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Recreation and Entertainment

On Campus

  • Recreation Facilities:  The Student Recreation Fitness Center is a large recreational center located on campus. The Center has a climbing wall, basketball courts, racquet and squash courts, facilities for table tennis, showers and lockers. There is also a weight room. It is open daily. You will need your KUID card in order to get into the Center. When you visit the Center, ask for a copy of the booklet A Guide to Recreation Services. It contains more information on the Center and it is free.
  • Lakes and ParksMarvin Grove is an area of shady walnut trees located behind Strong and Bailey halls. Potter Lake is a lovely, quiet pond nestled in the grassy area between the Campanile and JRP. Pioneer Cemetery is located across Iowa Street from Ellsworth Hall. Some original Lawrence settlers and victims of the infamous Quantrill’s Raid are buried in this cemetery. Prairie Acre is located at the corner of Sunflower Road and Sunnyside Avenue. It is an unplowed, undisturbed section of prairie surrounded by a fence of stacked native prairie stone. If you want to see what Kansas really used to look like, you should see this spot.
  • MoviesSUA Films shows several movies throughout the year and admission is free. You can get a schedule of films for the current semester from the SUA office in the Kansas Union, Level 4, or visit the website at suaevents.com/contact.
  • Museums—The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art is located behind the Kansas Union. This is one of the finest university museums in the nation and there is no charge for admission. The Museum of Natural History is located in Dyche Hall, south of the Kansas Union. The museum has a panorama of North American wildlife, a live snake and bee collection, fossils and minerals, Native American artifacts, and Comanche, a famous horse in American history. There are six floors to the museum and admission is free, although donations are accepted. The Kenneth Spencer Research Library is located behind Strong Hall and contains a collection of rare old books that might be fun to look at.
  • Radio Stations—The university has a radio station, KANU-FM 91.5. KANU is publicly supported and features jazz, classical, and bluegrass music, news and feature reports, and live coverage of special events—local, national, and international.  There is also a student operated radio station at KJHK 90.7.
  • Concerts and Theaters—Several concerts and theater presentations occur each semester. To find out more, call the Information Center (864-3506) or watch for posters and announcements on campus bulletin boards. Tickets are available for most concerts and theater productions at the University Theater Box Office in Murphy Hall (864-3982) or at the Lied Center (864-2787).

For other events of interest on campus, check the University Daily Kansan newspaper (it is free) or call the Information Center.


Off Campus

  • Lakes and ParksDouglas County State Lake is located south of Lawrence on Haskell Road. It is an excellent place to go for a picnic or to go fishing. No swimming is allowed. Lone Star Lake is located southwest of Lawrence. Follow highway US-59 to the Wakarusa River bridge; take County Road 459 west; after about six miles, take the first blacktop road left. Picnicking facilities, swimming, a playground, showers, and boats for rent are available. Perry Lake is the largest of the area lakes. It is located northwest of Lawrence. Follow US-24 north and west to the edge of Perry. Then follow the signs north. There are two state parks nearby with boating, swimming, camping, and fishing facilities. Clinton Lake is located four miles west of Lawrence on 23rd Street (also called Clinton Parkway). This lake has 72 miles of shoreline. You can go swimming, fishing, camping, boating and skiing.

Lawrence is famous for its many beautiful parks. If you are looking for something to do in the great out-of-doors, try a park!  Visit the City of Lawrence website for more information.

  • Movies—Movies at local theaters usually cost $8.00 or more. Check the campus newspaper or the Journal-World for movie listings, or call the KU Information Center at 864-3506. The local theaters are:
  1. Liberty Hall (749-1972), 624 Massachusetts
  2. Regal Southwind Stadium 12 Theaters (832-0880), 33rd & Iowa
  • Museums—The Elizabeth M. Watkins Museum is located at 1047 Massachusetts and is open daily except Mondays. The museum is housed in an old bank and contains a restored 19th century play house, and a 1920 electric car.  The Nelson-Atkins Gallery of Art is located in Kansas City at 4525 Oak Street and is well worth the trip to see. The museum is well known for its exceptional collection of Oriental art. The museum is open every day except Mondays. Admission is free on Saturdays.
  • Newspapers—There are two daily newspapers in the Lawrence area. The Lawrence Journal-World is published every day. You can have it delivered to your door. It is delivered by a paper carrier. To start service, go to the Journal-World office downtown and make your first payment. You will then be billed by mail each month until you cancel your subscription. The Newspaper Readership Program provides the Lawrence Journal-World free of charge at various campus locations.  It also provides the Kansas City Star, USA Today, New York Times, and the Washington Post.   The University Daily Kansan is the KU student newspaper. You can pick up a copy from the newspaper boxes on campus. The UDK is published daily, Monday through Friday, during the fall and spring semesters, and once a week during the summer session. The Lawrence newspapers have advertisements of sale prices on food, clothing and other things you need, as well as notices of activities at KU and in Lawrence.
  • Nightlife—For a list of favorite places to listen to music and dance, ask your AEC instructors or other KU students!
  • Radio Stations—The Lawrence community has two stations: KLWN-AM 1320 and KLZR-FM 105.9. Most students listen to FM 105.9 because it plays more popular music.
  • Restaurants—There are many restaurants in Lawrence. For a list of favorites, check the Yellow Pages of the Lawrence Phone Directory, ask your AEC instructors or visit lawrence.com.
  • Swimming PoolsRobinson Center has an indoor pool that is free to students, faculty and staff. Check with the Center at 864-3491 for times available. The indoor pool at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 6th and Wakarusa, is open all year. The Municipal Pool is an outdoor pool at 7th and Kentucky and is open every day during the summer from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. There is a charge to use these pools.

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