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WELCOME to Topeka, the capital of our great state of Kansas! On behalf of the people of Topeka we want to welcome you to our community. Whether you are visiting for the day, or moving here, we are confident you will discover more than you ever expected.
We’re a city rich in history, and proud of our commitment to diversity and civil rights. You can learn about this legacy while visiting Constitution Hall, site of the anti-slavery “Topeka Constitution.” Continue learning at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, or visit Equality House, where the fight for LGBTQ+ equality continues to this day.
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If you’re a lover of arts and music, this city is for you. Every year, thousands visit Topeka to enjoy events that include Fiesta Mexicana, India Mela, Country Stampede and more! Enjoy exploring the NOTO Arts & Entertainment District on a First Friday, and after, enjoy a drink at a variety of Topeka cocktail and wine bars like the Knox, Soliloquy, or Salut.
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And if you love the outdoors, you will love Topeka. Topeka offers over 70 miles of connected trails, the beautiful Kansas River, Lake Shawnee, and Gage Park, a 160-acre park featuring a 2-mile fitness loop, mini-train, Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, and the ever popular Topeka Zoo.
For those of you looking to move here, we know you will fall in love with the quality of life our city has to offer. Our city boasts being one the most affordable cities in the United States to buy a home, while also offering two of the top ten school districts in the state of Kansas, world class health care with three major hospital networks, and the friendliest neighbors you could ask for.
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INCLUSIVE TOPEKA Topeka is home to a colorful tapestry of ideas, people and places. We welcome you with open arms and are committed to building a variety of strong, diverse relationships within our community. Come as you are and celebrate diversity, pride, culture and life in our capital city. Discover attractions that make a statement and strive to make a difference. Reflecting Topeka’s commitment to these ideals, area businesses are taking our “Inclusive Topeka” pledge to demonstrate their dedication to inclusivity. Look for this symbol in the windows of local businesses to know they are committed to welcoming all.
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1 WELCOME 4 City Map 6 Cover Story 9 ATTRACTIONS 10 Gage Park 14 Heartland Motorsports Park 16 Evel Knievel Museum 16 Historic Harley-Davidson 18 Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site 20 Historic Sites 24 Family Fun 26 NOTO Arts District 30 Regional Attractions 34 Downtown 37 Equality House 38 Performing Arts 40 Visual Arts 41 Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site 42 Outdoors 49 Golf 51 SHOPPING 52 Topeka’s Shopping Scene 54 Local Makers & Products 55 Farmers Market 56 Topeka Vendors Market 59 DINING 60 Local Favorites 62 Fine Dining 64 Mexi-Kansas 67 Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives 68 Global Dining 70 Coffee Central 72 Sips & Swigs 74 Cheers to Beer 78 HOTELS 83 EVENTS 84 Kicker Countr y Stampede in the Heartland 85 Music Week 86 Tulip Time 88 Topeka Sports 91 Cultural Festivals 94 Juneteenth 95 Pride 97 Holidays/Seasonal Events 99 Topeka Zoo Lights 100 Evergy Plaza 101 Stormont Vail Events Center 102 RELOCATION GUIDE 6 88 72 91
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Park Felker Park Skyline Park Dornwood Park Rueger Ball Park MacLennan Park Shawnee County North Park Kaw River State Park Bettis Family Sports Complex B B B B B B B B 0 1 Miles 2 Attraction Casino Entertainment & Sports Shopping Hotel Bed & Breakfast Trail Golf course Hospital RV Park River access BikeShare Station KEY B 0 1 Miles 2 Attraction Casino Entertainment & Sports Shopping Hotel Bed & Breakfast Trail Golf course Hospital RV Park River access BikeShare Station KEY B 0 1 Miles 2 Attraction Casino Entertainment & Sports Shopping Hotel Bed & Breakfast Trail Golf course Hospital RV Park River access BikeShare Station KEY B 0 1 Miles 2 Attraction Casino Entertainment & Sports Shopping Hotel Bed & Breakfast Trail Golf course Hospital RV Park River access BikeShare Station KEY B N 17 4 4 4 4 4 40 40 40 24 24 75 75 75 75 75 75 24 70 70 470 470 470 335 Q E N A O K J G I D M B H R 1 2 7 8 6 5 To Casinos 1 2 3 4 5 8 7 6 Exit 356 Exit 357A Exit 359 Exit 362A Exit 362C Exit 363 Exit 362B 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Francis Stormont-Vail Ted GardensEnsley Kansas National Guard Museum Kansas Children’s Discovery Center Evel Knievel Museum Washburn University Topeka Zoo 1 23 24 16 11 13 14 26 15 19 2 21 3 20 9 32 5 8 3018 28 6 4 7 22 12 31 24 10 27 29 Gage Park Big Shunga Park Felker Park Skyline Park Dornwood Park Rueger Ball Park Topeka Cemetery MacLennan Park Shawnee County North Park Kaw River State Park Bettis Family Sports Complex B B B B B B B B B B B B B 0 1 Miles 2 Attraction Casino Entertainment & Sports Shopping Hotel Bed & Breakfast Trail Golf course Hospital RV Park River access BikeShare Station KEY B 0 1 Miles 2 Attraction Casino Entertainment & Sports Shopping Hotel Bed & Breakfast Trail Golf course Hospital RV Park River access BikeShare Station KEY B 0 1 Miles 2 Attraction Casino Entertainment & Sports Shopping Hotel Bed & Breakfast Trail Golf course Hospital RV Park River access BikeShare Station KEY B 0 1 Miles 2 Attraction Casino Entertainment & Sports Shopping Hotel Bed & 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Board of Education National Historic Site 22 25 B B Attraction Public Parking Garage KEY DOWNTOWN TOPEKA CASINOS Golden Eagle Casino (888) 464-5825 1121 Goldfinch Rd., Horton, KS 45 miles north of Topeka Prairie Band Casino (888) 727-4946 12305 150th Rd., Mayetta, KS 20 miles north of Topeka Sac & Fox Casino (800) 990-2946 1322 U.S. 75, Powhattan, KS 45 miles north of Topeka 1 2 3 SHOPPING Brookwood Shopping Center 29th St. between Gage & Burlingame Downtown Topeka South Kansas Ave. Fairlawn Plaza 21st & Fairlawn Fleming Place 10th & Gage Gage Shopping Center Gage & Huntoon North Topeka Arts District North Kansas Ave. West Ridge Mall 21st & Wanamaker Westboro Plaza Huntoon & Oakley 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 BED AND BREAKFAST Ravenwood Lodge ATTRACTIONS Brown v. Board National Historic Site & Museum 1515 SE Monroe St. (785) 354-4273 Cedar Crest, Governor’s Residence One Cedar Crest Rd. (785) 296-3636 Charles Curtis House Museum 1101 SW Topeka Blvd. (785) 357-1371 Combat Air Museum 7016 SE Forbes Ave. (785) 862-3303 Gage Park 6th Ave. & Gage Blvd. (785) 251-2600 Carousel in the Park & Mini-Train (785) 251-2600 Great Overland Station 701 N. Kansas Ave. (785) 232-5533 Heartland Park Topeka 7530 SW Topeka Blvd. (800) 437-2237 Kansas Children’s Discovery Center 4400 SW 10th St., Gage Park (785) 783-8300 Kansas Museum of History 6425 SW 6th St. (785) 272-8681 Kansas Statehouse 300 SW 10th St. (785) 296-3966 Lake Shawnee Recreational Area 3137 SE 29th St. (785) 251-2600 Mulvane Art Museum 1700 SW Jewell Ave. (785) 670-1124 Museum of the Kansas National Guard 125 SE Airport Drive (785) 862-1020 Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Park 124 NW Fillmore St. (785) 251-2989 Ritchie House 1116 SE Madison St. (785) 234-6097 Ted Ensley Gardens SE 37th St. & West Edge Road (785) 251-2600 Tiffany Windows at First Presbyterian Church 817 SW Harrison St. (785) 233-9601 Topeka Zoological Park ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS Helen Hocker Theater 700 SW Zoo Pkwy (785) 251-5990 Hummer Sports Park 6th Ave. & MacVicar Ave. (785) 295-3750 Kansas Expocentre 17th & SW Topeka Blvd. (785) 235-1986 Ravenwood Lodge 10147 SW 61st St. (800) 656-2454 Sport Zone 3909 SW Burlingame Rd (785)-267-4658 Sunflower Soccer 4829 NW 17th St. (785) 233-9700 Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy 3028 SW 8th St. (785) 357-5211 Topeka Performing Arts Center 214 SE 8th St. (785) 234-2787 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 HOSPITALS University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus 1 3 5 7 2 4 6 8 Attractions Brown v. Board National Historic Park & Museum 1515 SE Monroe St. (785) 354-4273 Cedar Crest, Governor’s Residence One SW Cedar Crest Rd. (785) 296-3636 Evergy Plaza 630 S Kansas Ave. Combat Air Museum 7016 SE Forbes Ave. (785) 862-3303 Gage Park 6th Ave. & Gage Blvd. (785) 251-2600 Great Overland Station 200 NW Railroad St. (785) 861-6945 Heartland Motorsports Park 7530 SW Topeka Blvd. (785) 861-7899 Kansas Children’s Discovery Center 4400 SW 10th Ave. (785) 783-8300 Kansas Museum of History/ Kansas State Archives Research Room 6425 SW 6th Ave. (785) 272-8681 Kansas State Capitol Building SW 8th & SW Van Buren (785) 296-3966 Lake Shawnee Recreational Area 3137 SE 29th St. (785) 251-2600 Mulvane Art Museum 1700 SW Jewell Ave. (785) 670-1124 Museum of the Kansas National Guard 125 SE Airport Drive (785) 862-1020 Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Park 124 NW Fillmore St. (785) 251-6989 Ritchie House 1116 SE Madison St. (785) 234-6097 Ted Ensley Gardens SE 37th St. & West Edge Rd. (785) 251-2600 Tiffany Windows at First Presbyterian Church 817 SW Harrison St. (785) 233-9601 Topeka Zoological Park 635 SW Gage Blvd. (785) 368-9180 Evel Knievel Museum 2047 SW Topeka Blvd. (785) 234-6174 Adventure Cove 3515 SE Beach Terr. (785) 251-6800 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T Casinos Golden Eagle Casino 1121 Goldfinch Rd., Horton, KS (888)464-5825 Prairie Band Casino 12305 150th Rd., Mayetta, KS (888) 727-4946 Sac & Fox Casino 1322 U.S. 75, Powhattan, KS (800) 990-2946 1 2 3 Entertainment & Sports Helen Hocker Theater 700 SW Zoo Pkwy (785) 251-5990 Hummer Sports Park 6th Ave. & MacVicar Ave. (785) 295-3750 Stormont Vail Events Center 1 Expocentre Drive (785) 235-1986 Ravenwood Lodge 10147 SW 61st St. (800) 656-2454 Sport Zone 3909 SW Burlingame Rd. (785) 267-4658 Sunflower Soccer/Topeka Soccer club 4829 NW 17th St. (785) 233-9700 Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy 3028 SW 8th St. (785) 357-5211 Topeka Performing Arts Center 214 SE 8th St. (785) 234-2787 Historic Jayhawk Theatre 720 SW Jackson St. Sports Center Topeka 6545 SW 10th Avenue (785) 272-5522 Shopping Brookwood Shopping Center 2709 SW 29th St. Downtown Topeka South Kansas Ave. Fairlawn Plaza 21st & Fairlawn Fleming Place 10th & Gage Gage Shopping Center Gage & Huntoon North Topeka Arts District North Kansas Ave. West Ridge Mall 21st & Wanamaker Westboro Plaza Huntoon & Oakley 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Downtown Topeka 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Historic Jayhawk Theatre Hospitals University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus 1700 SW 7th St. (785) 295-8000 Stormont-Vail HealthCare 1500 SW 10th Ave. (785) 354-6000 Colmery-O’Neil Veterans’ Administration Medical Center 2200 SW Gage Blvd (785) 350-3111 2023 OFFICIAL GUIDE Visit Topeka.com 5
NEW AT THE ZOO: GIRAFFE & FRIENDS!
Set out on a safari adventure through the Topeka Zoo’s newest exhibit, opening in March of 2023! Giraffe & Friends — an $8.3 million, 3.5-acre expansion project resulting in the largest habitat in the zoo’s history — is a new, immersive exhibit that will feature two female reticulated giraffes, Hope and her daughter Liz, as well as a male reticulated giraffe, Sarge. With the reticulated giraffe being an endangered species, this expansion will allow the Topeka Zoo to expand their conservation efforts and breeding program. The area also comes equipped with three new barns made for care, training, and play. Visitors, meanwhile, will be able to enjoy a new 10,000-squarefoot giraffe building, as well as a hoofstock barn housing the zoo’s lesser kudu, ostrich, grey crowned crane, and Thomson’s gazelle. These animals will share a common outdoor space with the giraffes, encouraging interaction among the different species. The habitat will also complete the theme for the zoo’s African safari at Camp Cowabunga, which houses African lions, African painted dogs, patas monkeys, and guineafowl. Giraffe & Friends is the third new exhibit to open at the Topeka Zoo since 2018. Camp Cowabunga and the Kay McFarland Japanese Garden opened in 2018 and 2020, respectively, and provide connected experiences that immerse visitors in a world-class nature-and-wildlife experience.
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Hope was born with joint problems and received international attention when local veterinarian Joseph Kamer developed a series of revolutionary medical procedures to help her, including artificial tendons and even wooden shoes! Those efforts allowed Hope to run for the first time when she was a month old.
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Just in time for Mother’s Day, The Topeka Zoo’s endangered Bornean Orangutan Rudy gave birth to Udara on May 5, 2022. “Udara,” meaning “air” in Malay, was the perfect name to accompany her older brother, Bumi whose name means “Earth!”
NAME: Udara (Air in Malay)
DATE OF BIRTH: 5/7/22
TIME: 11:22 am
WEIGHT: approx. 3.3 lbs
TOPEKA ZOO & CONSERVATION CENTER
The Topeka Zoo is a must for animal lovers of all ages! From long-time favorites like the Tropical Rainforest and Black Bear Woods exhibits to newer additions like Camp Cowabunga and the Kay McFarland Japanese Garden, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this Topeka staple in the glorious Gage Park.
Visit often to see the latest offerings, as the zoo is constantly becoming bigger and better! Keep an eye on the zoo’s website, TopekaZoo.org, to learn about upcoming events — like after-hours beer and wine tastings or zoo-wide trick-or-treating — and new installments, including the new multi-million-dollar giraffe exhibit coming online in 2023. Read on to learn more about this exciting new display!
BIG HAIR DON’T CARE
Zuri, an 18 year old female lion, made world headlines in 2022 when she grew a mane and began to roar, assuming leadership of the pride at the Topeka Zoo following the death of her mate, a male named Avus. See Zuri at Camp Cowabunga!
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Beer for a cause!
While visiting Topeka, enjoy a Tiger Bite IPA at the Blind Tiger Brewery. A portion of the proceeds for every Tiger Bite IPA goes directly to support the Topeka Zoo’s Sumatran Tiger Conservation Campaign.
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NEW IN 2023:
After 55 years, the historic Iron Horse Mini-Train made its final run in Topeka in Fall 2022. In February 2023 a new mini train will make its debut, complete with an on-board system to allow riders to play real train sounds.
GAGE PARK CAROUSEL
Built in 1908, the grand old carousel in Gage Park will allow visitors to step back in time and enjoy a uniquely Victorian experience. Enjoy the music of the original Wurlitzer band organ or bring your lunch and watch the magic from the VonRohr Victorian Garden adjacent to the carousel.
KANSAS CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER
The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center is a hands-on children’s museum where families can explore, create, discover and learn through play. The Discovery Center features 15,000 square feet of indoor exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more. Children can paint on the walls, experiment with light, run a grocery store, build a tower, and more. Special space for babies and toddlers gives everyone a safe place to play. Outdoors, families have a 4.5-acre certified Nature Explore Classroom for adventures, including a trike trail, pirate ship, treehouse, natural stream, and educational gardens.
DON’T MISS THESE EXHIBITS:
Amazing special exhibit experiences in 2023 include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit from January 27 to May 14, Camp Kansas from June 9 to August 27 and Curious George: Let’s Get Curious from September 15, 2023 to January 7, 2024.
Also, be on the lookout for KCDC’s upcoming 2023 exhibit, “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!” Through this interactive exhibit children will be able to explore STEM concepts; practice problem-solving; and test other important skills like communication, collaboration and critical thinking. Another exhibit already on display at the center is “Illumination Station.” This exhibit features bright and colorful lights, mirrors and more, allowing for discovery and hands-on interaction with colors and science.
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HEARTLAND MOTORSPORTS PARK
Heartland Motorsports Park has been a staple in Topeka for over 30 years and entertains thousands of people in our community annually.
The event they’re most known for is the NHRA Nationals, which has garnered Heartland Motorsports Park the nickname “House of Speed.” Heartland Motorsports Park is next door to the national headquarters of Sports Car Club of America, which often hosts races at the park’s facilities.
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HISTORY OF HEARTLAND
“Construction on Heartland Motorsports Park took more than a year, and on Aug. 11, 1989, four years after a motorsport facility was proposed in Topeka, the track hosted its first race, the Camel Grand Prix. Built at the cost of $22 million, Heartland Motorsports Park has been hosting recordsetting performances since the doors opened over 30 years ago. Since 2016, the updates and renovations done to the facility have been tremendous.”
Learn more at HeartlandMotorsports. us
Heartland Motorsports Park has a variety of tracks for racers:
• Drag Strip
• Road Course
• Moto X
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Famous Topeka stunt racer
Joie Chitwood would race
7 times at the Indianapolis 500 in the 1940s. In 1950, he began to learn stunt driving for the Clark Gable/ Barbara Stanwyck movie “To Please a Lady.” This film launched his popularity to new heights and allowed him to create the Joie Chitwood Auto Thrill stunt show. This show would go on to inspire young Robert Knievel. Knievel would recount how he went home after watching the Joie Chitwood stunt show, put ramps up and tried to jump his bike, getting hooked on a sport that would define his life.
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EVEL KNIEVEL MUSEUM
Explore the world’s largest collection of Evel Knievel performance leathers, jump bikes and memorabilia at Topeka’s Evel Knievel Museum, next to the city’s Historic Harley-Davidson®! Not only can visitors view authentic artifacts from Knievel’s time in the limelight, but this specially curated museum features interactive exhibits, allowing guests to learn about the physics of Knievel’s jumps, the broken bones he sustained, the engines on his signature bikes, and much more. Step into Knievel’s Mack truck for a trip back in time, and don’t miss the fan favorite: a virtual reality jump that puts you in the driver’s seat! Visit EvelKnievelMuseum.com to start planning your trip today.
HISTORIC HARLEYDAVIDSON® OF TOPEKA
In 1999, Topeka Harley-Davidson® marked 50 years in business — and the local staple has grown everstronger since. The Topeka store is for both Harley-Davidson® dealers and riders, offering the best in new and pre-owned bikes. Its current location features a restaurant, Henry’s Grill, and the Yesterday’s Motorcycle Museum, where visitors can view up to 30 different and rare HarleyDavidsons® on display. Housed in the lower level of Topeka HarleyDavidson®, the museum boasts a number of photographs, tools and collectibles detailing HarleyDavidson’s® expansive history. Admission to the museum is free, and tours are self-guided. Visit anytime during regular business hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
DID YOU KNOW?
Young Robert Knievel was arrested often for stealing hubcaps, motorcycles, and at age 13, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. His run-ins with the law led the police to give him the nickname “Evil Knievel.” He later modified that to “Evel” and took it as his legal name.
Tuesday - Friday, 10am to 4pm. Saturday, 9am to 5pm.
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70TH ANNIVERSARY: THE FUTURE OF BROWN v BOARD
2024 marks the 70th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case outlawing school segregation across the United States. This victory was decades in the making. Parents, attorneys, activists, students and more worked tirelessly to advance the cause of justice.
In 2022, President Biden signed the Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park Expansion and Redesignation Act into law. The law adds two school sites in South Carolina to the historical park, and designates schools in Delaware, Virginia and the District of Columbia as affiliated areas of the NPS Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas.
The bill also adds one acre of land adjacent to the current Topeka site for museum use.
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BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
The story of Brown v. Board of Education started right here in Topeka, Kansas, and visitors to the area can tour the national historic site and museum commemorating that case! When Oliver Brown and fellow Topeka parents agreed to be plaintiffs in the landmark U. S. Supreme Court case that outlawed segregation in public schools, they didn’t know they would make history. Their legacies are remembered in the halls of the historic Monroe School building in Topeka, where the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is housed. There you’ll gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the role this 1954 decision played in the broader U.S. Civil Rights Movement. In fact, in 2021, Topeka’s Brown v. Board site was added as a stop on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which encompasses more than 100 locations across 15 states! After touring the historic site, be sure to wander over to the inspiring Brown v. Board mural just across the street for a photo op in front of this colorful commemoration to justice and peace.
DREAM OF FREEDOM
There’s a dream in the land With its back against the wall. By muddled names and strange Sometimes the dream is called.
There are those who claim This dream for theirs alone— A sin for which, we know They must atone.
Unless shared in common Like sunlight and like air, The dream will die for lack Of substance anywhere.
The dream knows no frontier or tongue, The dream no class or race. The dream cannot be kept secure In any one locked place.
This dream today embattled, With its back against the wall— To save the dream for one, It must be saved for ALL.
–Langston Hughes (Harlem Renaissance Poet, Topeka Native)
In addition to being a hot stop for educational travel and activist tourism, the Capitol hosts various events throughout the year, including Movies on the Lawn, Wednesday Farmers Markets and more.
Great Overland Station
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KANSAS STATE CAPITOL BUILDING
One of Kansas’ most iconic buildings, the Kansas State Capitol sits in the heart of downtown Topeka and has served as the home of the state’s legislature since near the turn of the 20th century. Having undergone a 14-year renovation, completed in 2014, the Capitol today is shining brighter than it ever has before.
The Capitol is a monument to Kansas history, showcasing its defining moments as a state and how it shaped the history of the U.S. Visitors can appreciate various forms of art and artifacts, including “Tragic Prelude” by John Steuart Curry, John Brown’s cutlass, a larger-than-life statue of Amelia Earhart, and the Brown v. Board of Education mural, to name a few. The building itself is a piece of history, as well as an architectural marvel. Check out where history is made by visiting the Senate Chamber and Representative Hall. Historical documents and more await in the Kansas State Library. Those seeking a bit of a thrill won’t want to miss the daily dome tours – it’s 296 steps to the top, and the view can’t be beat!
GREAT OVERLAND STATION
A major piece of Topeka’s railroad heritage, the Great Overland Station speaks to a lost age somewhere within the Second Industrial Revolution and the Roaring 20s. Formerly the Union Pacific Station, the building was completed in 1927. It was designed by American architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood. Although no longer a working station, visitors can witness trains pass by the depot daily and take in various traveling and permanent exhibits, while also marveling at the grandeur of this historic building.
Experience Topeka’s Constitution Hall, located in downtown Topeka at 429 S. Kansas Ave. In 2022, the site was approved for a $3.75 million BASE grant that will go toward ongoing restoration and transformation of the building. In 1855, it hosted representatives of the Free State Kansas government, elected by the people of the Kansas Territory, who wrote the Topeka Constitution, banning slavery in the future state of Kansas – which earned the building its name. By 1857, the site was the headquarters of Underground Railroad operations on the Lane Trail to freedom in the north.
THE KANSAS HISTORY MUSEUM
As of this publication, the Kansas History Museum is closed for major renovations. While new and exciting exhibits are expected to debut in 2024, visitors can still explore the 2.5 miles of walking trails surrounding the Museum, with the historic Stach Schoolhouse and the Potawatomi Mission located onsite; or browse the State Archives and read letters written by various historical figures, like John Brown or Carrie A. Nation.
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Ritchie House Museum of the Kansas National Guard Vis
Combat Air Museum
HISTORIC RITCHIE HOUSE
The Historic Ritchie House, 1116 S.E. Madison St., was built by abolitionists John and Mary Jane Ritchie. It served as a stop along the Underground Railroad and is considered to be Topeka’s oldest home. Located next door to the Shawnee County Historical Society, public tours are conducted Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For additional information, please contact the county historical society.
MAMIE WILLIAMS HOUSE
The home of acclaimed Topeka educator Mamie Williams is located at 1503 S.E. Quincy St. Williams served Topeka Public Schools for 30 years, including as principal of Monroe School, where the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site now lives. She was also featured in a documentary titled, “75 Years on Quincy Street.” As the house is a private residence, it is preferred that spectators keep a respectful distance.
SKYLINE TRAILS AT BURNETT’S MOUND
Take in a spectacular view of the entire capital city from atop Burnett’s Mound. Located in Skyline Park, the mound is the highest point of elevation in the city. The area is home to hiking and biking trails, but for many people there is a more personal cultural connection. Burnett’s Mound is named after Potawatomi Chief Abram Burnett. After they were forced to leave their homes, Burnett led fellow Potawatomi tribe members from their settlement in Indiana to what is now Topeka.
MUSEUM OF THE KANSAS NATIONAL GUARD
Established in 1997, the Museum of the Kansas National Guard operates with the purpose of preserving the militia heritage of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard. For those hoping to conduct a deep dive, the museum offers an extensive military research library that contains hundreds of books focusing on the National Guard and associated military history. Outdoor displays surrounding the museum feature more than 30 military vehicles and aircraft, including an M60 tank.
DID YOU KNOW:
The 1974 back cover of the band Kansas’s self titled album was photographed on top of Burnett’s Mound. The photo would go on to be featured on the 2015 documentary of the band’s success, “Miracles out of Nowhere.”
COMBAT AIR MUSEUM
The Combat Air Museum is a beloved stop for flight enthusiasts of all ages. Touting the largest collection of WWI replica aircrafts in the Midwest, Combat Air is one of a handful of major aviation museums in the United States located on an active airfield, and visitors to the museum are regularly treated to flying activities of Air Force fighter aircraft and Army helicopter operations.
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• Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center
• Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
• Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site
• B&B Theatres
• Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (Sabatini Gallery)
• Rip On Skate Park (near Washburn & 21st)
• Mulvane Art Lab (Kid-focused lab)
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Leap Trampoline Park Sports Center
There’s something for everyone at GreatPLAY. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor fun center where you’ll find tons of exciting things to do for the entire family. Activities include a trampoline park, arcade games, laser tag, paintball, FootGolf, disc golf, bike trails and more.
Bonkers brings all the fun and thrills of an amusement park to Topeka! Visit a place where family and friends come together for a funfilled day, featuring a giant play maze with a two-story slide, an arcade with games for all ages, and great food with a chef-inspired menu!
LEAP TRAMPOLINE PARK
From tots to teens, Leap Trampoline Park has your child’s next birthday bash covered with a jump area, rock wall climbing, dodgeball and more. Be sure to check out their weekend pricing and events like Toddler Time and Cosmic Night. Leap takes indoor family outings to a new level with many ways to play.
SKY ZONE TOPEKA
Sky Zone is a great place to work on your coordination, play a game of SkySlam (trampoline basketball) or simply find a new way to be active. Special attractions include the Warrior Course, Freestyle Jump, Ultimate Dodgeball, SkyJoust, Foam Zone and Free Climb.
Generations of children and families have come to love Sports Center, a dynamic family fun center featuring Mini-Golf, Gooney Golf, batting cages, a driving range, and go carts! New in 2023 is a fully renovated clubhouse featuring a snack bar, game room and expanded arcade. Boulevard Brewing Company products are available at the bar. Sports Center will also debut a new 155 yard par-3 course, which will include replicas of “Famous Holes Around the World.” Visitors can try their skills on a replica of Hole 12 from Augusta, or the Island Green from Sawgrass in Florida!
Potwin Pottery offers a first-rate creative experience. Pick a piece of pottery, plan your design, choose colors and paint! Once you’ve let your creativity flow, the piece is fired and made available for pickup. Families and kids can think outside the box with a whimsical color scheme or go for something more traditional. Whether you’re going for a functional piece or an artistic treasure, there is something for everyone. Time to grab an apron and get to work!
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The Wheel Barrel
While we can’t name all the hot spots on just one page of this guide, you won’t want to miss these local favorites:
• BRADLEY’S CORNER CAFÉ for the best pies around
• COMPASS POINT home of Dirty Girl Adventures
• CORNER MARKET for pre-loved and new décor, furniture, antiques and more
• FIRE ME UP CERAMICS offering pottery classes and items for sale
• KAW RIVER RUSTICS, featuring more than 50 antique and artisan booths
• NORSEMEN BREWING a local brewery with Nordic flair
• ODIN’S LAIR for some axe-throwing fun
• ONYX WELLNESS CAFÉ for coffee or a healthy, sweet treat
• PAPER JUNE for the best in children’s books and activities
• ROUND TABLE BOOKSTORE for a great selection of new and used books for all
• STUDIO 62 for paint-and-sip nights, drag shows and more
NORTH TOPEKA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT
The NOTO Arts & Entertainment District is full of just that! From local shops and eateries (gourmet grilled cheese at The Wheel Barrel, anyone?) to pocket parks and murals, NOTO is a must-visit on your next trip to Topeka. While the district is a delight year-round, stop by on the first Friday of each month to find special deals, outdoor concerts, expanded hours and more!
With close to 40 displays of public art in NOTO alone, you’ll want to wander through the district to spot the various sculptures and murals at each twist and turn! Some of our favorite colorful creations
include the “Greetings from Topeka” postcard in Redbud Park; the surreal “Elephants on Parade” painting along N.W. Laurent St.; and the new multicultural mural unveiled in May 2022 that highlights the African American, Hispanic and Native American histories of our area.
When you’re ready to head indoors, stop by the NOTO Arts Center and explore galleries like Amused and Studio 831 for unique finds by local artists. And that’s just the start! Visit ExploreNOTO.org for a complete list of the area’s businesses, as well as a calendar of upcoming events.
FIRST FRIDAYS: Join thousands every First Friday in NOTO for a celebration of art, music, and culture.
Enjoy buskers, vendors, and live music at Redbud Park.
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Historic Topeka Cemetery Office hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday Grounds open every day during daylight hours Phone (785) 233-4132 Email TopekaCemetery@gmail.com Website TopekaCemetery.com Topekan Charles Curtis was the first U.S. vice president of color.
Sam Radges, longtime publisher of the Topeka city directory, has one of the most interesting gravesites. Guided tours Call the office to schedule a tour for your family, club or organization. Friends of Historic Topeka Cemetery Get involved with preserving this 163-year-old outdoor museum of Topeka and Kansas history. Genealogy Burial records are available to family members and researchers. Plan for the future Find your own special place here. 1601 SE 10th Ave.: Entrances at 10th & Leland and California Avenue just north of I-70; office at 10th & Lafayette juliscoffeeandbistro.com email@example.com 785-228-2001 911 S. KANSAS AVE 911 S. KANSAS AVE DOWNTOWN TOPEKA DOWNTOWN TOPEKA 28 2023 OFFICIAL GUIDE Visi tTopeka.com
The Gage statue is the centerpiece of the Civil War section.
10-4 pm Wed-Sat. l 1-5 pm Sun (785) 887-6148 l www.lecomptonkansas.com
From you-pick farms where you can select produce and flowers by hand to family businesses where you can get involved in the winemaking process, Topeka-area agritourism stops are ready to welcome you! Timing is everything for these activities, as many are subject to seasonal availability. Plan ahead and your adventure is bound to be rewarding!
86TH STREET ORCHARD
Apples, pears, peaches, plums
BERRY HILL UPICK FARM
Sunflowers, pumpkins, honey, sweet corn for purchase and you-pick
Fall and winter festivals feature a pumpkin patch, corn maze, corn pit, campfires, and more
MORE NEARBY PLACES TO VISIT:
GRINTER’S SUNFLOWER FARM
BIG SPRINGS BERRIES
REES FRUIT FARM
FARM TO TABLE
On the hunt for fresh, locally sourced food without the work? Look no further than northeast Kansas, where you’ll find dreamy farm-to-table dining experiences that delight!
ORIGIN RESTAURANT AT THE BURNING BARREL
Lecompton, KS (BurningBarrelKansas.com)
SALTWELL FARM KITCHEN
Overbrook, KS (SaltwellFarmKitchen.com) Lecompton, KS @historiclecomptonkansas
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Nestled west of Topeka, the Flint Hills span from northwest of the capital city to just south of the Oklahoma border. This region is comprised of 22 counties in Kansas and home to both the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway and the Native Stone Scenic Byway, taking you on a picturesque journey through native grasses and hills of the Heartland. Whether you’re planning a day trip or overnight excursion, the Flint Hills are a sight to behold. These magnificent rolling hills are also home to communities full of scenery and excitement. To learn more, visit TravelKS.com/flint-hills.
Perry Lake, a popular 11,000-plus-acre reservoir about 20 miles outside of Topeka, is home to the restaurant High Tide 21. Serving up marina-style fare, High Tide 21 features a swim-up pool bar for the adults. Kids can also hit the splash pad for a little fun in the sun while waiting for a meal. Visit in the evening to catch gorgeous views of the sun setting over the lake!
Lecompton was founded in 1854 on a 640acre Wyandotte Indian land claim on the south bank of the Kansas River. The town — originally named “Bald Eagle” for the many eagles nesting along the river — was renamed after its founding to honor Judge Samuel D. Lecompte, chief justice of the Kansas territorial supreme court. In 1855, the territorial legislature chose Lecompton to be the only official and permanent capital of the Kansas Territory, clashing with the Free State Legislature created in Topeka around the same time. Today, Lecompton features a historic walking tour with 34 stops. Information about the tour can be found on Lecompton’s website, LecomptonKansas.com.
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Each year, thousands flock to area sunflower farms throughout the month of August to bask in bright, yellow flowers standing tall in the Kansas sun. These fields make for the perfect photo op and provide joy and inspiration to visitors from all around!
Visit the town of Dover and its historic Sommerset Café to step back in time! The Sommerset building began as Sage General Store in the late 1800s. Over the years, the restaurant has received national media attention for its homestyle meals and pies. While in Dover, head over to Echo Cliff Park, where visitors can enjoy folk art, picnic tables, and scenic views of the 50-foot-high cliffs that give the park its name.
WAMEGO, KS – Travel northwest from Topeka to visit the OZ Museum and its yellow brick road! Don’t miss Toto’s Tacos on the same block.
OREGON NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL – Travel this famed route of westward migration through a stretch of northeast Kansas! For more, visit NPS.gov/Oreg.
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Berry Hill UPick Farm Berryton, KS
High Tide Perry, KS
Berry Hill UPick Farms Berryton, KS
PRAIRIE BAND CASINO AND RESORT (Mayetta, KS)
Looking for luxury? Just 20 minutes north of Topeka, you’ll find Prairie Band Casino and Resort! This luxury casino and resort, operated by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, features a 35,000-square-foot casino and three restaurants. At the resort, you can enjoy an indoor pool, performances inside their 1,100-seat venue, or go for par at Firekeeper Golf Course, the No. 1 public golf course in Kansas! New in 2023 is the Sunrise Tower expansion. This latest addition features two and three bay suites and luxury hotel rooms, as well as the new Cedar & Sage Spa & Salon. Prairie Band is also introducing its new TopGolf Swing Suites, offering an immersive social experience that allows you to play golf on a one-of-a-kind simulator, while enjoying a lounge experience and first-class food and drinks! The TopGolf Swing Suites are NOW open, so visit PrairieBand.com to book your stay today.
North of Prairie Band Casino and Resort, you’ll also find:
GOLDEN EAGLE CASINO (Horton, KS)
SAC AND FOX CASINO (Powhattan, KS)
Explore wineries just outside the capital city for a certified “grape” time!
CROOKED POST WINERY (Ozawkie)
Located just north of Topeka, Crooked Post Winery is a unique venue inspired by Italian architecture and European winemaking. Their wines are made from locally grown French-Americanhybrid wine grapes, which are hand-picked and pruned on site. The winery offers tours and tastings and is known for its harvest parties, which allow guests to participate in the winemaking process. Spend time in the tasting room or on the patio to enjoy wines, wood-fired pizzas, and gourmet cheese and bread baskets.
OTHER WINERIES TO VISIT NEARBY:
• Z&M TWISTED VINES WINES & WINERY (Lawrence)
• WYLDEWOOD CELLARS WINERY (Paxico)
• OZ WINERY (Wamego)
• 456 WINERIES (Wamegomultiple wineries under one roof!)
PRAIRIE FIRE WINERY (Paxico)
Located in the Flint Hills, Prairie Fire Winery is a “dirt to glass” operation with some extraordinary views. Prairie Fire spans about 60 acres and produces award-winning wines that are hand-crafted from Kansas-grown grapes. After sampling their wines, stroll through rows of vines for superb photo ops. Also, check out the artisan products Prairie Fire has become known for, including their wine cheese and candles.
EMPTY NESTER’S WINERY (Lecompton)
Empty Nester’s Winery in historic downtown Lecompton is true to its name, as it is owned and operated by two empty nesters who started making fruit wines years ago as a hobby. This smallscale winery makes and bottles its wine in-house, exclusively producing fruit wines, rather than your typical reds and whites.
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Prairie Band Casino and Resort
Prairie Band Casino and Resort
American Patriotic Supply
Brookwood Retail Liquor
Heart & Home Design
Kansas Drug Testing
Ken Elder Accounting
Linen Tree & Co.
Madison Avenue Boutique
Pam Luthi Insurance Solutions
Prairie Trading Co.
Shear Heaven Styling Salon
Tequila's Mexican Restaurant
The Burger Stand
The Laundry Chute
Top City Tech
Triple Edge Barber Shop
Wild Bird House
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Where to grab a special treat:
GOURMET POPCORN for locally popped delights
HAZEL HILL CHOCOLATE for small-batch, hand-made chocolates and other sweet treats
SHANA CAKE serving gluten-free, allergy friendly breads and sweets
Topeka Preforming Art Center Evergy
With $150 million and counting invested in Topeka’s downtown in recent years, the heart of our capital city continues to grow. Whether you’re in search of a swanky boutique hotel, an exquisite craft cocktail, beer by the tap, food for any mood, or the perfect place to shop, downtown Topeka is your go-to stop!
Catch a concert or show at one of downtown’s event venues, including the Topeka Performing Arts Center, Evergy Plaza and the historic Jayhawk Theatre. Get some axe throwing in at Axe & Ale, enjoy a round of indoor golf at The Tee Box, or put your gaming skills to the test at Spawn Inn. Hungry after all that activity? Stop by Olive Café, The Pennant, or Iron Rail Brewing for a quick bite to eat. Looking for something a bit more upscale? Make your reservations at The Weather Room, The White Linen, or Knox Cocktail Lounge. And the list truly goes on!
While there is lots more than what’s listed here to explore, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the following downtown treasures!
Where to shop:
ABSOLUTE DESIGN BY BRENDA for unique gifts, flowers and decor
DISTINQUE’ GENTLEMAN, where you’ll find apparel and accessories for both men and women
HUNTER & LAINE for a variety of goods and decor
LEAPING LLAMAS ARTISAN SHOP for local art and a variety of artisanmade items
MARICEL’S BOUTIQUE for women’s apparel and accessories
MOBURTS SPICES & MORE for special spice blends and olive oil, vinegar pairings
PRAIRIE GLASS ART STUDIO for fused glass creations
RELIANT APPAREL, your Topeka-gear headquarters
THE VINTAGE FOX for eclectic antiques, oddities and more
WITH JULES for organic and sustainable living
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK:
4 GUYS BISTRO for amazing pho and the best crab rangoon in town
THE CELTIC FOX
Topeka’s beloved Irish pub
GLOBE INDIAN CUISINE for some of the area’s best Indian fare
HANOVER PANCAKE HOUSE serving breakfast-and-lunch diner classics since 1969
JULI’S COFFEE & BISTRO for breakfast, lunch or the perfect pick-me-up
LOS MANDILES ROJOS for authentic Mexican cuisine
LUIS’ PLACE for an intimate dining experience
NAULING’S TEXAS BBQ & SOUL FOOD for “a taste of Texas in every bite”
Discover the best Mediterranean food in the Midwest
THE WHITE LINEN
Fine dining inside an intimate upscale restaurant
THE WEATHER ROOM for delicious chef-crafted menus with a contemporary ambiance
Enjoy a burger and milkshake at Topeka’s #1 family fun restaurant
Pour your own brews at the first self service beer hall in Kansas!
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A GLANCE AT 2023! YOU! WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE • Get up close with gentle giants at the Giraffe & Friends Grand Opening March 10! • Meet New Friends: Lesser Kudu, Bontubuk, Thomson’s Gazelle, & Ostrich! • Watch Bornean Orangutan, Udara as she grows & explores! • Attend Zoo Events: Roar & Pour, Brew at the Zoo, Boo at the Zoo, & Zoo Lights! 635 SW Gage Blvd. Topeka, KS 66606 785-368-9180 | topekazoo.org
In March 2013, the Equality House — or “Rainbow House” as it is often called — arose in Topeka’s Westboro neighborhood as a symbol of compassion, peace and positive change. Serving as headquarters for the LGBTQ+ advocacy arm of the nonprofit Planting Peace, the Equality House is a visual reminder of the organization’s commitment to promoting equality and inclusivity — values Topeka holds dear. In fact, the capital city has tied for highest score in the state of Kansas on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, and we’re committed to reaching a perfect score of 100 sooner rather than later!
Visit the Equality House on your next trip to Topeka to take in the local landmark and snap a photo in front of its vibrant exterior. Visitors are also welcome to leave a message of encouragement and support on the house’s north-facing exterior wall. While there, don’t forget to check out the Mott House just next door! The Mott House was painted in 2016 to mimic the transgender flag. In 2019, the house was given its current name to honor the late Stephanie Mott, Kansas’ most notable transgender activist. For more about Planting Peace visit PlantingPeace.org. Once you’ve seen Topeka’s best-known monument to Pride, you can also learn more about Kansas’ Pride movement by visiting PrideKansas.org. Pride Kansas held its first statewide Pride festival in 2022 and hopes to make it an annual tradition in the years to come!
Did you know:
The Equality House celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2023! Discover more about its ongoing mission at plantingpeace.org
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Topeka Performing Arts Center
Topeka Civic Theatre
Stormont Vail Events Center
White Concert Hall
Topeka Performing Arts Center
In 2023 the Topeka Performing Arts Center welcomes Earth, Wind and Fire, and the hit Broadway musical “On Your Feet!’. Enjoy the seductive beat and choreography highlighting the music of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine!
With venues big and small, Topeka is no stranger to the performing arts! Read on to learn about some of the stages that call the capital city “home.”
TOPEKA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Suited to accommodate Broadway touring companies, world-class orchestras and major dance companies, the Topeka Performing Arts Center is a multi-purpose venue that hosts large concerts, plays, musical performances and more in an elegant, Art-Decostyle space. For a calendar of upcoming events, visit TopekaPerformingArts.org.
WHITE CONCERT HALL
Housed on the Washburn University campus, White Concert Hall is home to the school’s music department, as well as the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, the Topeka Festival Singers, the Sunflower Music Festival, and other university and community events.
STORMONT VAIL EVENTS CENTER
From demolition derbies to Cirque Du Soleil, Stormont Vail Events Center hosts many large events that appeal to a variety of audiences. Annual exhibits and fairs are also held here throughout the year. For more, look for the longer “Stormont Vail Events Center” entry in this guide on page 101 or visit StormontVailEventsCenter. com.
TOPEKA CIVIC THEATRE
HISTORIC JAYHAWK THEATRE
Downtown’s historic Jayhawk Theatre was built in 1926 to be a motion picture cinema. Today, it hosts a variety of main-stage acts. Ongoing restoration of the theatre allows visitors to see this historic site in a state of transition. Still, the show(s) must go on! Visit JayhawkTheatre.org to explore upcoming events, or to learn more about this aging beauty’s return to its former glory.
Founded in 1936, the Topeka Civic Theatre claims to be the oldest continuously operating community dinner theatre in the country! With both dinner and non-dinner shows, as well as bar service and scrumptious desserts, you’ll want to catch a show on the TCT mainstage during your next trip to Topeka. For more, visit TopekaCivicTheatre.com.
From outdoor installations to galleries galore, Topeka has a number of art offerings to enjoy! Here are a few you won’t want to miss.
Located in and around Washburn University’s White Concert Hall, the Rita Blitt Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden features a collection of works gifted by awardwinning artist Rita Blitt. Blitt’s sculptures can be found in public spaces around the world, and a few just happen to call Topeka “home”! More than 20 additional sculptures and art installations can be found throughout Washburn’s campus, so feel free to wander the grounds for your outdoor-art fix.
While there are too many local art galleries to list in this section, here are a few of our favorites! While exploring Topeka check out Two Wolves Studio & Artist Den, Stephen Smith Gallery, NexLynx Gallery, Leaping Llamas, the NOTO Arts Center or Amused! The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library also features revolving exhibitions at the Sabatini Gallery. For a current list of galleries visit artstopeka.org.
MULVANE ART MUSEUM
The Mulvane Art Museum on Washburn University’s campus is one of the oldest accredited art museums west of the Mississippi River, housing a collection of about 5,500 objects from around the world. The museum’s collection prominently features the work of artists from Kansas and the Midwest. For more, visit MulvaneArtMuseum.org.
Murals can be found throughout the capital city — if you know where to look! We recommend making stops in downtown Topeka and the NOTO Arts & Entertainment District. Then, make your way over to the Great Mural Wall of Topeka, just behind the Stormont Vail Events Center, for a 360-degree, storyboard-like display. Also check out the inspiring mural at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, and hop over to 10th and Kansas Avenue to enjoy downtown Topeka’s newest mural “Golden City Serenade,” a stunning tribute to Topeka’s Middle Eastern and North African community featuring 24 karat gold leafing! Visit ArtsTopeka.org/mural for a complete list of locations!
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An eclectic combination of recycled art and nature sanctuary, Truckhenge is an ode to the world-famous Stonehenge. The local art park features antique trucks jutting from the ground, surrounded by various upcycled art installations and native plants. This outdoor gallery is located on a family farm, so visitors should book tours in advance. Visit TruckhengeFarm.com for contact information and to learn more.
OLD PRAIRIE TOWN AT WARD-MEADE
History, family fun, outdoor adventures and more await you at Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade. Step back in time to explore this 1800s prairie village, complete with general store, drug store (with soda fountain and candy counter inside), 1854 replica log cabin, schoolhouse, train station and the like. One of the crowning exhibits is the Ward-Mead Mansion, originally the home of Anthony A. Ward. Period furniture, clothing and artifacts are available to view inside the mansion during regularly scheduled guided tours. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as “the story of the house and its occupants reflects the history, changes, and expansion of the city” of Topeka. Prairie Town facilities are also available to rent for your next family reunion, birthday party, or wedding.
A new Native American exhibit debuted in Old Prairie Town in 2022. The project features an authentic Indigenous village with elements such as a prayer circle, medicine wheel, and wigwam at the heart of the encampment. A collaboration on
the part of Shawnee County Parks & Rec, Citizen Band and Prairie Band Potawatomi tribes, the project honors Topeka’s area heritage.
The botanical garden located outside the Ward-Meade Mansion is also a sight to behold. It features a zen garden, plentiful blooms and a number of seasonal events, including another stop along the Tulip Time “roadmap”. Seasonal events include Garden Glow, Tulips at Twilight, Picnic on the Prairie, Old Prairie Town Christmas and the Apple Festival.
Throughout Topeka, public art installations provide pops of color and history. Walk through downtown to see and read about statues of prominent Topekans; stroll across the Kansas Capitol grounds to spot historical figures like Dwight D. Eisenhower and Abraham Lincoln; and explore NOTO to find an array of installations that are sure to make you stop, admire and think.
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POOLS, SPLASH PADS AND AQUATIC CENTERS
Looking to cool off? Starting each Memorial Day weekend, local pools and aquatic centers are open for business. They include Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center, Midwest Health Aquatic Center and Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center, as well as several community pools. Also, don’t sleep on the area’s splash parks, including Dornwood Spray Park, Jackson Spray Park and the downtown splash pad at Evergy Plaza.
Topeka boasts a variety of parks, trails and green spaces. Whether you’re looking for exercise or fresh air, celebrate the beauty of nature in the capital of Kansas!
Located at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center, this Japanese water garden is one of only a few of its kind in the U.S. The final design was created by garden master Koji Morimoto, who handcrafted pieces of the serene scene himself. Whether for daily strolls or to attend a wedding, you’ll want to visit Kay’s Garden again and again to see nature come to life.
Topeka features over 100 parks across the city. Historic Gage Park stretches across 160 acres and features the Topeka Zoo, a 2-mile paved fitness loop, rose garden, the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, Adventure Land, and a miniature train offering rides throughout. If you are looking for scenic waterfront, explore Lake Shawnee. Completed in 1939, Lake Shawnee is a top travel destination in Kansas and boasts the popular Adventure Cove, as well as 7-mile of paved trails. Looking for something a bit more lowkey? Enjoy Crestview Park, home to two-disc golf courses and a portion of the expansive Shunga Trail. Finally consider Azura Trails at Skyline Park for breathtaking views atop Burnett’s Mound, at an elevation of 1,140 feet it will give you a unique vantage point to see the city. A complete list of local parks may be found online at parks.snco.us.
For trail lovers, Topeka offers over 70 miles of connected trails, featuring a variety of wooded and paved paths to explore. For a more rugged experience, we suggest the hilly, winding trails of Kaw River State Park, which is located next to MacLennan Park and the Kansas Governor’s mansion. In North Topeka, just off Highway 24 sits Iliff Commons, consisting of several miles of trails that have been carved through native prairie and woodland and are used for walking, running, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. For a paved path, we recommend Shunga Trail, an 18.8 mile out and back trail which runs all the way across Topeka. Finally, Shiloh Woods in Auburn, Kansas offers wheelchair accessible nature trails, ensuring the beauty of Kansas can be enjoyed by all.
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Kaw River State Park
many miles of trails:
Topeka enjoys over 70 miles of connected trails. Along the Shunga Trail, Topeka’s longest urban stretch, you can actually travel from one side of the city to the other and only have to cross 5 intersections.
The Kansas River stretches across the Capital City, also known as the Kaw River, this waterway has delighted and inspired travelers for generations. The river flows west to east for more than 170 miles before feeding into the Missouri River, the longest river in North America, at Kaw Point in Kansas City. Topekaarea visitors enjoy multiple access points, including the Kaw River State Park, which occupies 76 acres of land on the south bank of the Kansas River. A convenient boat ramp near river mile 90 provides river access to canoes, kayaks and other small craft.
In 2021, phase one of construction on the Kansas River Weir, near river mile 87, was completed, creating a safe passage at that point for kayakers, canoers and recreational users of the waterway. Water enthusiasts, or newcomers interested in seeing Topeka from a different perspective, can plan a unique experience on the river by visiting KawRiverAdventures.com, which specializes in family-friendly recreation. Kayak and canoe rentals are also available through KawValleyCanoeRental.com and DirtyGirlAdventures.com which encourages women to enjoy the outdoors.
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Shawnee North Aquatic Center
Dornwood Nature Trails
Midwest Health Aquatic Center
Topeka’s trails afford more than just leisurely strolls; a few offer heart-pounding cycling for bike enthusiasts or the whole family. No matter your skill level, Topeka’s mountainbiking areas provide a thrilling challenge. Locals’ favorite biking trails include the following hot sites:
• Kaw River State Park (Red Trail)
• MacLennan Park (Yellow & Red Trails)
• Azura Trail at Skyline Park
BMX is a family friendly sport that promotes competition among kids, as well as adults. For Topekans, Heartland BMX is the sport’s local hub. Since the 1980s, Crestview Park has been home to the premier dirt BMX track, which hosts American Bicycle Association-sanctioned BMX races and clinics. Heartland BMX provides a space for bikers to make friends, engage in friendly competition and become part of a dedicated BMX community.
River State Park
Old Prairie Town & Ward-Meade Botanical Garden
• Ward Cabin – Replica of Anthony & Mary Jane Ward’s 1854 cabin • Ward-Meade Mansion – Original 1870s prairie mansion on National Register of Historic Places • 1880s Everest Church • One-room Schoolhouse • 1900s Santa Fe Railroad Depot
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General Store & gift shop • Potwin Drug Store & soda fountain • 1800s phyician’s and dentist’s office and pharmacy • Rev. Charles Sheldon Study • 2.5-acre botanical garden featuring: – National Daylily Display Garden – National Hosta Display Garden
Meet You There!
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– Par 70 Layout Book a tee time at: www.shawneecountygolf.com 4141 SE East Edge Road 785.251.6840
– Par 70 Layout Book a tee time at: www.shawneecountygolf.com 2533 SW Urish Road 785.251.6870
– Par 35 Layout Book a tee time at: www.shawneecountygolf.com 700 SW Capehart Road 785.862.0114 • Historic Carousel • 1-mile Mini-Train • Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center • Reinisch Rose Garden • Westlake Pond • Topeka Zoo • Helen Hocker Theater • Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
• 410-acre recreational lake • Ted Ensley Gardens Aboretum • 7-mile pedestrian/bicycle trail • Golf Course • Campground • 1,100-acre park Lake Shawnee Adventure Cove Playgrounds • Boating • Fishing • Skiing 785.251.6800 parks.snco.us
CAMPING AND GLAMPING
Topeka offers several different options for camping, including Capital City KOA, which is the largest and top-rated campground in the Topeka area. The local KOA campground features full-service RV sites complete with free cable TV and WiFi access.
Another great option is the Lake Shawnee campground, which sports 123 campsites for RV and tent-dwelling campers. All sites have electrical hookups, with handicap accessible options available. A natural lake cove, or swimming beach, is located by the campground and open to registered campers between sunrise and sunset.
Looking to camp in style? From The Top: Glamping Experience offers unique tent set ups in Topeka and will travel up to 20 miles outside the city to create a luxury camping experience. Tailor your experience by choosing one of several different rental packages, including the “Romance Package,” “Movie Night Package,” “Family Night Package,” and more. Visit their website to book your glamping experience: https://www.fromthetopglamping.com
MORE CAMPING SPOTS:
Other notable camping locations in Topeka and the surrounding area include the following:
• Forbes Landing RV Park
• Topeka Hilltop Campground
• Perry State Park
• Deer Creek Valley RV Park
Book a custom “Pop Up Picnic” with Dare to Dream Event Management to add a little extra flare to your camping adventure.
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Ted Ensley Garden
Lake Shawnee Campground
Lake Shawnee Golf Course
Topeka Country Club
The Tee Box
Lake Shawnee Disc Golf Course
No matter where you are in the city, you’re only a backhand throw away from a great disc golf course. Okay, you may have to take a short drive — but it’ll be worth it, we promise! The capital city offers about seven different disc golf courses that range in difficulty to serve seasoned players and newbies alike. Play a round solo or with friends, or participate in a local league night to put your skills to the test.
18 HOLE COURSES:
• Big Shunga Park
• Crestview Park East
• Crestview Park West
• Lake Shawnee
Looking to work on your backswing, practice your putt, or get your birdie on? Look no further than the capital city. Topeka is home to several premier golf courses and resorts, including Cypress Ridge Golf Course, Lake Shawnee Golf Course, Topeka Country Club, Firekeeper Golf Course (at the nearby Prairie Band Casino), and various GreatLIFE Topeka locations, among others. Book a tee time, grab your clubs, and enjoy a day on the fairway!
If weather conditions aren’t to your liking, Topeka’s hottest new take on golf might help you keep your plans to hit the green. The Tee Box in downtown Topeka, 8 Iron Therapy near Lake Shawnee, and TopCITYGolf at GreatLIFE North feature out-of-the-box golfing experiences. Both The Tee Box and 8 Iron Therapy offer indoor simulated golf experiences that will bring you back for more. The Tee Box also features a curated menu of golf-inspired fare, and 8 Iron Therapy partners with select local restaurants to quell your hunger mid-round. A covered driving range at TopCITYGolf will help you steer clear of the elements while you work on your swing.
9 HOLE COURSES:
• Edgewater Park
• Rice Park
• Shunga Glen Park
If discs aren’t your thing or the family is looking for something more kid-friendly, maybe we can interest you in a round of mini golf! There are several local places to grab a putter and add a little whimsy to your day. Whether you desire to shoot around dinosaurs and giant spiders, putt by the glow of neon lights, or enjoy some time on a standard miniature golf course, Topeka has what you’re looking for. We encourage you to check out the following putt-putt locations:
• SPORTS CENTER 6545 S.W. 10th Ave.
• WEST RIDGE LANES AND FAMILY FUN CENTER
1935 S.W. Westport Drive
• PURE GOLF TOPEKA
7523 S.W. 21st St.
• MINI GOLF a new neon black-light experience inside West Ridge Mall
• TOPCITYGOLF AT GREATLIFE NORTH 350 N.E. US-24 Highway
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Newly revitalized, Topeka’s historic downtown has enjoyed over $150M in private and public investment over the past ten years. Downtown Topeka is now home to dynamic restaurants, retail, entertainment, bars and more. Featuring the Kansas Statehouse, thousands of visitors explore the grounds of the capitol building and then walk to nearby Kansas Avenue. The avenue is anchored by Evergy Plaza, a central plaza offering free live concerts and a splashpad that turns into a dynamic water and light show each evening. The show goes on, with some of the nation’s top performers at the Jayhawk Theater and the Topeka Performing Arts Center.
Dining is never a problem downtown. International dining options including the state’s finest Mediterranean restaurant Olive Café, Los Mandilles Rojos or Globe Indian Cuisine. Fine diners will enjoy the White Linen, the Weather Room, or Luis’ Place, and you can have some fun at the Pennant, a retro bowling and bar-cade restaurant, or the Tee-Box which features PGA Golf simulators. If you are looking for a place to unwind, the Brew Bank provides a self-serve experience, and the Knox provides a high-end speakeasy to grab a night cap. Be sure to stop by our local retailers. Hazel Hill Chocolates, Cashmere Popcorn, Moburt’s Spices, Prairie Glass Studio and Absolute Designs by Brenda offer something different for all your needs. Finally, art and design are thriving downtown thanks to businesses like Prairie Glass Studio, Leaping Llamas and Warehouse 414. If it sounds like a lot going on downtown, that’s because there is! This just scratches the surface, be sure to visit downtowntopekainc.com for more information!
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Westboro Mart is one of the oldest shopping centers in Topeka. Featuring stunning Mission and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture inspired by the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, this center offers a variety of retail experiences. Enjoy a drink at Salut, a premier wine and cocktail lounge or enjoy floral designs by Porterfield’s Flowers. Redesigning your home’s interior or just in the market for new furnishings? Stop by SOHO Interiors for an eclectic array of furniture and home decor. And if you haven’t yet found a place to stay while in Topeka, you can even rent an exclusive twobedroom suite on the second level of Westboro Mart through Airbnb.
NOTO ARTS DISTRICT
The NOTO Arts District is the center of Topeka’s arts community. Known for its murals, galleries, and retailers, the district boasts over 40 murals and outdoor sculptures, and features live performances at Redbud Park. The area also boasts dozens of local retailers. Discover your new favorite book at Round Table Bookstore, a vintage find at Two Days Market, or tap into the metaphysical by purchasing a crystal or two at Enchanting Earth! You can learn more about the district at explorenoto.org.
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Round Table Bookstore
THE LUMBER WOMAN & CO.
What began as a fallen tree during a storm, has grown into a thriving female-owned and operated business. Tina, AKA The Lumber Woman, recognized that fallen trees still have so much potential. Today, her clients have the special opportunity to commission one-of-a-kind pieces for their home!
SASSY BASSET BISCUIT CO.
With the encouragement of a hungry Basset Hound, Sassy Basset owner Sherri started baking dog treats with all-natural and locally grown ingredients. There’s no doubt these treats will have your furry friends wagging their tails!
THE BRASSY EXPLORER
The Brassy Explorer was born from a love for travel and the desire to find great gifts for friends and family. Products include custom engraved wood keychains, magnets, and ornaments, as well as a variety of other engravable items like drink tumblers, bottle openers, passport holders, koozies, and more!
CLAY LIKE ME
With nearly endless designs and color combinations, there’s something for everyone who loves to accessorize with earrings! Maker and designer, Evelyn, creates these handmade polymer clay earrings with the goal of bringing a little bit of happiness to those who wear them.
Home-thrown, hand-carved, and carefully glazed, each piece from Made Maker’s pottery is a work of art. Items range from vases and plant holders to kitchenware and more. One item, in particular, can be found in many Topeka homes: the Topeka flag mug!
THE NORTHWOODS GNOMES
These one-of-a-kind handcrafted Nordic Gnomes are rumored to bring good luck! Each gnome has a style of its own. They can be styled to help root for your favorite school or sports team or make for the perfect seasonal décor.
Sassy Basset Biscuit Co.
The Northwoods Gnomes
The Brassy Explorer
With so many different makers in the area, we couldn’t possibly include them all here! Check out a few more below, and hop over to VisitTopeka.com for more of our favorites.
MORNING LIGHT KOMBUCHA
Native American owned and operated
TOP CITY FLOWER TRUCK
Meet Fiona, a 1964 Ford F100
STUMPY’S SMOKED CHEESE
Smoked Cheez-Its, anyone?
Contemporary bakehouse with an old family recipe
ORGANIC BODY CARE
Original beauty products made in-house
Concrete planters with a colorful twist
TOPEKA FARMERS MARKET
A time honored tradition! The Downtown Topeka Farmers Market is held every Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to noon, from April through November, in the parking lot of the Kansas Judicial Center, 301 S.W. 10th Street. There you can pick up baked goods, handmade accessories and fresh fruits and veggies grown by Kansas farmers. For more great produce and home-made goodness, check out the Monday Farmers Market, held in the parking lot of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, May through October, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
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Clay Like Me
The Lumber Woman & Co.
TOPEKA VENDORS MARKET
Topeka Vendors Market features an eclectic selection of antiques, décor, vintage, and upcycled items. The market is also home to a cafe which serves a variety of foods to help sustain you as you shop. Located a block east of the Ramada Hotel in downtown Topeka, the vendors market is full of treasures just waiting to be discovered. Multiple floors of a refurbished warehouse packed with booths featuring the work of local artisans, makers, antique dealers, collectors and custom creators.
OTHER SPOTS TO CHECK OUT:
• Craftee Crafters
• The Market at Macvicar
• Kaw River Rustics
• Two Days Market
Advertised as Topeka’s largest antique mall and flea market, Owls Nest features over 250 vendors at two Capital City locations. Treasure hunters, get ready! Both quantity and quality for the win. Seasonal styles, fun and funky collectables, new and vintage furniture, games galore, and a bevy of nostalgia - you’ll find a little bit of everything at the Owls Nest. The two locations include 2901 SE Adams Street and 3411 SW Topeka Boulevard.
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Topeka has become known in recent years for its flourishing foodie scene, which continues to grow in number and acclaim. Locals are flocking to restaurants, snackeries and bars across the city that have been voted “Best of Topeka” on multiple occasions! Enjoy this inside scoop on some of our current local favorites.
Let’s start with Salut Wine and Cocktail Lounge, a neighborhood lounge with a secret! Hidden below the sleek, modern establishment lies “The Principal’s Office,” a speakeasy known for its covert entrance at the building’s rear. Looking for a more casual locale? Head over to Jeremiah Bullfrogs or The Celtic Fox to catch a game or simply enjoy the laid-back vibes! With burgers, fries, beer and more, these locations are a couple of the hottest spots to soak up sports and hops with Topeka’s own. Speaking of burgers, The Burger Stand is a mustvisit, with sandwiches and fries for
any mood and monthly specials that will make your mouth water. No matter where you find yourself in the city, Topeka’s foodie favorites are never far away. Hitting the south side? You’ve gotta stop by Banjo’s Cafe for some downhome cooking! They’re the perfect spot for breakfast, with biscuits and gravy made from scratch daily. Speaking of home cooking, Cook’s American Grill is where you’ll find mouth-watering homestyle meals in the heart of the city, just a short drive from Washburn University. In east Topeka? Check out Soul Fire Food Co. on California Avenue for barbecue, smoked meats and homemade frybread that feeds the soul! Still hungry? Head north to the
NOTO arts district for Bradley’s Corner Café. Some locals say the pie is better than their grandma’s (though they’d never admit it if asked twice). Looking for something a little different? Oriental Express is one of Topeka’s favorite locations for sushi and Pan-Asian cuisine, or make a reservation at Jong’s Thai Kitchen for a charming and delicious dining experience. Wherever your travels take you, ask a local for direction and they are sure to provide some great recommendations.
Hot new take on the local pub, offering craft brews via self-serve digital taps; order a “brew bread” or “brew board” for shareable artisan bites that delight
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A few of our favorite local dining spots offering something special include:
THE PENNANT PAST AND PRESENT
The Pennant buzzed with traffic through the 1950s and 1960s. Originally developed by Patricia Beazley, the restaurant became known statewide. The original Pennant closed in 1967, however its legacy lives on today delighting customers with its retro aesthetic and ice cream shakes!
THE BURGER STAND
A hip burger joint ser ving one-of-a-kind gourmet burgers, famous fries and beer-battered onion rings; enjoy outdoor patio seating or a jumbo Jenga game while you eat
THE WHEEL BARREL
Go for their signature sammies and housemade kettle chips (seriously, the best grilled cheeses in town!), stay for the atmosphere and extensive drink menus
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The Wheel Barrel
The Burger Stand
THE WEATHER ROOM
The Weather Room is back! In 2023 it will reopen as the flagship restaurant for the Cyrus Hotel. Located in downtown Topeka, this eatery features an extensive wine list and cocktails. Diners can expect an impeccable menu and superior service that is sure to delight the most discriminating diner.
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The White Linen
Don’t get us wrong, we love a local dive — but when you’re dressed to impress and want to sample some of the finest fare in Topeka, look no further than these dining establishments!
THE WHITE LINEN
With a rotating menu that changes by the month, The White Linen is a French-inspired finedining experience serving an eclectic mix of New American and traditional French cuisine. Delight your taste buds with a five-course meal during The White Linen’s usual dinner service, or stop by for a coveted tapas night on the first Tuesday of each month. Reservations are highly recommended for this downtown Topeka staple! To view the latest tasting menu or make a reservation, visit TheWhiteLinen.com.
This cozy French restaurant in the heart of Topeka features elegant dining in a bistro atmosphere. Chez Yasu’s exquisite dishes and minimalist plating let each meal’s aroma and taste take center stage. Alongside must-have entrees like rack of lamb and roasted duck, the restaurant’s yellow squash soup is liquid gold in a bowl! For more, visit ChezYasuFrenchRestaurant. com.
NORTH STAR STEAKHOUSE
With a history dating back more than 75 years, North Star Steakhouse is the quintessential rustic fine-dining destination! This North Topeka staple began as a supper club in the early 1940s and has grown into the area’s prime spot for steak and friendly service delivered in a family-oriented atmosphere. Enjoy wine or beer with your savory steak, or scour North Star’s “Prohibition Cocktail Menu” for something timeless. Regardless of whether you’re still hungry, the North Star Bread Pudding is a must to end your night!
A romantic hidden treasure, Luis’ Place is an intimate eatery that offers lunch, brunch and dinner menus curated by owner and chef Luis Guillén. Upscale and locally sourced, Luis’ dishes range from French to Hispanic to American cuisine. Dinners are usually “reservation only,” so call ahead to secure your spot. Be sure to follow Luis’ Place on Facebook for the latest on upcoming meals and events!
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North Star Steakhouse
Topeka was founded in part by Mexican immigrants who came to build the railroads in the late 1800’s. Be sure to check out the historic Oakland Neighborhood, and the East 6th shopping district which serve as the heart of the city’s Latino community. To start the day, try the Oakland Bakery! Nestled in a small building off Seward Avenue, the bakery offers authentic Mexican baked goods, along with some pastry favorites like homemade muffins and donuts. You can find a variety of pan dulce, such as conchas, orejas, empanadas de fruta, polverones and more. Get there early to snag your favorites, or get a quote on their website for larger orders. If you’re in the mood for something quick on the go but still want to impress the camera, or your friends, look no further than Casserolle. With elote that overflows each cup and delightful mangonadas, a frozen mango treat featuring chamoy sauce and tajin. The options are endless.
Here are some other popular locations in the area:
• RESTAURANTE MI TIERRA
• TAQUERIA EL COYOTE
• LA CASITA MEXICAN RESTAURANTE
• ZOILA’S CAFÉ
• HAMBURGUESAS MEXICANAS
• PABLANOS GRILL
• LOS MANDILES ROJOS
• ROSI’S FOOD
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Los Mandiles Rojos
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This local establishment has a huge following. While there isn’t seating on site, bags full of greasy goodness can be found on the premises and taken to go. Make sure to get there early or call in your order if you’re wanting to grab food, as the lunch line gets long. LOCAL TIP: Order the pepper jack cheese balls for a little fired-up treat!
SOUL FIRE FOOD CO.
Located on California Avenue, Soul Fire is known for its slow-smoked barbecue. This local favorite, which started as a food truck, serves up wings, ribs, pulled pork and more. LOCAL TIP: Try their Indian tacos with homemade frybread.
Located by Lake Shawnee, this local sports bar features spicy fried cauliflower and some of the best burgers in town!
LOCAL TIP: Try the cheese dip with your fries!
Taco Villa is known for offering a variety of a la carte options, as well as some combos. You can often find locals biting into the famous “Thing” — yes, that’s how it’s listed on the menu — while dipping chips into their famed queso. While the “Thing” is a bit indescribable, you can also find burritos, tacos, enchiladas and more.
The Pad is an iconic Topeka restaurant. Owned and operated by the same family since 1961, this North Topeka staple is known for their Rocket Meal, a burger or pork tenderloin served with curly-q fries and a drink. The restaurant features original retro décor, and serves everything from chicken fried steak, and homemade chicken and noodles, to taco salad.
DINERS, DRIVE-INS, AND DIVES
Since 1948, Bobo’s Drive In — which was featured in 2008 on the hit show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” — has been known for its popular drive-up service. There is limited seating and an old-fashioned lunch counter inside, but Bobo’s classic car service continues to be a local favorite. Outside, a neon marquee adorns the building, and a large menu can be found facing vehicles that park under the drive-in canopy. Carhops take your order and deliver meals, so you never have to leave the luxury of your vehicle. You can’t go wrong ordering a cheeseburger and fries. LOCAL TIP: Try a side of ranch with your fries, and don’t skip the chocolate milkshake!
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Bobo’s Drive In
Traverse the globe without ever leaving Topeka! The capital city is home to a variety of people and food, adding to the area’s diverse dining scene and culture. From Thai to Indian to Mediterranean and more, local eateries offer something for every palate. Check out a few of our favorites below! Just remember — this list only scratches the surface.
• 4 Guys Bistro
• Oriental Express
• Ling’s Bistro
• Globe Indian Cuisine
• Indian Bistro
• Monsoon Indian Grill
• Pal Indian Cuisine
• Kiku Japanese Steakhouse
• Mizu Sushi
• Yuki Restaurant of Japan
• Olive Cafe
• El Mexicali
• Los Charros
• Los Mandiles Rojos
• Tacos El Guitarron (food truck)
• Tacos El Sol
• Taqueria El Coyote
• Zoila’s Cafe
• A-Hann Thai
• Jong’s Thai Kitchen
• Tuptim Thai
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Johg’s Thai Kitchen
Meet the Chef:
Chef Tony Mashaal was raised in Egypt. His Mediterranean restaurant has taken Kansas by storm. People will often drive an hour to enjoy his fresh hummus and gyros!
The Egyptian Baklava is a must try. This small flaky pastry combines the perfect mix of honey and pistachio, topped off with a sweet homemade syrup!
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Globe Indian Cuisine
4 Guys Bistro
The Olive Cafe
Dialogue Coffee Judee’s
STILL THIRSTY OR IN NEED OF A MUNCHIE?
• COFFEE BAR located near Washburn University, community focused, the perfect day-tonight spot
• DIALOGUE COFFEE HOUSE coffee with a cause, cozy atmosphere, BIG cookies
• JUDEE’S COFFEE fresh syrups, homemade pop-tarts and baked goods, along with great coffee
• MILK & HONEY COFFEE CO.
dine-in or drivethrough, friendly and community minded
Topeka is no stranger to great coffee shops offering treats of all kinds! Both PT’s Coffee and Blue Jazz Coffee Roasters call the capital city home, with multiple spots serving their special roasts. But wait — there’s more to explore! With popular locations across the city that will keep you coming back for more, don’t miss the following coffee hotspots.
CIRCLE COFFEE CO.
A neighborhood coffee bar with a bit of flare; find freshly baked treats and specialty sips on tap, like their nitro cold brew and carbonated lemonades. Stick around for a Saturday night, and you may just catch another local business popping up after hours!
Featuring a rotating seasonal menu, this modest establishment packs a punch, with creative coffee drinks, boba and milk teas, house-made sandwiches, and delightful desserts you won’t find anywhere else.
ESPRESSO BAR & BISTRO
A local favorite for breakfast and lunch, where you can snag your typical coffee or an after-lunch beer or glass of vino. Keep an eye on their rotating selection of pastries and soups for some mouth-watering goodness!
THAT’S JUST THE START!
We can’t name every place here, so be sure to check out VisitTopeka.com for a more complete list of the caffeine suppliers in town!
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(For nearby wineries, look for the “regional attractions” section on page 32 of this guide!)
• SALUT WINE AND COCKTAIL LOUNGE
Sip the night away on bubbles or vino at Topeka’s newest wine bar! Grab tapas like their “Hot Artichoke Dip” to complete the experience.
• THE WHITE LINEN
A fine-dining establishment known for its extensive wine list! Enjoy a tasting menu that changes monthly, with the option to add a wine pairing to each course. Visit TheWhiteLinen.com for more.
• THE WEATHER ROOM
For wines you may not find elsewhere, The Weather Room downtown, on the first floor of the Cyrus Hotel, is your stop!
• CHEZ YASU
Topeka’s premier spot for French cuisine, Chez Yasu offers a variety of wines and a full bar, served alongside dishes like duck, lamb, and escargots.
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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, and we don’t judge! Ready for a change of pace or night on the town? The hottest bars in the area are popping up across Topeka, offering something for everyone. From craft beer to wine to cocktails, belly up to the bar with us to try some of the drinks that have visitors raving!
A semi-elusive establishment featuring cocktails like no other! With sips like the “Koi No Yokan” — described as “The feeling upon first meeting someone that you will inevitably fall in love” — and “Injuries Due to Falling Coconuts,” which boasts Thai chili kissed Creole bitters, this hidden oasis and its talented owners can be found popping up at Circle Coffee on select dates.
• THE KNOX COCKTAIL BAR & LOUNGE
This modern, sophisticated lounge features cocktail classics, alongside a rotatingsignatures selection. Wines, a bourbon reserve, and select beers can also be found as you relax, take in the ambiance and sip on your favorites.
• THE WHEEL BARREL
This local favorite flaunts a cocktail menu with all the classics, alongside some show-stopping seasonal drinks, and beer and spirit menus to swoon over!
• BREW BANK
Pour the pint or just a sip at Brew Bank! This local joint was the first in Kansas to offer selfserve digital taps. Browse the beer wall to find your favorites, or enjoy a cocktail or one of the few wine offerings on tap!
• THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE
New to town, The Principal’s Office is a speakeasy hidden in Topeka’s Westboro Mart. Find the paddle on the door to be transported underground, where you’ll be treated to prohibition-style fare.
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The Principal’s Office
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Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant Norseman Brewing Company
Iron Rail Brewing
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Happy Basset Brewing Co.
The Celtic Fox is a downtown Topeka landmark. Recently renovated in 2022 this Irish pub is housed in a 140 year old building. The stones on the wall were excavated at the same time as the Kansas Statehoue in 1879. The restaurant now boasts a modern upscale design, that points towards the future while honoring its past. Enjoy a pint of beer or a glass of whiskey and casual pub fare that include bangers and mash and fish and chips!
CHEERS TO BEER
• NORSEMEN BREWING COMPANY
Beers fit for the Vikings at heart! From craft brews to Norse-inspired food, tables here are set for the whole party. As staff like to say, “Mortal Brewed, Odin Approved!”
• HAPPY BASSET
With both Happy Basset Brewing Co. and Happy Basset Barrel House open for business, two locations in TopCity are dedicated to “brewing beer for dog’s best friend!” Catch live music and food trucks at the barrel house on weekends, or stop by either location for some of the best brews in town. Dogs welcome!
• THE BLIND TIGER BREWERY & RESTAURANT
This Topeka staple has brought home more than 25 medals for its awardwinning brews, some as recent as 2022! Whether you’re going for the barbecue, one of their flagship beers or a more recent seasonal brew, you can’t go wrong at The Blind Tiger.
• IRON RAIL BREWING
Iron Rail in downtown Topeka pays homage to the city’s rich railroad history. From the Three Sunken Engines IPA to the Great Overland Station Kolsch, these beers are as special as the stories that inspire them.
IN GOOD SPIRITS
• AXE & ALE
Throw axes over a pint (or two)
• THE TEE BOX
Practice for par, while sipping and snacking the night away
• THE PENNANT Arcade? Check. Bowling? Check. Drinks AND good grub? CHECK.
• SPAWN INN
Enjoy milkshakes and cocktails while gaming galore
The Tee Box
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Baymont Inn & Suites 785-380-8101 60 Outdoor Continental Best Western Topeka Inn & Suites 785-228-2223 45 Indoor Continental Candlewood Suites - Extended Stay 785-271-7822 78 Comfor t Suites 785-246-6777 64 Indoor Full Country Inn & Suites 785-478-9800 60 Indoor Full Court yard by Marriott 785-271-6165 90 Full Cyrus Hotel 785-596-0500 109 Days Inn 785-272-8538 59 Indoor Continental Meadow Acres 785-267-1681 78 Continental Econo Lodge - Wanamaker 785-273-5365 60 Indoor Continental Endeavor Inn & Suites 785-273-8888 120 Outdoor Continental Fairfield Inn by Marriott 785-273-6800 62 Indoor Full Hampton Inn 785-228-0111 89 Indoor Full Hilton Garden Inn Topeka 785-350-2069 123 Indoor Holiday Inn Express & Suites North 785-861-7200 81 Indoor Full Holiday Inn Express & Suites 785-228-9500 81 Indoor Full Homewood Suites - Extended Stay 785-861-7840 87 Indoor Full Hotel Topeka at City Center 785-431-7200 224 Indoor Hyatt Place 785-273-0066 126 Outdoor Continental Motel 6 - Fairlawn 800-466-8356 61 Quality Inn 785-273-6969 47 Indoor Full Ramada Hotel & Convention Center 800-432-2424 213 Both Full Relax Inn 785-273-9888 91 Residence Inn by Marriott - Extended Stay 785-271-8903 66 Indoor Full Senate Luxury Suites Hotel 785-233-5050 51 Full Sleep Inn & Suites 785-228-2500 65 Indoor Full SpringHill Suites 785-596-9650 85 Indoor Continental Super 8 at Forbes Landing 785-862-2222 63 Indoor Continental Super 8 Motel - Wanamaker 785-273-5100 59 Continental Travelers Inn 785-267-1222 60 Woodspring Suites - Extended Stay 785-271-8862 105 Ravenwood Lodge 785-256-6444 5 The Woodward Wisteria - Extended Stay 785-354-7111 The Woodward Rowhouses on Huntoon - Extended Stay 785-354-7111 The Woodward Inns 785-354-7111 Outdoor Full
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The hottest country music festival in the Midwest is now in July! This three-day summer extravaganza is full of big names, the hottest hits, old favorites, and upcoming stars. Multiple stages lay the groundwork for nonstop performances each day at Heartland Motorsports Park. And the best part? You don’t have to go home! Country Stampede offers both tent and RV camping options around the festival site, with multiple ticketing levels available. Various hotels nearby ensure everyone is able to join in the fun, whether for a day or the whole weekend. While in Topeka, explore all the capital city has to offer. During the week leading up to Country Stampede, you’ll find artists performing at various venues throughout the city as part of Topeka Music Week. You might even discover some surprise shows by touring artists as they stop by local establishments and offer up a set! Confirmed acts for 2023’s Country Stampede include such names as Hardy, Lee Brice, Cody Johnson, Kameron Marlowe, Shenandoah, and more. Make sure to follow Country Stampede’s social media channels to stay up to date on additional artists and special guests as they’re announced! Grab your tickets today, and get ready for some of the hottest nights in country music, complete with vendors, food trucks, bars, and so much more.
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TOPEKA MUSIC WEEK
Each summer, a stampede of music fans descends upon the capital city of Kansas. Anchored by the region’s largest country music festival, Country Stampede, venues across the city join in the fun by celebrating Topeka Music Week — a weeklong showcase of local and regional talent that is sure to excite. With venues across the city participating, Topeka will play host each night July 9-15 to an array of talented performers that will have visitors moving, grooving and wanting more. Whether you enjoy country, hip hop, pop, rock or Latin music, Topeka is the city for you in 2023! Enjoy free outdoor concerts at Evergy Plaza and NOTO’s Redbud Park, or step inside for entertainment at one of our amazing local breweries, as well as unique venues like the Jayhawk Theatre and Boobie Trap Bar. Mark your calendar, and get ready to soak up the sounds of summer in Topeka! Keep an eye on Visit Topeka’s social media for announcements
THE LEGENDARY BOOBIE TRAP BAR
The Trap is a 100 seat venue with top shelf sound and lighting. This iconic Topeka dive bar music venue celebrates it’s 30th anniversary in 2023. You can enjoy karaoke nights, and some of the hottest national acts making a stop to perform as they cross the country.
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Mexican Fiesta Kick-off
Spirit of Blues Festival
Spirit of Blues Festival
“Are not flowers the stars of the earth?”
Tulip Time is the event of the spring season. You’ll find Topeka in full bloom in the month of April, as locations citywide fill up with hundreds of thousands of tulips. From cheerful yellow, to passionate red and pure pink, as well as wild two-toned beauties, the Capital City’s parks and gardens are all aglow in the spring time. Grab your camera and take in the bountiful blooms at locations like Gage Park, Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee and WardMeade Park’s Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens at Ward-Meade Park hosts an annual Tulips at Twilight nighttime event during Tulip Time in the spring. It also hosts a similar event in the fall called Garden Glow which usually spans late September through early October.
GLOWING FLOWER SHOWS
Both Tulips at Twilight and Garden Glow feature larger-than-life illuminated flowers and a variety of lighted displays.
Topeka is a great place to catch a game, match or meet with several sports represented in the capital city. Recent construction and venue upgrades have made the city a contender for notable sports events.
From collegiate to youth meets, Washburn University’s new indoor track-and-field facility is quickly becoming one of the best in the nation. This 200-meter banked track will host the 2023 N.J.C.A.A. Indoor Men’s and Women’s National Championships, the facility’s unique dual-layout design offers athletes a great experience on both track and turf. With space for 1,000 spectators, there isn’t a bad seat in the house!
A July tradition for nearly 20 years, the Sunflower State Games is a multi-sport competition that takes place annually over three weekends at event venues across Topeka. This qualifier for the National State Games provides Kansans from various age groups and backgrounds the chance to compete in their chosen disciplines, showcasing their talents at the state level. Everything from swimming to cornhole can be found at hosting locations across the city, including Hummer Sports Park, Stormont Vail Events Center, and Topeka’s many courts and ballparks.
Speaking of courts, Kossover Tennis Center is one of the Midwest’s premier tennis facilities and is home to the Topeka Tennis Association. This facility has 18 well-lit courts along with a clubhouse, and hosts many tournaments at the league, adult league, high school, and collegiate levels.
The “Top City” marks wouldn’t be complete without softball and baseball. The Bettis Sports Complex and Lake Shawnee Girls Softball Complex provide baseball and softball players with spectacular views of Lake Shawnee. New turf fields were recently installed at the softball complex, resulting in nine turf fields at the lake. Nearby amenities are plentiful, allowing for many games throughout the year.
STORMONT VAIL EVENTS CENTER
Renovation of the Stormont Vail Events Center brought renewed interest to Topeka with the addition of the Topeka Tropics preparing to kick off their second season in February 2023. The Topeka Tropics Arena Football team will compete in the Champions Indoor Football League, and home games will be played in the event center’s Landon Arena. Visit GoTropics.fun for information about how to secure your season tickets! In addition to football, Landon Arena will host the Kansas Kids Wrestling Championships, the Harlem Globetrotters, Blizzard Bash Demolition Derby, and many more events in 2023. Visit StormontVailEventsCenter. com/events for more information.
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For more than 85 years, Fiesta Mexicana, organized by Topeka’s Our Lady of Guadalupe parish and community volunteers, has celebrated Mexican culture and history, and it claims to be one of the oldest community Hispanic celebrations in the U.S.
Today, Fiesta Mexicana is held each summer, usually in the month of July, and includes a downtown concert, and exciting multi-block celebrations in the Oakland neighborhood, a historic Latino community. Enjoy live music and dance performances, as well as the best Mexican food in the Midwest.
DID YOU KNOW?
Visit Topeka produces a Spanish version of the visitor guilde? Check out VisitaTopeka.com for more info.
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Celebrate the culture, food, and music of India at Topeka’s annual India Mela! “Mela” is a Hindi term meaning festival. Held in August at Evergy Plaza in downtown Topeka, this festival is produced by the India Association of Topeka. The event features music, dancing, food vendors, fashion show, and a movie night.
In addition to Fiesta Mexicana, Topeka is home to a number of annual cultural festivals and celebrations the public is able to take part in throughout the year.
Dia De Los Muertos
Irish or not, all are welcome to enjoy the Topeka IrishFest! Held each year on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, this annual celebration of Irish culture and heritage promises a day full of fun for the whole family. The 2023 festival is scheduled for March 18 at downtown’s Evergy Plaza. Festivities are expected to include a 5K fun run, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, beer garden, games, live bands and Irish dancing.
Diwali is a five-day celebration full of colorful decorations, lights, sweets, fireworks, family gatherings and a way to celebrate the good over evil. In Topeka the Indian community comes together to pray, eat, watch the performances put on by the community, share laughter and get together with the other family and friends to celebrate Diwali.
AARON DOUGLAS ART FAIR
The Aaron Douglas Art Fair takes place each September at Aaron Douglas Park in central Topeka. Since 2006, the art fair has been held to celebrate the legacy of Topeka native Aaron Douglas, a world-renowned artist and esteemed African American painter who was active in the Harlem Renaissance. The free one-day festival typically showcases 30-50 talented emerging artists, who perform near the park’s one-of-a-kind mural wall.
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Aaron Douglas Art Fair
Each year, Topekans come together to celebrate the traditions and heritage of the area’s Black community through the annual Juneteenth Festival, put on each summer by the Topeka Family & Friends Juneteenth Celebration committee. Festivities include the Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant, a unity walk, downtown parade, essay contest, and the Juneteenth Gospel Extravaganza. Open to all, these experiences offer a chance to reflect and learn more about the Black experience in the Topeka area. For a lineup of 2023 activities, visit tffjc.org.
DID YOU KNOW?
Topeka has a proud history of Black excellence. Yes the city is known for Brown v Board of Education, but the city is also proud of Topeka natives that include Harlem Renaissance poet, novelist, and playwright Langston Hughes; Nick Chiles, editor and publisher of the Topeka Plaindealer, the longest running Black Newspaper in the United States; and Lizzie Riddick, who along with Edward Stephens, would found the second-oldest Black college in Kansas in Topeka. This college, the Kansas Industrial and Educational Institute, would receive the support of Booker T. Washington and come to be known as the Tuskegee of the West.
Kansas Technical Institute “Western Tuskegee”
Perhaps Topeka’s best-known monuments to the LGBTQ+ community, the Equality House and adjacent Mott House are iconic landmarks in the capital city. Managed by the nonprofit Planting Peace, these Topeka homes are painted with colors representing the LGBTQ+ movement. See the “Equality House” section on page 37 of this guide for more information!
Where art and activism collide, Topeka’s NOTO Arts & Entertainment District is a cultural hub in the city. Stroll across NOTO’s rainbow crosswalk (and snap a photo!) or shop for your favorite Pride gear at Pinkadilly, an eclectic boutique featuring gifts, clothing, and novelties. Finally, wind down at Studio 62, a popular art bar featuring live drag performances and more each week.
Topeka Pride and Pride
Kansas are two nonprofits that call Topeka home. They host events year-round that promote awareness and inclusivity. Keep an eye out for the statewide Pride festival held in Topeka each September. To learn more, follow Topeka Pride and Pride Kansas on Facebook and Instagram, or check out PrideKansas.org!
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SPRING: ST. PATRICK’S DAY
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Topeka IrishFest — For more than 40 years, this parade has wound through downtown in celebration of the beloved Irish holiday. The parade is bookended by Topeka IrishFest, which includes a fun run, Irish food, live music and more.
The Governor’s Easter Egg Hunt — Hosted by the Kansas governor and first spouse each year at Cedar Crest, the governor’s mansion, this annual event usually begins at 10 a.m. on the Saturday before Palm Sunday.
HOLIDAY & SEASONAL EVENTS
SUMMER: INDEPENDENCE DAY
Spirit of Kansas Festival — This annual 4th of July celebration at Lake Shawnee features a car show, golf tournament, blues festival, food and craft vendors, and more. Following this afternoon of live blues music, stick around for a fireworks show that will have you in awe.
FALL: CIDER DAYS
Northeast Kansas’ premier fall festival, Cider Days is an annual destination for thousands of area residents. The twoday event, held each year in September, features food vendors, art booths, craft demonstrations, live music and much more. Roasted turkey legs, kettle corn, Indian tacos, buffalo burgers and freshsqueezed lemonade? Yes, please!
Boo at the Zoo — When Halloween is just around the corner, you can count on the Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center to welcome friendly ghosts and ghouls. Boo at the Zoo is an annual event that offers fun and safe trick-or-treating for kids of all ages. Wear your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat at various locations throughout the zoo.
Sunflower Salute Veterans Parade
— This parade is organized each year to respectfully honor and celebrate veterans, past and present. It often includes flyovers, and a number of community organizations create floats for the occasion. Find more information on Facebook by searching for @SunflowerSalute.
Spirit of Kansas Festival
Boo at the Zoo
HOLIDAY & SEASONAL EVENTS
Miracle on Kansas Avenue Parade
— This annual favorite features a holiday-themed parade complete with decorated floats, local marching bands, Santa and ice skating at Evergy Plaza.
Winter Wonderland — View dazzling holiday light displays, while winding through a two-mile scenic drive at Lake Shawnee. Donations from this local tradition support TARC, a nonprofit provider that supports children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Topeka Zoo Lights — Walk through the Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center, as it comes alive with the glow of holiday lights. Enjoy festival activities and a visit with Santa to complete your family’s experience!
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Celebrate the new year at multiple locations in the capital city! From the NOTO Arts & Entertainment District’s Red Bud Park celebration and ball drop to festive downtown events like those at the Cyrus Hotel and Townsite Tower, Topeka’s New Year’s Eve parties are sure to excite.
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an igloo at Topeka Zoo Lights for a special night out. Complete with heat, treats and more. Visit TopekaZoo.org to reserve Winter for 2023.
Miracle on Kansas Avenue Parade
TOPEKA ZOO LIGHTS
The Topeka Zoo Lights presented by Evergy is an exciting annual tradition for people across northeast Kansas! The Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center has created a dazzling light show featuring thousands of lights, holiday décor frames and displays! The event continues to grow larger each year, adding more displays, and expanding throughout the zoo. The event runs from November 18 to December 28. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance to take photos and show off one of their favorite reindeer, Yeti. For a more intimate evening under the lights, guests can rent a private Igloo which includes optional spiked hot cocoa, chili, and more!
DID YOU KNOW...
The cold never bothered us anyway! Ice Skating is now available at Evergy Plaza each winter. Local Tip: The rink is set up for Ice Hockey each Monday evening in the winter.
Evergy Plaza is at the heart of downtown Topeka. This vibrant city plaza features more than 200 events each year, delighting visitors with a splashpad and nightly fountain shows in the summer and ice skating in the winter! Enjoy free concerts, movie nights, cultural festivals, food trucks and more at this premier outdoor entertainment venue. To learn more about what the plaza offers, visit EvergyPlaza.com.
Taylor Schley, City of Topeka
STORMONT VAIL EVENTS CENTER
With a $48 million renovation in 2020, Stormont Vail Events Center, Topeka’s most prominent entertainment complex, is back in business, providing top-notch events for the city and region.
Upgrades to Landon Arena and expansion of the event center’s Exhibition Hall were central to the renovation, which aimed to heighten the customer experience by adding new amenities and upgrading existing ones.
The most significant phase of the renovation was the expansion of the Exhibition Hall. This hall was previously 45,000 square feet and has grown to more than 73,000 square feet. Its singlelevel layout allows Exhibition Hall to host shows, tournaments, fairs, and other events.
Domer Livestock Arena, already one of the best equestrian event centers in the Midwest, received upgraded stalling, an arena enclosure, and upgraded food and beverage facilities. Those upgrades are expected to elevate Domer, making the patron experience more exciting and encouraging repeat attendance.
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Topeka & Shawnee County, Kansas
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Shawnee Wabaunsee Osage Jackson Jefferson TOPEKA/SHAWNEE COUNTY MSA POPULATION BY AGE GROUP Age ShawneeJacksonJeffersonOsageWabaunsee Totals 0 to 9 years 23,2761,686 2,118 1,961 856 29,897 10 to 19 years 23,4721,932 2,463 2,053 945 30,865 20 to 44 years 54,2283,657 4,961 4,149 1,775 68,770 45 to 64 years 45,5023,492 5,408 4,507 1,923 60,823 65+ years 32,5752,520 3,441 3,141 1,382 43,059 Totals 179,05313,287 18,391 15,811 6,881 233,423 Median Age 39.1 41.2 43.3 43.8 43.8 39.9 Source: 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates SHAWNEE COUNTY ETHNIC POPULATION DISTRIBUTION White 79.9% Black/African-American 8.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.7% Asian 1.4% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0.0% Two or more races 6.3% Source: 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates Note: People of Hispanic or Latino origins represent 12.8% of the population which is included in each of the above racial distributions. Hispanics may be of any race. POPULATION MSA* (5 counties) 233,423 City of Topeka 126,802 Shawnee County 179,053 State of Kansas 2,932,099 Source: 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates *Metropolitan Statistical Area: Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, Wabaunsee and Osage Counties Topeka Boston New York Chicago Kansas City Dallas Houston Denver Seattle San Francisco Los Angeles 500 mi. 750 mi. 1200 mi.
The elevation ranges from 876 feet above sea level in the valley to 971 feet in the southwest part of the city.
COST OF LIVING
The Greater Topeka Partnership participates in the ACCRA Cost of Living Study three times a year. The study measures differences between areas in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile. Generally about 300 communities participate with the average ranking being 100. Topeka consistently ranks 6 - 8 points below average.
Source: 2021 ACS 1Year Estimates
Residential property tax is determined by taking 11.5 percent of the appraised value to determine the assessed value; vacant lots are 12 percent of the appraised value. The yearly determined mill levy is applied to determine the property tax. (Mill levies are computed annually and may vary because of location of property and/or additional special assessments.)
TRANSIENT GUEST TAX
There is a 7% tax added to hotel/motel room bills for stays up to 28 days.
Within Shawnee County property taxes are evaluated by mill levies. The current mill levy is 163.389.
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PRECIPITATION 2018 Rainfall 30.04” 2018 Snowfall 14.6” Source: w2.weather.gov/climate Climatological Report (Annual) Topeka, KS Metro 88.0 Kansas City, MO-KS Metro92.1 Manhattan, KS Metro 89.0 Wichita, KS Metro 89.7 Lawrence, KS Metro 96.7 Kansas 89.3
INCOME Shawnee County Topeka Median Household Income 55,499 $49.040 Mean Household Income $74,753 $66,484 Per Capita Personal Income $32,310 $30,319 Source: 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates 5.5%Less than$10,000 3.9%$10,000-$14,999
$200,000 or more
TAX RATES Tax Year Income Under $30,000 Income Above $30,000 Income Above $60,000 2017 2.9% $870 plus 4.9% $2,340 plus 5.2% 2018 3.1% $930 plus 5.25% $2,505 plus 5.7% 2019 3.1% $930 plus 5.25% $2,505 plus 5.7%
SALES TAX RATES State 6.5% Country 1.15% Topeka 1.5% Total 9.15%
COUNTY HOUSEHOLD INCOME Choose Topeka Presented by ADVISORS EXCEL and HILL’S PET NUTRITION
Source: National Association of REALTORS
Single family dwelling. Average home listing price of four-bedroom, two full bathroom properties.
Source: 2023 HUD Small Area Fair Market Rents Rental ranges are for rental units built within the last 10 years. Each complex offers selected amenities such as fireplaces, garages, microwaves, saunas, pools, washer-dryer hook-ups, basements, exercise rooms, etc. Rates are subject to change.
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APARTMENT RENTAL RANGES 1 Bedroom $692 2 Bedroom $911 3 Bedroom $1,160 4 Bedroom $1,346
COMPARABLE HOME PRICE INFORMATION Topeka $188.900 Kansas City, MO $314,500 Little Rock, AR $211,700 Wichita, KS $220,200 Oklahoma City, OK $235,300 Des Moines, IA $281,700 Springfield, MO $235,100 Indianapolis, IN $301,400 Houston, TX $349,500 Dallas, TX $390,100 Denver, CO $666,000
AND RENTING Shawnee County Topeka Median Home Value $154,700$123,400 Median Cost of Owning a House with Mortgage $1,264$1,114 Median Cost of Owning a House Paid Off $506$448 Median Rent $862$842 EMPLOYMENT TOPEKA MSA EMPLOYMENT (5 COUNTIES) Health Care & Social Assistance 20,630 Public Administration 12,697 Retail Trade 10,235 Educational Services 9,355 Accommodation & Food Services 8,036 Administrative & Support7,413 Manufacturing 8,569 Finance & Insurance 6,099 Construction 6,329 Other Services 5,297 Source: Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages Unemployment in December 2021 was 2.3%. Kansas is a right-to-work state by constitutional amendment. Shawnee Jackson Jefferson 30 miles 50 miles Osage Douglas Wabaunsee Pottawatomie TOPEKA LABOR FORCE DRAWING POWER (NOV 2021) CountyCivillian Labor Force Shawnee 91,020 Jackson 7,207 Jefferson 10,271 Osage 7,961 Wabaunsee 3,698 Pottawatomie 12,558 Douglas 65,988 Totals 120,157 Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics Government • City of Topeka • Coast Guard • Department of Veteran Affairs • State of Kansas Insurance/ Financial • Advisors Excel • Capitol Federal • CoreFirst • FHLBank Topeka • Gradient Financial • Security Benefit • SE2 Manufacturing & Distribution • Frito Lay • Goodyear Tire & Rubber • Hill’s Pet Nutrition • HME • Home Depot DC • MARS Chocolate NA • Polo Custom Products • PTMW • Reser’s Fine Foods • JM Smucker Pet Foods • Southwest Publishing • Target DC • US Foods • Wal-Mart Associates Transportation, Utility & Commn. • AT&T • BNSF Railway • Cox Communications • Evergy Education • Topeka Public Schools • Washburn University Medical/Health Services • Blue Cross & Blue Shield • Stormont Vail Health • University of Kansas Health Systems St. Francis Campus TOPEKA & SHAWNEE COUNTY LARGEST EMPLOYERS Topeka is headquarters to national and international companies including: Advisors Excel, American Home Life Insurance, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., SE2 and Security Benefit.
GENERAL MEDICAL HOSPITALS
NOTE: These hospitals maintain emergency departments and have emergency room physicians on site.
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HEALTH SYSTEM ST. FRANCIS CAMPUS
1700 SW Seventh St. Topeka, Kan. 66606 785.295.8000; kutopeka.com
University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus, formerly known as St. Francis Health Center is a for-profit hospital in Topeka, Kansas, United States.
STORMONT VAIL HEALTH
1500 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, Kan. 66604 785.354.6000; stormontvail.org
Stormont Vail Health is a regional medical center that includes primary care and specialty physicians in the Cotton-O’Neil Division. Stormont Vail Health was the first Kansas hospital to join the Mayo Clinic Network.
TOPEKA ER & HOSPITAL
6135 SW 17th St. Topeka, Kan. 66615
Topeka ER & Hospital is an emergencyfocused micro-hospital that uses the same cutting-edge equipment and technology found in a modern ER.
COLMERY-O’NEIL VA MEDICAL CENTER
2200 SW Gage Blvd. Topeka, Kan. 66622 785.350.3111
KANSAS NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
3107 SW 21st St. Topeka, Kan. 66604 785.296.5389
KANSAS REHABILITATION HOSPITAL
1504 SW Eighth Ave. Topeka, Kan. 66606 785.235.6600
TALLGRASS SURGICAL CENTER
6001 SW Sixth Ave., Suite 100 Topeka, Kan. 66615 785.272.8807
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
FAMILY SERVICE & GUIDANCE CENTER OF TOPEKA
325 SW Frazier Topeka, Kan. 66606 785.232.5005
VALEO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE
330 SW Oakley
Topeka, Kan. 66606
24-Hour Crisis Hotline 785.234.3300
Valeo Recovery Center 785.234.3448
3500 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, Kan. 66604
ADULT CARE HOMES
The Topeka area is home to many adult care homes that provide a range of services including nursing, assisted living, residential health care and nursing facilities for the mentally ill. Please check a local phone directory for a complete listing. For other information, call the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, 785.296.4986.
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AUBURN WASHBURN (USD 437)
KAW VALLEY (USD 321)
SEAMAN (USD 345)
SHAWNEE HEIGHTS (USD 450)
TOPEKA (USD 501)
SILVER LAKE (USD 372)
Hayden High School
CAIR PARAVEL LATIN SCHOOL
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
TOPEKA ADVENTISTS SCHOOL
785.272.9474 topeka22. adventistschoolconnect.org
TOPEKA LUTHERAN SCHOOL
CORNERSTONE FAMILY SCHOOLS
HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA PROGRAMS ORION EDUCATION & TRAINING
MIDWEST BARBER COLLEGE
TOPEKA ELECTRICAL JOINT APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING COMMITTEE
PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS APPRENTICESHIP SCHOOL (LOCAL 441)
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RELOCATION GUIDE ACT SCORES IN SHAWNEE COUNTY District Enrollment (2022-23) Average ACT Scores Kaw Valley (USD 321) 1,068 18 Seaman (USD 345) 3,831 20 Silver Lake (USD 372) 674 21 Auburn Washburn (USD 437) 6,049 23 Shawnee Heights (USD 450) 3,722 22 Topeka Public (USD 501)12,855 18 Source: KSDE Data Central Ranked #5 in Kansas Ranked #9 in Kansas
With an enrollment of over 7,500 students across Washburn University and Washburn Tech, Washburn University offers more than 200 programs leading to certification, associate, bachelor, master, doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Applied Studies, Business, Law and Nursing. The university is annually ranked as one of the best colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
Washburn University claims an experienced faculty, with over 80 percent of its full-time faculty holding doctorates or the terminal degree offered within their field of study. As graduate teaching assistants do not teach courses, undergraduate students work directly with professors in any and all related classwork.
WASHBURN TECH & WASHBURN TECH EAST
Washburn University Institute of Technology is a nationally recognized innovator in career and technical education. Their unique affiliation with Washburn University provides the opportunity to start with technical courses and continue to advanced degrees while preparing for today’s careers.
Dedicated faculty and staff serve adult and high school students as well as business and industry participants with career specific training in the following:
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Computer & Networking Technology
• Drafting & Design
• Health Care
• Hospitality & Human Services
Washburn Tech Main Campus 5724 SW Huntoon Topeka, Kan. 66604 785.670.2010 washburntech.edu
Washburn University 1700 SW College, Topeka, Kan. 66621 785.670.1010 washburn.edu
Washburn Tech East Campus 2014 SE Washington Topeka, Kan. 66607 785.670.2405 washburntech.edu
Universities within an Hour of Topeka (Academic Year 2022)
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Washburn University 5,460 University of Kansas 23,872 Kansas State University 19,242 Emporia State University 5,324 Allen Community College 1,982 Highland Community College 3,339 Haskell Indian Nations (2020) 731* Baker University 2,279 Rasmussen College 690
Kansas Higher Education Enrollment Report (KHEER)
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The Collins Park neighborhood has winding roads, big trees and many picturesque English Tudor, Colonial and Cape Cod style homes. Stroll through this area in warm weather and you’ll notice residents on their porch swings or dining outdoors.
Located just north of Washburn University’s beautiful campus, College Hill is a historic neighborhood with a mixture of American Four-square, Victorian, Georgian Revival and Craftsman homes. College Hill is home to some of Topeka’s favorite local restaurants and businesses near Washburn University.
In the midst of a budding retail and cultural reawakening, the Downtown Topeka Loft community has steadily started to grow. The Kansas Avenue loft crowd utilizes the many walkable amenities near to their homes that includes fun for the whole family. The kiddos can enjoy the numerous pocket parks that line the avenue while older members of the family drop by the local specialty shops.
One of Topeka’s oldest neighborhoods, Potwin Place is wellknown for its classic and colorful Victorian style homes. Potwin is a community favorite, especially at Christmastime, when neighbors join forces to decorate the homes and intersections with lights and themed decor.
Lauren’s Bay is a new master planned neighborhood offering a community with a view! Lauren’s Bay has many amenities, including a neighborhood park, beautiful waterfall entry, 3 Lakes, and scenic walking trails. Lots are available for new construction. Go to the intersection of 47th and Wanamaker Rd. Turn West and follow 47th until you get to Vorse Rd.
Westboro is a central-Topeka neighborhood featuring large homes in Italian Renaissance Revival, French Eclectic and Colonial styles. The neighborhood features winding streets of stately homes and expansive green spaces. With several art galleries, eateries and boutiques nearby, Westboro is a high-end, trendy neighborhood ideally suited for individuals who like to walk to destinations.
ROCKFIRE AT THE LAKE
Rockfire at the Lake is a highly desirable, Topeka subdivision, featuring Dultmeier Homes, in Shawnee Heights School District. Located off SE 45th and Croco Road, Rockfire at the Lake features many amenities, such as gorgeous views of Lake Shawnee, walking trails, access to the Lake Shawnee Golf Course and Park, clubhouse access with an indoor pool and fitness center and much more. Not to mention, the beautiful homes!
The Lake Sherwood community, located just outside the city limits southwest of Topeka, is thriving, lively place in which to call home. Lake Sherwood is also home to one of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in the Topeka community. Long strolls, friendly neighbors and a feeling of living outside of town while still being a short distance from city conveniences are just a few of the great aspects of living in Sherwood.
This beautiful subdivision located in northwest Topeka is perfect for anyone looking to settle down in a quiet, cozy neighborhood. Offering large lots and a walking trail, Sterling Chase guarantees wide-open spaces. Enjoy the peaceful rural environment, just a short drive from intercity amenities. Located in the Seaman School District, Sterling Chase offers the room for your family to grow.
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CHILD CARE REFERRAL
Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas can help locate child care openings. A regulated child care resource and referral agency, the organization serves a 33-county area. The agency assists parents and child care providers alike.
Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas 1100 SW Wanamaker Road, Suite 201, Topeka, KS 66604 785.357.5171
Child Care Referral Hotline: 877.678.2548 east.ks.childcareaware.org
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EMERGENCIES (fire, police, sheriff, ambulance) 911 Poison Control Center 800.222.1222 University of Kansas Health Systems 785.354.6000 St. Francis Health 785.295.8000 Highway Patrol Mobile: *47 Kansas Turnpike Authority Road Conditions 511 Kansas Turnpike Authority Emergency Line *KTA (*582) The Veteran’s Administration Hospital 785.350.3111 ADMINISTRATIVE CALLS Ambulance 785.233.2400 Kansas Highway Patrol 785.296.6800 Shawnee County Sheriff ’s Office 785.251.2200 Topeka Fire Department 785.368.4000 Topeka Police Department 785.368.9551 IDENTIFICATION SOURCES Kansas State Driver’s License Station 785.296.3611 Voter Registration 785.251.5900 Social Security Administration Topeka Branch 888.327.1271 Deaf or Hard of Hearing 800.325.0778 Motor Vehicle Tags 785.251.5415 UTILITY HOOK UPS - ELECTRICITY Westar Energy 800.383.1183 Kaw Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc. 785.478.3444 UTILITY HOOK UPS - GAS Kansas Gas Service 800.794.4780 WATER/SEWER Water and Sewer Service (City of Topeka) 785.368.3111 Rural Water District #4 (Shawnee County) 785.286.1729
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our Topeka Story
The Bovell family arrived in Topeka in the spring of 2022. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, they made the decision to reach for a better life by relocating to Kansas in 2017. “I enrolled at Pittsburgh State University, in Pittsburgh, Kansas and earned my master’s degree” said Erik Bovell, “this gave me the opportunity to earn a position for a company in Seneca, a smaller city in northern Kansas.”
Erik Bovell, his wife, and two children relocated to Seneca but began travelling extensively to the Kansas City area to
support their children’s youth soccer ambitions. “My daughter plays for the state team in Kansas City. We are in Kansas City every weekend for practices and games. When my company gave me the opportunity to work remotely, we began looking to move to the Kansas City area.” The Bovell family soon realized Topeka, Kansas could be an option. While researching communities online, Bovell learned about the Choose Topeka program. The program offered between 2020-2022 offered remote workers the opportunity to receive $10,000 to relocate to Topeka. “We did not know much about Topeka when we applied, but were very excited to be admitted to the program.” Bovell said, “My family loves Topeka now. We are close to Kansas City for sports, our kids love their school and everyone here has been so welcoming and friendly. We are very happy here.”
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