National Parks / Natural World in TOPEKA with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Topeka has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Topeka, Kansas offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Topeka itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Flint Hills Wildlife Refuge

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    (54 miles) Hartford

    Wetlands, grasslands and marshlands for kids to explore, which provide a diverse habitat for mammals, reptiles and birds which they can learn about. An animal haven!

  • Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

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    (57 miles) Overland Park

    The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens was founded to keep the city at the forefront of environmental and ecological issues. A leader of environmentally sound community development, the ...

  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

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    (58 miles) Strong City

    Get out into nature at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Kansas Flint Hills, and enjoy the numerous year round nature trails and summer fun activities.

  • Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery

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    (65 miles) Junction City

    See live animal exhibits, see and touch native animal furs, print your own tracks, watch birds of prey, hike nature trails, and enjoy a super nature themed adventure playground.

  • Tallgrass Prairie Park

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    (69 miles) Strong City

    Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve was honored with being selected as one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius announced the results on January 29, 2008, Kansas Day, at the ...

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  • Kansas Childrens Discovery Center

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    (2 miles) Topeka

    The Kansas Children's Discovery Center is a place of discovery and exploration - where kids can learn by enjoying, playing and experimenting in this hands-on environment focused on education.

  • Combat Air Museum

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    (7 miles) Topeka

    The combat Air Museum is an incredible collection of aircraft which also houses a wide variety of military artifacts from the First World War to the present day. Many aircraft engines are also on ...

  • The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame

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    (44 miles) Bonner Springs

    Learn all about the historical and present agricultural industry, with fascinating exhibits, train rides and even animals! Historic fun in Kansas!

  • Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

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    (47 miles) Atchison

    Tour this National Historic Site to learn about the life of one of the world's most influential female aviators. A fascinating day out for kids in Atchison, Kansas.

  • Wonderscope Childrens Museum of Kansas City

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    (52 miles) Shawnee

    Fun, hands-on, imaginative learning is the priority at Wonderscope - a place where kids are encouraged to really embrace their full potential.

  • The American Royal Museum

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    (58 miles) Kansas City

    Participate in tours led by trained, museum docents.Try out the new equine exhibit and learn about different gaits.Gain insight into the vital role that agriculture played in Kansas City\'s rich and ...

  • Airline History Museum

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    (59 miles) Kansas City

    The Airline History Museum is located at the Historic Downtown Airport, in Kansas City, Missouri. To walk through it is to truly step back in time, to a different and more graceful age of air ...

  • Kansas City Museum

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    (59 miles) Kansas City

    Field trips to the Kansas City Museum are real attention-grabbers designed to fully engage the kids in your group. We provide a genuine learning experience that simply can't be duplicated for ...

  • Science City

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    (59 miles) Kansas City

    Imaginations can run wild at Science City at Union Station, where kids can learn and explore in all things science through fun exhibits, including one of the largest planetariums in the Midwest!

  • National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

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    (59 miles) Kansas City

    Get whisked back in time through displays of the toys that defined generations. A magical journey through the evolution of childhood in Kansas City!

  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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    (59 miles) Kansas City

    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best ...

  • Arabia Steamboat Museum

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    (59 miles) Kansas City

    The Arabia Steamboat Museum is home to a true time capsule of frontier life in the 1800s. Discovery the history behind the Stemaboat Arabia. Today, the remains of the Arabia can be viewed at the ...

  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

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    (60 miles) Kansas City

    Through the inspiration of Horace M. Peterson III (1945-1992), founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America, a group of local historians, business leaders, and former baseball players came together ...

  • American Jazz Museum

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    (60 miles) Kansas City

    The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum in the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz District. Includes interactive exhibits and films, educational ...

  • Geary County Historical Museums

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    (61 miles) Junction City

    The historical museum in Kansas that offers a range of exhibits from pioneer days to modern times. There are interactive exhibits, QR codes, and scavenger hunts for kids too!

  • Pony Express Museum

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    (66 miles) Saint Joseph

    Come and experience the many exciting, educational, state-of-the-art exhibits conveying the need, creation, operation and termination of the Pony Express. Whatever your age, you're sure to be ...

  • Childrens Peace Pavilion

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    (68 miles) Independence

    The Children's Peace Pavilion was established in 1995 as a gift to all children from the Community of Christ. In January of that year the doors of the Children's Peace Pavilion opened to an ...

  • National Frontier Trails Museum

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    (68 miles) Independence

    Welcome to the National Frontier Trails Museum! The National Frontier Trails Museum is a museum, interpretive center, and research library dedicated to telling the rich history of America's ...

  • Andrew County Museum

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    (77 miles) Savannah

    An insight into the fascinating history of the county's past, including the rural way of life.

  • Topeka Zoo

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    (2 miles) Topeka

    A family friendly zoo in the heart of Gage Park in Topeka, with beautiful animal exhibits, fun animal events and encounters, and a children's zoo too!

  • Sunset Zoo

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    (49 miles) Manhattan

    Home to over 250 animal species. During summer you can drop in on keeper chats, conservation talks and feedings including chimpanzee, sloth bear and otter.

  • Emporia Zoo

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    (53 miles) Emporia

    Kids will love getting up close with the many species of animals in the Kansas zoo, with a blend of native and exotic birds and animals housed in an area with beautiful landscaping and horticultural ...

  • Kansas City Zoo

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    (62 miles) Kansas City

    Kansas City Zoo - Looking for wild family fun? See our tigers roar, cheetahs run, and polar bears flip. Each day is a new adventure. Marvel at more than 1,000 exotic animals featured in indoor and ...

  • Heartland Park Topeka

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    (9 miles) Topeka

    Cars, wheels, racing, tracks, and fun! Heartland Park Topeka is a thrilling trip for the family to get out and experience racing live!

  • Worlds of Fun

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    (65 miles) Kansas City

    Theme park AND water park fun with the one ticket in Kansas City, Missouri!

  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark

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    (48 miles) Kansas City

    Brave the world's TALLEST water slide at this Kansas City water park, with other thrills, spills, and family fun!

  • Jones Aquatic Center

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    (53 miles) Emporia

    Cool down at the Jones Aquatic Center in Emporia! Open seasonally May to August, kids can splash about and play all day!

  • Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center

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    (55 miles) Overland Park

    The city's largest overall pool facility. Visitors can enjoy a long slide, small water slides, zero depth, fountains and shade structures.

  • Going Bonkers

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    (4 miles) Topeka

    Kids can climb, jump, bounce, slide, and weave their way through an amazing five levels of fun exercise and play, with a separate toddler area for the little ones and more than 50 arcade games!

  • Monkey Bizness

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    (52 miles) Shawnee Mission

    Indoor play fun for kids up to 8 years with inflatable courses, bouncers, play structures, jungle gyms and more!