Explore the best things to do near the University of Kansas

With quick access to Highway 10, the Country Inn & Suites, Lawrence, KS makes it easy to explore the area’s best attractions. After a great night’s sleep in one of our rooms or suites, spend a day perusing the shops and breweries in Lawrence’s historic downtown less than four miles away. Business travelers appreciate our proximity to Lawrence VenturePark, and families can find lots of fun things to do at Perry State Park. If you’re a prospective student, cap off your tour of the University of Kansas by cheering on the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse, Memorial Stadium, or Rock Chalk Park. Other nearby schools include Baker University, which can be reached in about 20 minutes, and Haskell Indian Nations University, a top-tier tribal university dedicated to serving Native American students, less than two miles away. Visiting in summer? Don’t miss the Douglas County Fair at the fairgrounds, which is about half a mile away.

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Allen Fieldhouse

2.52 mi / 4.05 km from the hotel
The largest arena in Kansas and the second-largest in the Big 12 Conference, this iconic venue is the home of the Jayhawks men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Lawrence VenturePark

0.61 mi / 0.98 km from the hotel
Spreading across more than 200 acres, this business park is home to companies such as Amarr, Plastikon, Maximus, Grandstand, and Pretzels, Inc. There are also peaceful walking trails for employees to enjoy.

Spencer Museum of Art

2.26 mi / 3.64 km from the hotel
Located on the campus of the University of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art features pieces from five continents, including thought-provoking contemporary works.

Douglas County Fairgrounds

0.35 mi / 0.57 km from the hotel
Enjoy exciting rides, tasty carnival food, and fun games at the Douglas County Fair during the summer.

Baker University

11.65 mi / 18.75 km from the hotel
This Christian university is the top-ranked private college in Kansas and takes special pride in its nursing and pre-med programs.

Haskell Indian Nations University

1.38 mi / 2.23 km from the hotel
Haskell provides high-quality academic offerings and cultural programs designed to help Native American students receive an excellent education without sacrificing knowledge of and connection to their cultures.

David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium

2.36 mi / 3.79 km from the hotel
Home to University of Kansas football games, this stadium was opened in 1921 to honor Kansas students who died in World War I.

Perry State Park

24.75 mi / 39.83 km from the hotel
Spend an afternoon exploring this popular state park, which offers trails for hiking and bicycling as well as areas for hunting and fishing.

Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

3.2 mi / 5.14 km from the hotel
Former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole donated personal papers to help start this non-partisan political establishment. Each year, the institute offers forums, hosts a lecture by a prominent political figure, and awards a leadership prize.

Rock Chalk Park

7.05 mi / 11.34 km from the hotel
With a Class 1 IAAF Certification, this track-and-field complex located at the University of Kansas hosts both national and regional competitions.

The University of Kansas

2.37 mi / 3.81 km from the hotel
Serving more than 25,000 students, this public research university is well known for its pharmacy, special education, and city management programs as well as its strong athletics department.

Kansas Speedway

22.54 mi / 36.27 km from the hotel
Satisfy your need for speed with tickets to a NASCAR race on Kansas Speedway’s exhilarating tri-oval track.