Jan 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Senior Citizens Learn About Topeka

Seniors, betcha didn’t know that the name Topeka means “a good place to grow potatoes” in the languages of the Kansa and the Ioway Indian tribes. The potato referred to is the prairie potato, a perennial herb which is an important food for many Native Americans. Topeka is the state capital of Kansas and It is situated along the Kansas River in the central part of Shawnee County, located in northeast Kansas. Topeka is home to 20 first-class attractions, 16 art galleries, five performing arts facilities, established annual events, delectable dining and unique shopping.

A safe city it is… The Safe Streets Coalition’s primary goal is to make Topeka and Shawnee County the Safest Capital Community in America. The Safe Streets Coalition that started 12 years ago as a single man’s desire to reduce crime in the community has evolved into an active coalition of 145 members. Coalition members consist of business leaders, public officials, religious leaders, law enforcement officials, community agency representatives, and private citizens from across all walks of the community gathering with one goal in mind: let’s make Topeka/Shawnee County a safe place to raise a family, to work, to play, to live.

Seniors Discover First-Class Attractions in Topeka

With 20 first-class attractions, you’ll definitely need to spend more than one day exploring the capital city of Kansas. The four attractions listed below were identified as “Must-Sees” by Randall Travel Marketing, Inc.

And TripAdvisor finds 15 things for seniors to do in Topeka as well as a Travel Guide, Photos, Videos and a Map. Looking for more to do in Topeka?

This city guide will help you enjoy Kansas on your way to Topeka. They lump Topeka attractions that include Kansas Museum of History, Truckhenge, Combat Air Museum, Museum of the Kansas National Guard, Topeka Zoo, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Great Overland Station, Ward-Meade Park, Topeka Computing Museum, Capitol Building Tours Potwin Place Holiday Display, Cider Days Fall Festival, First Presbyterian Church, Holley Museum of Military History and Topeka Christmas Light Tour, restaurants specialty food so you won’t be wanting for things to see and do in Topeka.

Most of the major sights in Kansas are set along the state’s historic I-70 corridor. In Topeka, stop in at the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site, 1515 Monroe St. (tel. 785/354-4273;, a National Historic Site commemorating the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that originated in the city’s Monroe school and ended segregation in the United States. Topeka’s Fiesta Mexicana (Jul 2012) demonstrates the beauty and culture of the Hispanic heritage in Topeka. The outdoor five-day event includes three stages of free entertainment featuring local and international stars of Latin music, a parade, contests and art and craft booths.

Enjoy Topeka and do check out the many fine restaurants rated by Urbanspoon. Make your trip “official” with a stop at Jeremiah Bullfrogs Sports Bar and Grille that has been chosen Topeka’s best sports bar since 1993 and features live comedy.  Now your trip to Topeka has been official. jeb

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