Lawrence (Kansas)

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Lawrence is a city in Eastern Kansas, USA that is situated along I-70, 35 miles west of Kansas City, and home to the University of Kansas. Lawrence provides a mix of academics, bohemia, and small-town Kansas kitsch.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • Interstate 70. On the north edge of town.
  • State Highway 10. Access from southwest metropolitan Kansas City on the south edge of town.
  • US 24 and US 40. East-west access from Topeka and Kansas City (24 immediately north of town and 40 through the center of town).
  • US 59. North-south access from Ottawa and Atchison through the center of town.

By bus[edit]

  • TheJo 710 K-10 Connector +1 913 782-2210. TheJo runs between Overland Park and Lawrence.
  • Greyhound Bus has a stop at 2447 W 6TH Street. Two buses run from Kansas City, Missouri to Lawrence before continuing to Topeka. The trip from Kansas City takes about an hour. Other buses run from Topeka and Wichita. After you arrive at the bus stop, you can catch the number 6 local bus to downtown Lawrence.

By train[edit]

  • Amtrak. Provides daily service via the Southwest Chief route. The westbound train (from Chicago bound for Los Angeles) stops at 12:32AM and the Eastbound train (from LA to Chicago) stops at 5:49AM. There are no bus stops directly at the train station, the next stops are about 8 miles southwest on 9th Street (Bus 1 on New York, Bus 7, 3, 6, 10, 11 from New Hampshire).

By plane[edit]

  • Kansas City International Airport (IATA: MCI) 46 miles east-northeast. The closest airport to Lawrence with commercial airlines operating, and a major Southwest hub. Service also available on major airlines to large domestic hubs (Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Memphis, Detroit, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New York, Houston)
  • Lawrence Municipal Airport (IATA: LWC) A small airfiled, no scheduled service, only corporate and private jets.

Get around[edit]

Lawrence has a fairly good and inexpensive bus system, see the bus section below for more info.

The city is also relatively bike-friendly and has had a good reputation among the biking community.

The central part of the city, consisting of the downtown, the KU campus, and the student-filled neighborhoods in between is easily walkable. The Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau's Visitor Information Center offers brochures for self-guided walking tours in the city. Outside of the central part of the city, cars are king. Cabs are cheap, though uncommon.

By bus[edit]

The Lawrence transit bus system is known as the T. The fare is only $1 and will get you one transfer or you can pay $2.75 for a day pass. The website is on Lawrencetransit and there a bus to the overland park campus k-10-connector. The transit stops are on Google transit and searchable there, except for the k-10 connector.

By taxi[edit]

  • Jayhawk Taxi, 850 E 13th St, Lawrence, KS 66044, +1 785 843-8294, Mon-Sat Hotline Open at 8AM.
  • Ground Transportation Inc. 301 Maple St, Lawrence, KS 66044 +1 785 838-4500. $9 anywhere in town, 24/7 hours open.
  • Lawrence Taxi Lawrence, KS 66049 +1 785 304-6748 Thurs.-Sat Part-time.

See[edit]

Spooner Hall, University of Kansas
  • Kansas University Natural History Museum1345 Jayhawk Blvd. (Catch the #11 bus from 7th street and Vermont in downtown.),  +1 785-864-4450. Tuesday - Saturday: 9AM — 5PM, Sunday, Noon — 5PM. Closed on Mondays and major holidays. See the Panorama of North American Mammals and Comanche, the famous horse. Free but donations of $5 are accepted..
  • There's an interesting rock mural on North Side of the river which was created by local artist Stan Herd. It is visible from the Massachusetts Street Bridge.
  • Liberty Hall (on the corner of 7th and Massachusetts). See a film, theatre production, live concert, art show, wedding or any number of other things at the multifunctional Liberty Hall. (Serves Free State Beer on tap, including during films)

Do[edit]

  • KU Men's Basketball. If you haven't seen the Jayhawks play in the heart of basketball season, you're missing out on one of the best events in the area, even if you're not a huge basketball fan. People from all over Kansas come to Allen Fieldhouse to cheer on this nationally acclaimed team that has been to countless Final Fours and Sweet Sixteens in its long history. Make sure you buy tickets well in advance, since they sell out fast. It should be noted that during any Kansas Men's basketball game, home or away, Massachusetts Street will be alive with people.
  • Historic driving tour. Visits many of the sites involved Quantrill's Raid (The Lawrence Massacre) in 1863. You can also see many of these sites on the Quantrill's Raid
  • Clinton Lake State Park798 North 1415 Rd. +1 785-842-8562. The park is located just outside of town and provides opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, and camping.

Learn[edit]

  • University of Kansas, Home of the Spencer Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History (Dyche Hall), the "Lone Survivor" of the Battle of Little Bighorn), and the Dole Institute of Politics at 2350 Petefish Drive.

Buy[edit]

Massachusetts Street is the downtown shopping district. One can find anything from incense burners to sporting goods. Allergy sufferers, take note: several local merchants (The Dusty Bookshelf, Love Garden Sounds, and Sunflower Outdoor) have resident cats. The 23rd street in the south has many shopping places and Iowa/31th Street is home to Walmart and Co.

Eat[edit]

  • Pizza Shuttle +1 785-842-1212. Dirt cheap, open late. Everybody's top choice for post-bar dining.
  • Pyramid Pizza701 W 9th St +1 785 842-3232. Great Pizza. Open Late. City-wide Delivery. Everyday Walk-In Special
  • Bigg's on Mass719 Massachusetts. Barbecue.
  • India Palace124 E. 10th St +1 785 331-4300. Authentic Indian food. Lunch buffet every day.
  • Jade Garden1410 Kasold Dr +1 785 843-8650. Chinese and Vietnamese food. Delivery available for orders over $10.
  • Johnny's Tavern West721 Wakarusa Dr. Pizza, sandwiches and other bar food. Great place to watch a game or play pool.
  • Kokoro601 Kasold Dr +1 785 838-4134. Japanese grill and sushi.
  • Marisco's (Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive),  +1 785 312-9057. Somewhat upscale, features seafood dishes and an extensive tequila selection.
  • Rudy's Pizzeria704 Massachusetts +1 785 749-0055. Unassuming location with the best pizza in town. Free delivery.
  • Sylas and Maddy's1014 Massachusetts +1 785 832-8323. Best ice cream in town.
  • Tortas Jalisco534 Frontier +1 785 865-1515. Authentic Mexican food.
  • Thai Siam601 S. Kasold Dr +1 785 331-2525. Thai and Chinese food in what used to be a Subway (really).
  • Yello Sub1814 W. 23rd St +1 785 843-6000. Locally owned sandwich shop with a number of vegetarian options. Delivery available.
  • Zen Zero811 Massachusetts +1 785 832-0001. Thai, Nepalese, and Japanese noodle shop. Prices are low, and the atmosphere is casual.
  • Encore Cafe1007 Massachusetts St. +1 785-856-3682. Specializes in Asian-American food, as well as bubble tea. Karaoke rooms available.

Drink[edit]

Lawrence has a varied nightlife with a number of opportunities to see live music. For a calendar of upcoming shows, visit Lawrence.com

  • Free State Brewing Company636 Massachusetts +1 785 843-4555. This microbrewery and eatery claims to be the 'First Legal Brewery in Kansas'. Monday nights offer $1.50 pints of tasty microbrew.
  • Fatso's1016 Massachusetts A Pl +1 785 865-4055. To have a beer and enjoy some live music most nights of the week. Wednesday nights are the busiest here and usually have the best drink specials.
  • Louise's1009 Mass +1 785-843-9032. One of the few Lawrence bars frequented by both locals and students, featuring pool tables, foosball, and a double-decker heated outdoor smoking deck.
  • The Bourgeois Pig6 E 9th St. 6PM - 2PM. Lawrence's original coffee bar is in a small brick building on 9th Street, just east of Massachusetts Street downtown.
  • Replay Lounge946 Massachusetts St +1 785 749-7676. Lawrence's home for local and national punk and indie rock. It's also has a collection of pinball machines and a large heated smoking porch to keep you from shivering while you smoke and swill your PBR.

Sleep[edit]

Halcyon House Bed & Breakfast
  • The Eldridge Hotel701 Massachusetts St. +1 785-749-5011, e-mail: . The Eldridge Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places - as one of the buildings that Quantrill burned during his raid of the city in 1863. It was renovated in the spring of 2005. Room rates climb higher the weekend of KU graduation. $120-$145.
  • Halcyon House Bed & Breakfast1000 Ohio St +1 785-841-0314, toll-free: +1-888-441-0314. A lovely bed and breakfast with rooms to suit most budgets. Within walking distance to the city center (and all the shopping and eateries on Massachusetts St.) and the University of Kansas. Delicious homemade breakfast that will give you a good start to the day. Helpful tourist information is provided by the owners upon request. $55-$149.
  • The Oread Hotel1200 Oread Ave +1 785-842-1200, toll-free: +1-877-263-6347, e-mail: . The Oread is the most unique and complete center for lodging, hospitality, business and social leisure activities in the region. Located beside the campus of the University of Kansas.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Lawrence
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