By: Sarah Stone
Topeka, Kansas offers something for everyone, whether you’re traveling solo, with your sweetheart, or as a family. Let’s have a look at a few recommendations for the best things to do in Topeka!
For a night out, a date, or meal for the whole family, start with the Visit Topeka website, where you can search for a place to eat or drink by region, category, keyword, or local favorites. You’ll find a wide array of options for an elegant fine dining experience, the best breweries and pubs, breakfast spots, the best BBQ and burgers, and dessert for your date.
North Topeka Arts District (NOTO)
Topeka has the food for your artistic soul. Museums, art galleries, and events abound. Whether you’re looking for something fun to do solo, with friends, or as a couple, setting aside a few hours to explore the North Topeka Arts District (NOTO) will be fun. Located in the two blocks along North Kansas Avenue, in the northern portion of downtown. Enjoy historic downtown’s architecture and historic buildings, artists’ studios, antique shops, art classes, and special events, making sure to rest while you get a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants.
First Friday Artwalk
One of the very best things to do in Topeka is its First Friday Artwalk in NOTO, which is the first Friday of each month, draws hundreds of visitors, and provides the opportunity to meet artists and visit galleries that are open late. Click here to see the schedule of special arts events and Artwalk details, including your own downloadable Artwalk map. For more information about the Artwalk and other events, click here.
Evel Knievel Museum
Museums in Topeka offer quite a lot for a wide variety of interests: Evel Knievel enthusiasts must take an hour or two to check out the one and only Evel Knievel Museum. This museum features an elaborate collection of items that belonged to this legendary motorcycle star, including his motorcycles, leatherwear and helmets, memorabilia, and interactive exhibits.
- Location: 2047 SW Topeka Blvd., Historic Harley-Davidson
- Hours: Sunday 12:00pm—5:00pm, Tuesday through Friday 10:00am—6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am—5:00pm
Mulvane Art Museum
For a quiet afternoon alone, with your sweetheart, or with the kids, check out Mulvane Art Museum, established in 1924. The oldest accredited museum this side of the Mississippi, you’ll find a wide array of works and an activity center for all ages.
- Location: 17th and Jewell Streets, on the Washburn University campus
- Hours: Tuesday 10:00am—7:00pm, Wednesday through Friday 10:00am—5:00pm, and Saturday 1:00pm—4:00pm
Kansas Museum of History
History enthusiasts should visit the award-winning Kansas Museum of History for a couple of hours to see the exhibits. Exhibit themes include: early people, forts and trails, Civil War, frontier settling, trains and towns, the early 20th century, fast food, African-American history, Kansas families, and the recent past.
- Location: 6425 SW 6th Ave.
- Hours: 9:00am—5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm—5:00 PM on Sunday
Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
If you’re looking for the best things to do in Topeka for families with small kids, a visit to the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center will entertain youngsters and introduce them to museum appreciation. Since opening in 2011, this has been a popular addition to Topeka’s museum collection. Engaging children and their families in fun, hands-on learning, this museum offers an opportunity to create, discover, and explore through exhibits, programs, field trips and special events.
- Location: Gage Park at 4400 SW 10th Ave.
- Hours: Sunday 1:00—5:00pm, Tuesday through Friday 9:00am—3:00pm, and Saturday 10:00am—5:00pm
Combat Air Museum
Check out the aircrafts at the Combat Air Museum at 7016 SE Forbes Ave., if you are interested in military history.
- Hours: March through December, Monday through Saturday 9:00am—4:30 PM and Sundays 12:00pm—4:30pm
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