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


Somerset Cafe

Lawrence, KS

Appox 25 minutes


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


Lecompton, KS

Approx 30 minutes

Territorial Capital Museum

Wamego, KS

Approx 45 minutes


Wamego Historical Society and Museum
Oz Museum

Bonner Springs, KS

Approx 50 minute drive
National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame


Appox 60 minute drive


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


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

The Chef Cafe (FF)


Atchison, KS

Appox 60 minutes

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
Atchinson County Historical Society

Emporia, KS

Appox 60 minutes

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


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


Eisenhower Presidental Museum & Library


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

Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad

Greyhound Hall of Fame


For dinner or lunch

Brookville Hotel Family Style Chicken dinner


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.


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


Chicken House

El Dorado, KS

Approx 1 3/4 Hours

Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum

Fort Scott

Approx 2 hours


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


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


Kansas Crossing Casino
ArtForms Gallery
Veterans Memorial Design



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


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







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

Kansas City, MO

60 minutes

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
Union Station
Science City
Kansas City Fun Tours
Escape Room KC in Union Station
Breakout KC
Science City
Legoland Discovery Center
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

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

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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