Unique Topeka Tours

Unique Topeka ToursTopeka is a city that is filled with stories. And while the area and its people are quite friendly and inviting, digging deeper into the past can sometimes be a challenge. For tourists, history buffs, or just the curious, taking a specialized tour of various places in the city will most definitely add a deeper dimension and appreciation for Topeka. The stories are all here, it's just up to you go out and discover them on one of these memorable and informative tours!

Kansas State Capital Building
Topeka is the proud capitol city of Kansas. Learn about the unbreakable bond between history and politics when you take a tour of the Kansas State Capitol Building. Seven days a week you can take a self-guided tour of this amazing building. Familiarize yourself with the people and events that led to the development and progress of the state. Plus, you can also take a tour of the dome of the building.

Address: 10th and Jackson, Topeka, KS 66612 - MAP
Phone: (785) 296-3966
Web: www.kansastravel.org

Brown V Board of Education National Historic Site
While it may be true that history has led the way to change in many aspects of American life, nowhere is that more dramatically underscored than at the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka. This is where the battle for desegregation of schools was fought and ultimately won. Specifically, the Monroe Elementary School, one of the segregated schools involved in the 1954 Supreme Court decision, stands as the focal point for this highly memorable tour. Various photos, documents and exhibits along the way give greater depth and understanding of the importance of the court's eventual decision.

Address: 1515 SE Monroe St, Topeka, KS 66612 - MAP
Phone: (913) 354-4273
Web: www.nps.gov

Ward-Meade Park
The Ward-Meade Park in Topeka allows you to literally step back in time to experience what life was like during a time when settlers were making their way on the Oregon Trail. Luckily, some stayed in this part of the world, and you can take a self-guided tour of some of the fascinating places that used to inhabit the area. Marvel at the detail of a general store, a Southern-style mansion, botanical gardens and log cabins that all help create a true scenario of what Topeka looked like back in the early part of the 20th century.

Address: 124 NW Fillmore, Topeka, KS - MAP
Phone: (785) 368-3888
Web: www.washburn.edu

Great Overland Station
Fans of both history and trains will absolutely love visiting the Great Overland Station. Having just undergone extensive renovations, the facility is even more detailed in its recreation of what the original train station looked like when it opened its doors back in 1927. During that time, the station was a pivotal part of the journey for anyone traveling through the country via train. The station continued with its tradition until the last passenger train left in 1971. Tours are available during normal museum hours.

Address: 701 North Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66608 - MAP
Phone: (785) 232-5533
Web: www.greatoverlandstation.com

Combat Air Museum
The tour guides at the Combat Air Museum are seasoned professionals who not only recount the stories of the planes and the people who flew them, but they also offer a unique and highly entertaining perspective of past events. The facility features a collection of vintage military aircraft, a recreated German POW barracks, aircraft engines and various World War I memorabilia. History comes alive here in a truly unforgettable way.

Address: Hangars 602-604 “J” Street, Forbes Field, Topeka, KS - MAP
Phone: (785) 862-3303
Web: www.combatairmuseum.org

Kansas Judicial Center
Delve into a fascinating facet of Kansas history when you take a tour of the Kansas Judicial Center and Fountain of Justice. The 22-foot sculpture of Justice was created by Bernard Frazier and the work stands in this facility which is located directly south of the Capitol. The statue, made of limestone, is a fitting piece to welcome visitors to this center that spotlights the inner workings and judicial triumphs that have all helped shape history. Tours are available during regular hours, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Address: 301 SW 10th, Topeka, KS - MAP
Phone: (785) 296-2256
Web: www.kansassampler.org