Tourism ideas for my wife and I in Lawrence

  • My wife and I will be in town Tuesday the 28th for the UC Irvine game. We have been to two other KU games but both times they were early games and we did not get to see much aside from the parking lot and the game. Since the game is late in the evening and we will be in town by noon I was hoping maybe some locals would be able to give a bit of input on some sites we could visit or places we should see in regards to the University and KU basketball. If anyone on here would be so kind we have the day free and would love to fill it with all thing KU ball! Thank you in advance!!

  • @Jayrawks1 Ummmmmm. Are you going to be there on Tuesday, or the 28th ?

  • @nuleafjhawk Year 2015 or 2038?

  • I’m sorry my friend, I live in Salina and the only time I’m in Lawrence is like you - zip in and zip out for a game. I don’t have any “tourist” ideas, but there are many good restaurants in town. If you’re coming from the East, you could stop at Legends - tons of shopping and restaurants there. Hopefully some of the local posters will chime in and give you some ideas.

  • @nuleafjhawk Maybe that poster is flying in supersonic from Wuxi, China. Already Tuesday, tho probably not the 28th…

  • You could visit the grave of Dr. Naismith… but I’m guessing it will be covered with snow.

    Don’t forget the Wheel and the Hawk… two drinking establishments with a huge history and within stumbling distance from each other.

    You will want to visit AFH early… spend time in the museum section.

    Mass Street is always a nice walk. Visit shops and restaurants.

  • You can get into the Booth Hall early and usually get a peek at the court if you ask the attendant. It’s a cool thing to see the court before the game and see how dead it is followed by the craziness.

    Go to mass street even just to check it out. It’s the famous bar, restaurant and shopping center. The antique mall is there and is really fun actually. So many cool trinkets… Burger stand is a great place to eat!

    You could try either of the 23rd street brewery or free state brewery. Both are great restaurants and are great small businesses to just check out.

    On campus you can go see the campanile and football stadium. Go inside of the campanile. It’s neat.

    Go have a drink on top of the Oread. Best view in Lawrence.

    That’s about all I got! Have fun!!

  • @drgnslayr @Kcmatt7 @Sorry I said the wrong date, we will be there tomorrow, whatever day that is, I am on vacation and my days and dates are getting mixed together. Thank you all for the insight, your ideas were better than what I had and the local resteraunts are a place we will have an early dinner. Thanks again, RCJHKU!

  • @nuleafjhawk I think legends closed, not positive

  • @Jayrawks1 good game atmosphere at Jeffersons. 23rd street brewery, free state brewery are also good. Look around campus, go by the new dorm, lots of new buildings on campus. Go early and look around AFH!! Really awesome, never gets old.

  • Oread is nice too!

  • @Jayrawks1

    Drill a hole in ice on Potter’s Lake, tie four M-80s together and tape to a long stick, light, push stick with lit M-80s through hole in ice and run to shore. Stop. Place safety goggles over eyes. Turn. Enjoy blinding geyser and cascade of ice slivers and chunks.

    Break into Bill Self’s McMansion and count how many pairs of adidas he actually owns.

    Invite Sheahan Zenger to a bar to watch the game blind folded, so he has an idea what it is like to be a KU fan affected by his black outs.

    Pass out zip lock bags of ant eater scat to three UC-Irvine fans in the field house and tell them that each is a gift of See’s Chocolate from home.

    Walk naked from AFH to the Wheel and warm up with a Hot Buttered Rum and blow torch.

    Try shopping with American Express Traveler’s Checks and see if anyone still knows what they are.

    Go to the art museum across from the Natural History Museum and try to confirm if even one of the paintings is authentic.

    Try to find women 79 years of age or older that do not have children that look like Wilt Chamberlain.

    Go down to The World Corporation offices and shout, “What in the world were you people thinking?”

    Snow shoe through a buffalo stampede.

    Steal trays from one of the dormitories and go traying down the hill behind Snow Hall even if there is no snow.

    Tell everyone you meet that you are a Hollywood producer that The Matrix is real.

    (Note: all fiction and no malice.)

  • @jaybate-1.0 I like the SZ one the best!

  • @Jayrawks1 I hear munchers bakery is awesome, never been there, but I want to go. I’m going up for Baylor/OU game. Have fun!

  • Restaurant options we like: Free State Brewery - lunch or dinner and the beer…good food, great atmosphere Papa Keno’s if NYstyle Pizza is your thing. It’s a must stop for me whenever in town (lunch, dinner) Wheatfields for breakfast…get their biscuits and gravy (depending on appetite get 1/2 or full order…you’ll probably be full either way) Buy a loaf of bread while there too to take home. Was featured on the Food Channel. Munchers bakery - must get Cream Cheese donuts (one of a kind and awesome) Have heard the only reason they weren’t patented is so the recipe wouldn’t be publicized. Buy a dozen and take home with you… Encore (new since we moved away) but have had great Chinese meals there every time & my wife is picky about that. Also, you and wife need to go use the bathrooms at the same time while there. Trust me…

  • I still enjoy visiting the Natural History Museum on campus. The Wheel or Louise’s West for pregame libations. Johnny’s for post-game reflection. Yellow Sub for either lunch or dinner is mandatory.

  • The roost on mass is my favorite breakfast place, formally Milton’s. My boys love terrabonne and the shrimp po boy sandwiches, I like the club. So many places, you can’t go wrong!

  • @Crimsonorblue22 We used to like Milton’s too. Just noticed it was gone over Thanksgiving. Is the new place similar?

  • @Bwag almost exactly. Do you live there? Milton’s is by the summit, or in it, last time I was there at least. I prefer the roost now.

  • UC Irvine bb team just left free state brewery…

  • @DanR let’s hear your ideas, you live there, right? So, is that one big dude?

  • @Crimsonorblue22 we moved about 3 1/2 hours away, but get up there couple times a year at this point.

  • @kansas-oats

    Louise’s west and yellow sub CLASSICS!!!

    We also frequented Louise’s downtown, the Bottleneck for live music and Quinton’s on Mass St for lunch/dinner (1/2 TAC sandwich and Wisconsin Cheddar soup in bread bowl.).

  • @Crimsonorblue22 I’m sorry - I meant Legends, the whole ginormous shopping center right there at I-70 and I-435, where Hollywood Casino and the Racetrack, Great Wolf Lodge and all that is.

  • @VailHawk Yellow Sub a definite winner. Fresh backed bread! Green Turkey, Yum!

  • @nuleafjhawk yeah, great place! I think my boys will be spending gift cards there thurs! I like to eat at the yard house! Son said good draft beer selection.

  • @Bwag green turkey?

  • Don’t forget to visit Naismith’s grave.

  • Go to the Sandbar (just off of Mass st.) if you want to see people dancing on tables (literally) before noon.

  • @kansas-oats The Yellow Sub is no longer there😢

  • There is still a Yellow Sub a block east of the 23rd and Iowa intersection on the north side of the road. I do miss the eclectic and eccentric atmosphere of the original next to the Crossing. RIP.

  • @Crimsonorblue22 a turkey sub with avocado, sprouts and salsa in addition to some other normal ingredients.

  • @Bwag sounds good!

  • @kansas-oats @ZIG

    Is the crossing gone, too? I walked/biked past there every day! They had a small pool table that you could make the eight ball on the break pretty easily back in the day…

  • For sure, take the time to stroll down Mass. street. Great shops, especially for KU trinkets /Tshirts. Or the KU bookstore is great for that. For sure…get to AFH early. Last year, I arrived early enough that I was able to sit in the bleachers {not my seat} and watch the team do early warm up. Definitely take the time to go through Booth HOF.

  • @VailHawk When the Oread Hotel was built, the Crossing and original Yellow Sub buildings were razed unfortunately. The Crossing is the only bar I have ever been to where you could have a beer with a goat!

  • @kansas-oats Wait a minute. There was a goat there?? When? Lets see… I lived in Lawrence from 97 til about summer 02 I think, so around 5 years. I visited that Yellow Sub quite often. One of the best sub shops around. I really didnt go into the Crossing too often. Maybe once or twice. I certainly would have remembered a goat! Well, at least I think I would have remembered. Good times. Probly forgot most of them. LOL

  • @kansas-oats I had some friends from Arkansas - they had goats for waitresses…

  • @nuleafjhawk I love it…THANK YOU!

  • @Lulufulu I moved to Lawrence in 1982 and left in 1991. The early to mid-eighties were very tolerant and still hippyish times in Lawrence. Of course it helped that the drinking age was 18. Quite an eye opening experience for a young man from a much smaller community and I enjoyed every second! The hill on home football game days was one huge party and so much fun. My group of friends brought a keg to every game.

  • @Lulufulu We probably shared a beer, given your timeline and mine are identical. I drank many (too many?)a pitcher on $5 pitcher day at the crossing.

  • @Crimsonorblue22 They put the BB team in the back room at freestate We were waiting for a table at the bar when the team left… they had to walk through that little tunnel past the bathrooms. The big dude, Mamadou, is big. I’ve seen a lot of jayhawks around town (Withey, Pollard, Simien, Manning etc) and that Irvine guy was the first person I’ve ever thought seemed freakishly tall in person. The Greek guy was pretty big too.

    Hopefully they all had the buttermilk chicken dinner special. Didn’t agree with my wife.

  • @DanR oh no!

  • @Jayrawks1 Jefferson’s on Mass is a good place to eat if you’re looking for some food after the game.

  • @HawkInMizery and fun!

  • @Crimsonorblue22 indeed it is my friend! Glad to see they bounced back.

  • Used to like the Yacht Club, even though the service was horrible. Often ran into players there.

    But I heard it closed.

  • For lush effect… we always went to El Mezcal on Iowa. Big, cheap pitchers of margheritas and mexican food.

    I’m not sure they are still open.

    Anyone know?

  • @drgnslayr 2 el mez places closed, one on 23rd still open. My favorite!

  • @Crimsonorblue22

    Thanks! I thought the one on Iowa was gone. I know they were caught several times serving minors, but don’t know if that is the reason this location closed.

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