Visit Topeka is here to serve you. We know you’re busy and looking to get the most out of your time in #TopCity, so we’ve compiled answers to the questions we receive most.
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1. When is the visitor center open?
Visit Topeka is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2. Where is the visitor center?
Visit Topeka is downtown, at 618 S. Kansas Ave. 66603. The building is between 6th and 7th streets, on the east side of the avenue.
3. How do we get to your office?
There are several ways to get to the visitor center. If you are traveling from the west, stay on I-70 until exit 361B. Then you will stay in the second left lane until you get to 6th Street. You will turn left on Quincy, then right on 7th street, followed by a right on Kansas Avenue. Our building will be on the right immediately following a parking lot.
If you are traveling from the east, take exit 362C. Stay straight until you reach 6th Street. Turn left. You will turn left on Quincy, then right on 7th street, followed by a right on Kansas Avenue. Our building will be on the right immediately following a parking lot.
If you are coming from the south turnpike, stay right and immediately exit onto Topeka Boulevard. Stay straight on Topeka Boulevard until 10th Street, turn right on 10th Street, then left on Kansas Avenue. Our building will be on the right immediately following a parking lot.
If you are coming from North US 75, stay on 75 until you can merge with I-70. Take exit 361B. Stay in the second left lane until you get to 6th Street. Turn left on Quincy, then right on 7th Street, followed by a right on Kansas Avenue. Our building is on the right immediately following a parking lot.
4. Where would I go to find information on Topeka?
Make the visitor center your first stop. We have brochures, rack cards a visitor guide full of information on Topeka’s best attractions, accommodations, restaurants and experiences. You may also be interested in:
● Our digital visitor guide.
● Our app (coming 2016 as a free download where you get apps for your smartphone.)
5. What is happening this weekend?
For the most accurate information on what’s going on in Topeka tonight, visit Topeka365.com. Still have questions? Give us a call! We are happy to assist you in finding something for you and your travel companions to enjoy while you are in town!
6. How can I find out hotel availability?
Feel free to call us! For larger events, we track which hotels still have rooms available. We are happy to assist you in finding a place to stay, or if you have questions regarding a hotel.
7. Which attractions in Topeka are free?
Topeka has several free attractions that are fun for the whole family. If you’re interested in an attraction that doesn’t appear on this list, learn more about our free Vacation Value Card.
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site: Experience this interactive museum commemorating the 1954 Supreme Court Case that ended segregation in public schools.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Mulvane Art Museum and Art Lab: See art from around the nation and create your own art with your children in the Art Lab!
Hours: Sunday and Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 1 – 4 p.m.
Holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year: Closed
Topeka Shawnee County Public Library: See the beautifully designed library full of fun for people of all ages!
Hours: Vary by season and day.
Visitor library cards are available.
Tiffany Windows at First Presbyterian Church: View beautiful original Tiffany Windows in one of downtown Topeka’s oldest churches.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Gage Park: Enjoy the beauty of the Renisich Memorial Rose Gardens, several playgrounds, horseshoe courts and a miracle field. Gage Park also features a mini-train which takes its passengers 1 mile around Gage Park. Also enjoy a ride on an old time carousel, which costs $1.50 per ride.
Lake Shawnee: Spend some time taking a walk around the trail at Lake Shawnee, relaxing at Ted Ensley Gardens, or dipping your feet in the water off of the dock. Great place to be on a hot summer day!
Shunga Trail: This well maintained concrete trail is great for cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding and walking.
8. What attraction would you suggest we visit?
Our suggestion would be to visit them all! Request a visitor guide today and we’ll mail it to you, or skim through the digital version to find what suites you. Contact us if you have specific questions about an attraction or event while you’re planning your trip.
9. Do you have maps of certain areas of Topeka?
10. When is the best time to visit?
Topekans are lucky enough to enjoy all four seasons, and the city is home to events and festivals all year.
Spring: The entire city is blooming with thousands of tulips and daffodils during the Tulip Time Festival, and Tulip Time Day at the Lake is a special treat.
Summer: The NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, Tap That: A Capital Brew Fest, The Mulvane Art Museum’s Art Fair, Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival at Fourth of July, and Fiesta Mexicana.
Fall: Inter-tribal Pow Wow, Huff-n-Puff Hot Air Balloon Rally, Washburn athletics, the Kansas Chocolate Festival and more.
Winter: Don’t miss Winter Wonderland, Miracle on Kansas Avenue, WinterFest and others.
Explore events happening when you’ll be in town at Topeka365.