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The Top 12 Places to Visit in Lawrence, Kansas

Lawrence is a fun college town that has a lot to offer. There are so many great places to eat at, sight see, and have an overall good time. If you get the chance to take a day trip or even spend the weekend in Lawrence, you should definitely do it. If you’re a fan of basketball, be sure to visit during March Madness–Lawrence has got a lot of KU pride!


Munchers is a delightful bakery that cooks many tasty treats daily. All of the desserts are baked fresh and there’s so much to choose from. My absolute favorite are their cream cheese brownies and their strawberry cream cheese filled donuts. They literally have every delicious kind of dessert that you can think of! Plus, the prices are amazing. If you’re a fan of sweets, this bakery has to be on your list.

925 Iowa St, Lawrence, Kansas 66049 | Site

2. Perry Lake

Just Northwest of Lawrence, Perry Lake is absolutely gorgeous and a pretty secluded area. There are some great fishing spots. It’s serene and peaceful–you’ll love the sounds of nature while you’re going for a swim or taking a ride on your kayak. Plus, there are plenty of gorgeous areas to take some pretty epic selfies. If you love wildlife, you’re sure to have a blast.

4 miles north of US-24 on K-237 | Site

3. Wake the Dead Restaurant

Don’t be fooled by the name, there is nothing in this bar that will scare you. Well, not too much…If you love themed bars, you’ll appreciate the quirky decor featuring skeletons. Yet the best part of this place is their breakfast and drink menu. Be sure to try the Fruit Loops Cereal Killer drink and the Donut Fingers. You and your friends are bound to have a great time.

E. 7th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 | Site

4. Lawrence Antique Mall

This place is huge! You’ll find anything from antiques, DVD’s jewelry, cowboy boots, to cool kids toys. With three different stories, this mall is the biggest and the most interesting. You could literally spend hours checking out all of the cool merch that they have to offer. You’ll find both things new and old at the Lawrence Antique Mall but it’s guaranteed that there’s something for everyone.

830 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, Kansas 66044  | Site

5. The Java Break

Are you a breakfast food person? Do your find yourself loving cereal more than life? Well, the Java Break is the place for you to go. They offer 24+ varieties of cereal from you to choose from along with your choice of various toppings such as M&M’s, Chocolate Chips, Coconut, and many more. Plus they have some pretty amazing coffee and soda drinks too.

17 E 7th St, Lawrence, KS 66044 | Site

6. The Museum of Odd

You guessed it, this museum is filled with many odd things. You’ll see anything from sock monkeys to collectible Elvis Presley artifacts. If you’re a fan of bizarre and obscure places, this museum should be on the top of your list. You can even take a personal tour with the owner, Randy Walker.

1012 New York St, LawrenceKansas 66044 | Site

7. The Dusty Bookshelf

This “gently read” bookstore has a lot to offer. Firstly, it has a cute and cozy atmosphere that you’re going to love. They have everything from children’s books, contemporary literature, to classics. If you’re a bilingual or have an interest in different languages, you’ll love the Foreign books section.

708 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044 | Site

8. Lawrence Beer Co.

Love beer? Head over to the newly opened Lawrence Beer Co. to try out a variety of delicious beers. This hip and rustic bar also features some delicious food menu items such as Truffled White Bean Dip and Fried Avocado Tacos. It’s the perfect hipsters paradise.

826 Pennsylvania St, Lawrence, KS 66044 | Site

9. Castle Tea Room

Are you into elegant spaces that have a long history? Well then, be sure to check out the Castle Tea Room. You’ll be feeling like royalty in no time. If you’re looking to plan an event, be sure to have this gorgeous structure on your list. Even better is that it’s been fully renovated and is perfect for any special occasion.

1307 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044 | Site

10. Japanese Friendship Garden

The Japanese Friendship Garden is a beautiful place to go and relax. You’ll love the gorgeous scenery and be at peace while feeling like you’ve been transported to Japan. Plus, there are so many great selfie spots to take some lovely photos of you and your loved ones.

1045 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044 | Site

11. The Oread Rooftop Bar

Even if you’re not staying at The Oread, you should still be sure to check out the rooftop bar with a scenic view of the KU campus and The Kaw River Valley. They have an amazing beer and wine menu. Plus, on sunny weekends, you can hear live music!

200 Oread Ave., 9th floor | Site

12. Wild Man Vintage

If you’re a fan of vintage clothing for a great price, be sure to check out this vintage clothing store. You’ll find anything from vintage leather jackets to cool statement jewelry pieces. Plus, there is a lot to see as it is a multi-level building–you could spend hours at a time shopping there and never get bored!

939 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044 | Site

Will you be checking out any of these fun places? Let us know if you plan to visit Lawrence and which locations you liked the most.

Special thanks to Kris Losure for recommending such great locations.

Make sure to also check out our other post recommending 20 Must Visit Places in Lawrence, KS for college students!

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