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Welcome to this proudly quirky city

Resources for trips, meetings and conferences

Itinerary ideas for the Native university

Itinerary ideas for fans and athletes








restaurant list










Itinerary ideas for the heart of the city

Itinerary ideas for culture tours

Itinerary ideas for enjoying the Lawrence sound

Itinerary ideas for connecting to the past

Itinerary ideas for time together


university of kansas

Itinerary ideas for Jayhawk land

Itinerary ideas for all tastes

Listing of area eateries

Itinerary ideas for short trips


Selected events throughout the year (so many we can’t list them all)




city map

Complete listing of places to stay

Lawrence at a glance

Cloud, an interactive sculpture created from 6,000 incandescent light bulbs by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garret, that appeared at Lawrence’s 2016 Free State Festival. Photograph by Doug Wong.


Welcome to Lawrence. We think you will find that Lawrencians believe our city is different, a bit quirky and something unexpected—filled with a unique spirit and culture. Lawrence is a town for and full of all types. A town specifically singular, owing to the various people, attitudes and behaviors that make it up. It’s a melting pot of a town, not just because of the diversity of the people, but for the ideas that are as different as they are accepted. We appreciate the uniqueness of the people here in Lawrence. From performers, artists, sculptors and musicians to poets, authors, athletes, academicians and everything in between, Lawrence really does offer something different. We invite you to come and join the unmistakable experience.

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A street artist performs at the Lawrence Busker Festival in Downtown Lawrence. Photograph by Doug Stremel Lawrence Visitor Information Center 402 N. 2nd St. 785.856.3040 Unmistakably Lawrence P.O. Box 526 Lawrence, KS 66044 785.856.5282 Executive Director Michael Davidson Marketing & Communications Andrea Johnson Contributing Photographers Fally Afani Kevin Anderson Brian Goodman All images are property of eXplore Lawrence unless otherwise noted.

Creative Services provided by Graphic Designer Jenni Leiste Project Manager Nathan Pettengill Ad Designer Shelly Bryant Jenni Leiste Contributing Writer Fally Afani Printing Allen Press General Manager Katy Ibsen Production Team Leader Shelly Bryant Director of Special Projects Bert Hull


Fine Arts Unique • Affordable • Functional FEATURING THE ORIGINAL HANDMADE WORKS OF OVER 300 LOCAL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL ARTISANS. • Pottery • Blown Glass • Jewelry • Woodwork • Textiles and much more

Visit us in beautiful downtown Lawrence, Kansas! 825 MASSACHUSETTS STREET LAWRENCE KS - 785.843.0080


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Japanese Restaurant

Since opening in 2002, Wa Restaurant has become one of Lawrence’s most popular restaurants. Owner/head chef, James Koh, blends traditional Japanese ingredients with fresh fish, producing classic sushi and contemporary innovations like “Sushi Pizza” and the flame-cooked “Kansas Roll.” Wa’s teriyaki, tempuras and Korean dishes appeal to any appetite.

If this is your first time in Lawrence, be sure to stop by the Lawrence Visitor Information Center, the public guest parlor for Explore Lawrence. Located in the city’s historic Union Pacific train depot, where dozens of freight trains continue to roll by each day, the center is staffed by friendly volunteers available to provide driving directions, event updates, dining recommendations, or other assistance to improve your visit.

Information available at the Visitor Center includes:

740 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence 785.843.1990 Join us on Facebook @ WaSushiLawrence

• Free 25-minute docudrama film about Lawrence’s proud freestate history • Self-guided tour brochures on Quantrill’s Raid, Old West Lawrence, Historic Cemeteries, Historic Trails, Old East Lawrence and Public Art • John Brown of Kansas historic tour brochure • Local biking and hiking trail map • Downtown Lawrence Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit information • University of Kansas information • Information on other Kansas sites and attractions.

Lawrence Visitor Information Center

402 N. Second St. (Across the Kansas River Bridge from downtown Lawrence) (785) 856-3040


9 a.m.-5p.m., Monday-Saturday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday



Planning Ahead

Meetings Made Memorable

For the most complete information on things to see and do in Lawrence, go online at Find what events will happen during your stay, search for the hotel room that best fits your needs based on price and availability, and review a complete list of local restaurants, attractions and recreational opportunities.

Whether you are planning a board meeting, annual conference, wedding or family reunion, let our team of professionals help you make your next big event a success. With the following amenities and possibilities, you can create an experience that is Unmistakably Lawrence.

#UnmistakablyLawrence Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up-todate information on Lawrence.

Tour with Us … This book highlights a small sample of the businesses, events and attractions that make our city Unmistakably Lawrence. Everyone has favorite spots—and we’ve asked Fally Afani and her daughter, Layla, to share theirs. Fally is a filmmaker and music journalist with long roots in Lawrence—we’re eager to see what she (with a bit of advice from Layla) selects as must-see destinations in the city.

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• Meeting spaces from professional and elegant to artsy and whimsical • Accommodations ranging from hotel convention center to bed-and-breakfast cozy • Easy access to Kansas City International Airport, less than one hour by car • A vibrant, accessible downtown for after-hours entertainment • Great golf courses and natural venues to unwind after meetings • Public sporting facilities and recreation venues, including beaches and marinas • Diverse, tolerant, affirming, accommodating and welcoming community • University city with strong base of educated workforce • Midwest niceness and hospitality in abundance To find out more, contact Ryan Ficken at (785) 856-5285.


DOWNTOWN local | market | strolls | gourmet | boutique Downtown Lawrence has been the heart of the city since its founding in 1854. It is a rare slice of Main Street, America, that continues to thrive as a residential, commercial and entertainment region.


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Lawrence Public Library With award-winning architecture, the city’s new library is a community destination. Pop in to see the local art, enjoy the surrounding gardens or to catch a community lecture or concert.

Shopping Downtown Lawrence is full of unique, locally owned boutiques with a rich history. From a hand-crafted lettering store to an uber-nerdy cool science shop, there are many favorites to discover. (see Downtown map on page 44)

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1. Busker in Downtown Lawrence 2. The Lawrence Public Library 3. The Toy Store in Downtown Lawrence 4. Massachusetts Street 5. Adorned Boutique in Downtown Lawrence | Photography: Kevin Anderson (2), Fally Afani and Jason Dailey (2)

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One of Lawrence’s longest-running businesses, this independent bookstore loves to host local authors as well as the occasional musical performance. The children’s section is a particularly fun place to be— be sure to find the resident cats!

636 Massachusetts St.

Green Spaces Public parks have been a priority in Lawrence since its founding. While downtown, you can enjoy the rose gardens of South Park, the peace of the Japanese Friendship Garden and the fun play features of Watson Park, which locals often call “the Train Park”—you’ll see why.

acts such as George Clinton, Public Enemy, Tig Notaro, Barry Crimmins, Johnny Winter and more.

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Downtown Farm

Downtown Lawrence is best experienced with a slow stroll. To help you enjoy that, the city has created several free parking lots (including two covered garages) around the downtown section, primarily on New Hampshire and Vermont streets.

Urban meets country every week from April to October at the Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market, the oldest (and we’d say “best”) continually running farmers’ market in the state. This is a growers’-only market with value placed on real, authentic goods.



1. Alchemy Coffee and Bake House 2. Free State Brewing Co. 3. Lawrence Busker Festival 4. Massachusetts Street 5. Lawrence Farmers’ Market | Photography: Brian Goodman, Unmistakably Lawrence (2), Doug Stremel and Jason Dailey


Sterling Silver, Estate, & Custom KU Jewelry Brighton, Hobo, Accessories, Home and Gifts. The store with it all!

Antiques & Collectables Upstairs at 928.

928 Massachusetts Lawrence, Kansas 66044 (785) 843-0611

Kizer Cummings Creative Team Let us help you design a custom piece! 833 Massachusetts

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Exploring the art of jewelry and textiles 5 E 7th St. Lawrence, KS



arts collaborative | creative | cutting-edge inspiring | participatory The arts have been essential to this town since some of the first settlers arrived packing brass instruments to form a community band. From visual to experimental, Lawrence continues to back the arts because this town knows that what’s good for the arts is good for the community. Come enjoy this rich connection to a flourishing arts environment. Final Fridays More than 35 venues open monthly for an art tour through Downtown Lawrence and the Arts District in East Lawrence. Enjoy free music, food and conversation with the artists as you scope out handmade jewelry, paintings, prints and other creative works available for purchase.

Theatre Lawrence Theatre Lawrence has been staging favorites and innovative scripts since the ’70s and now plays in a new, state-of-theart venue in West Lawrence. Order your tickets well in advance because this stage is a hometown favorite. 4660 Bauer Farm Drive

Photography: Fally Afani, Unmistakably Lawrence and Theatre Lawrence

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Arts Lawrence Creates Makerspace


This center for innovation boosts the power of artists, designers, inventors, engineers, architects, makers and creative thinkers. Stop by on Tuesday evenings for Maker Meetups and a tour of this space.




512 E. 9 St.


Phoenix Gallery


Free State Festival

After a lengthy $5 million dollar renovation, the Spencer Museum of Art reopens its display of classic and modern works in fall 2016.

Dive into a summer festival jam-packed with live music, local eats, independent film showings, interactive digital art and mind-expanding lectures. Past guests include Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane, comedians Barry Crimmins and Tig Notaro, as well as musicians George Clinton and Public Enemy.

1301 Mississippi St.



Phoenix Gallery features more than 200 artists’ works to choose from in one location. Predominantly from the area or region, these handmade goods are unique and beautiful. 825 Massachusetts St.

Van Go While traipsing through town, see how many vibrant, multicolored benches you can spot throughout the community. These painted masterpieces are creations from the young painters of Van Go—a social service agency for Lawrence youth. 715 New Jersey St.

Wonder Fair

Lawrence Arts Center The Arts Center is art central for performances, exhibitions, film, music and lectures. While championing local artists, the center also brings in top national talent for residencies and interactions with the public.

This hip art gallery, shop and screen-printing studio features innovative works by rising talent. Make sure to check out the rotating feature exhibit in the back room. 841 Massachusetts St.

1. Roger Shimomura, Kansas Samurai, 2004, color lithograph, Lawrence Lithography Workshop Archive, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas 2. Phoenix Gallery 3. Van Go entrance 4. Wonder Fair 5. Lawrence Creates Makerspace 6. Lawrence Arts Center 7. Public Enemy promotional poster courtesy Public Enemy | Photography: Jason Dailey (2), Van Go, Mark and Tree Mangan and Fally Afani


The Tour Lawrence Arts Center

940 New Hampshire St. Nothing is more pleasing to someone looking for a little eye candy than the Lawrence Arts Center. The venue hosts its own gallery and is usually brimming with activity, offering a wide variety of activities to visitors and locals.

KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum,

recently ranked the #1 public university natural history museum. See the extraordinary Panorama, which dates to the 1893 World’s Fair, plus fossils, Bug Town, the horse Comanche, the KU T. rex, live snakes and bees – and more than 300 other exhibits about the biodiversity of the planet.

1345 Jayhawk Blvd. |

music global | resonant | roots | fresh goes with that shake This is the place where Nirvana played in a small, standing-room only shack. This is the place where Janelle Monae packed in her hometown crowd. George Clinton has funked up our streets in a huge, outdoor public concert. Up-and-coming local bands like Taryn Blake Miller’s “Your Friend”? Check. Concerts by global classic sensations such as Yo Yo Ma or Joshua Bell. We got it. A gathering of the world’s best young pianists with free concerts? It’s here. Now doesn’t that sound good?

George Clinton performs at the Free State Festival | Photograph courtesy Lawrence Arts Center

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The Tour Love Garden

822 Massachusetts St. Love Garden has become a second home to many music lovers in Kansas who arrive to dig through the record bins and find that perfect vinyl. But oftentimes folks stop by just to chat about bands and hang out with the store’s friendly felines.

Sunday Matinee Shows at Replay The Replay Lounge opens its large patio for evening shows, from folk to psychedelic. Wander inside to find pinball and punk rock graffiti décor. 946 Massachusetts St.

Mardi Gras

Kansas State Fiddle and Picking Championships This August contest brings free outdoor concerts of the state’s finest roots and acoustic musicians. 4

Frank’s North Star Tavern

Gaslight Gardens

A mature crowd frequents this north Lawrence dive bar that often hosts concerts and off-beat events such as indoor roller races. 508 Locust St.

Head inside this tiny hut for the beer; go back outside for the party. On a pretty regular basis, the Gaslight hosts evening patio shows with bluegrass, jazz, and even punk bands taking the outdoor stage. Located in North Lawrence, it’s an alternative to the main bar scene downtown and the perfect warm summer night hangout. 317 N. 2 St.

Lied Center of Kansas The Lied Center is the University of Kansas’ performance arts venue, bringing in renowned artists from all over the world and showcasing some of KU’s top talents. 1600 Stewart Dr.


Every year, Katie and Mike West of Truckstop Honeymoon lead crowds of roaming musicians in a Mardi-Gras parade down Massachusetts Street, wandering in-and-out of coffee shops and bars, with their numbers growing and the music always playing.

1. Replay Lounge patio 2. AXIS Dance Company 3. Mardi Gras Parade on Massachusetts Street 4. The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band performs in Downtown Lawrence 5. Split Lip Rayfield performs at Free State Festival 6. A resident cat at Love Garden Sounds | Photography: Fally Afani (3), AXIS Dance Company/Lied Center, Lawrence Arts Center and Kevin Anderson


Music Love Garden Sounds Collectors have a field day at this proudly vinyl venue that features LPs, but also includes CDs and cassette tape recordings. The staff is always playing favorites and able to offer suggestions. Keep an eye out for in-store live shows. 822 Massachusetts St.

International Institute for Young Musicians

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Both a summer music academy and a competition, this event attracts top piano students from across the globe who have gone on to win or place in major international events such as the Van Cliburn Competition. Most performances free.


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Eighth Street Taproom You could overlook it, but locals beat a trail to this musical favorite. Upstairs, it’s a normal, beloved pub. But the downstairs section’s low-ceilinged, redlit basement is a heralded underground music scene.

The Granada The biggest downtown music venue in town with exceptional acoustics, The Granada brings in the big names of today, as well as teen-year favorites. 1020 Massachusetts St.

801 New Hampshire St. British Foods • Teas • Gifts • DVDs

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freedom | equality | the good fight heritage | preservation Lawrence was founded in the 1850s as the state’s center of resistance to the expansion of slavery. And it paid the price. Targeted, pillaged and burned to the ground during the Civil War, the community rebuilt with a commitment to education, civility and the future. It’s quite a legacy to live up to … but we try. Add some fiery history to your visit by sampling Lawrence’s past.

Watkins Museum of History Built in 1888 as a bank that would last through the ages, Watkins displays the region’s heritage while hosting brainy, quirky events for new generations. Free. 1047 Massachusetts St.


Historic Stays Once the Kansas headquarters for the fight against slavery, The Eldridge is now a historic downtown hotel.The Halcyon House is a cozy bed and breakfast in the city’s historic Oread Neighborhood. If you want living history (and a pool for the kids), stay at the newly renovated Double Tree by Hilton, President Barack Obama’s sleepover choice when he visited the city in 2015. The Eldridge (701 Massachusetts St.) The Halcyon House (1000 Ohio St.) Double Tree by Hilton (200 McDonald Dr.)

1. Dole Institute of Politics 2. Watkins Museum of History 3. The Eldridge 4. Kaw River


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The Kaw River Flowing through Lawrence, The Kaw River (or “Kansas River”) is a National Water Trail. For Lawrence, it has been a provider of giant catfish and hydro power. Now, you can enjoy walks on park trails on both sides of the river. Keep an eye out for the University of Kansas crew teams on the west side of the historic Bowersock Dam.

Langston’s Church

Burroughs Creek Trail

If you are in town for a Sunday morning, consider a visit to St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architecture and its role as the boyhood church home of Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes.

Lawrence honors William S. Burroughs, the revolutionary beat writer who called this city home for the last part of his life, with this trail and park that runs through East Lawrence. The north section ends at Hobbs Park, a great place for a picnic or to read Naked Lunch.

St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church (900 New York St.)

Liberty Hall The city’s historic fine-arts movie theater has roots going back to an 1882 opera house that hosted touring performers, including Wizard of Oz author (and former melodrama playwright and actor) L. Frank Baum. 644 Massachusetts

The Tour Courthouse Rotunda 111 E. 11 St.


The Douglas County Courthouse features a stunning rotunda thanks to its vibrant stained glass. If you look closely, you can spot the bright yellow sunflowers, the official state flower of Kansas.


historic drinks Johnny’s Tavern in North Lawrence traces back to a grocery store in the 1910s that continued as an underground bar during Prohibition. Also try the John Brown Underground—an intentionally lowprofile bar designed as a secret-hideaway speakeasy and homage to the abolitionist who rallied forces to protect this city from pro-slavery raiders. Johnny’s Tavern (401 N. 2 St.) John Brown Underground (7 E. 7 St.) 5. Burroughs Creek Trail 6. Liberty Hall 7. John Brown Underground | Photography: University of Kansas, Jason Dailey (3), Olivia Collection and Bill Stephens

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adventures | memories | nature | parades | treats Safe streets, welcoming venues, clean conditions, exciting events—all of these make for ideal family visits. But Lawrence businesses and public venues know that kiddos are more than freeloading fellow-travelers; heck, they’ll soon be the ones writing up our reviews online and telling us whether or not the city still has what it takes. So bring it on, Generation YOLO and kids of all ages. We’ve got the family covered.


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The Tour Dog Parks The Toy Store This wonder house of quality toys and books is what would happen if Santa left you the keys to the workshop. A muststop for any family with young ones. 936 Massachusetts St.

Cool down with a giant waffle cone filled to the brim with homemade ice cream at this Lawrence institution. Good luck choosing a flavor from among the 64 creations. 1014 Massachusetts St.

Lazy Pool Days Lawrence features three public pools: the Outdoor Aquatic Center with slides, high-dives and more; South Park’s zerodepth pool exclusively for parents and the youngest of splashers; and the Indoor Aquatic Center with lanes, slides, pool basketball, toddler section and more.


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Marriott Towneplace Extended stay rooms, an indoor pool and the convenient downtown location mean the whole family is relaxed and entertained with no backseat squabbles (at least while you’re in town). 900 New Hampshire St.

In town with your canine family member? Be sure to visit one of the city’s sprawling offleash dog parks. The dog will find new friends and run off excess energy. Good for all.

Pizza Prairie Park Nature Center You do know Gyrfalcon, right? If not, it’s time to meet this black-footed ferret and other animals at this free educational center surrounded by hiking trails, a public fishing lake, woods and prairie. Plan ahead for your visit and enroll the kids in a schoolbreak nature camp. 2730 Harper St.

Gourmet palates will appreciate Limestone. Kids love Rudy’s, the underground pizza parlor (with an indoor koi pond) or Papa Keno’s, where you can take your slice to the neighboring Japanese Friendship Garden. Oishii! Limestone (814 Massachusetts St.) Rudy’s (704 Massachusetts St.) Papa Keno’s (1035 Massachusetts St.)

Au Marche and Brits

929-931 Massachusetts St.

For anyone dreaming of a trip across the pond, there’s Au Marché and Brits, with fun treats for all ages. The markets have become a staple in Lawrence and the region, offering a wide variety of European sweets, cheeses, and groceries. 5



1. Children’s concert parade at South Park 2. The Toy Store on Massachusetts Street 3. Sylas and Maddy’s 4. Gyrfalcon the black-footed ferret 5. South Park Wading Pool 6. Japanese Friendship Garden 7. Limestone Pizza | Photography: Fally Afani, Jason Dailey (2), Sunflower Publishing (2), Andrea Woody/City of Lawrence and Bill Stephens

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University of Kansas a ccl ai me d | g l o b a l | roc k c halk | tim e-honored | visionary Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading cities for advanced degrees per capita (meaning we can be fairly smart—when we wish—without taking ourselves too seriously). This is because the state’s flagship university has been intertwined with the growth and development of the city since the 1860s. Townie? Gownie? We’re all connected, with strong coordination between the university and municipality. Campus events are most always open to the public, residents and visitors alike. Put some Jayhawk into your visit.


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Allen Fieldhouse, home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams, is recognized as one of the nation’s most exciting college game venues. In 2016, the adjacent DeBruce Center opened as a museum of basketball history and home to James Naismith’s document outlining the original rules of “basket ball.” The on-site Booth Hall of Athletics museum is also full of Jayhawk sporting history.

The Student Union’s upscale Impromptu Café serves global gourmet food with local sourcing and savvy cooking that attracts a crowd of professors and professionals.




Get your official Jayhawk sporting gear at the KU Store in Allen Fieldhouse, or at the KU Bookstore in the Student Union building. 5




There’s a cultural event every week with KU Theatre, the Lied Center, KU School of Music, The Hall Center of Humanities and other organizations hosting guests. Recent appearances open to the public included author Margaret Atwood, Black Lives Matter founder Opal Tometi and country musician Lyle Lovett.

Early settlers were so impressed by the high land where the university sits that they called it “Mount Oread.” And though it is a steep rise, recent generations usually refer to the region as “The Hill.” Travel up the campus’ east-side approach from 13th or 14th streets to see how you rate the climb.

Historically, KU’s mascot is tied to the region’s Civil War history and fight against slavery, but now it has evolved into a smiley, big-beaked, bright-plumaged mythical bird whom you are likely to see all around campus. 6

TRANSPORT The KU campus and Downtown Lawrence are only a 15-20 minute walk or a 10-minute bike ride apart. You can also park your car at the campus garage (for a fee) or take the combined city/university transport bus into or out of the university campus.

Campanile Jayhawks take great pride in their landmarks, and that is especially true for the Campanile. The majestic World War II memorial is visible from almost anywhere on campus, and its carillon bells help the University keep time with regular, live performances.

1. University of Kansas main campus 2. Allen Fieldhouse 3. Dyche Hall 4. Baby Jay, one of two official KU Jayhawk mascots 5. View of KU campus from The Oread 6. Buses and KU main campus | Photography: University of Kansas/Marketing Communications (5) and Olivia Collection

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haskell heritage | inter-tribal | future native pride | scholarship Begun as an institution to separate Native children from their families and root out their culture, Haskell Indian Nations University has emerged in the past decades as a one of the nation’s leading centers of inter-tribal culture and Native heritage. Native-taught, Native-led and Native-proud— Haskell is open to all visitors.

Located right in the middle of Lawrence, Haskell University’s campus has an appealing layout. That includes the grand archway welcoming visitors to the school’s football stadium, just a short walk from the Cultural Center and Museum.

1. Apache Hoop and Pole Player statue on Haskell Indian Nations University campus


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Haskell Cultural Center and Museum

Haskell Commencement Powwow

If you have time for only one stop at Haskell, make it here. The small but powerful exhibition space packs in a concise history of Haskell and the Native heritage behind it, told through displays of authentic regalia and artifacts. Free guided tours are offered with advance scheduling.

Dancers of all ages and nations gather at Haskell’s Coffin Stadium each May to honor the graduating class. The public is encouraged to attend the celebration and enjoy the drum circles and dances.

Your unique event Space in Downtown Lawrence


Haskell Campus The main quad of the Haskell campus offers a nice stroll through an open green space surrounded by historic limestone structures. You can schedule a guided walking tour in advance or print off a tour guide brochure from the university website. 4

Originally Constructed as a Barbed Wire Factory

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Haskell-Baker Wetlands Designated by the National Park Service as a National Natural Landmark, this area south of the Haskell campus has been a crucial refuge for migrating birds and wildlife. It now hosts the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, open to visitors.

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Haskell Indian Art Market One of the nation’s largest open-air markets for authentic, Nativeorigin art and jewelry, the Haskell market draws artisans from across the nation and is open to the public. The fall weekend of art includes free performances by Native dancers. 2. Commencement Powwow 3. Haskell Cultural Center and Museum interior 4. Haskell Indian Art Market vendor | Photography: Unmistakably Lawrence and Mark/Tree Mangan (3)

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Tour of Lawrence Pro cyclists descend upon Lawrence for three days of racing as part of the annual Tour of Lawrence. See professionals and amateurs conquer street sprints, campus hills and a downtown criterium. The event is free for spectators and offers a variety of activities the entire weekend.


sports fanatics | jayhawks | legends onward | records Yes, we know. Lawrence can be a tad fanatical about our sports teams. But can you blame us? Our high school squads have a long tradition of state championships. Haskell Indian Nations University has given the world Olympians Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills. And … you did know this was Jayhawk nation, right? The University of Kansas Jayhawks are perennial top contenders in the men’s NCAA national basketball tournament, and its track & field team has gold medal in its blood. With recreation trails, courts and parks across the town, there is always a chance to join in a game.

Clinton Lake Fishing, beach swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, sailboating or leisurely motoring across the waters can be done at Clinton Lake. No boat? Rentals are available at the Clinton Marina.

Kaw Valley Kickball League Lawrence might be known for basketball, but recently the biggest, baddest participatory sport has been the grudge matches of the Kaw Valley Kickball League, where ’70s-style uniforms and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer are part of the game day fun.


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The Tour Sunflower Outdoor & Bike

804 Massachusetts St.

Tee Time

Naismith Grave

Find your own home on the range at the city’s two golf courses open to visitors: Alvamar Country Club’s public Championship Course, and the City of Lawrence’s Eagle Bend Golf Course.

Most KU basketball lore can be found on the university campus, but the grave of basketball inventor and KU coach James Naismith lies in the public Memorial Park Cemetery in East Lawrence. Pay your respects to a legend.

March Mustard Madness

Playing off the popular NCAA basketball tournament event, Free State Brewing Co. offers lunch and dinner specials paired with over 65 special mustards. We’re still not sure why, but it’s deliciously quirky fun.

Kansas Relays For 90 years, university track & field athletes have gathered at Rock Chalk Park for the annual Kansas Relays—now nearly nine decades old. The annual event takes place in April.

Mountain Biking Yes, really. With two state parks in the region and an extensive levee trail along the Kansas River, multiple mountain biking trails keep local riders cruising single-tracks. The Lawrence Mountain Bike Club offers a variety of events and weekly rides. 5

For those who can’t wait to get out of the house and on the road less traveled, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike is a local hot spot. Bikers, hikers, and campers can easily camp out here the entire day enjoying the store’s plethora of gear and the outdoorknowledge of its workers.


Red Lyon Tavern If your game is football (as in what the world calls “football”), then this bar is the place to be for Premier League showdowns, World Cup excitement or KC Sporting matches. 944 Massachusetts St.

THE ORIGINAL 401 N 2nd ST (just ’cross the bridge) 785-842-0377

1. Booth Family Hall of Athletics 2. Tour of Lawrence racers 3. Clinton Lake 4. Alvamar Golf Course 5. Mountain bike riders on Lawrence River Trail | Photography: University of Kansas, Unmistakably Lawrence (3) and Sunflower Publishing

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JOHNNY’S WEST 721 W 6th ST (SW corner of 6th & Wakarusa) 785-843-0704

8 Kansas City locations

FOOD savory | innovative | farm-to-table | authentic | generous Come sit in kitchens where chefs know the farmers who supply them and delight in offering the best possible local combinations with a global palate in mind. We know a good visit starts with good meals, and Lawrence has a range of unmistakable restaurants to please every taste.


Food Basil Leaf Café


This Italian restaurant first opened as a gas station kitchen, but the chef ’s specialties such as tortellini cordon bleu created a loyal following that led to larger spaces. 616 W. 9 St.

Little Saigon

Free State Brewing Co. Beer lovers: this is where you live. Free State Brewing Co. is arguably the most iconic foodie spot in Lawrence. Try the cheddar ale soup or their signature black bean quesadillas, but whatever you do, don’t forget their award-winning beer. 636 Massachusetts St.

Balkan Express A window to Mostar, literally—this tiny kitchen is the kiosk of late-night gyro goodness when you’re rocking or dancing away the night on Mass. Street.

Students and locals crowd into this spot during the lunch hour for authentic pho, a Vietnamese broth with meat, noodles and vegetables. Slurp and savor.


1524 W. 23 St.

Wheatfields Bakery Café Thai Siam


A family-run, tightspaced diner that serves large portions of authentic Thai. Don’t miss the green curry or the very popular pad Thai. 601 Kasold Dr.

This donut shop is a decades-old local favorite that powers Lawrence on it’s signature cream cheese donuts. 925 Iowa St.

715 A downtown favorite whose sleek European-style bistro serves up well-crafted cocktails and inspired dishes such as pistachio hummus, kale and barley soup and hand-made duck ravioli. 715 Massachusetts St.

A Lawrence institution. Admire the heritagewheat breads baked in the customized wood-fired Spanish oven. Covet the tarts and truffles. Then stay for the main menu, with specials, such as tasso ham steak with mashed parsnips, and standards, such as the vegetarian reuben on sourdough rye. 904 Vermont St.

The Tour Ladybird Diner

721 Massachusetts St. Lawrence has fallen head over heels in love with this retro diner famous for its burgers, shakes, and fries. Ladybird also offers an alwayschanging homemade pie and donut menu. Come for the savory food, stay for the hometown atmosphere.

1016 Massachusetts St. 4


Food Trucks Several Lawrence-based food trucks offer their fare, including the gourmet-vegan samplings of The Purple Carrot and the sophisticated crepes of Fine Thyme Food. Want even more? Look for music and 20 food trucks each May at the food truck festival in the Warehouse Arts District.

1. Genovese 2. Free State Brewing Co. 3. Thai Siam 4. 715 5. Lawrence Food Truck Festival | Photography by Kevin Anderson, Unmistakably Lawrence (2), Sunflower Publishing and Lawrence Journal-World.

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Limestone Pizza

Leeway Franks

Not your usual pizza parlor, Limestone offers gourmet sides (calmari with garlic aioli and fra diavolo) and a line of what they call “Neo-Prairie” pizza pies topped in kale, gruyere, local ham, shiitakes and more.

Hand-crafted sausages, patty-melts and tots and more from a familytaught butcher and dedicated hot-dog squad. Check out the breakfast and kids’ menus as well.

814 Massachusetts St.

Genovese The food is rustic Italian and the atmosphere is posh European. Wine from their fabulous list tastes even better from the outdoor balcony seating.

935 Iowa St.

Ramen Bowls Banish all images of college-era ramen, this is gourmet broth and toppings made to order. Feeling bold? Try the ghost-pepper ramen.

941 Massachusetts St.

Tortas Jalisco One restaurant on a mission to convince you that Mexican doesn’t have to mean taco or burrito. Not that they don’t have those, but here are some of the best, most authentic sandwich dishes from the Jalisco region. Ask for their house sauce. 534 Frontier Rd.



125 E. 10 St.

Aladdin Cafe

The Burger Stand

This family-owned restaurant serves authentic halal dishes based on home recipes and sampling of global cuisine. The Sunday lunch buffet was a local favorite that expanded into a daily feast. Oh … and there’s a hookah lounge.

A Lawrence original known for gourmet burgers such as “Smoke” (Applewood smoked bacon, gouda cheese and chipotle-cocoa ketchup) and fries (truffle, sweet potato, duck fat fried, poutine, smoked tofu and more). 803 Massachusetts St.

Global Café True to its name, this family-owned restaurant mixes home-cooking (try the Kansas Grilled Vegetable sandwich) with dishes that know no borders (if they offer anything with green chile—from a rice bowl to the cheeseburger—say “Si!”). 820 Massachusetts St.


1021 Massachusetts St.

1. Leeway Franks 2. Ramen Bowls 3. Outside dining at Downton Lawrence 4. Limestone Pizza 5. Genovese | Photography by Kevin Anderson (2), Sunflower Publishing and Unmistakably Lawrence (2)


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American 23rd Street Brewery 3512 Clinton Pkwy. (785) 856-2337 Boulevard Grill 200 McDonald Dr (785) 841-7077

Jefferson’s Restaurant 740 Massachusetts St. (785) 832-2000 Juice Stop 812 Massachusetts (785) 331-0820

Burger Fi 918 Massachusetts (785) 856-0824 Burger Stand at the Casbah 803 Massachusettes St. (785) 856-0543

Juice Stop South 3514 Clinton Parkway (785) 331-3300 Juice Stop West 4821 W 6th St (785) 749-2670

Burgers By Bigg’s 4841 Bauer Lane (785) 856-2233 Five 21 1200 Oread Ave. (785) 830-3921 Free State Brewing Co. 636 Massachusetts St. (785) 843-4555 Ingredient 945 Massachusetts St. (785) 832-1000 ingredient-menu/

The Wagon Wheel 507 W 14th (785) 841-0488 Asian Baan Thai 741 Massachusetts (785) 856-8424 lawrence/index.htm Encore Café 1007 Massachusetts St. (785) 856-3682 Jade Garden Restaurant 1410 Kasold Dr. (785) 843-8650

Ladybird Diner 721 Massachusetts (785) 856-5239 Leeway Franks 935 Iowa (785) 856-0890

Little Siagon Cafe` 1524 W 23rd St (785) 856-8010 O Cafe` 1530 W 6th St (785) 312-9211

Noodles & Company 8 W. 8th St. (785) 841-4300 Ten Restaurant 701 Massachusetts St. (785) 749-5011

Oriental Bistro & Grill 1511 W. 23rd St. (785) 841-8881 orientalbistrolawrence. com Ramen Bowls 125 E 10th St (785) 842-6957

Thai House 711 W 23rd St. (785) 312-9991 Thai Siam Restaurant 601 South Kasold Dr. (785) 331-2525 The Orient Vietnamese Restaurant 1006 Massachusetts St. (785) 843-0561 Tryyaki 701 W 23rd St (785) 842-6688 Zen Zero 811 Massachusetts St. (785) 832-0001 Bakery Eileen’s Colossal Cookies 4931 W 6th St (785) 856-2253 Great Harvest Bread Co. 807 Vermont St. (785) 749-2227 Munchers Bakery 925 S. Iowa St. (785) 749-4324

Scone Lady’s Coffee Shop 3300 Bob Billings Pkwy. (785) 838-3992 WheatFields Bakery & Café 904 Vermont St. (785) 841-5553 Bar & Grill Conroy’s Pub 3115 W. 6th St. (785) 856-3663 Dempsey’s Burger Pub 623 Vermont St. (785) 856-5460 Henry T’s Bar & Grill 3520 W. 6th St. (785) 749-2999 Johnny’s Tavern 401 N. 2nd St. (785) 842-0377 Johnny’s Tavern West Side 721 Wakarusa Dr. (785) 843-0704 locations/west-lawrence/ index.html

Slow Ride Roadhouse 1350 N 3rd St. (785) 749-2727 The Jayhawker 701 Massachusetts St. (785) 749-5011 Wayne & Larry’s Sports Bar & Grill 933 Iowa St. (785) 856-7170 Barbecue Biemer’s BBQ 2120 W. 9th St. (785) 842-0800 Bigg’s BBQ 2429 Iowa St (785) 856-2550 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 721 Wakarusa Dr. (785) 865-1313 Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Q 1516 W 23rd St (785) 842-4100


Breakfast/Brunch Big Biscuit 4821 W 6th St (785) 856-0496 lawrence-ks First Watch Restaurant 2540 Iowa St. (785) 842-7999 John Brown Underground 7 E 7th (785) 856-5280 Milton’s 901 New Hampshire (785) 856-0663 The Roost 920 Massachusetts St Cajun & Southern Jazz Louisiana Kitchen 1012 Massachusetts (785) 838-3232 Terrebonne 805 Vermont St. (785) 856-3287 Chinese China House 4821 W 6th St (785) 841-8885 Jin Shan Buffet 1800 E 23rd St. (785) 830-9888 King Buffet 1601 W. 23rd St. (785) 749-1777 Peking Taste 2223 Louisiana (785) 749-4788 Red Pepper 821 Iowa (785) 832-1288 Coffee House Aimee’s Coffee House 1025 A Massachusetts St. (785) 843-5173 Alchemy Coffee & Bake House 1901 Massachusetts Coffee Corner The Oread (785) 843-1200 Decade 920 Delaware (785) 550-7944 House of Cha 21 W 9th ST (785) 856-6688

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J&S Coffee 4821 W 6th St (785) 749-0100 Java Break 17 E. 7th St. (785) 749-5282 La Prima Tazza 638 Massachusetts St. (785) 832-2233 Mana Bar 1111 Masachusetts St. (785) 856-8227 Signs of Life 722 Massachusetts St. (785) 830-8030 t.Loft 4801 Bauer Farm Dr. (785) 505-0770 The Bourgeois Pig 6 E 9th St. (785) 843-1001 Z’s Divine Espresso 1800 E. 23rd St. (785) 842-7651 Z’s Divine Espresso 10 E. 9th St (785) 843-3007 Contemporary 715 715 Massachusetts St. (785) 856-7150 Cafe Beautiful 730 Massachusetts St. (785) 843-7423 i bar 945 Massachusetts St. (785) 832-0100 Merchants Pub & Plate 746 Massachusetts St. (785) 843-4111 Deli Auntie Em’s Deli 2311 Wakarusa Dr. (785) 832-1333 Hank Charcuterie 1900 Massachusetts St (785) 832-8688 Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe 818 Massachusetts St. (785) 856-6700 Quinton’s Bar & Deli 615 Massachusetts St. (785) 842-6560

The Merc 901 Iowa St. (785) 843-8544 Desserts/Ice Cream Billy Vanilly Cupcakes 914 Massachussetts ST (785) 856-3700 Mass Street Soda 1103 Massachusetts ST (785) 409-1767 Orange Leaf 4801 Bauer Farm Dr (785) 856-0544 Sylas & Maddy’s Homemade Ice Cream 1014 Massachusetts St. (785) 832-8323 sylasandmaddys Family Friendly Laugh Out Loud Family Zone 1000 Massachusetts St.,,Suite D (785) 856-3737 Greek Mad Greek Restaurant 907 Massachusetts St. (785) 843-2441 Indian Bayleaf Indian Restaurant and Bar 947 New Hampshire St (785) 840-0855 India Palace 129 E 10th St. (785) 331-4300 italian Cibo Sano Italian Grille 4821 W 6th St (785) 856-2414 Genovese 941 Massachusetts St. (785) 842-0300 Paisano’s Ristorante 2112 W. 25th St. (785) 838-3500 The Basil Leaf Cafe 616 W 9th St (785) 856-0459 Japanese & Sushi Kobe Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar 2907 W 6th St. (785) 838-3399 Kokoro Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi 601 S. Kasold Dr. (785) 838-4134

Nagoya Japanese Cuisine 711 W 23rd St (785) 856-2173 Tokyo Sushi Bar 619 Massachusetts St Wa Sushi 740 Massachusetts St. (785) 843-1990 Yokohama Sushi Japanese Restaurant 811 New Hampshire St. (785) 856-8862 yokohamasushiof Yokohama Sushi Japanese Restaurant 1730 W 23rd St (785) 856-8862 yokohamasushiof Mediterranean Aladdin Cafe 1021 Massachusetts St. (785) 832-1100 Balkan Express 1016 Massachusetts St (785) 969-2777 balkanexpressku/ Jerusalem Cafe 1008 Massachusetts St (785) 484-7723 Mediterranean Market & Cafe 3300 Bob Billings Pkwy. (785) 842-9383 Mexican Border Bandido 1528 W 23rd St (785) 842-8861 Cielito Lindo 815 New Hampshire St. (785) 832-1545 El Matador Cafe 446 Locust St. (785) 841-3837 El Potro Mexican Cafe 3333 S Iowa St (785) 331-2500 El Sol 1520 Wakarusa Dr (785) 331-2663 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 1115 Massachusetts St. (785) 841-8226 Global Cafe 820 Massachusetts St. (785) 838-4600 La Familia Cafe & Cantina 733 New Hampshire St. (785) 749-0105

La Parrilla 724 Massachusetts St. (785) 841-1100

Pyramid Pizza 701 W. 9th St. (785) 842-3232

La Tropicana 434 Locust St. (785) 749-3550 Mexquisito 712 Massachusetts St. (785) 856-8226

Rudy’s Pizzeria 704 Massachusetts St. (785) 749-0055

Mi Ranchito 707 W 23rd St (785) 727-2005 Port Fonda 900 New Hampshire Pueblo Mexican Restaurant 804 Iowa St (785) 331-2710 index.html Salty Iguana 4931 W. 6th St. (785) 312-8100 Taco Zone 13 East 8th Street (785) 424-7123 Tortas Jalisco 534 Frontier Rd. (785) 865-1515 Tres Mexicanos Mexican Grill & Cantina 1800 E. 23rd St. (785) 830-8415 Pizza Fat Freddy’s Pizza and Wings 1445 W 23rd St. (785) 841-5000

Tad’s Pizzeria 1410 Kasold Dr. (785) 856-3131 Sandwiches River Ridge Mart and Grill 454 N. Iowa St. (785) 856-3800 Sandbar Subs 745 New Hampshire (785) 842-0111 Sandbar Subs 1548 E 23rd Street (785) 842-0111 Yello Sub 1814 W. 23rd St. (785) 843-6000 Soul Food Oh Boy! Chicken 1006 Massachusetts St. (785) 856-6269 Sports Bar Crimson & Brews 925 S Iowa St . (785) 841-3808 Set ‘em Up Jacks 1800 E 23rd St. Ste G (785) 832-2030 West Coast Saloon 2222 Iowa (785) 841-2739

Glory Days Pizza 4821 W. 6th St . (785) 841-5252

Steak J. Wilson’s 4821 W. 6th St. (785) 312-9057

Limestone Pizza 814 Massachusetts (785) 856-2825

Six Mile Chop House 4931 W 6th St (785) 856-6453

Minsky’s Pizza Cafe & Bar 934 Massachusetts (785) 856-5252 Morningstar’s NY Pizza 4931 W 6th St (785) 856-6973 index.html Papa Keno’s Pizzeria 1035 Massachusetts St. (785) 841-7272 Pizza Shuttle 1601 W. 23rd St. (785) 842-1212


NearBy local | market | strolls | gourmet Several attractions are just down the road from Lawrence. Here are some spots for a perfect half-day excursion.

Eudora (8 miles east of Lawrence): A revitalized downtown and awardwinning wineries make for a pleasant day out.

Lecompton (6 miles northwest of Lawrence): The capital of Kansas Territory from 1855 to 1861, Lecompton hosts several publicaccess national landmark

sites. Overlooking the Kansas River, the town also has one of the region’s most scenic drives leading out of the city to the northwest—a favorite route for local bikers and birders.

Lone Star Lake (11 miles southwest of Lawrence): A small lake with public access and park; dotted with small

cottages, this is a popular summer splashing and grilling spot for locals.

Clinton (12 miles west of Lawrence): A small community standing as the gateway to Lake Clinton’s Bloomington Beach. Locals stop at the Clinton general store on their way to sun and fun.

Baldwin City


(15 miles south of Lawrence): Home to Baker University with its charming campus square and Gothic chapel as well as the historic 1906 Santa Fe Depot, base for The Midland Railway excursions and Kansas Belle Dinner Train. The city’s annual autumn Maple Leaf Festival attracts thousands of visitors.

(27 miles west of Lawrence): The state’s renovated Capitol building is a treat for visitors with its gigantic murals and access to the exterior top of the dome. Topeka also boasts a zoo, a children’s discovery center, the thriving NOTO arts district and the Combat Air Museum.

1) Spring Creek Lake in Baldwin City. | Photography by Pitts Photography

Over 100 indoor Christmas trees with antique, vintage, and unique decorations Nov 1-Jan 1 10-5pm Wed-Sat | 1-5pm Sun

(785) 887-6148 |

Photograph by Fally Afani


There’s always something happening in Lawrence, and most often it’s an unmistakably original festival or event. Here are some of our favorites and a sample of what the city has to offer.

April TBD, 2017

Earth Day Parade & Celebration Downtown Lawrence This Earth Day Celebration kicks off with a parade and includes live music, activities for kids, food vendors, exhibitors and more.

May 26-28, 2017

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July 15-17, 2016

Tour of Lawrence Downtown Lawrence Three-day USA Cycling sanctioned Pro-Am event showcasing the beauty and the beast that is Lawrence.

July 21, 2016

Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale Thousands of bargain hunters fill downtown before the sun comes up as store owners offer the best discounts of the year.

July 25-31, 2016

Douglas County Fair Douglas County Fairgrounds This family-friendly event features carnival rides, family entertainment, unique vendors, farm animals and much more. Don’t miss the Demolition Derby!

August 28, 2016

Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships South Park Free concerts, great food, artists and community groups join in while the state’s top musicians battle for the title in nine categories.


September 10-11, 2016

Haskell Indian Art Market Haskell Indian Nations University This two-day outdoor market features Native American artists from all over the country displaying their works along with demonstrations, entertainment and food.

September 24, 2016

Rev It Up Hot Rod Hullabaloo South Park Vintage cars and live music, food and fun begin with a cruise through Downtown Lawrence.

October 1-2, 2016

Kaw Valley Farm Tour Visit working farms throughout the region and learn about farm practices directly from the farmers. Tours, special events and farm products are available.

October 22, 2016 Clint Black The Lied Center

November 25, 2016

Downtown Lawrence Holiday Lighting Ceremony This magical evening begins with live entertainment before downtown is illuminated with holiday lights. Witness Santa’s arrival (and rescue) on the rooftop of Weaver’s Department Store. Once safely on the ground, Santa will visit with children.

November 26-27, 2016

Bizarre Bazaar Lawrence Arts Center This popular grassroots tradition features original and unusual hand-crafted specialty gift items.

December 3, 2016

Downtown Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade One of the most unique parades in the country, the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade features exclusively authentic horsedrawn carriages parading down Massachusetts Street.

December 5, 2016

The Beach Boys Lied Center of Kansas

January 28, 2017

Kaw Valley Eagle Days Celebrate the return of bald eagles to area lakes and rivers. See live bald and golden eagles and enjoy hands-on educational and fun activities.

February 4, 2017

Souper Bowl Saturday More than 500 original handmade ceramic bowls produced by area artists are sold for $10—soup included!

March 17, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown Lawrence From green horses to over-the-top floats, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lawrence is full of Irish fun. Each year, thousands of people don their green and line the streets in downtown Lawrence to watch the parade pass by.

Art Tougeau Parade & Busker Festival Join this block party celebration that showcases street performers displaying their diverse talents. The three-day extravaganza has partnered with the Art Tougeau Art Car Parade – a mobile art show.

May 7, 2017

Art in the Park South Park Along with the finest work from area artists and craftspeople, enjoy live music, food vendors and family activities.

June TBD, 2017

Legend Triathlon Clinton State Park Triathletes test their limits at Clinton State Park for this early summer, long distance event in a beautiful setting.

June TBD, 2017

What Floats Your Boat Clinton Lake Marina Dance under the stars, eat delicious barbeque and purchase unique outdoor art to benefit Van Go’s jobtraining programs.

June TBD, 2017

Free State Festival Downtown Lawrence Enjoy new independent films, innovative outdoor art installations, performance events, live music, and thought-provoking discussions.

Great Harvest Bread Co.

807 Vermont St. | (785) 749-2227

Great Harvest Bread Co. is dedicated to better serving our community through better food. Our hearthealthy, freshly ground whole wheat means bread that’s better for you. We also offer goodies and daily specialty loaves.

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Super 8 Motel

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

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Hiking & Biking Trail

Rec Center

Locust St


Parking Cradle of Basketball Site


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City Hall W 6th St


Post Office


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Old West Lawrence Historic District


23rd & Iowa E 9th St

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Watkins Museum


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Days Inn


Virginia Inn


Motel 6


Eldridge Hotel


Super 8


Comfort Inn & Suites


The Oread


Halcyon House

Hampton Inn 2300 W 6th St

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 3411 Iowa

Douglas County Courthouse


Best Western


Rhode Island St

Carnegie Building

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Exhibit

Louisiana St

W 9th St


E 8th St


W 8th St

Ohio St

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

6th & New Hampshire Aquatic Center

Indiana St

DoubleTree by Hilton Lawrence 200 McDonald Dr

Pennsylvania St


Lawrence Arts Center

EconoLodge 2525 W 6th St

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South Park St

New Hampshire St

Louisiana St

Vermont St

7 W 12th St

Oread Ave

New Hampshire St

E 13th St

W 14th St


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11300 N 3rd St

7th & Massachusetts

515 McDonald Dr

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12th & Oread

1000 Ohio Street

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Emergency (Police, Fire, Ambulance) » 911

Lawrence City Hall » 785-832-3000

Clinton Lake Information » 785-843-7665

Lawrence Memorial Hospital » 785-505-5000

Kansas Road Conditions Hotline » 800-585-ROAD

Lawrence Parks & Recreation Dept. » 785-832-3450

KU Athletic Ticket Office » 800-34HAWKS

Time & Temperature » 785-842-5115

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Lake View Lake


40/59 Riverfront Park

Centennial Park

Water Tower Park

Quarry Park

Orchards Golf Course

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Hiking & Biking Trail

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Tr ail


W 27th St

Rotary Arboretum Youth Sports Complex

Kanza Southwind Nature Preserve

Green Meadows Park


Pat Dawson Billings Nature Area

Naismith Valley Park

Holcom Park

Broken Arrow Park

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Chaparral Park

Haskell Rail Trail

Mary's Lake

E 23rd Eastbound K-10

Prairie Park

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Birdwatching, Boardwalks & Trails

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Allen Fieldhouse, Booth Family Hall of Athletics & DeBruce Center N 1066 Rd Murphy Hall Strong Hall Natural History Museum Kansas Union E1

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Lied Center Pioneer Cemetery N 1075 Rd KU Visitor Center New Student Union Site (Fall 2018) Hoglund Ball Park

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Haskell Indian Nations University

East Hills Business Park

Douglas County Fairgrounds

Baker Wetlands



Chief Jim McSwain Park

Limited Access

5 River

South Lawrence Trafficway


East Lawrence Recreation Center

US Post Office

Eagle Bend Golf Course Club House


Burrough's Creek Trail & Linear Park

E 31st St

N 1500 Rd

E 15th St

Prairie Park Nature Center

W 31st St

Outlet Park

Oak Hill Cemetery

Memorial Park Cemetery Edgewood Park

W 27th St


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N 1550 Rd

Brook Creek Park

Parnell Park

Haskell Cultural Center & Museum

Park Hills Parks


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Historic Downtown Lawrence

1651 Naismith Dr. » 785-864-7050 » The Booth Hall of Athletics celebrates the history of KU athletics and recognizes fans. The DeBruce Center is home to the original rules of basketball.

1600 Stewart Drive » 785-864-2787 » A multipurpose facility, the Lied Center of Kansas hosts everything from University productions to major Broadway plays and musicals.

Mass. St. » 785-843-3883 » Enjoy unique shops, boutiques, cafes, galleries and public sculptures. While away the afternoon with a steamy latte or dance into the night at one of the many nightspots.

Spencer Museum of Art

4660 Bauer Farm Dr. 785-843-SHOW » Six major productions each season, including musicals and works by area playwrights.

Booth Hall of Athletics & DeBruce Center

1301 Miss.St. » 785-864-4710 » This stellar collection represents the breadth of world art history and is one of the top-rated university museums in the country.

KU Museum of Natural History Jayhawk Blvd. » 785-864-4450 » Nationally recognized for its public exhibits, collections, research and graduate education

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Mass. St. » 785-841-4109 » This impressive Romanesque building houses exhibits and artifacts from the area’s history.

Theatre Lawrence

University Theatre 1530 Naismith » 785-864-3982 » Offers a wide array of classical, musical and also contemporary productions in three series.

Lawrence Arts Center 940 New Hampshire » 785-843-ARTS » Exhibitions of contemporary art, live music, theater, film, and dance performance.

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Lawrence Tennis Center

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Clinton Lake Adult Sports Complex

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Mutt Run Off-Leash Dog Park


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Carl Knox Natatorium

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Clinton Lake


Hobbs Park Douglas County Courthouse South Park

Watkins Community Museum of History Community Building

South Park Gazebo

Naismith Dr


University of Kansas

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Carnegie Building

Lake Alvamar

Corp of Engineers Visitor’s Center


Constant Park

Lawrence Amtrak Station



John Taylor Park

Lawrence Arts Center


W 19th St

South Lawrence Trafficway

Lawrence Public Library


South Lawrence Trafficway

Cradle of Basketball Site Parks

Walnut Park

US Post Office

Outdoor Aquatic Center

W 9th St

15 1 2 Alvamar Golf Course and Country Club


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City Hall

Lyons Park

Noria Rd

Viola & Conrad McGrew Nature Preserve

Union Pacific Depot

Lawrence Memorial Hospital

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Visitor Information Center

Community Health Building

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"Dad" Perry Park

Quail Run Park

Michigan St

McD onald Dr

Folks Rd

6th St 10

Woody Park



Ludlam Park

Bob Billings Pkwy

Clinton Marina

Lawrence Country Club


Kasold Dr

Wakarusa Dr

Theatre Lawrence

DeVictor Park

Clinton State Park

Monterey Way

Queens Rd

George Williams Way

Overland Dr.

Free State High School

14 Deerfield Park



Burcham Park

n so bin Ro rk Pa

Indoor Aquatic Center

I-70 / KTA Toll Plaza: Exit 202

Highway Access

N 7th St



Lawrence Nature Park

E 1100 Rd

South Lawrence Trafficway

Peterson Park

Peterson Rd

Sports Pavilion Lawrence Rock Chalk Park

Hotels Recreation Centers


I-70/KTA Toll Plaza: Exit 204


Haskell Ave

30 11

Martin Park

N Iowa St


E 1200 Rd

Stonegate Park

N Michigan St

N 1750 Rd

I-70 / KTA Toll Plaza: Exit 197


Lawrence Municipal Airport

Maple Grove Cemetery

Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics 2350 Petefish Dr. » 785-864-4900 » Features state-of-the-art exhibits, soaring stained glass American flag (the world’s largest), stirring World Trade Center memorial, and a Memory Wall honoring Kansas’World War II veterans.

Haskell Indian Nations University 23rd & Barker Ave. » 785-749-8404 » The only intertribal four-year university in the country, Haskell has many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a fascinating piece of Lawrence history. Visit the Haskell Cultural Center for more information about current exhibits.

Prairie Park Nature Center 2730 Harper St. » 785-832-7980 » Prairie Park Nature Center features trails that traverse prairie, woodland and wetland environments. The interpretive center also houses a display hall with a large selection of plants, birds, insects and small mammals.

Old West Lawrence Located between Tennessee & Indiana St. (E-W) and 6th & 8th St. (N-S) » Historically, this neighborhood was home to society’s elite and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pick up a self-guided tour at the Lawrence Visitor Information Center.

University of Kansas

Jayhawk Blvd. » Located high on Mt. Oread, KU boasts one of the most breath-taking campuses in the nation. Take a tour of historic Jayhawk Boulevard or Allen Fieldhouse, the cradle of basketball and home of the Jayhawks.

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Lawrence Visitors Guide 2016  

Lawrence, Kansas the city where urban savvy meets quirky fun. The 2016-2017 guide has listing of restaurants, hotels and itinerary ideas fo...

Lawrence Visitors Guide 2016  

Lawrence, Kansas the city where urban savvy meets quirky fun. The 2016-2017 guide has listing of restaurants, hotels and itinerary ideas fo...