10 Things to do Good for a Rainy Day in Lawrence That You Shouldn't Miss

May 17, 2022 Velvet Mowry

Lawrence is the county seat of Douglas County and sixth largest city in Kansas. It is located in the northeastern sector of the state, next to Interstate 70, between the Kansas and Wakarusa Rivers. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 87,643. Lawrence is a college town and the home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University.
Restaurants in Lawrence

1. Booth Family Hall of Athletics

1651 Naismith Dr Allen Fieldhouse‎, Lawrence, KS 66045-4069 +1 785-864-7050 http://www.kuathletics.com/facilities/kan-booth-hall.html
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5.0 based on 106 reviews

Booth Family Hall of Athletics

Reviewed By R9368JBdavidw - Tulsa, United States

It's a must see for Fans of KU Athletics. The Booth Family Hall of Athletics is an exceptional Shrine to KU Athletics and is located on the eastern section of the historic Phog Allen Fieldhouse on the KU Campus. There are many, many display cases filled with memorabilia, photos, and hanging displays that pays homage to the great and storied athletic traditions and major successes that is the University of Kansas. Seeing the KU Basketball National Championship trophies is great as are the stories and history displayed telling about those championships, as well as Olympic World Championships won by KU in basketball, track and field athletes throughout the years. KU Athletes and teams in a myriad of sports and their major successes are also on display. The 2008 Orange Bowl Championship trophy in football is one of my favorites! Seeing the story of one of the greatest milers of all time, Jim Ryun is a must see too. Another of my favorites is the story of Dr James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, bringing the game to KU and being it's first coach, as well as the exploits of his teams, and how he and Phog Allen made KU the dominant power of jntercollegiate basketball in the US, and how their accomplishments have kept KU as a true blue blood even in today's game! The Booth Family Hall of Athletics is very well done. If you want to see the actual and "original" handwritten rules of basketball by Dr. Naismith...they are literally about 100 feet North of the Booth Hall, in a building (attached to Phog Allen Fieldhouse) called the De Bruce Center. You can see and read the rules as well as listen to Dr Naismith give an early radio interview about basketball. The recording is the only known voice recording of Dr. Naismith!

2. Lawrence Public Library

707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044-2371 +1 785-843-3833 http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/
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5.0 based on 71 reviews

Lawrence Public Library

Reviewed By WilliamsPlace

Lawrence residents can be grateful for the excellent resources provided by this local library. The facility is impressive, as are the available resources and employees. They were kind enough to automatically renew my items when I forgot to return on time. Compared to other libraries, the hours are great. Parking is always easy.

825 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044-2657 +1 785-843-0080 [email protected] http://www.phoenixgalleryart.com/
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5.0 based on 20 reviews

Phoenix Gallery

Reviewed By annieholl313 - Lawrence, United States

If you need a gift or just want to be wowed, stop by and walk through this store. So pretty and well organized. Customer service is excellent. They still wrap packages too!

4. Breakout Lawrence

727 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044-2345 +1 785-422-5625 [email protected] http://www.breakoutlawrence.com
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5.0 based on 323 reviews

Breakout Lawrence

Downtown Lawrence's only live action escape game. Find the clues, unlock the doors, and solve the puzzles in order to BREAKOUT in 60 minutes or less. From the creators of Breakout KC, the world's top rated escape game.

Reviewed By jhult308

We held a team building event at Breakout Lawrence and my team had an absolute blast!! The staff was friendly and helpful, and the rooms we did (Y2K and Civil War) were well-organized, challenging and fun at the same time. The attention to detail is incredible compared to some of the other escape rooms I've been to. I would recommend Breakout Lawrence to anyone looking for a fun team event or get-together with friends. The location is great as well with tons of great restaurants and bars just down the street.

5. Allen Fieldhouse

1651 Naismith Dr, Lawrence, KS 66045-7800 http://kuathletics.com/facilities/allen-fieldhouse/
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5.0 based on 27 reviews

Allen Fieldhouse

Reviewed By Biztraveler11 - Los Angeles, United States

The history oozes from this building and be sure to see the attached museum and the original Rules of Basketball, signed by James Naismith himself. Lots to see here, including the game!

6. Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum

Dyche Hall University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS +1 785-864-4450 http://naturalhistory.ku.edu
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum

Reviewed By pixiewyfe - Stillwater, United States

We loved this museum! Stayed a little longer just to see it. Nice variety of fossils, modern biology exhibits and displays. Especially interesting was the live bee habitat they host on the 6th floor. The "donation" felt pretty coerced, even though it was a "voluntary donation", but don't mind supporting venues like this.

7. Watkins Museum of History

1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044-2961 +1 785-841-4109 [email protected] http://www.watkinsmuseum.org/
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Watkins Museum of History

The Watkins Museum of History tells many stories about the diverse people and events of this area. We have an exciting array of programs and rotating exhibits. Our community room can be rented for events. Our expert staff and volunteers can assist with genealogy and local history research.

Reviewed By MarcJana - Las Vegas, United States

Three floors of interesting local historical artifacts housed in a renovated building more than 100 years old. No forced admission charge, but donations are encouraged.

8. Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

2350 Petefish Dr, Lawrence, KS 66045-7506 +1 785-864-4900 http://doleinstitute.org
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

This site focuses on politics and on the life of one of the University of Kansas' most famous alumni, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.

9. Spencer Museum of Art

1301 Mississippi St, Lawrence, KS 66045-7595 +1 785-864-4710 http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Spencer Museum of Art

Reviewed By 497claudettej

The Spencer Museum of Art, located on the KU Campus, is a small but well curated art museum that has a good permanent collection combined with ever-changing selections. Parking at the KU Student Union lot across the street is convenient.

10. Massachusetts Street

Lawrence, KS +1 785-865-5000 http://www.chaneyrealty.com/0/Home
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4.5 based on 471 reviews

Massachusetts Street

Reviewed By Toyota1994 - Chicago, United States

Massachusetts Street is basically the Downtown in Lawrence. It is a lively and beautiful street teeming with a variety of retail businesses. In fact, there are two brewery restaurants well worth the visit. Just one block west is the wonderful library, a modern architectural design not to be missed. Then there is the South Park, a beautiful community park with a lovely garden. The Kansas River Levee trail is not too far from Massachusetts; it is a nice place to walk and enjoy the expansive views of the river if it is not a hot day. All in all, Massachusetts Street is an enjoyable downtown area for leisurely walk, shopping and food.

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