The home of the University of Kansas balances the energy of city attractions with quiet retreats to lakes and prairie.
Circle S Ranch and Country Inn
Circle S Ranch and Country Inn
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Clinton Lake 

Five miles west of the University of Kansas, you can bet the sand volleyball courts and beach attract students. But the 25 miles of hiking and biking trails, nature trail, and fishing ponds promise a peaceful escape too.

DeBruce Center 

KU basketball fans flock to this Allen Fieldhouse addition to learn about the sport's history and see former coach James Naismith's original rules of the game.

Haskell Cultural Center and Museum 

Student and Native American art is displayed in the cultural center at Haskell Indian Nations University.

KU Natural History Museum 

Check out four floors of exhibits that introduce visitors to life on our planet, including live bees at the Bee Tree.

Massachusetts Street 

Buildings from the 1800s house independent shops along this downtown street. Look for trendy accessories and art at shops like Striped Cow, Wonder Fair and Ruff House Print Shop.

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 include a World War II Memory Wall.

Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
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Spencer Museum of Art 

An $8 million renovation allows for natural light to showcase some of the 45,000-plus European, North American and East Asian artworks at this free campus museum.

Eat and Drink

715 Mass Restaurant 

Handmade pastas, pork processed in-house and dozens of wines fill the farm-to-table menu.

715 Mass Restaurant
715 Mass Restaurant
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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. Try ordering the flagship brew, Wheat State Golden, with your fish and chips. 

Limestone Pizza Kitchen Bar 

Neapolitan-style pies made with Kansas flour are baked at 900 degrees in a wood-fired oven. Try with a craft beer or a cocktail like the Kansas Bee Keeper.

The Mad Greek

Diners go gaga for Greek cuisine, from the saganaki (flaming cheese) starter to the baklava dessert.

Mass Street Fish House and Raw Bar 

Bicoastal seafood pairs with local produce and meats. You'll find boutique oysters, fresh fish entrees, shareable small plates and hip cocktails.

Merchants Pub and Plate 

With a something-for-everyone menu, this gastropub satisfies the bar crowd as well as foodies, including those who eat gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan or vegetarian.

WheatFields Bakery Cafe 

Order one of more than a dozen sandwich options served on fresh, hearty bread before taking home a loaf of sourdough loaded with ripe Kalamata olives.


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 head out for horseback riding, hiking or a hayride.

The Eldridge Hotel 

Stay in one of 48 suites in this 1800s building, located in the heart of Massachusetts Street. The renovated Jayhawker bar is a local favorite.

The Oread 

Enjoy prime access to campus at this boutique hotel with a fortress-like exterior. The Bird Dog Bar off the lobby looks toward the north gate of KU while 10 TVs let you keep an eye on the action.

The Oread
The Oread
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