The quality time of your life
Raising a family is never a walk in the park, but the place you live should support you and make it easier. The Topeka community hosts a lineup of activities and amenities that make family life memorable and fun. There’s always a new way to spend time with your kids, or let them wear themselves out.
Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center is home to more than 300 animals and the first tropical rainforest habitat in the country. With giraffes, lions, hippopotamus, bears, African painted dogs, orangutans, and much more, the zoo is a conservation partner for global research and species protection. An annual pass gets you access into Topeka Zoo and other zoos and aquariums around the county. Make plans to visit!
Twice cited by the tourism industry as a top travel destination in Kansas, Lake Shawnee is visited by more than 1 million people each year for festivals, ball tournaments, golf, boating, fishing and camping or just to hike the Lake Shawnee trail and visit Ted Ensley Gardens. A newly renovated Adventure Cove is a key feature of Lake Shawnee where you can enjoy the beach, paddle boards, paddle boats, canoes, kayaks and more.
Capitol Building Tours
Kansas has one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in the nation. During a multimillion dollar renovation completed in 2014, all five floors were restored to original historic beauty, and updated with modern amenities. Tours start in the visitor center on the north side of the building. Don’t miss the dome tour, which takes you to the highest spot in Topeka up 296 steps.
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Parks and Recreation Facilities
Shawnee County Parks and Recreation maintains more than 147 facilities offering almost every kind of activity imaginable. Many take place in seven community centers spread around Topeka, but others are outdoors, including golf courses, BMX tracks, tennis courts, skate parks, frisbee golf courses, campgrounds, and more. Visit Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Website for all the details.
Kansas History Museum
Evel Knievel Museum
Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
Kansas Children’s Discovery Center is the premier children’s museum destination in Kansas. Located on the south edge of Gage Park, the museum lets children explore art, careers, engineering, science, nature, and more. It’s the perfect place to learn and discover for kids of all ages.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Combat Air Museum
Dick and Dotty Hanger Family Preserve
These are a few of the most popular trails in the area:
MacLennan Park Trails
Azura Trails at Skyline Park
Kansas History Museum Trails
Full list of Shawnee County Parks and Recreation trails
Kansas Trails Council