Book online or by phone: 866-676-7079 - give promo code HBC3666 when calling

Best Price On Hotels powered by

Find Hotels near Emporia State University

The Best Way To Plan Your Trip - Save A Ton Of Time!

Emporia KS

Universities and Colleges in Emporia State University - What To Do And SeeEmporia State University - What To Do And See


There are tons of fun things to do and appealing attractions to visit in Emporia, a beautiful and quiet city, boasting with beautiful tranquil parks, interesting museums, history, culture and family fun.


A few of the most popular attractions in Emporia are listed below. Check it out!


>> David Traylor Zoo of Emporia, one of Emporia's most appreciated free attractions.


Despite the fact that it is one of the smallest zoos in the United States, the zoo offers visitors an unforgetable experience, featuring beautiful naturalized exhibits of native and exotic birds and animals, being particularly noted for its extensive landscaping.


The zoo is part of Soden's Grove Park, which includes a small train that operates in the summer, the historical Marsh Arch Bridge, and an All Veterans Memorial.


>> Schmidt Museum of Natural History, which can be found on ESU's campus, home a comprehensive collection of approximately 600 taxidermy mounts of birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish from Kansas.


The specimens in the museum are grouped taxonomically and allow visitors to see clearly the color and structural details useful in identifying species.


Other interesting features include displays of rare specimens collected in Kansas, invertebrates, an egg collection, unusual color patterns of certain species, techniques for preparing museum mounts, and a tallgrass prairie diorama.


>> Emporia Family Fun Center, the attraction in Emporia where the whole family can have fun.


The fun center features go-karts, a video game room, which is open all year, 6 batting cages and 2 18-hole putt-putt courses.


>> William Allen White House State Historic Site, former home of William Allen White, nationally known newspaperman and author, who, from the 1890s through World War II, influenced state and national politics through his writings from the heartland town of Emporia.


Visitors can tour his home and gardens, now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, and come to know William Allen White, his family, and their stories.


Annual Events

There are fun and exciting celebrations, happening in Emporia, all year round, among the most expected ones being considered:

- the Independence Day Celebration, which happens in July, featuring a parade Downtown and fireworks at Lyon County Fairgrounds,

- the Lyon County Free Fair, kept from July through August, consisting of carnival rides, livestock shows and Grandstand events,

- and the fabulous Christmas Parade, happening in November, which includes a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, carols being sung, and the arrival of Santa Claus, which is always a delight for the little ones.



Among the top places to shop in Emporia, KS there are:


>> Flinthills Mall: 1632 Industrial Road, Emporia, KS.

>> Payless Shoe Source: 2326 Industrial Road, Emporia, KS.

>> Dalton Gang Antiques: 502 South Commercial Street, Emporia, KS.

>> Wal-Mart: 2301 Industrail Road, Emporia, KS.

>> Sunflower Nook: W. 6th Ave., Emporia, KS.

>> Poehler Mercantile Antique Mall: 301 Commercial St., Emporia, KS