Lawrence Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Lawrence Trip Guide

The home of the University of Kansas thrums with an energy that feeds high-brow culture and down-to-earth fun.
Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
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715 Mass Restaurant
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The Eldridge boasts luxurious rooms.
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Clinton Lake Four miles west of the University of Kansas, you can bet the sand volleyball courts and beach attract college students. But the 25 miles of hiking and biking trails, nature trails and fishing ponds promise quiet escape.

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area The What is Freedom? exhibit chronicles Kansas’ 150 years of statehood and explores what it means to be free in America. In the Andrew Carnegie Library.

Haskell Cultural Center Student and Native American art gets displayed in the cultural center on Haskell Indian Nations University. Walking tours start here.

KU Natural History Museum From the dinosaurs that once roamed to the bugs that still buzz, this KU museum’s four floors introduce visitors to life on our planet.

Massachusetts Street Buildings from the 1800s house independent shops along this downtown street anchored by Weaver’s Department Store, which opened in 1857.

Quantrill’s Raid of Lawrence One of the Civil War’s greatest atrocities, Quantrill’s Raid of Lawrence in 1863 ended with 200 dead, 185 homes destroyed and the town’s commercial district in ruins. Follow the path of destruction on a self-guided tour; maps available at the Lawrence CVB.

Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics A 29-foot stained-glass window graces the institute on the KU campus. Exhibits cover the senator’s life and career; sights in Visitors Hall include a World War II Memory Wall. (785) 864-4900;

Spencer Museum of Art Until an extensive renovation is completed in fall 2016, parts of its culturally diverse collection of 37,000 works—ranging from ancient Egyptian sculpture to Native American clothes to contemporary video—are on display at off-site installations. (785) 864-4710;


23rd Street Brewery The scent of fresh hops mingles with hot pizza as fans cheer on the Jayhawks on 26 TVs in this brewpub. (785) 856-2337; 

715 Mass Restaurant Handmade pastas, pork processed in-house and almost 100 wines fill the farm-to-table menu. The simple spinach-ricotta ravioli is as tasty as the bold rabbit ravioli at this see-and-be-seen venue. (785) 856-7150;

Free State Brewing Company The pub’s name acknowledges the aspirations of the town’s abolitionist settlers. It opened in 1989 to become the first legal brewery in Kansas since 1880. Show your support and order the Wheat State Golden. (785) 843-4555; 

Genovese Choose from wood-fired rotisserie meats, pizza and pasta in a historic downtown building. (785) 842-0300;

Merchants Pub and Plate With a something-for-everyone menu, this gastropub satisfies the bar crowd and foodies—even those who eat only gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan or vegetarian.

Papa Keno’s Giant slices of New York-style thin-crust pizza piled with fresh toppings—the Don Ho has broccoli, pineapple, spinach, almonds and ricotta—make it a favorite.

Rudy’s Pizzeria Spicy-sweet red wine-spiked sauce slathering a whole-wheat crust makes this laid-back joint stand out from the pizza crowd.


Circle S Ranch and Country Inn It looks like a barn, but waffle-weave robes and double-sided fireplaces prove anything but rustic. Sit on porch rockers or get into the country on hayrides or horseback rides. Twelve miles outside of Lawrence.

The Eldridge Bask in luxury in one of the 48 restored suites in this 1800s building. Indulgence spills over to the Ten restaurant and The Jayhawker bar. (800) 527-0909;

The Oread A fortresslike exterior belies the contemporary interior of this boutique hotel at the north end of the KU campus. Escape to the top floors for views of the Kaw River Valley. (785) 843-1200;

For information: Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau (785) 856-3040;

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