24 hours in Lawrence

aerial shot of campus

Welcome to Lawrence

Our city plays such a strong part in the lives of KU students that it becomes a second home — one they return to for decades to come as alumni. To understand it, you really have to see it for yourself.


Here’s what you could do with just 24 hours to take it all in.

See and be seen on Mass Street

Start the day on Massachusetts Street, known around town as Mass Street. In the half-mile stretch of historic buildings that run from South Park to the Kansas River, you’ll pass locally owned and operated restaurants, art galleries, bookstores, and boutiques. Some downtown sites have been around since KU’s founding over 150 years ago.

Don't get hangry out there

Need a shot of espresso? The best burger of your life? A sushi boat? No matter what you’re craving, you’ll find it in Lawrence. Stake out the perfect window seat or place on the patio and dive into great dining — our combination of comfy and culinary is our claim to fame.

Absorb our history and culture

We’ve made a name for ourselves as a community that values expression and stays true to our roots. Visit Watkins Museum to go even deeper into Lawrence’s abolitionist founding, then stop by the Lawrence Arts Center to see the work of local and international artists. (If you want to see campus attractions, then head to the Spencer Museum of Art, KU Natural History Museum, or Dole Institute of Politics. For KU sports fans, there's the Booth Hall of Athletics and the DeBruce Center, home to the original 1891 rules of basketball.)

Pick up the pace

Before the sun sets, burn a little more energy. Popular jogging trails run along the riverfront and just south of the Warehouse Arts District. If you'd rather take a nature walk, drive to Clinton Lake or the KU Field Station; both offer hiking trails.

Catch some entertainment

Freshen up for a show at the Granada, a renovated golden-age cinema that now hosts national touring musicians, or Liberty Hall, a theater showing independent films and cult classics. As you head back to your hotel, perk up your ears — there’s always a rock show, DJ set, or spontaneous street-corner performance to catch.