Located in Topeka, Kansas State Capitol is a building housing the Kansas Legislature. Originally built in the 19th century with French architecture, it has undergone several renovations. The dome of the building is one of the largest capital domes in the United States. A large mural painted by John Steuart Curry stands in the east wing of the building. It is one of the only capital domes in United States offering tours of the Dome although it is currently suspended due to renovation. There is no admission cost to enter. Do check the website for more details about the building and featured tours.
The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, was established in 1992 to commemorate the 1954 Supreme court decision to end racial segregation in schools. It was formerly Monroe Elementary School who, along with Sumner Elementary School played a vital role in the judgment. Now located on site of the school, it conducts guided tours of the facility educating visitors about the story and significance of the place. Visitors are also shown award-winning movies after which they can visit the gallery which gives information about the events that led to the decision. Check the website for more information.
The Historic Ward-Meade Park is more than a mere green lung to the city of Topeka; this is your chance to discover cultural facets of the city's fascinating past. The botanic garden boasts over 500 species of flora and fauna, and labels are present everywhere. Hearty meals are prepared and served to groups at the 1854-replica cabin, while the 1870-built Victoria mansion has caught the eye of ghost-busters who've claimed to encounter supernatural activity here. This historic park plays host to several festivals and community celebrations all year round.
The first indoor tropical rain forest in the United States is in Topeka Zoo which attracts several visitors all year round. The zoo has areas dedicated to different animals like the bears, birds of prey, jungle cats, water birds, exotic birds, elephants, giraffes, hippos and primates. It also has a Children zoo which has farm and domestic animals.
Reinisch Rose Garden & Doran Rock Garden is a picturesque space within Topeka's Gage Park. Horticulturist and landscape architect E. F. A. Reinisch pioneered the establishment of the rose garden and thus it is named after him. Founded in 1930, Reinisch Rose Garden houses more than 350 varieties of roses and over 6000 species of plants. Doran Rock Garden is noted for its Tulip blooms in April. The gardens can be rented out for private events, making it a beautiful place to host a wedding or a celebration.
You can practically dip anything in Lake Clinton. Go fishing, boating or perhaps even take a swim at this natural vegetation that has an interesting concoction of fish: white and black crappie, bluegill, large mouth and small mouth bass, white bass, striped bass, northern pike, walleye, channel cat, flathead, catfish and bullhead. You can also start that fire and roast the waterfowl or the deer on this habitat, spread over 11,000 acres. Get the ‘Mowgli' experience by camping in the wild. You never know, Baloo may just pass by or maybe Bagheera? There are drinking and staying facilities along with a park for children and adults.