Regional attractions

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. 

Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun

Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun are amusement parks in Kansas City, Missouri, slightly more than an hour from Topeka. The park has 47 attractions, including seven roller coasters. One ticket gains admission to both parks.

National WWI Museum

Designated as America’s official museum dedicated to WWI, The National WWI Museum in Kansas City, Missouri features award winning educational exhibits, historical artifacts, and somber memorials. The museum on the grounds of Liberty Memorial, erected by the Kansas City community less than a decade after the end of the war.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an art museum in Kansas City, Missouri known for its extensive collection of art from nearly every continent and culture. The museum is a beloved regional destination with free admission.

Royals Baseball

Kansas City is home to the 2015 Worlds Series Champion Royals. Home games at the K are major league fun for baseball nuts and the whole family alike. Season ticket packages are available.

Chiefs Football

The 2019 Superbowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs play at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. No matter the temperature, pre-game at Arrowhead involves hard-core tailgating and fan celebrations. Season tickets are available.

Flint Hills

The Flint Hills are a world-famous stretch of tall-grass prairie that extends from Northeast Kansas into Oklahoma. The hills are made of residual flint, which makes them too rocky for farming, but perfect for grazing livestock. Take a hike or a drive through to discover beauty like nowhere else in the world.

Kansas City Zoo

The Kansas City Zoo is a world-class park and conservation center covering 202 acres with more than 1,300 animals. The zoo was voted among America’s best zoos in 2008 for its African Animal exhibits.

Union Station

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.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City preserves and celebrates the vibrant history of African-American baseball and its historical influence in the American landscape. It is the world’s only museum of its type and has welcomed more than 2 million visitors to its 10,000 square foot exhibit space.

Perry Lake

Perry Lake is a 11,150 acre reservoir about 15 minutes from Topeka that offers a variety of recreational activities such as boating, camping, hiking, fishing, and equestrian trails. Perry was named one of the top 100 lakes in America for bass fishing. The lake has more than 160 miles of shoreline.
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