The Heart of the City- Downtown Massachusetts Street has been Lawrence’s main hub since the town was settled prior to the Civil War. Massachusetts Street (aka “Mass") is where most of our favorite places are to eat, shop and hang out. From incredible eateries and history-making breweries to a vibrant arts and culture scene, there are lots of reasons to fall in love with Lawrence.

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🍺Erik+Sarah's Favorite Restaurants🍔

Burgers, Brews+Casual Atmosphere
Big Mil -Burgers, sandwiches, salads pizza!
Biggs BBQ Their baby back ribs are the best
Dempsey's - Gourmet Burgers in a bar atmosphere
FreeState Brewery tends to be a noisy restaurant but their awesome food is worth it!!
Fields and Ivy (great outdoor seating and allow pets)
Fuzzys Taco Shop - Late night Chicken Nachos the best!!

Worldly Cuisine

Thai Diner -Amazing Fried Rice and Mint Beef Salad
The Mad Greek get the famous flaming cheese
Zen Zero best PhadThai Noodles in town
Sushi Station bring your own wine last time we went

Unique + Fine Dining🥂

Culinaria Food & Wine Mediterranean kitchen reservations required

Saltwell Farm Kitchen 5 course dining -reservations required


☕️Java Joints & Cool Treats🍨

Best View of KU Campus + Lawrence

Nest on 9th  Rooftop terrace at The Oread Hotel. The most spectacular campus and city views. Open to the public from 7am to 11 (occasionally closed for special events). 


🌳Our Favorite Green Spaces🌻

Bike & Hike Trails+Rentals🚴

What We Enjoy Doing Based On The Season


♦January +February 🏂 Snow Creek Snowboarding in Weston, MO  (1 hour and 15 minutes from Lawrence)

♦April thru October- 🏕We camp, hike, and swim at Clinton Lake State Park  We also rent pontoon boats from their marina a couple of times a season.

May thru October-Farmers Market-local everything from eats to flowers

♦September 1st to 10th-Grinter Farms- Coolest Sunflower field in our area

♦October-Schaakes Pumpkin Patch (no entry fee)Schaakes Info

November- 🍂Scenic River Road- Fall Colors are spectacular🍂

To get to the Scenic River Road from Lawrence, travel north on Kasold Drive until it ends at North 1800 Road (often referred to as the Farmers’ Turnpike). Turn left, or west, onto North 1800 Road, then turn right or north onto East 1150 Road. There is a sign designating East 1150 Road as the Scenic River Road.

🖌️Art Museums + Galleries 🎨

Local Shops we ❤️

Music Scene🎼

Downtown History

Liberty Hall is a historic location and theater at 644 Mass. Street. It houses a concert hall, video store, coffee house, and independent cinema. Its structure has been the same since 1912!

Watkins Museum of History is located in the 1888 Watkins Land Mortgage and National Bank Building and has been a part of the community since 1975. This museum is a great place to learn more about Douglas County’s rich history! Located at 1047 Massachusetts Street.

Weavers is Lawrence’s department store and has been since 1857. Located at 901 Massachusetts Street. Visit a local business that has been serving its community for the past 156 years!

The Nest on Ninth 📷 Sarah Peltzman

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