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Topeka
Get a blast of the past in this western Kansas state capital, which was founded in 1854 by a group of anti-slavery activists and later played a key role in the civil rights movement. Visit the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site, which celebrates those involved in the 1954 Supreme Court decision that deemed segregated schools unconstitutional. Continue your back-in-time travel at Ward Meade Park, which features an early 1900s town, Victorian mansion, one-room schoolhouse and log cabins. View aircraft dating from World War I at the Combat Air Museum, and visit Cedar Crest, the historic Governor's home, overlooking the Kansas River. Aside from historical attractions, Topeka is also known for its... more Get a blast of the past in this western Kansas state capital, which was founded in 1854 by a group of anti-slavery activists and later played a key role in the civil rights movement. Visit the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site, which celebrates those involved in the 1954 Supreme Court decision that deemed segregated schools unconstitutional. Continue your back-in-time travel at Ward Meade Park, which features an early 1900s town, Victorian mansion, one-room schoolhouse and log cabins. View aircraft dating from World War I at the Combat Air Museum, and visit Cedar Crest, the historic Governor's home, overlooking the Kansas River. Aside from historical attractions, Topeka is also known for its world-class motor sports racing site, Heartland Park Topeka, with its record-breaking quarter-mile drag strip. Topeka has its share of cultural attractions as well in the form of numerous art galleries, live theater and local symphony and opera companies. For a great family outing, head over to the Topeka Zoological Park for a visit to the tropical rain forest, naturalistic bear dwelling and the children's petting zoo, featuring llamas and sheep. less

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Kansas State Capitol Building
Kansas State Capitol Building
Owner description: Built in 1866, the Capitol building contains magnificent artwork, including murals by native-born artist John Steuart Curry, ornate architectural features and elaborate Senate and... more Owner description: Built in 1866, the Capitol building contains magnificent artwork, including murals by native-born artist John Steuart Curry, ornate architectural features and elaborate Senate and House Chambers. less
Attraction type: Government Buildings
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Lake Shawnee
Lake Shawnee
Attraction type: Playgrounds; Bodies of Water
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Gage Park
Gage Park
Attraction type: Parks
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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Owner description: The Monroe Elementary School, one of the segregated schools involved in the 1954 Supreme Court decision aimed at ending segregation in public schools, is now a National Historic... more Owner description: The Monroe Elementary School, one of the segregated schools involved in the 1954 Supreme Court decision aimed at ending segregation in public schools, is now a National Historic Site commemorating this landmark ruling. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Educational sites; Historic Sites; National Parks
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Kansas Museum of History
Kansas Museum of History
Owner description: The striking "White Buffalo" sculpture outside offers an inkling of the interesting exhibits inside this museum, including a steam locomotive, a Southern Cheyenne teepee, one of... more Owner description: The striking "White Buffalo" sculpture outside offers an inkling of the interesting exhibits inside this museum, including a steam locomotive, a Southern Cheyenne teepee, one of the largest collections of prairie memorabilia in the U.S. and a hands-on children's area. less
Attraction type: History Museums
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Lonnie Q's BBQ
Lonnie Q's BBQ
Ranked #1 of 357 Restaurants in Topeka
Price: $8 - $21
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Blind Tiger
Blind Tiger
Ranked #2 of 357 Restaurants in Topeka
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Tuptim Thai
Tuptim Thai
Ranked #3 of 357 Restaurants in Topeka
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pad Restaurant
Pad Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 357 Restaurants in Topeka
Cuisines: American, Fast Food
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse
Ranked #5 of 357 Restaurants in Topeka
Price:
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Clubhouse Inn & Suites - Topeka
2.5 of 5
Clubhouse Inn & Suites - Topeka
$90 - $128
Ranked #1 of 32 Hotels in Topeka
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Hyatt Place Topeka
3.0 of 5
Hyatt Place Topeka
$99 - $183
Ranked #2 of 32 Hotels in Topeka
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Hampton Inn Topeka
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Topeka
$114 - $184
Ranked #3 of 32 Hotels in Topeka
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