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Day Trip to Emporia Kansas

Updated on January 22, 2015
Tranquil walkway through the David Traylor Zoo and Botanical Garden
Tranquil walkway through the David Traylor Zoo and Botanical Garden | Source

Things to See and Do in Emporia, Kansas

Looking for a day trip in south central Kansas? It's time to check out Emporia in the scenic Flint Hills region. A drive through the rolling hills with Emporia as the destination makes a very pleasant outing. I'll share with you some sights to take in while in Emporia and a sampling of restaurants in this historic university town.

Last spring my sister and I took a road trip to Emporia and we loved touring the William Allen White home. Check out my photos of it below.



Sights of the Flint Hills - Scenes you might see on your way to Emporia

When I visit Kansas, I love a drive through the Flint Hills. Photos can never seem to capture the subtle beauty of the hills. The undulations, the small creeks cutting through the sea of grass.

One part that does come through in the photos is the big sky. It surrounds you in an intense blue that seems to go on forever. If you are lucky enough to see a thunderstorm building, the build-up of thunderheads is quite dramatic.

Wide-Open Sky in the Flint Hills
Wide-Open Sky in the Flint Hills | Source

Visit the William Allen White House

This Pulitzer Prize winning editor hosted presidents and other notables in his Emporia home. The website below gives you a preview of the handsome house.

The site hosts special events called Sundays on the Porch with literary entertainment or an ice cream social. In October they have a Spirits in the Garden and Flashlight Tour.

Here's a photo that I took in 2011 of the exterior of the William Allen White house. I highly recommend visiting it.

Visit the Granada Theatre

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Marquee of the Granada Theatre, which opened in 1929.This place is just gorgeous!  The Granada Theatre.The Sweet Granada, a Chocolate Cafe.Exterior vew of the Granada Theatre.Granada Theatre.View of the stage at the Granada Theatre.Streetscape showing the Granada Theatre and Sweet Granada.  Granada Coffee is just the other side of the Theatre and, yes, you can take it into the Theatre with you on intermission!View of the balcony and ceiling in the Granada Theatre.  So grand!
Marquee of the Granada Theatre, which opened in 1929.
Marquee of the Granada Theatre, which opened in 1929.
This place is just gorgeous!  The Granada Theatre.
This place is just gorgeous! The Granada Theatre.
The Sweet Granada, a Chocolate Cafe.
The Sweet Granada, a Chocolate Cafe.
Exterior vew of the Granada Theatre.
Exterior vew of the Granada Theatre.
Granada Theatre.
Granada Theatre.
View of the stage at the Granada Theatre.
View of the stage at the Granada Theatre.
Streetscape showing the Granada Theatre and Sweet Granada.  Granada Coffee is just the other side of the Theatre and, yes, you can take it into the Theatre with you on intermission!
Streetscape showing the Granada Theatre and Sweet Granada. Granada Coffee is just the other side of the Theatre and, yes, you can take it into the Theatre with you on intermission!
View of the balcony and ceiling in the Granada Theatre.  So grand!
View of the balcony and ceiling in the Granada Theatre. So grand!

Photos of Granada Theatre, Sweet Granada and Granada Coffee by heytoto.

More Places to Visit in Emporia, Kansas

We didn't have time to visit the zoo or the daylily farm either as we spent so much time at the historical society and the library. Busman's holiday, since we both have worked in libraries in the past and both of us are history buffs.

Map of Sights in Emporia, Kansas

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A markerWilliam Allen White House -
927 Exchange Street Emporia Kansas
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B markerLyon County Historical Society -
118 East 6th Avenue Emporia Kansas
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C markerRichard Howe House & Welsh Farmstead -
315 East Logan Avenue Emporia Kansas
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D markerToad Hollow Iris and Daylily Gardens -
1534 Road 170 Emporia, Kansas
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Places to Eat in Emporia, Kansas - Great restaurants to enjoy in Emporia

When my sister and I spent the day touring the town, we ate at Amanda's. Sure was tasty and there was a good crowd there so the place is very popular.

Thanks for Stopping By - I hope you found what you needed to plan your day trip to Emporia, Kansas

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      The photos of that Emporia Theater both inside and out are great. Thanks for leaving a comment on my Peter Pan Park hub which is what led me here. The flint hills do certainly have a special beauty all their own!

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I'm a rabid fan of day trips. I catch trains for pleasure!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm glad you added the photos of the Granada Theater. Those vintage movie palaces were magnificent and I'm relieved it is finding new life and activities.

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      Would love to see Kansas someday...

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      Karen Kolavalli 5 years ago from Lexington, Kentucky

      @kashmir-ladakh lm: Wow--you go for contrasts in your traveling, don't you?! I lived all over India earlier in my life--especially enjoyed a couple of summers spent in Mussoorie in the foothills of the Himalayas when my husband taught courses at the National Academy there. Never made it to Kashmir though.

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      kashmir-ladakh lm 5 years ago

      nice information provided by you I am planning to go to Kansas after i finish my Kashmir valley tour your lens has provided me lot of information.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      It would take longer than a day for us to go to Kansas. It's great to be able to visit this way. I like the quote on the mousepad!

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      gottaloveit2 7 years ago

      Loved this! The pictures are really outstanding. Super lens, Virginia! You always teach me so much!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Kansas sure is more interesting through your eyes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      Maybe one day I'll make it to Emporia but it is indeed quite a trip from where I am. Best wishes.

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm in Britain, don't have a passport, but I love to visit this way. Thank you.

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      Gayle 7 years ago from McLaughlin

      I love this lens! I live in Blue Springs, Missouri and I am going to try to take a day trip to Emporia!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Nice guide to Emporia. Blessed

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      Laurel Johnson 7 years ago from Washington KS

      Great lens. Nice to reacquaint myself with a familiar place.

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      Snakesmom 7 years ago

      I am thinking after reading this lens that Emporia, Kansas looks like a pretty good place to visit! Thanks for the great info!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      You have peaked interest!

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