are only the start of a long list of everything John Deere. 1744 COUNTY RD. F // PRAIRIELANDPARTNERS.COM

western boutiques

A Flint Hills Experience

Shop at one of the areas many boutiques specializing in western wear. Stop by Cowgirl Glamour Boutique, 1121 Commercial St., for fun, funky, and modern styles. Find your treasure at Prairie & Pearls Western Boutique, 628 Merchant St, featuring unique vintage and western fashions and accessories. The Salty Cow Mercantile, 322 Broadway St., Cottonwood Falls, features women’s boutique fashions, turquoise jewelry, and equine products.

Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply is an Emporia tradition. You can spend hours browsing the aisles of this family-owned store that has everything you may need for your farm or home. Check out their wall of jeans with over 8,000 pairs, visit with area farmers and ranchers and enjoy complimentary coffee and tea daily and popcorn on Saturdays. 2611 W. US HWY 50 // BLUESTEMFARMANDRANCH.COM

Come experience the authentic cowboy lifestyle at the Flying W Ranch, complete with horseback riding, cattle drives, wagon rides, prairie burns, wildflower walks, star gazing, fishing and hiking in the Kansas Flint Hills. Or explore Pioneer Bluffs, a turn of the century ranch dedicated to sharing the history of the Flint Hills. Enjoy one of the many concerts or art festivals at this unique event space. PIONEERBLUFFS.ORG // FLINTHILLSFLYINGW.COM

PHOTO CREDIT: PIONEER BLUFFS/ courtesy The Emporia Gazette.

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620.342.9600 • Welcome to the sweetest place in Kansas! We’re the only gourmet chocolate shop in the Midwest with 200 handmade chocolates and the home of Pop-Choc. Stop in for perfect one-of-a-kind chocolate gifts to take home.




Sole Mates offers a selection of comfortable fashion forward shoes for women and girls. Gift certificates available. Follow us on Facebook for the latest trends.


620.342.4001 • Granada Coffee Company has been voted ‘Best Coffee’ in the Flint Hills for 13 straight years. We are located in the heart of the Granada District and nestled between the historic Granada Theatre and the Emporia Arts Center. Take time to witness the pulse of our downtown and all of its unique events through our picturesque windows.


620.343.6473 • Emporia Arts Center invites you to visit our beautiful Trusler Gallery Exhibits, come shop the Glaser Gift Store for unique gifts, and check out our amazing selection of art classes. Please visit us on our website for upcoming performances. Rental space available for meetings and events.


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Welcome to the coolest bicycle shop in town! If you want a new bike (KTM, Jamis, Trailmate & Rans); custom build, or a cool classic bike, we are located at 823 Commercial. We offer full service on all bikes and sell parts and accessories. Looking for a rare or hard to find part, we may have it – give us a call or stop by our unique bike shop.




We are the only home décor store in the 800 block of Commercial Street — large selection of candles, jewelry and new line of Goat Milk Skincare.

803-831 Commercial St. • Downtown Emporia

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Discover Yourself Voted one of the Eight

Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

Wonders of Kansas, the Flint Hills are a special, magical place. Located west of Emporia, and

extending north and south for several hundred miles, the Flint Hills are one of the last remaining tallgrass prairie ecosystems in the world.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation, the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills. The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Here the tallgrass prairie takes its last stand. The preserve offers many opportunities to make a meaningful connection to the prairie and the people who lived here. See nearly 11,000 acres of wide open spaces, beautiful vistas, seasonal wildflowers, bison and native wildlife and plenty of solitude. STRONG CITY // NPS.GOV/TAPR/INDEX.HTM


Running from Council Grove to Cassoday, this Byway offers incredible views of the native grasses and flowers of the tallgrass prairie – one of the last remaining such landscapes in America. Much of the land along the Byway looks as it did thousands of years ago when the Kaw, Osage and other native tribes lived there. TRAVELKS.COM/KSBYWAYS/FLINT-HILLS

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge This wildlife refuge lies in the broad, flat Neosho River Valley, a native tallgrass prairie region with natural scenic beauty. 18,463 acres of habitats are managed to provide food and habitat for migratory birds and resident wildlife. HARTFORD // FWS.GOV/REFUGES

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NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Enhance your visit with an excursion to one of our

Symphony in the Flint Hills Get inspired at this annual concert by the Kansas City Symphony in the majestic Flint Hills. It is an experience that you’ll never forget. SYMPHONYINTHEFLINTHILLS.ORG

neighboring communities.

Chase County Chase County boasts the largest area of unspoiled tallgrass prairie remaining in the world. Find yourself in the untouched beauty of the Chase County Flint Hills. Chase County is home to the oldest operating courthouse in Kansas. 25 MINUTES WEST OF EMPORIA

Council Grove Celebrate Ranching Flint Hills Beef Fest is an annual celebration of the grass cattle industry for which the Flint Hills region is well known. Follow up with an evening of Ranch rodeo.

The Flint Hills Nature Trail is the seventh longest rail-trail in America, and the longest trail in Kansas. Great for cycling, hiking or horseback riding, trail heads are in Admire, Allen, Bushong, and Council Grove.



Flint Hills Rodeo

Rural Kansas

Beginning in 1937, the Flint Hills Rodeo is the oldest consecutive rodeo in the state of Kansas. This PRCA sanctioned event takes place in Strong City and includes a parade and dance.

Tour the rural community on the Flint Hills Quilt Trail and see traditional stars and various quilt patterns displayed on barns, homes, sheds and buildings throughout the Flint Hills.




madison Hidden Valley of the Flint Hills. Take a scenic country drive south from Emporia on Highway 99 to Greenwood County. 26 MINUTES SOUTH OF EMPORIA

Olpe This little town is well known for the Olpe Chicken House fried chicken and the annual Downhome Festival.

Flint Hills Nature Trail

Explore the area Tour through the Flint Hills and discover unique locations with Prairie Earth Tours. Take a day trip to historic restaurants, breweries and wineries.

Experience a historic community and an authentic old trail town at the crossroads of the Sante Fe Trail and the Flint Hills Scenic Byway.


PHOTO CREDIT: TALLGRASS PRAIRIE NATIONAL PRESERVE/courtesy TallGrass Prairie national Preserve. FLINT HILLS BEEF FEST/ courtesy The Emporia Gazette.

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Expert Cancer Care. Right here, right now. Full-Time Chemotherapy & Radiation Therapy

Radiation Oncology: Jorge Wong, MD Medical Oncology: Elshami Elamin, MD

1401 W 12th Ave | 620-342-1117

Lyon County History Center

711 Commercial St • 620-340-6310 Open Tuesday through Saturday,10am – 4pm



Richard Howe House & Welsh Farmstead

315 E Logan Ave • 620-340-6310 Open by Appointment

Now open at our new location!

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Discover Our Roots

EMBRACING HISTORY Local businesses refuse to let our history be forgotten.

Old School Cool

Famed publisher William Allen White wrote in 1922, “Things start in history.” He couldn’t have been more right. The roots of Emporia are the roots of the state, and of the country.

Lyon County history Center The new Lyon County History Center is more than a museum, it is a place to discover and share your history. With a Kid's Zone and a model train, this center is fun for all ages. You will experience history and connect with stories in new and memorable ways through guest speakers and traveling exhibits. Come be inspired in this community center. Insightful conversations start here. 711 COMMERCIAL ST. // EXPLORELYONCOUNTY.ORG

Howe House & Welsh Farmstead Built in 1867 by a Welsh immigrant stone-mason, this historic limestone home is one of the oldest in Emporia, and features original architecture and furnishings. Info and tours by appointment. 315 E. LOGAN AVE. // 620‑340‑6314 // EXPLORELYONCOUNTY.ORG

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What is old is new again Looking for unique finds for your style? Explore historic Commercial Street and find re-purposed art, furniture, and antiques at some of the most unique shops and boutiques in the state. Discover unusual antiques and collectibles at one of our amazing shops – Poehler Merchantile Antiques, Mikes’ Attic and European Antiques. PHOTO CREDITS: MAUD WAGNER/ courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Emporia that finish in

As the birthplace of Maud Wagner, the first known female tattoo artist, Emporia has been on the forefront of culture since the beginning. Maud’s legacy is being kept alive at Maud’s Tattoo Company and she is being honored by having a wine named for her at Twin Rivers Winery.


SAGE OF EMPORIA Voted as one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas People, William Allen White (1868-1944) created a newspaper that brought Emporia national attention.

Red Rocks State Historic Site The home of William Allen White is known for its famous guests, including five U.S. Presidents. Furnishings and memorabilia portray the world travels and writings of White and his son, William Lindsay, both nationally prominent writers and journalists. 927 EXCHANGE ST. // 620-342-2800

Museums & Memorials

Teachers set us on a better path, and Emporia is where many get their start. Once known as “the Athens of the Plains” for its colleges and Carnegie libraries, Emporia is home to the National

William Allen White Bust & Memorial This bust of William Allen White, dedicated in 1950 by President Herbert Hoover, includes White’s moving essay “Mary White” in remembrance of his daughter who was killed in a horseback riding accident. SE OF LAKE AT S. RURAL ST. & RANDOLPH AVE.

William Lindsay White Memorial This bust of William Lindsay White (1900‑1973), author and son of William Allen White, includes selections of writings by the two men.

Teachers Hall of Fame and the poignant Memorial to Fallen Educators.

National Teachers Hall of Fame The National Teachers Hall of Fame recognizes and honors exceptional career teachers, encourages excellence in teaching and preserves the rich heritage of the teaching profession in the United States. The museum on the Emporia State University campus honors the teachers inducted and is a teacher resource center. 1701 MORSE RD, ESU VISSER HALL // NTHF.ORG

Memorial to Fallen Educators Located next to Emporia State University’s One Room School Museum, the Memorial to Fallen Educators is free to visit and open 24 hours a day. The memorial commemorates educators who have lost their lives while working with students. 12 W. 18TH AVE., ESU CAMPUS, NEXT TO ONE ROOM SCHOOL MUSEUM // NTHFMEMORIAL.ORG



PHOTO CREDITS: NATIONAL TEACHERS HALL OF FAME/courtesy Emporia State University. ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE/courtesy Emporia State University. MEMORIAL TO FALLEN EDUCATORS/courtesy Emporia State University. JOHNSTON GEOLOGY MUSEUM/ courtesy Emporia State University.

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HONORING HEROES Veterans Day Emporia is the official founding city of Veterans Day. Emporia celebrated the first Veterans Day in 1953, a year before congress made it a National Holiday in 1954. The idea came from Emporian Alvin J. King, who suggested the renaming of Armistice Day. Emporia Congressman Ed Rees and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also of Kansas, took the final steps to create this reverent holiday.

Schmidt Museum of Natural History The Schmidt Museum of Natural History contains a comprehensive collection of approximately 600 taxidermy mounts of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish from Kansas. A research collection of more than 2,500 bird and mammal skins from various parts of the U.S. is maintained for advanced study and research. 1320 MERCHANT ST.,

Peterson Planetarium Open to students and the public, discover the wonders of the universe in this domed theatre. Free shows play Thursday evenings and the second Saturday of each month. 1320 MERCHANT ST., ESU CRAM SCIENCE HALL ROOM 031 // EMPORIA.EDU/PLANETARIUM

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The All Veterans Celebration is a week-long observance honoring our service men and women. Festivities include the Veterans Day Parade, Veteran Artist Exhibit, Quilts of Valor, Essay and Poster Contest, FreedomFest and more.

Veterans Banners Emporia joined a national movement by dedicating street banners to individual veterans. See these tributes to local heroes along Commercial Street every year around Veterans Day. EMPORIAMAINSTREET.COM

All Veterans Memorial This memorial features a World War II M-4A6 Sherman army tank, Vietnam Veteran Memorial with Huey Helicopter, USS Oliver Hazard Perry anchor and Purple Heart Memorial. Open daylight to 11 pm.

Johnston Geology Museum See a western Kansas Cretaceous mosasaur, a giant ground sloth, a mastodon tusk plus other displays in the ESU Geology Museum. The museum contains geological specimens predominantly from Kansas. Included among the 45 displays are the world famous Hamilton Quarry Fossil Assemblage, the Tri-State Mining Display, petrified tree stumps and the Hawkins and the Calkins Indian Artifact Collections. 1320 MERCHANT ST., ESU CRAM SCIENCE HALL ROOM 106 // EMPORIA.EDU/~ES/MUSEUM


Civil War Veterans Monument

Mexican-American World War II Veterans Memorial



Civil War Veterans Monument

Spanish-American War Memorial




All Veterans Celebration


College Life A CULINARY EXPERIENCE Flint Hills Technical College is at the forefront of culinary teaching.

With a rich history stretching back over 150 years, Emporia State University’s traditions have been making memories for students from around the world.

Historic Campus There is so much for visitors to do on the Emporia State University campus. Stroll though the manicured green spaces or visit the university’s many art galleries or museums. Visit their website and schedule a tour.



The FHTC Fusion Food Truck is a popular food stop that can be found at Emporia community events in the fall and is managed and operated by FHTC Hospitality/Culinary Arts students. FHTC is the only college in the state of Kansas that utilizes a food truck in its culinary curriculum. When classes are in session, Hospitality/ Culinary Arts students also prepare and serve World and International Cuisine lunches on Thursdays at the main campus.

Welch Stadium Opened in 1937 and dedicated in 1960, the stadium is the host to Emporia State and Emporia High School football. It lies just north of beautiful Lake Wooster on the ESU campus and is home for generations of Emporia State football fans. EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

ESU Homecoming Celebration Homecoming is a celebration that includes annual traditions, athletic events and a host of social gatherings. Watch the Homecoming Parade on Commercial Street or attend the annual Homecoming musical at Albert Taylor Hall. Cheer on the Hornets at Welch Stadium, or grab a ticket for any Hornet football game this fall!

Wooster Lake Enjoy a picnic or a quiet afternoon on the lawn around this picturesque lake. Between the Memorial Union and Welch Stadium, this lake is at the center of many campus traditions, including the legend that if you kiss your significant other on Wooster Bridge at midnight, they will be the person you marry.

PHOTO CREDITS: ESU CAMPUS/courtesy Emporia State University. FHTC FUSION FOOD TRUCK/courtesy Flint Hills Technical College. WOOSTER LAKE/courtesy Emporia State University.

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Contact Us To Plan Your Event: • 620-341-5443 • Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide

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The Inside Dish Emporia is a culinary hot spot, and the restaurants here will satisfy any craving.

From chic food trucks to exciting ethnic cuisine to delicious comfort food, you’ll have a memorable experience when you dine in one of Emporia's unique eateries.

Do-B’s Phillys & PoBoys This local favorite draws in diners from all over the region with their fresh and delicious food that’s made fresh to order just for you. Choose from regional classics like mouthwatering Philly cheese steaks and hearty Po-Boys or stop by for a Hornet Burger or homemade dessert. Recently named Best Sandwich Shop in Kansas by Travel + Leisure Magazine, and voted one of the Top 20 restaurants in the state by Kansas Magazine, Do-B’s is an Emporia experience that you can’t miss. 704 E. 12TH AVE. // DO-B.COM

EMPORIA ICONS These iconic restaurants have been crowd favorites for years. Stop by to see what all the talk is about.

J’s Carryout Rated “Best Burgers in the state of Kansas” by AAA, this restaurant’s big tastes more than make up for its small size. Located in a 1950s-style burger joint, this little restaurant has been serving up burgers, fries and rings for decades. Don’t leave without tasting the free ice cream that comes with every order!

Commercial Street Diner This all-American diner serves up piles of hash browns, pancakes bigger than your head, and chicken fried steaks that hang off the plate. With one of the best breakfasts in the region, Commercial Street Diner is a must-stop.



Surly Mermaid Food Truck


Enjoy authentic Mexican food in this family-owned restaurant that has been serving customers since 2004. With a festive atmosphere and huge portions, you won’t leave hungry. 707 COMMERCIAL ST.

Amanda’s Bakery & Café Amanda’s Bakery & Café serves up delicious sandwiches made with freshly baked bread and desserts that are definitely worth the splurge. One of Kansas Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Best Local Eats, this local favorite has something for everybody. 702 COMMERCIAL ST.




Shangri-La Sushi & Teriyaki Sushi and kitchen entrées abound at this traditional, yet modern, Japanese restaurant. ShangriLa offers a large selection from vegetarian, to teriyaki. They feature over 50 different rolls, including thoroughly cooked rolls that provide options for sushi novices as well. 841 W. 6TH AVE. // FACEBOOK.COM/SHANGRILASUSHI

Pho BannLao House of Noodle East meets mid-west in this authentic Laotian restaurant. Try something from their diverse menu, such as Pad Thai, spring rolls, pho bowls, or curry. 409 COMMERCIAL ST. // PHOBANNLAO.COM

PHOTO CREDITS: SURLY MERMAID FOOD TRUCK/courtesy @surlyfoodtruck. SHANGRI-LA SUSHI AND TERIYAKI/courtesy Shangri-la Sushi and Teriyaki.

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Bobby D’s Merchant Street BBQ Hungry for slowly smoked ribs, brisket or pork? How about a slice of smoked prime rib or perfectly cooked Certified Premium Beef ? Voted the Emporia Gazette’s “Best of the Flint Hills Best Barbecue” for the last 13 years, BobbyD’s award-winning barbecue will surely satisfy any of these cravings and leave you saying “It’s all ’bout da meat!” 607 MERCHANT ST. // BOBBYDSBBQ.COM

Crafted with love from a 1956 Airstream, Surly Mermaid Food Truck is not just a food truck, but a bitchin’ kitchen on wheels. Diners are always on the lookout for the next appearance of this food truck and it’s famed Surly Burgers and eclectic gourmet menu.

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Desserts Amanda’s Bakery & Cafe 702 Commercial St., 620-340-0620

Sweet Granada 803 Commercial St., 620-342-9600


Family Dining, Sandwiches

Domino’s Pizza 2326 Industrial Rd., 620-341-9411


American, Family Dining

Billy Bob’s BBQ & Ice Cream 20 Commercial St., 620-342-4227

Taqueria El Marmol 23 East 6th Ave., 620-412-5250

Desserts, Fast Food

Freddy’s Frozen Custard 1400 W. 6th Ave., 620-341-9009


American, Family Dining

BobbyD’s Merchant Street BBQ 607 Merchant St., 620-342-1990

Tortas El Toro 602 E. 6th Ave., 620-341-9293

Family Dining, Pizza

Gambino’s Pizza 1003 Industrial Rd., 620-343-9114


Bar & Grill, Family Dining

Bruff’s Bar & Grill 2640 W. 18th Ave., 620-342-1223

Traci’s Shaved Ice 1608 W 6th Ave., 785-817-6158

Family Dining, Sandwiches

Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs 1004 E 12th Ave., 620-343-3100

Family Dining

Casa Ramos 707 Commercial St., 620-340-0640

TVG Restaurant 3021 W Hwy 50, 620-481-0156

Fast Food

Family Dining, Mexican

Hardee’s Family Restaurant 1126 E. 12th Ave., 620-342-6166

China Buffet 2804 W US Hwy 50, 620-343-6688

Bar & Grill, Family Dining

Wagon Wheel Bar & Grill 2909 W. 9th Ave., 620-343-2525

Family Dining

Asian Cuisine, Family Dining

Huddle House 4215 W US Hwy 50., 620-343-3099

Asian Cuisine

Asian Cuisine

China Dragon 1113 Commercial St., 620-340-0033

Ichiban Sushi & Asian Fusion Bistro 1430 Industrial Rd., 620-208-6888


Family Dining

Bar & Grill, Family Dining

Coach’s 2702 W. 15th Ave., 620-343-6362

American, Family Dining


American, Family Dining

Commercial Street Diner 614 Commercial St., 620-343-9866

Ad Astra Food & Drink 318 Cottonwood Street, Strong City 620-273-8440

IHOP 2831 W 18th Ave., 620-412-9586 Jimmy Johns 726 Commercial St., 620-342-0000

Family Dining

Family Dining

Cowboy Cafe 502 Albert St., 620-340-1000

BETO Junction Restaurant 1-35 & US Hwy 75, Emporia 620-256-6311

American, Family Dining

Kansas Bar and Grill 3010 Eaglecrest Dr., 620-343-7481

Fast Food

Family Dining, Sandwiches

Do-B’s Phillys & Poboys 704 E 12th Ave., 620-342-7294

American, Family Dining

Chicken House 8 East Hwy K-99, Olpe 620-475-3386

KFC 2613 Candlewood Dr., 620-343-9999

Family Dining, Mexican

El Lorito 2144 W. US Hwy 50, 620-342-7547


Family Dining

Little Caesar’s 1014 Commercial St., 620-343-8900


El Marmol 713 W South Ave., 620-342-7307

Grand Central Hotel & Grill 215 Broadway, Cottonwood Falls 620-273-6763

Fast Food

Long John Silvers 1928 W 6th Ave., 620-342-8303

Family Dining

Harry & Lloyds 608 Main St., Americus 620-443-5066

Fast Food

McDonald’s 1202 W. 6th Ave., 620-342-9325

Family Dining

Hays House 112 W. Main, Council Grove 620-767-5911

Fast Food

McDonald’s 2810 W 18th Ave., 620-342-9444


Family Dining

Lebo Diner 1060 Bree Dr., Lebo 620-246-5900

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt 1114 Commercial St., 620-208-5323


Papa John’s Pizza 2808 W US Hwy 50., 620-342-7272

American, Family Dining

Miracle Cafe 103 Franklin St., Reading 620-699-3009


Pizza Hut Wing Street 2920 W 18th Ave., 620-342-4655

American, Pizza

Pizza Ranch 3000 W 18th Ave., 620-343-8646


Planet Sub 2715 Candlewood Dr, Suite B, 620-343-1660

Fast Food

Sonic Drive-In 1101 W. 6th Ave., 620-342-8875

Fast Food

Spangles 2708 W 18th Ave., 620-342-2888

Coffee House

Starbucks 2916 Eaglecrest Dr., 620-340-0289


Subway 1128-D Merchant St., 620-343-2907


Subway 935 Industrial Rd., 620-343-7012


Subway 2301 Industrial Rd., 620-340-0633

Fast Food, Mexican

Taco Bell 2807 Eaglecrest Dr., 620-342-8545

Fast Food, Mexican

Taco Bell 1407 W. 6th Ave., 620-343-7990


Which Wich Superior Sandwiches 2000 Industrial Rd, Ste B, 620-342-9424

Coffee House

Granada Coffee Company 809 Commercial St., 620-342-4001

Coffee House

Gravel City Roasters 608 Commercial St., 620-343-3919

Asian Cuisine

House of Ma 1404 Industrial Rd., 620-342-3433

American, Fast Food

J’s Carryout 27 Commercial St., 620-342-5780

Family Dining, Mexican

La Hacienda 1116 W 6th Ave., 620-340-0769

Family Dining, Mexican

Las Brisas 312 W. South Ave., 620-340-8091

Bar & Grill, Family Dining

Rolling Hills Bar and Grill 622 Main St, Americus 620-443-7005

Desserts, Donuts, Mexican

Panaderia Progreso Mexican Bakery 602 E 6th Ave., 620-341-9850

American, Family Dining

Whistle Stop Cafe 117 SW Main, Melvern 785-549-3575

Asian Cuisine

Peking Express Chinese 728 E 12th Ave., 620-343-8808

Asian Cuisine

Peking Express Japanese 1128 Merchant St., 620-343-8811


Asian Cuisine

Pho BannLao House of Noodle 409 Commercial St., 620-208-6666

Bar & Grill, Family Dining

Applebee’s Bar & Grill 2901 Eaglecrest Dr., 620-343-0000

Bar & Grill, Microbrewery, Pizza, Sandwiches

Radius Brewing Company 610 Merchant St., 620-208-4677

Fast Food

Arby’s 2711 W US Hwy 50., 620-342-6322 Billy Sims Barbecue 737 W. 6th Ave., 620-341-9919


Salsa St. Mexican Grill 1122 Commercial St., 620-208-8220

American, Family Dining

Braum’s Ice Cream 1028 W 6th Ave., 620-343-2951

Asian Cuisine, Family Dining

Shanghai Restaurant 2002 W 6th Ave., 620-342-4888

Desserts, Fast Food

Braum’s Ice Cream 2120 Industrial Rd., 620-340-1080

Asian Cuisine

Shangri-La Sushi & Teriyaki 841 W. 6th Ave., 620-412-5588

Desserts, Fast Food Fast Food


Sister Sno Cones 1632 Industrial Rd.

Burger King 2725 W 18th Ave., 785-214-5705


Food Truck

Surly Mermaid Food Truck 620-220-0993

Dairy Queen 1710 W. 6th Ave., 620-342-5887


Daylight Donuts 1028 Commercial St., 620-342-6844

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Voted Best Breakfast 7 years in a row! Locally owned and operated

6am-2pm Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday 614 Commercial St. • 620-343-9866

It’s all about da’ Meat. We’ve got you fed.

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an hour and a half from both Kansas City and Wichita.


Nestled at the crossroads of I-35, the Kansas Turnpike

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America’s Best Inn & Suites 3181 W. US Hwy 50


Avasté Hotel & Conference Center 2700 W. 18th Ave.

10 Holiday Inn Express & Suites


Best Western Hospitality House 3021 W. US Hwy 50


La Quinta Inn & Suites 2930 Eaglecrest Dr.


Budget Host Inn 1830 E. US Hwy 50


Motel 6 2630 W. 18th Ave.


Candlewood Suites 2602 Candlewood Dr.


Quality Inn & Suites 2921 W. 18th Ave


Comfort Inn 2836 W. 18th Ave.

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Days Inn 3032 W. US Hwy 50


Super 8 2913 W. US Hwy 50


Econolodge 2511 W. 18th Ave


Gufler Mansion B&B 612 W. 12th Ave.


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Hampton Inn & Suites 2900 Eaglecrest Dr. 3007 W. 18th Ave.

3183 W. US Hwy 50

Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide



17 All Veterans Memorial 933 S. Commercial St.

18 David Traylor Zoo

S Commercial St. & Soden Rd.

19 Emporia Arts Center 815 Commercial St.

Lincoln St.

20 Emporia Family Fun Center 1004 E. 12th Ave.

21 Emporia Public Library


110 E. 6th Ave.

Emporia Country Club

22 Eppink & Gilson Art Galleries


Hammond Park

1301 Market St., ESU King Hall



807 Commercial St.

24 Howe House/Welsh Farmstead



C of E Park

23 Granada Theatre



15th Ave.

315 E Logan Ave.



9th Ave. Eastside Memorial Park

25 Lyon County Fair Grounds

Industrial Rd. & W. Hwy 50

Rural St.

12th Ave.

Whittier Park

Whildin St.

18th Ave.

50 4

26 Lyon County History Center 711 Commercial St.

27 Memorial to Fallen Educators 12 W. 18th Ave., ESU campus

28 National Teachers Hall of Fame

6th Ave.



Lowther Field

South Ave.

33 Peter Pan Park

33 William Allen White Bust & Memorial

Peter Pan Park, Rural St. & Randolph Ave.

34 William Lindsay White Memorial 6th Ave. & Merchant St.


18 Sodens Grove

Alexander 35 Camp 1785 Rd. P5



36 Emporia Country Club Disc Golf Rural St. & 18th Ave.

37 Emporia Municipal Golf Course

HELPFUL NUMBERS Ambulance/Fire/Police 911

Road Conditions Highway Patrol 620-431-2100 KDOT 620-342-5402 KS Turnpike 620-342-8567 Street & Road 800-585-ROAD

Car Rental

Enterprise Rent-A-Car 1528 W. 6th Ave., 620-340-0109 or 800-736-8222 Williams Automotive 3105 W. 6th Ave., 620-343-0086

Public Transportation

Lyon County Area Transportation (LCAT) MON-SAT, 620-342-4207 Jesse Solis Shuttle Service 2531 Lincoln St., 620-342-8753 or 620-340-7564 DZ Cab Line 620-366-0500

1133 S. Hwy 99

38 Jones Aquatic Center

Health Services

4202 W. 18th Ave.

39 Jones Park East Disc Golf

Newman Regional Health 1201 W 12th Ave, 620-343-6800, 24 Hr. Emergency Care - 620-341-7888 Express Care - 620-343-7828

40 Jones Park West Disc Golf

Flint Hills Community Health Center 420 W. 15th Ave., 620-342-4864

41 Lee Beran Recreation Center

TTY Users 800-766-3777

42 Peter Pan Park Disc Golf


Greyhound Bus Depot 620-340-0484, Short Stop, 2000 Industrial Rd. for tickets

Lincoln St. & Jones Dr. Prairie St. & Jones Dr. 313 W. 4th Ave.


S. Commercial St.

111 E 6th Ave.



30 Sertoma Miniature Train

32 White Auditorium

Logan Ave.


Industrial Rd. & W. Hwy 50

927 Exchange St.



29 Prairie Passage

31 W. A. White House State Historic Site

East St.

Casitas Park

Quaker Park

Exchange St.

Southwest Santa Fe Park

Urbanside Park

Fremont Park

Weaver St.

1701 Morse Rd., ESU Visser Hall

S. Congress St. & W Kansas Ave.

43 Sodens Grove Ball Field S. Commercial St.

44 Southwest Santa Fe Skateboard Park South Ave. & West St.

45 Trusler Sports Complex West of Burlingame Rd.

46 TRYSA Soccer Complex W. 18th Ave.

47 Welch Stadium ESU Campus

Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide


2700 W. 18th Ave. • 833-3-AVASTE •


in the heart of eastern Kansas

3021 W. US Hwy 50 • 620-342-7587 • 800-362-2036 •


along I-35, I-335 and US

1830 E. US Hwy 50 • 620-343-6922 • 800-BUDHOST •


2602 Candlewood Dr. • 620-343-7756 • 888-CANDLEWOOD •


2836 W. 18th Ave. • 620-342-9700 • 800-4CHOICE •


✓ ✓

3032 W. US Hwy 50 • 620-342-1787 • 800-325-2525 •


✓ ✓

2511 W. 18th Ave. • 620-343-7750 • 800-55ECONO •


✓ ✓

612 W. 12th Ave. • 620-208-9207


2900 Eaglecrest Dr. • 620-412-9040


3007 W. 18th Ave. • 620-343-1111 • 800-HOLIDAY •


✓ ✓

2930 Eaglecrest Dr. • 620-342-4445

55 ✓

2630 W. 18th Ave. • 620-343-1240 • 800-466-8356 •




Highway 50. Whether you are


the Emporia Convention and


staying for business or pleasure, Visitors Bureau will be happy

to help you book your trip. Call

800-279-3730 or look online at

If you are rolling in with your RV or need to pitch a tent,

check for



2921 W. 18th Ave. • 620-341-9393


3183 W. US Hwy 50 • 620-342-7822


✓ ✓

2913 W. US Hwy 50 • 620-342-7567 •


✓ ✓


campground options in the area.


✓ ✓

Pet Friendly






Meeting Rooms

3181 W. US Hwy 50 • 620-342-7820


Emporia is conveniently located

Swimming Pool

Total Rooms


46 Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide

Free Hot Breakfast Free Wifi Indoor Pool Fitness Center Meeting & Event Space 24-hour Business Center

Visit to book your next stay with us!

or call us at

(620) 412 - 9040

2900 Eaglecrest Dr. . Emporia . KS 66801 Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide


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Emporia Visitors Guide 2018  

Your official guide for exploring the home of the Dirty Kanza, and the best main street in America. Discover your adventure in Emporia, KS.

Emporia Visitors Guide 2018  

Your official guide for exploring the home of the Dirty Kanza, and the best main street in America. Discover your adventure in Emporia, KS.