Choose Lawrence

Looking for the right place to make it unmistakable? Yes, that would be Lawrence.

Downtown Lawrence Kansas


Located in the central United States, Lawrence is conveniently located on Interstate 70 just 30 minutes west of Kansas City and 20 minutes east of the state’s Capitol, Topeka.

Lawrence is only 45 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport.

Lawrence is home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University as well as the #1 tourism destination in Kansas, Historic Downtown Lawrence.


Lawrence has taken the current pandemic seriously from the start.  Residents and businesses have taken heed to the Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health ordinances, including gathering limits and mask mandates that have helped to keep our COVID-19 numbers under control and moving in the right direction. You can view Lawrence’s current COVID numbers, phase of reopening, and travel restrictions here>.

More than 200 businesses and organizations have taken the Lawrence Promise, a commitment to keep each other safe and well.

Keeping each other safe and well is a shared responsibility. We expect our visitors to follow the same protocols that Lawrencians are following. Such as wearing a mask in indoor public spaces and outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible.


Your event attendees deserve to feel welcomed, and the people of Lawrence are overwhelmingly generous to share the community with all who choose to visit responsibly. There’s a strong sense of community pride here. Residents and businesses are always ready and willing to put their best foot forward to make sure everyone is well taken care of.

Smaller towns offer a slower pace than the hustle and bustle of the big city. Your attendees can enjoy new experiences, vibrant shopping and dining, world-class exhibits, wide-open spaces, and fabulous art and entertainment in a college town bursting with culture and pride all at their own pace.


Lawrence offers meeting and event space that can accommodate groups large and small that rival the luxury that can be found in larger destinations – most often at a better value. If you’re looking to hold a conference with hotel and meeting space all under one roof, we’ve got that. Looking for a unique banquet space? Check. Or how about an outdoor reception with a view… just ask. No matter what type of event you’re planning, Lawrence offers the perfect blend of amenities for your next event.


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Event planners can count on receiving one-on-one attention from eXplore Lawrence that will help them understand the term “Midwest Nice.” We are thrilled to help locate the right venues, accommodations, experiences, and tools to lead a successful event. The spirit of collaboration is strong in Lawrence, so don’t be shy to share with us your event wishes. If we don’t have a solution, it’s likely we know someone who does.

Choosing Lawrence for your next event will ensure your group will be eager to put THAT event on the calendar.