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Why retire in Lawrence, KS
Why retire in Lawrence, KS

Why Retire in Lawrence, Kansas?

For everyone wanting an active retirement there is no better place than Lawrence and Douglas County. This perfectly sized community is safe and, while offering many big-city amenities, is small enough to avoid big-city traffic headaches. It’s large enough to offer three premier universities and plenty of activities and events associated with them.

With a convenient location just 45 minutes away from Kansas City International Airport Lawrence is a great place for visitors and the perfect home base for a world traveler. In addition, its proximity to the Greater Kansas City Metro area means you’re never far from even more great experiences.

Lawrence Downtown Mass Street

Vibrant Historic Downtown

Massachusetts Street, named “One of the Top 10 Great Streets,” is the center of the exciting Lawrence cultural scene. This historic street is vital to downtown, is part of the Arts District, and showcases Lawrence’s unique local shopping and dining opportunities. Enjoy community spirit with parades, bike races, festivals, and the weekly Downtown Farmers Market.

Entertainment in Lawrence

Sports and Entertainment

With the Lied Center, our world-class performance venue, you’ll experience entertainment from local performers as well as national and international stars while benefiting from the variety of ever changing performances. Sports fans will also be thrilled with our braod selection of college and professional sports.

The Dole Institute of Politics

Culture & History

Explore Lawrence’s fiery local and regional history, enjoy art through the ages, and stay current with economic and political developments. A few local cultural and historical sites include the Spencer Museum of Art, the Watkins Museum of History, the Natural History Museum, the Dole Institute of Politics, and the Haskell Cultural Center.

Theatre in Lawrence

Arts Community

There is always something to see and do in Lawrence. The variety of art galleries and studios, showcasing both local and nationally known artists, will appeal to whatever creative mood you are in. There are also several free arts and crafts festivals offered throughout the year to attend or exhibit your own unique creations. The Lawrence Arts Center offers classes in everything from dance, to writing, to ceramics.

Swimming in Lawrence, KS

Recreational Activities

An active lifestyle at all levels is the goal of many community organizations that care for our community. Lawrence boasts 54 gorgeous parks, 70 miles of trails, 4 recreation buildings, a marina and state park, and 4 golf courses. Whether you’re a sports fan, participant, or just want to be active, Lawrence has opportunities from the new free-to-residents athletic complex at Rock Chalk Park to golfing, fishing, and tennis.

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Lifelong Learning in Lawrence

Lifelong Learning

The three universities: Baker University, Haskell Indian Nations University, and The University of Kansas, provide a variety of classes and seminars. Offered year round, it ensures you’re always exercising your mind. In addition to university learning Lawrence offers a wide variety of classes through local arts centers, community centers, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the parks and recreation department.

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Cycling in Lawrence, KS

Clubs & Groups

There are endless clubs and groups that can use your creative and passion such as charitable organizations, choirs, animal & humane societies, libraries, country clubs, churches, rotary and veterans organizations. We also offer master gardening, mountain biking, chess, model masters, and tango dancing clubs, just to name a few. If you can dream it, we bet we’ve got it.

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Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Healthcare

Lawrence is proud of its community hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, has been ranked in the TOP 100 by Truven for the past three years. They are constantly adding and growing to accommodate the needs of our citizens. Lawrence Memorial Hospital also works closely with KU and its medical facilities in Kansas City.

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Old West Lawrence Home

Neighborhoods

Lawrence’s livability rating of 80, many transportation options, and lawn and home care support services make living in any of our many neighborhoods a viable option. New residents are astounded by how easy it is to find where you are going and the small amount of time it takes for them to get there.

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