Day Trips

Day Trip LogoLiving in Topeka has so many advantages. A great city to raise a family, affordable living, theatre, great restaurants, walking trails, parks, schools, night life, and close to many different cities that can add to your adventures.

Kansas City, Lawrence, Wichita, Manhattan and all the other small surrounding cities add to the quality of life you can have in Topeka!

When someone says, support local, that doesn't mean you have to stay in your city. It means that when you travel, try to find the local tastes and flare.

(FF) = Family Friendly Dining

 

 


Dover, KS

Appox 20 minutes

Dining

Somerset Cafe
 

Lawrence, KS

Appox 25 minutes

Attractions:

Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
 
Watkins Museum of History
 
Spencer Museum of Art
 
Freedom Frontier National Heritage Area
 
Robert J Dole Institute of Politics
 
Wakarusa River Valley
 
Booth Family Hall of Athletics
 
 
 
 

Dining:


Lecompton, KS

Approx 30 minutes

Territorial Capital Museum
 

Wamego, KS

Approx 45 minutes

Attractions:

Wamego Historical Society and Museum
 
Oz Museum
 
 
 

Bonner Springs, KS

Approx 50 minute drive
 
National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame
 
 
 
 

Manhattan

 
Appox 60 minute drive
 

Attractions

Flint Hills Discovery Center
 
Milford Nature Center  
 
Widgets Family Fun
 
Konza Prairie Nature Trail
 
K-State Insect Zoo 
 
Sunset Zoo  
 
Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park
 
Kansas State University Plantetarium
 
Kansas Wheat Innovation Center
  

Dining

Vista Drive Inn (FF)
 
Varsity Donuts (FF)
 
KSU Dairy Bar (FF)

http://www.asi.k-state.edu/about/services-and-sales/call-hall-dairy-bar.html

The Chef Cafe (FF)

 


Atchison, KS

Appox 60 minutes

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
 
Atchinson County Historical Society
 
 

Emporia, KS

Appox 60 minutes

https://visitemporia.com/

Johnston Geology Museum
 
Lyon County History Center
 
National Teacher's Hall of Fame
 
Schmidt Museum of Natural History
 
William Allen White House State Historic Site
 
 
 

Kansas City, KS Area

Approx 60 minutes

Lenexa

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site
 
 

Olathe, KS

 
Kansas City Automotive Museum
 
 

Overland Park

Johnson County Museum
 
Museum at Prairiefire
 
 

Shawnee, KS

Shawnee Town 1929
 
Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City
 
 

Leawood, KS

 
Prairie Fire Museum
 
 

Ottawa, KS

Approx 60  minutes

Old Depot Museum
 

 

Fort Riley, KS

 
Approx 60 minutes
 
Custer House
 
 

Leavenworth, KS

 
Approx 75 minutes
 
Frontier Army
 
C.W. Parker Corousel Museum
 

 

Abilene KS

Appox 80 minute drive

Attractions:

Eisenhower Presidental Museum & Library

https://eisenhower.archives.gov/index.html

Pricing:

FREE Active Military w/ID & Age 5 and under

Adult $12

Senior (62 & Over), Military (Retired/Disabled), and Student w/ID $9

Ages 6 to 15 $3

Open Daily - Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Don't let this attraction fool you. If you enjoy reading, it could take you 4 or 5 hours. There is a 24 minute movie, then a 15 minute tour of his childhood house, self tour of the museum and a quick look at the library.

Heritage Center of Dickinson County

http://www.heritagecenterdk.com/

Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad

http://www.asvrr.org/

Greyhound Hall of Fame

http://greyhoundhalloffame.com/

Dining

For dinner or lunch

Brookville Hotel Family Style Chicken dinner

http://www.brookvillehotel.com/

785-263-2244

Closed on Monday

Tuesday 5pm to 8pm (May-Oct)

Wed, Thurs, Fri 5pm to 8pm

Saturday 11:30 am to 8pm

Sunday 11:30 am to 7pm

Menu includes

Relishes, Sweet-Sour Cole-Slaw, Cottage Cheese (Refillable)

One-half Skillet of Fried Chicken

Mashed Potatoes w/ Cream Gravy, Cream-Style Corn, Biscuits with butter and preserves, and ice cream for dessert.

$17.25/person

You will want to make a reservation. This experience is not your typical one. You will sit down and they just start bringing out food. You can get as much of the sides as you can eat. This is a great place to just eat, celebrate with family and or friends or a romantic dinner.


Olpie, KS  (Close to Emporia)

Appox 90 minutes

Dining

Chicken House
 

El Dorado, KS

Approx 1 3/4 Hours

Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum
 

Fort Scott

Approx 2 hours

Attractions:

Gordon Parks Museum
 
Lowell Milken Center
 
Fort Scott Trolley Tour
 

Chanute, KS

 
Approx 2 hour drive
 
Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum
 
 

Lindsborg, KS

Approx 2 Hours
 
Old Mill Museum
 

Salina, KS

Appox 2 hours

Attractions:

Rolling Hills Zoo
 
Smoky Hill Museum
 
Central Kansas Flywheels Yesteryear Museum
 

McPherson, KS

Approx 2 Hour Drive
 
McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation
 

Pittsburg, Kansas

Appox  2 1/2 Hour Drive
 

Attractions:

 
Kansas Crossing Casino
 
ArtForms Gallery
 
Veterans Memorial Design
 

 

Dining:

 
Chicken Annie's Original Fried Chicken (FF)
 
Mary's Fabulous Chicken & Fish (FF)
 
 

Concordia, KS

 
Approx 2 1/2 Hours
 
German POW Camp Concordia Museum
By Appointment ONLY
 

Wichita, KS

Appox 2 1/2 hours

Attractions:

Old Cowtown Museum
 
Mid-America All-Indian Center
 
Exploration Place
 
Museum of World Treasurers
 
Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum
 
Kansas Aviation Museum
 
Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House
 
Coleman Museum and Factory Outlet
 
 

 

 

 

Dining:

Strouds

Felipes
 

Concordia, KS

Approx 2 1/4 hour drive

National Orphan Train Complex

 


Great Bend, KS

Approx 2 2/3 Hours

Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village
 
 
 


Venture out of Kansas

Independence, MO

1 1/2 Hours

Harry S Truman Historical Site/Library
 
Bingham Waggoner
(April 1 to Oct 31st)
 
National Frontier Trail Museum
 
Pioneer Trails Adventure
 
Leila's Hair Museum
 
1879 Railroad Depot
 
Children's Peace Pavilion
 
Dining
 
Strouds
 

Kansas City, MO

60 minutes

Attractions:
 
Arabia Steamboat Museum
 
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arts
 
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
 
Negros Leagues Baseball Museum
 
Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun
 
Kansas City Zoo
 
National World War II Museum and Memorial
 
Crown Center
 
American Jazz Museum
 
Hallmark Visitors Center
 
National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
 
Money Museum
 
Sea Life Kansas City
 
Kaleidoscope
 
Union Station
 
Science City
 
Kansas City Fun Tours
 
Escape Room KC in Union Station
 
Breakout KC
 
Science City
 
Legoland Discovery Center
 
 
Dining
 
Aurther Bryants BBQ
 
 

 



More than a day


Baxter Spring

Approx 3 Hours

Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum
 
 

Galena, KS

Approx 3 hours

Galena Miling & Historical Museum

 


Hutchinson, KS

Appox 3 1/2 Hours

Cosmosphere
 
Strataca - Salt Mines
 
 

Pratt, KS

Approx 3 1/2 Hours

Pratt County Historical Museum
 
 

Hillsboro, KS

Approx 3 1/2 Hours

Hillsboro Museums
Pioneer Adobe House, Friesen Dutch Windmill, Kreutziger School House, Schaeffler House

 


Hays, KS

Appox 4 hours

 

 


Oakley, KS

Approx 4 Hours

Fick Fossil and History Museum
 

Greensburg, KS

 
Approx 4 Hour Drive
 
The Big Well
 
 

Wallace, KS

Approx 4 3/4 hours

Fort Wallace Museum
 

Larned, KS

Approx 4 3/4 Hours

Ft Larned National Historic Site
 
 

Goodland, KS

Approx 5 Hours

High Plains Museum

https://highplainsmuseum.org/


Dodge City, KS

Appox 5 1/2 Hours

Boot Hill Museum
 
Kansas Teacher's Hall of Fame
 
Gunfighters Wax Museum
 

 


Colby, KS

Appox 5 1/2 Hours

The Prairie Museum of Art & History
 
 
 

Liberal, KS

Approx 5 1/2 hour drive

Mid-America Air Museum

 

 
 
 
 

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