Prairie Band Casino & Resort is one of the finest places in the state to experience a plethora of casino thrills. But it’s not the only place to get excited about. Today’s list shows plenty of outstanding vacation destinations in the area.
You’ll discover two golf courses, a winery, brewery, farms, antique and specialty shops, and even an entire city (Topeka) to spend quality time in when you’re not wheeling and dealing it out with the casino gaming. With all that said, expect plenty of fun things to do when you’re not on the floor.
Prairie Band is also in an interesting area. Mayetta, Kansas, resembles the typical American small town. However, it’s also 20 minutes away from Topeka, Kansas. So, beyond the small-town odds and ends attractions, a large city also awaits you.
Ready to explore the area surrounding Prairie Band Casino & Resort? Let’s get started.
Firekeeper Golf Course
Tee off at this unforgettable golf course just a mile away from Prairie Band Casino & Resort. If you’re an avid golfer, odds are you will find the Firekeeper Course challenging. But even for the novice, you can still tailor it to fit your skill level.
Some reviewers praised Firekeeper Golf Course for its unusual but impeccable sense of decor. For example, you’ll find windsocks scattered about the course, along with natural markings for the tees, and more.
Their narrow fairways make for perhaps the most challenging aspect. If you’re looking for a new challenge that differs from what you’re used to, head over to Firekeepers. Also, many who have reviewed the course on TripAdvisor have frequented it after spending time on the casino floor at Prairie Bend.
Village Greens Golf Club
You’ll only find two reviews of Village Greens on TripAdvisor, featuring one critical and one positive review. The positive reviewer commended the course for its overall maintenance, cleanliness, and the remodeling of the clubhouse.
The critical reviewer appeared to share a dislike for tee times, which they stated sat at about 8 minutes apart. This can, predictably, lead to a traffic jam and it often leads to other players (and yourself) vying for tee-offs.
With this information, it’s best to visit Village Greens during a more sparse hour, as even the critical reviewer praised the staff in the clubhouse and pro shop. It may not be the best place in the area for crowds, given the course’s reviews so far.
Do you love shopping for vintage products?
Stop at Vintage Vibe and you’ll discover plenty of them. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, odds are those of all ages and interest levels will find something of worth in one of Topeka’s most diverse shops.
Just how much do they offer? 4,200 square feet worth! Vintage items include furniture, clothing, and even architecture, just to name a few. Bags made from vintage canvases, and other unique items sold for the most reasonable prices in the area. The selection here will not disappoint you.
They have much that TripAdvisor has set the suggested duration to one to two hours. So, prepare to spend some time here rooting through an interesting array of aging items.
Crooked Post Winery
Many small towns throughout America boast wineries, and the Mayetta area is no different. You’ll find Crooked Post Winery in Ozawkie, and this new winery eats, drinks, and breathes Italy. If you’re into Italian architecture and wine, Crooked Post is the place for you.
If you’ve been here before, make a return trip because their wine continually varies over time. Along with wine, they also serve crafts from the nearby Norsemen Brewery, which we will discuss later in today’s post. But not before we talk about a couple of unique attractions.
Rees Fruit Farm
If you need a break from the casino games and want to get outdoors, stop at Rees Fruit Farm on your way to or from the city. A few reviewers have even stated that it’s near a family of hiking trails. It’s a great place to stop if you’re going hiking in the surrounding area at a place called Commons Hiking Trails, if you’re looking for specifics.
They serve foods like apple cider slushees, spice donuts, canned fruits and vegetables, and their primary draw—apples. If you’re in at around harvest time during the late summer and early fall months, Rees Fruit Farm is a must-visit. But even during the growing season, you’ll still find plenty of reasons to visit.
Kaw River Rustics
Our second stop in Topeka, Kaw River Rustics offers a unique art display including elements like restorations, illustrations, antiques, and fabrications among its gallery and workshop. You’ll also find eclectic murals on the surrounding walls.
You may also stumble across a few vendors, with one reviewer on TripAdvisor noting that the venue featured over 50 during their time there.
A locally-owned studio, you’ll find the antique mall just north of Downtown Topeka. If you’re coming in from the north, make an early stop here. Regardless, if you love art or if you’re interested in checking out the local art scene, you know where to go.
Norsemen Brewing Company
We touched on the Norsemen Brewing Company earlier in today’s post. But this Topeka-based microbrewery and bistro screams Scandinavia. If you’re of Scandinavian descent, stop here and embrace the heritage that awaits within the walls.
Or if you’re interested in local brews, stop on by. A famous place, the Norsemen’s Brewing Company has hosted weddings, corporate events, and so much more. Near Kaw River Rustics, you’ll find it in the NOTO Arts District of Downtown Topeka.
Reviewers have praised both the food and drinks you’ll discover here. And while some have stated the menus to be unusual, they don’t disappoint. One even stated you’ll feel “as if you woke up in Valhalla.” Now, that’s a rave review in one of Topeka’s finest-themed locations.
More Than Lemons
We’ve come across More Than Lemons on a few other posts, most recently when we talked about destinations near Sac and Fox Casino. Given its location in Holton, it’s in the center of things, and if you love glass art, it’s the top place for you to frequent in the area.
And hey, a fully customized gift to take home with you commemorating your trip to Prairie Band Casino & Resort and the surrounding area will hold a special place on your display cases.
Topeka is an attraction that holds several attractions. And since Prairie Band is about 20 minutes from the capital city, you may venture out there.
Points of interest in Topeka include the Evel Knievel Museum, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Kansas Children’s Discovery Center in Gage Park, Kansas State Capitol, Murals by John Steuart Curry, Kansas Expocentre, the Combat Air Museum, and Kansas Museum of History.
Of course, the above are just a few of many epic attractions that you will come across when you visit one of America’s larger state capitals. They also have a few minor league sports options, which makes for a good family event if you’re looking for such activities.
Topeka is also rich in deli cuisine, with C.W. Porubsky’s Deli and Tavern drawing national praise, with some dubbing it “as significant as the state capitol.”
There is so much to love about Topeka, that it’s best to save a trip to this amazing city for an entire day. And even then, you probably won’t get to every attraction and landmark that the city offers. Head on out, but prepare yourself to spend more than just a few hours in the area.
Experience the Attractions in Topeka, Kansas
Prairie Band Casino & Resort has long been one of the top casinos in Kansas. But as you can tell from today’s post, it’s not the only place in the area to get excited over. If you’re vacationing in the area and would like to see what lies beyond the casino, use today’s post to build your vacation itinerary.
From small-town attractions to attractions within the attraction that is Topeka, Kansas, you have a lot to love when you venture beyond the casino floor. An unforgettable vacation awaits, and the casino is just one leg of it.
Have you played at Prairie Band Casino & Resort? If so, did you visit any of the attractions listed above? Tell us what you did in the comments and let us know about your experience. We can’t wait to read your stories.