During a recent Kansas road trip, my kids (aged 6 and 10) and I visited three cities: Lawrence, Topeka and Manhattan. Each of these cities are within about 45-60 minutes drive of each other, making Kansas a great Midwest road trip destination.

Fun Things to Do in Lawrence, Kansas

Downtown Lawrence (Massachusetts Street) is a top attraction when touring Kansas with kids. The walkable blocks have been a thriving hot spot since its founding in 1854. Signs in the shop windows express the downtown’s diversity, including LGBTQ+ friendliness.

A short drive from downtown is the University of Kansas campus, with additional kid-friendly activities.

TravelingMom Tip: Street parking in downtown Lawrence requires change for the meter. Add the ParkMobile app to your smart device for convenient payment. Or use the free two-hour public parking lot on Vermont Street.

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