Downtown Lawrence houses shops in 1800s buildings along Massachusetts Street, which gets thronged during the annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale held in July.
Stocked with specialty items and collectibles, Weaver’s Department Store anchors the eclectic shopping strip.
Made features handmade jewelry, upcycled products and small artworks, and Hobbs carries a cool selection of barware and gadgets.
Dive into a good mystery purchased from the Raven Book Store.
Nine beers, pizza and hazelnut-crusted goat cheese salad sate appetites at 23rd Street Brewery.
The Jayhawk Bookstore preps fans for games with KU sweatshirts, jewelry and auto decals.
Bask in the luxurious suites of The Eldridge (from $159), complete with chic dining in the hotel’s Ten restaurant and The Jayhawker bar, which serves more than 35 kinds of martinis.
Oven-fresh scones and fresh pastries start the day off at Wheatfields Bakery Cafe.
From there, visit the University of Kansas, home of the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, the culturally diverse collection at the Spencer Museum of Art and KU Natural History Museum, which features dinosaur bones, Kansas prairie animals and a buzzing bee colony.
Giant New York-style slices of pizza make Papa Keno’s a local favorite.
At the visitors bureau, pick up the self-guided tour of Quantrill’s Raid of Lawrence, one of the Civil War’s greatest atrocities.
Trendy 715 Restaurant’s farm-to-table menu features selections such as Black Angus steaks and ravioli filled with rabbit confit.
After dinner, walk down the street to Free State Brewing Company, which opened in 1989 to become the first legal brewery in Kansas since 1880.
More Information: (785) 856-3040; visitlawrence.com