Nestled on the Kansas River, Topeka is a vibrant state capital that is home to some of the most popular nature and historic attractions in Kansas. This cultural city is blessed with a range of live theatre experiences, foodie hotspots, local sporting teams and regal 19th-century structures.
Things to do
Discover a wealth of native and exotic animals at Topeka Zoo, an intimate expanse of enclosures with lions, bears, alligators and cougars. Kids will also enjoy interacting with the sheep, goats and other farm animals at the Children’s Zoo. Topeka Zoo is part of Gage Park, a popular city park with an outdoor theatre, miniature train, rose garden and public swimming pool.
Are you visiting Topeka with your family? Head to the Kansas Children’s Discovery Centre, where you’ll find interactive exhibits on science, art, engineering and nature. Alternatively, embrace the outdoor lifestyle at Lake Shawnee, a large recreation area with fishing, boating and water sports available, along with tennis courts, campsites and a golf course.
Those who love adrenalin-pumping stunt performers will appreciate the motorbikes, beaten helmets and multimedia displays at the Evel Knievel Museum. Afterwards, learn about a different side of the local culture at the Mulvane Art Museum, which showcases contemporary artists and hosts art workshops and talks.
Topeka doesn’t slow down at night, especially at its sports bars, comedy venues and karaoke bars. You’ll find a range of table games and entertainment at Prairie Band Casino & Resort, while live music is best enjoyed at Uncle Bo’s, The Classic Bean or World Cup. Boobie Trap is a popular local hangout, known for its guest DJs, diverse menu and occasional jelly wrestling.
Topeka is serviced by the Topeka Regional Airport and Kansas City International Airport. You can catch public buses and hail taxis to get around town, while Amtrak offers train services from Topeka Station.