A short drive west from Kansas City, Lawrence is the home of the University of Kansas. It's well worth a visit for its fabulous art and cultural offerings, active nightlife scene, and festivals. This was where the likes of Nirvana played in small, standing-only live music venues. Enjoy it all with a vacation rental as your local base.
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Many of the properties include a pool, which makes Lawrence an excellent vacation destination for vacationers looking to spend vacation poolside. Hotel rooms with pools in Lawrence are a good option for groups of 4 and cost, on average, $146 per night. If you would also like to be close to the water, all of the properties including a pool are within 2 miles of the waterfront.
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A Dining Paradise Awaits
With a flourishing student population, Lawrence has no shortage of great hangout spots for food and drink. Kickstart the day at 1900 Barker whose range of bread leaves no newcomer unimpressed. Try their smoked cheese, apple raisin walnut, and olive and rosemary varieties, as well as their selection of pastries and croissants. The humorously named Bourgeois Pig is an intimate coffee bar with indoor and outdoor seating. Hugely popular with college students, it's a great spot to absorb the local vibe as you enjoy a coffee or mixed drink.
The family-friendly Acapulco Mexican Grill invites you to try their authentic enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, and burritos. Speakeasy nights, wine pairing dinners, and happy hours await at J. Wilson's, whose New American menu features offerings such as crab cakes, filet mignon, Cajun Mac, and grilled trout. At Merchants Pub & Plate, you'll find 30 craft beers on tap, inventive cocktails, and Midwestern fare served in a gorgeous historic building.
If you'd prefer dining in at your vacation lodging, shop for your groceries at the Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market. Held from April through November, It's Kansas' oldest farmers' market, where you can shop for fresh produce, cheese, meats, and even crafts.
Historic Streets, Museums, and Performing Arts Galore
Lawrence is a charming college town with an equally rich cultural landscape. Begin your sojourn at the Lawrence Visitors Center, where you can pick up self-guided tour maps, and useful information about the city's hidden gems. The pedestrian-friendly Massachusetts Street, or simply Mass Street to locals, reflects the character of Downtown Lawrence, filled with examples of heritage Victorian and Neoclassical architecture.
The University of Kansas' Natural History Museum boasts over 10 million artifacts and specimens, and is wholly dedicated to showcasing the diversity of life on earth. The Watkins Museum of History recounts the history of Douglas County, and its connections to events like the Civil War, Vietnam War, and the civil rights movement. Check out the eclectic collection of ceramics, glasswork, paintings, rugs, and sculptures at the Spencer Museum of Art.
Lawrence also is a regional hotbed for the performing arts. The Lied Center of Kansas, and the Lawrence Arts Center are great spots to catch local art exhibitions, dance recitals, theater, poetry slams, and concerts.
Late Night Life
It comes as no surprise that one of America's coolest college towns should keep its visitors thoroughly entertained even after the sun sets. Leading the way since 1982 is Jazzhaus, a renowned local hangout for eclectic music in a brick-lined, candlelit space. The Bottleneck is another landmark venue that has hosted the likes of Radiohead and The Smashing Pumpkins over the decades. Come enjoy a night of rocking live performances, trivia quizzes, and karaoke here.
Don't pass up a visit to Lawrence's storied rock-oriented pinball bar, The Replay Lounge. Their late-night concerts, DJ sessions, and acoustic matinee shows on their patio are a hit with locals. For a change of pace and scenery, catch a concert at The Granada, whose storied history dates back to the 1930s when it started as a silent movie theater.
A Festive Spirit Year-round
Lawrence offers a diversity of events matched by few other communities. The KU Powwow & Indigenous Culture Festival is a springtime celebration of local Native American culture, featuring arts, crafts, and food. The festival's powwow is an unforgettable showcase of indigenous music and dancing. Memorial Day weekend kicks off with the acclaimed Lawrence Busker Festival. The city's 'most talented freaks, geeks, artists, and musicians' come together to provide a family-friendly spectacle that's wonderfully eccentric.
Art, music, and film are highlights of the summertime Free State Festival, which takes place at the Lawrence Arts Center. This is followed by the Go Fourth! Festival at Burcham Park, which celebrates the spirit of America with vintage car shows, live music, games for kids, and a fireworks display to cap off Independence Day.
The year ends on a magical note with Winter Wonder Weekend. Locals and visitors will enjoy gingerbread house displays, Christmas carols, special promotions at restaurants, and unique gifts on sale. The weekend is highlighted by the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, where horse-drawn carriages canter merrily along Mass Street. Make sure to search for your house rentals in advance during the busy holiday season.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to rent a vacation rental in Lawrence?
On average, a Hotel rooms or Bed & Breakfast rentals in Lawrence costs $53 per night.
What amenities are most popular for vacation homes in Lawrence?
If you're looking to book a vacation rental in Lawrence, the most common amenities others search for are houses with internet, TVs, and pools.
How many vacation rentals are in Lawrence?
Lawrence has 402 Hotel rooms and Bed & Breakfast rentals on offer to rent.
Are pets allowed in vacation rentals in Lawrence?
If traveling with a dog in Lawrence, 10% of vacation rentals allow pets.
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