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Top recommendations from locals

Park
“Topeka's zoo is in Gage Park, as well as a lovely rose garden, a train, and the Helen Hocker Theater, which has shows put on by young people. There is also a great swimming pool and an old fashioned carousel. The Bark Park has two separate areas for large and small dogs, and is popular with dog owners”
  • 8 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Topeka zoo has around 300 animals and includes what was one of the first indoor tropical rain forests in the United States. There are lions, bears, elephants, tigers, giraffes, foxes, and so many reptiles, amphibians, and birds! Head across the street to play at Gage Park when you’ve had your fill of the animals. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Nature
“The Kansas State Capitol is a historic building and the seat of government for the U.S. State of Kansas. Also referred to as the Kansas Statehouse, it is the home of the state’s executive and legislative branches and is one of the top Topeka attractions.”
  • 6 locals recommend
History Museum
“Located on SW Sixth Avenue, the Kansas Museum of History is a state history museum and one of the best things to do in Topeka, Kansas. The Kansas Historical Society was founded in 1875, and its first home was in the Kansas State Capitol building.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A source of Topeka pride, the landmark Brown vs Board of Education case was decided here. Our history matters. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Vintage arcade games and bowling alley, incredible food, great for groups. No reservations required. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The Blind Tiger is a brewery and restaurant that, when it first opened its doors in 1995, became Topeka’s first ever microbrewery and the biggest brewery in Kansas. The venue gets its name from an old Prohibition Era term for a speakeasy and produces its own handcrafted beers with various brewery equipment located throughout the restaurant; the actual brew house is enclosed in glass so that diners can watch the brew masters at work. Blind Tiger’s menu features appetisers like beer-battered onion rings with spicy BBQ sauce and mains like chicken fried steak with country-style gravy – perfect washed down with one of its flagship beers like the Holy Grail Pale Ale.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Wheel Barrel is a local joint serving specialty grilled cheeses and beer. Try their housemade potato chips and beer queso, and spring for a dessert grilled cheese! (Brie and Nutella belong together.) Ask about their specialty sauces, and head over for Sunday brunch!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you decide to lick your plate, the owners will be kind enough to look away. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“One of the oldest museums west of the Mississippi River and has an impressive collection of 4,000 art objects. Although some of the drawings, paintings, pieces of decorative art, prints, and sculptures come from many places around the world, the museum focuses on the work of local Kansas artists and artists from the Mountain Plains area of the United States.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy is a unique community theatre offering both dinner and non-dinner shows and bar service offering a wide selection of spirits, soft drinks and delightful desserts.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“French food which we hear is surprisingly good. Prices are high for Topeka - $20-30 for entrees. If you try it, let us know how it is.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Lake Shawnee is a manmade lake built between 1935 and 1939 as a Work Progress Administration project when more than 5,000 fishermen celebrated its completion in 1939.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Place of worship
“A Topeka favorite! Also referred to as the Rainbow House. Check the Community Garden for mint, perfect for our guests summer mojitos! Visit the Mott House next door, formerly known as the Capital City Equality Center, and also known as the Trans House. Great photo opps abound, especially for group photos! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Nature
“This landmark and historical place is the Kansas Governor’s mansion. It was built in the year 1928 and given to the state in 1955, but it did not become the governor’s residence until 1962. Today it is the main attraction of a French architectural estate that oversees the Kansas River. The estate has several ponds, gardens as well as hiking trails.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“RED BLOOD. WHITE SUIT. AND BLUE SKY. For daredevils and dreamers of all ages, come rediscover the spectacle of the death-defying Evel Knievel show, now open and flying sky-high in Topeka, Kansas. Witness the incredible collection of the physics-defying bikes that launched the legend.”
  • 3 locals recommend