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>> Have fun with the family at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, on Kentucky Street, featuring numerous water slides and many entertaining family activities.


>> Explore the downtown Lawrence area and take advantage of the many shopping opportunities available.


>> Visit Watkins Community Museum of History, situated on Massachusetts Street, where you can see interesting exhibits that reveal the historical heritage of the city.


>> See beautiful old houses in Old West Lawrence, the neighborhood that was home to the society's elite, back in the 60's. After the massacre in '63, only a few of the many buildings remained standing, making Old West Lawrence, today, one of the few neighborhoods listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Sports & outdoor events

The Annual Kansas Relays track and fields events has been held at the Memorial Stadium, every year, in April, since 1923, except in '43, '44 and '45, because of the World War II and due to renovation, in '98 and '99.


Track and field fans, as well as more than 600 athletic teams and over 5000 top athletes from numerous high schools and colleges fill the UK Memorial Stadium each year, during this 3-day popular event that sometimes attracts Olympic runners such as Marion Jones and Maurice Greene.


The Kansas Relays Event brings excitement to Lawrence City every time it takes place, considered to be the most popular annual sporting event of Lawrence City.



The list of the most popular annual festivals and fairs that happen in Lawrence, KS includes the Lawrence Holiday Lighting Ceremony, the Lawrence Annual Holiday Bazaar and the Autumn Faire.


The Lawrence Holiday Lighting Ceremony is celebrated on November 27th and it features performances of local choral groups as well as the `traditional` rescue of Santa from the Weaver's Department Store rooftop.


The Annual Holiday Bazaar is the highlight of Lawrence's shopping season, offering unique handmade crafts and gifts, and the best thing about it is that it is free and open to the public.


The Autumn Faire is celebrated on November 7th, every year, and it is a very much appreciated event by visitors, as well as locals, offering many fun, entertaining family activities, especially for children, including puppet shows, painting classes, musical performances, as well as delicious sweets and displays of art supplies, toys and books.



The nightlife scene of Lawrence is not a thriving one, compared to other cities, but there are several places where people can relax, have a drink with friends, or enjoy a delicious dinner. Due to the fact that the nightlife is a beautiful part of the college experience, the nightspots in Lawrence City are often packed with KU students, always in search for fun.


The list of the most popular nightspots in Lawrence City includes the 23rd Street Brewery (Clinton Parkway), Abe & Jake's Landing (E. Sixth), Outhouse Club (N. 1500 Road), the Jayhawker (Massachusetts Street) and Fatsos (Massachusetts Street).

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