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Baldwin-City is located in Douglas County in northeast Kansas, about 12 miles south of Lawrence. As of the 2000 census, the population was 3,400 residents. Baldwin City is home to Baker University, the oldest four-year university in the state. Baldwin City has the distinction of being the only town in the United States with its name. Originally built as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail, the town was first named Palmyra. In 1858, a group of Methodist ministers founded Baker University. An early benefactor of the town, John Baldwin, built a saw mill at the location of present day Fifth and Indiana Streets. The city eventually changed its name in his honor. Baldwin City is near Clinton Lake and Clinton State Park, which offers fishing, boating, camping, hiking and wildlife viewing. Baldwin City is also home to The Midland Railway, which operates excursion trains on a line originally constructed in 1867. Trains take visitors on a 20-mile round trip ride from Baldwin City to Ottawa Junction, traveling through scenic farmland and woods. Each year since 1957, Baldwin City has been host to the Maple Leaf Festival during the third full weekend in October. It is the largest family event in the region and features a parade, arts and crafts fair, quilt show, history tours, train rides, live music and theatrical performances.

Surrounding areas: Lawrence, Kansas (13.8 mi), Olathe, Kansas (21.1 mi), Paola, Kansas (21.7 mi), Bonner Springs, Kansas (25.5 mi), Lenexa, Kansas (27.3 mi), Shawnee, Kansas (31.1 mi), Overland Park, Kansas (31.2 mi)

Baldwin City Vacation Rentals

Baldwin City Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites3411 S IowaLawrence, KS11.0 mi.(785) 749-7555
Quality Inn801 IowaLawrence, KS12.7 mi.(785) 842-5100
Days Inn2309 Iowa StLawrence, KS13.0 mi.(785) 843-9100
Comfort Inn2335 S Oak StOttawa, KS13.2 mi.(785) 242-9898
Econo Lodge2331 S Cedar RdOttawa, KS13.4 mi.(785) 242-3400
Days Inn1641 S Main StOttawa, KS13.5 mi.(785) 242-4842
Bismark Inn LP1100 N ThirdLawrence, KS13.8 mi.(785) 749-4040
Eldridge Hotel701 MassachusettsLawrence, KS13.8 mi.(785) 749-5011
Travelodge2209 South Princeton RdOttawa, KS14.1 mi.(785) 242-7000
Villager Lodge Ottawa2209 S PrincetonOttawa, KS14.1 mi.(785) 242-7000
Gardner Super 82001 E Sante FeGardner, KS14.2 mi.(913) 856-8887
Hampton Inn2300 W 6th StLawrence, KS14.2 mi.(785) 841-4994
Econo Lodge2222 W 6th StLawrence, KS14.3 mi.(785) 842-7030
Super 8 Motel - Lawrence515 Mcdonald DrLawrence, KS14.3 mi.(785) 842-5721
Best Western Ottawa Inn606 E 23RD StOttawa, KS14.3 mi.(785) 242-2224
Holiday Inn Convention Center200 Mcdonald DrLawrence, KS14.4 mi.(785) 841-7077
Springhill Suites Of Lawrence1 Riverfront PlazaLawrence, KS14.9 mi.(785) 841-2700
Baymont Inn & Suites740 Iowa StLawrence, KS15.8 mi.(785) 838-4242
Super 8 Motel34085 Commerce DrDesoto, KS17.1 mi.(913) 583-3880
El Rancho Inn32550 Lexington AveDesoto, KS18.4 mi.(913) 585-1926
Sleep Inn20662 W 151st StOlathe, KS20.4 mi.(913) 390-9500
Microtel Inn Olathe1501 S Hamilton CirOlathe, KS21.0 mi.(913) 397-9455
Econo LodgeE Flamingo RdOlathe, KS21.1 mi.(913) 829-1312
Holiday Inn101 W 151 StOlathe, KS21.1 mi.(913) 829-4000
Villager Lodge Olathe211 N Rawhide DrOlathe, KS22.5 mi.(913) 782-4343
Fairfield Inn12245 Strang Line RdOlathe, KS23.8 mi.(913) 768-7000
Residence Inn By Marriott12215 S Strang Line RdOlathe, KS23.8 mi.(800) 331-3131
Comfort Suites Olathe Station12070 S Strang Line RdOlathe, KS24.2 mi.(913) 397-0100
Hampton Inn12081 S Strang Line RdOlathe, KS24.2 mi.(913) 393-1111
Suite Options10906 PflummLenexa, KS26.2 mi.(913) 451-3300
Courtyard By Marriott17250 Midland DrShawnee, KS26.6 mi.(913) 631-8800
Candlewood Suites Overland Park11001 OakmontOverland Park, KS26.9 mi.(913) 469-5557
Shawnee Inn16555 Midland DrShawnee, KS26.9 mi.(913) 248-1900
Extended Stay America9775 Lenexa DrLenexa, KS27.1 mi.(913) 541-4000
Extended Stay America8015 S Lenexa DrLenexa, KS27.1 mi.(913) 894-5550
La Quinta Inn #8019461 Lenexa DrLenexa, KS27.1 mi.(913) 492-5500
Motel 69725 Lenexa DrLenexa, KS27.1 mi.(913) 541-8558
Extended Stay America10750 Quivira RdOverland Park, KS27.2 mi.(913) 661-9299
Holtze Executive Village11400 College BlvdOverland Park, KS27.3 mi.(913) 344-8100
Comfort Inn12601 W 96th TerLenexa, KS27.4 mi.(913) 438-6969

Baldwin City Weather & Climate

Northeast Kansas has a climate that is classified as humid continental, with hot, somewhat humid summers and cold, fairly dry winters. Typically the first fall freeze occurs between the last week of September and the end of October, and the last spring freeze occurs between the first week of April and early May. Northeast Kansas receives approximately 36 inches of precipitation during an average year with the most received in May and June. Thunderstorms can be severe, producing lightening, large hail and sometimes tornadoes. Snowfall is generally light, due to the dry, sunny weather patterns that dominate Kansas winters. Snow depth of at least an inch occurs an average of 26 days per year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 20°F 1.15 in. -
February 46°F 25°F 1.05 in. -
March 58°F 35°F 2.82 in. -
April 68°F 45°F 3.34 in. -
May 77°F 55°F 5.02 in. -
June 85°F 64°F 5.70 in. -
July 91°F 69°F 3.45 in. -
August 89°F 67°F 3.56 in. -
September 82°F 58°F 4.08 in. -
October 70°F 47°F 3.18 in. -
November 55°F 35°F 2.72 in. -
December 43°F 25°F 1.40 in. -

Baldwin City Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the New Century Aircenter airport (IXD) located about 16 miles east of Baldwin City in Olathe, Kansas, Forbes Field (FOE) located approximately 28 miles northwest of Baldwin City in Topeka, Kansas, the Charles B Wheeler Downtown airport (MKC) located roughly 39 miles northeast of Baldwin City in Kansas City, Missouri, and finally the Kansas City International airport (MCI) located around 44 miles northeast of Baldwin City in Kansas City, Missouri.

Baldwin City Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JeepersOlatheKS21.1 mi.
Worlds of FunKansas CityMO39.6 mi.
Water Parks
Golfland-Sunsplash ParkOlatheKS21.1 mi.
Oceans of FunKansas CityMO39.6 mi.
Jacomo Lake Water SlideBlue SpringsMO51.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Baldwin Golf AssociationBaldwin CityKS 
Silver Lake Golf CourseOttawaKS12.1 mi.
Eudora Riverview GolfEudoraKS12.5 mi.
Alvamar Golf ClubLawrenceKS13.7 mi.
Alvamar OrchardsLawrenceKS13.7 mi.
Eagle Bend Golf CourseLawrenceKS13.7 mi.
Gardner Golf CourseGardnerKS14.5 mi.
Oak Country ClubDe SotoKS18.1 mi.
Hidden Springs Golf CourseOverbrookKS19.6 mi.
Sycamore Ridge Golf Course at Spring HillSpring HillKS19.9 mi.
Heritage Park Golf CourseOlatheKS21.5 mi.
Lakeside Hills Golf CourseOlatheKS21.5 mi.
Prairie Highlands Golf CourseOlatheKS21.5 mi.
Osawatomie Golf CourseOsawatomieKS23.5 mi.
Sunflower Hills Golf CourseBonner SpringsKS25.1 mi.
Falcon Ridge Golf CourseLenexaKS27.4 mi.
Falcon Valley Golf CourseLenexaKS27.4 mi.
Smileys Executive Golf ClubLenexaKS27.4 mi.
Falcon Lakes Golf CourseBasehorKS28.7 mi.
State Parks
Clinton State ParkKS12.9 mi. 
John Brown State ParkKS22.9 mi. 
Pomona State ParkKS23.4 mi. 
Leavenworth County State ParkKS23.9 mi. 
Osage County State ParkKS25.5 mi. 
Carbolyn State ParkKS27.1 mi. 
Delaware State ParkKS30.4 mi. 
Perry State ParkKS30.7 mi. 
Miami County State ParkKS32.5 mi. 
Melvern State ParkKS34.6 mi. 
Shawnee Mission State ParkKS35.2 mi. 
Lanesfield School Historic SiteEdgertonKS9.6 mi.(History)
University of Kansas Museum of AnthropologyLawrenceKS13.8 mi.(History)
University of Kansas Natural History MuseumLawrenceKS13.8 mi.(Science)
Spencer Museum of ArtLawrenceKS13.8 mi.(Art)
Constitution Hall State Historic SiteLecomptonKS21.7 mi.(History)
Johnson County Museum of HistoryShawneeKS31.1 mi.(History)
1950s All-Electric Model HouseShawneeKS31.1 mi.(Technology)
Kansas Museum of HistoryTopekaKS32.5 mi.(History)
Shawnee Mission State Historic SiteFairwayKS34.4 mi.(History)
Children's Museum of Kansas CityKansas CityKS38.1 mi.(Children's)
Grinter Place State Historic SiteKansas CityKS38.1 mi.(History)
Kansas City MuseumKansas CityMO39.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Kemper Museum of Contemporary ArtKansas CityMO39.6 mi.(Art)
Nelson-Atkins Museum of ArtKansas CityMO39.6 mi.(Art)
Truman Library & MuseumIndependenceMO46.8 mi.(History)
Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic SitePleasantonKS48.6 mi.(History)
Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic SitePleasantonKS48.6 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Topeka Zoological ParkTopekaKS32.5 mi.
Kansas City Zoological GardensKansas CityMO39.6 mi.
Emporia ZooEmporiaKS59.6 mi.
Sunset Zoological ParkManhattanKS79.6 mi.

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