Hours: Visitor Center 9am-5pm Mon.-Sat., 1-5pm Sun.
Lawrence is a city happy to be what it is: a city doing things in its own way, with free thinkers not trying to be anyone else. Founded by pioneers driven to create a state where people of all races would be free, Lawrence has continually defined itself as an open, energetic and welcoming community. Quirky? Different? Unexpected? Yes! But more importantly, we invite you to define your own version of a city that offers an escape from the ordinary. We have lots of fans. We’ve been included on national lists for: #9 of the top 20 Coolest Towns in the US #2 College Town to Stay in Forever One of the Quirkiest Cities in the US One of the Greatest College Coffee Shops in the US (Bourgeois Pig) One of the best college town burgers (The Wheel) One the top 4 best Slam Dunk College Towns during March Madness One of 10 Best Dynamite Day Trips One of the most authentic main streets in the US (Massachusetts Street) And in Kansas, we make the list for: 4 of the top 10 best restaurants (Merchants Pub & Plate, Burger Stand, 715 and Free State Brewery) The most iconic bar (Johnny’s Tavern) Top 3 best mountain bike trails (Lawrence River Trail) and, drumroll please, the Best Destination in Kansas (our fabulous Mass Street and Downtown Lawrence.) Explore our spirit and elevate your own by enjoying all Lawrence has to offer. We think you’ll find it unmistakable. Make your first stop the Lawrence Visitors Center where our friendly staff and volunteers will provide maps, brochures, and local expertise on things to do, place to eat, stay, and shop.