Posted by: RasmaSandra | February 8, 2021

Beautiful Topeka

Topeka is the capital of Kansas and offers many interesting things to do and see.

The Kansas State Capitol is a historic building and the seat of government for the state. It has also been referred to as the Kansas Statehouse. It is one of the city’s top attractions. The dome of the capital is 304 feet high and is one of the few state capitol buildings in the U.S. offering dome tours. The tour starts on the fifth floor and then visitors climb the 265 steps to the top. You can also take a historic tour of the building which includes all five floors.

Lake Shawnee is a man made lake offering visitors plenty of water activities. You can enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming. Other activities include golfing, tennis, and camping. There are lovely gardens and large open areas, the Garden House, the Reynolds Lodge, and shelter houses for picnics. There is a children’s playground, sand volleyball courts, a swimming beach with a water slide, and tennis courts.

On the west side of Lake Shawnee you’ll find the Ted Ensley Gardens. These botanical gardens have amazing plants and a special design. A path leads from the trail head shelter through a 60 foot covered bridge, crossing a stream. Sidewalks lead around annual and perennial flower beds, rock and rose garden and a Mediterranean garden. Water features include ponds, waterfalls, and water gardens. There are picnic areas.


The Kansas Museum of History with ongoing and temporary exhibit. Programs for children include Kansas Day, Museum After Hours, the History & Environmental Fair, the Sundown Film Festival, and West Fest.

The Mulvane Art Museum is an art museum and a department of Washburn University. It is one of the oldest art museums west of the Mississippi River. It has an impressive collection of 4,000 art objects. Drawings, paintings, pieces of decorative art, prints and sculptures come from all around the world. The museum also focuses on local Kansas artists and artists from the Mountain Plains area of the U.S.

The Combat Air Museum is an aircraft and aviation history museum. It is located at the Topeka Regional Airport/Forbes Field, once the Forbes Air Force Base. The museum focuses on collecting, preserving, and displaying aircraft and artifacts that are all related to the US aviation history. The museum is housed in two hangars at the airport. The collection includes 36 aircraft dating back to WW I and WW II as well as jets from the 1950s to the 1980s, helicopters and others.

The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center opened in 2011. It is located in Gage Park. There are hands-on exhibits for children to learn and explore, Outside you’ll find hiking trails, obstacle courses, and bike paths. The center also offers daily programs, camps, and field trips. They host birthday parties and offer many party packages.

Gage Park was founded in 1899 and is one of the largest parks in the city. Here you’ll find the Reinisch Rose Garden. It is a scenic place and popular venue for weddings and other special events.

Within Gage Park is the Topeka Zoological Park. The park opened in 1933. Today you can enjoy the Black Bear Woods, Discovering Apes, Jungle Cat, Kansas Carnivores and the first indoor tropical rain forest in the US.

Old Prairie Town is an open-air museum and park with historic building, botanical gardens, a general store, and a drug store, It is a short street of historic 19th century buildings like an 1880 Methodist church. Guided tours are available.

Cedar Crest is the official residence of the governor of Kansas. The estate overlooks the Kansas River. It is surrounded by gardens, ponds, and hiking trails. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The land surrounding it is known as MacLennan Park. Tours are available.

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