About Topeka, Kansas

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Topeka is the capital of the state of Kansas, located in Shawnee County. First established by name in 1826, Topeka’s name comes from a Kansa-Osage word that means “a good place to dig potatoes”. Like the rest of the Great Plains regions, Topeka had a booming 19th century. Furthermore, Topeka is known for the groundbreaking Supreme Court case Brown V Board of Education. Topeka is located along the Kansas River, also known as the Kaw River, Kaw Valley, or simply the Kaw.

Welcome to Topeka!

There's no shortage of fun and family-friendly activities in Topeka! Spend the day at the Kansas Museum of History with exhibits that showcase the history of the state, or the Kansas Children's Discovery Center where kids can discover the fun of art, nature, engineering & science in an interactive museum. Perhaps the most unique attraction when it comes to museums in Topeka is the Evel Knievel Museum—it has the biggest collection of memorabilia in the entire world, and also features interactive experiences.

If you prefer to spend time outdoors, the Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center has over 250 animals to visit! It is also one of the very first indoor tropical rainforests in the country. The shores of Lake Shawnee offer a plethora of trails and lakefront on which to enjoy the natural scenery of Topeka.

Wildlife in Topeka

Wildlife in Topeka is quite diverse, as are the environments in the state. Kansas is home to nearly 700 types of animals and 25,000 types of insects. Common wildlife visitors in Topeka homes include rodents like mice and rats, medium-sized animals like opossums, skunks, raccoons, and more.