Lawrence has a huge collection of parks; promoting an outdoorsy lifestyle for both visitors and residents alike. With a network of more than fifty parks, you will have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to exploring the outdoors, and getting some sunshine and fresh air.

If you are interested in spending time outdoors, or love exploring trails, fishing, hiking etc. Here is a list of the top parks in Lawrence.

Clinton State Park

Clinton State park is popular among hiking, bird watching and photography enthusiasts. Located on the western side of Lawrence, the park is home to a varied collection of bird species including waterfowl, songbirds and bald eagles among others.

Biking enthusiasts can enjoy exploring the extensive biking trails that run around the park’s lake taking in the impressive view of the clear water surface.

Broken Arrow Park

This 20 acre park is among the most heavily used in Lawrence owning to its multi-purpose nature. As opposed to the other parks in this list, Broken Arrow Park is mainly used for recreational purposes.

Visitors can go to the park to watch or participate in the different team sports hosted here including softball, baseball, sand volleyball and tennis among others.

Prairie Park Nature Center

Located on Harper Street, the park is home to a number of different habitats including wetlands, prairie and woodlands. It is also home to a five acre lake, named Mary’s Lake, which is home to a varied collection of marine life.

Visitors can engage in a variety of activities including fishing in lake Mary, hiking along the extensive trails as well as photographing the picturesque surroundings.

Riverfront Park

The park which was established back in 1984 as a land reclamation project has grown to become one of the most popular parks in Lawrence. The reclamation project was conducted with the aim of creating a natural habitat that could support a variety of species.

Today visitors can enjoy hiking, bird watching, and photography among others. It is also worth noting that driving off road vehicles and camping is not allowed in the park.

Washington Creek Lavender

Although not a public park, this privately owned lavender farm is definitely worth a visit. The 6000 lavender plants on the farm are grown organically without the use of any chemicals. This actually results in the creation of the most relaxing and health boosting surroundings.

Nature and outdoor enthusiasts will have the time of their life visiting the Lawrence parks described above.