Emporia, Kansas


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


Emporia, KS prides itself in founding Veterans Day, which they celebrate with a full week of festivities. Locals support the troops and celebrate America with events and fundraisers year round. Emporia is located between Kansas City and Wichita on Interstate 35.

Tour the All Veterans Memorial and Park, which honors all who have served our country in every branch of the military. The town also offers other memorials, the Lyon County Museum, the Schmidt Museum of Natural History, and the David Traylor Zoo. An aquatic center and 18 parks in Emporia will please the active traveler.

Emporia State University draws students from far and wide and provides a museum of its own and competitive athletics. Emporia’s also home to the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame and the William Allen White residence, a favorite place for visitors to stay.

Food is a highlight here, with many restaurants where the people are friendly and the owners are often hands-on, doing everything from bussing tables to manning the grill. Try the enchiladas at Casa Ramos, the giant sandwiches at Amanda’s Bakery and Café, the juicy and cheap burgers at J’s Burgers, or the mouthwatering ribs at Bobby D’s BBQ.

Emporia is very proud of its patriotic history. The All Vetrerans Memorial is a fine tribute to our soldiers of every era. There are a multitude of parks in which to picnic nearby, including Sodens Grove which includes the David Traylor Zoo - FREE to the public. Peter Pan Park has acres of space to roam and lots of playground equipment for the kids. Stop by J's Carryout, Bad Ol' Bern's BBQ, or Amanda's Bakery for a bite.
Reviewed by jojolynne
on September 17, 2012
It a friendly place to live and visit.
Reviewed by tinaw
on September 17, 2012
Emporia plenty of things to do sodens grove has a zoo train rides park nice walking area across the way is the all veterans memorial travel north and a must stop at j carry out or bad Ole Berns great places to eat
Reviewed by mtabares
on September 17, 2012
I am from Emporia Kansas and the people and history are what makes this town so great! William Allen White memorial, Sodens Grove, Peter Pan Park... this is my town.
Reviewed by KathleenJohnson
on September 17, 2012
amazing place to live and raise your children
Reviewed by sklumpe
on September 17, 2012
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