KU men's basketball players ride through a parade honoring their 2022 championship win

About Lawrence

Our hometown began as an abolitionist haven. Today, Lawrence is a crossroads of culture, celebrating the artists and innovators who line its unmistakable legacy.


Lawrence population
miles of trails and paths
city parks
music venues
Students walking along Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence
An audiences watches a live musical performance on downtown Massachusetts Street.

Historic downtown adventures

Massachusetts Street consistently ranks as a top downtown strip. Between the surrounding blocks, you’ll find varied music venues, world-class dining, eclectic shopping, and all kinds of art spaces.

KU marching band trumpeters playing at the annual Collage Concert at the Lied Center in Lawrence

Culture on the Hill

Like crimson and blue, Lawrence and KU belong together. Many campus spaces host local artists and performers, bridging the local community with Jayhawks seeking the diverse cultural experiences offered by our city.

Get out and explore

Climb hills, travel trails, gaze across our big Kansas vistas. Lawrence is a favorite among cyclists and other outdoor adventurers looking to get out and get active.

Students sit on a dock at Clinton Lake

Getting around

Lawrencians are never far from their next destination. Our bus system can get you almost anywhere in town, and we’re just a 45-minute drive to the Kansas City International Airport.

A KU bus passes by Dyche Hall on Jayhawk Boulevard