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Emporia is located in Lyon County in east-central Kansas. It is situated between Topeka and Wichita at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 with Interstates 335 and 35 on the Kansas Turnpike. As of the 2000 census, the population was 26,760 residents. The Neosho River flows along the northern side of the city and the Cottonwood River, one of its tributaries, flows along the citys southern edge. The two rivers meet near the eastern boundary of Emporia and flow southeast to join the Arkansas River in Oklahoma. The city also has two large city parks; Peter Pan and Sodens Grove, although there are 18 city parks in all consisting of over 250 acres. These recreational areas offer tennis, fishing ponds, nature trails, picnicking, an amphitheater, disc golf, basketball and playground equipment. Emporias Recreational Center also has an indoor swimming pool, a game room with billiard tables, air hockey, basketball and volleyball courts and other games. Emporia also has 13 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Granada Theater, the Anderson Carnegie Memorial Library, the Sodens Grove Bridge and the Keebler Stone House. For golfers, Emporia has an 18-hold public golf course located just a few miles south of town.

Surrounding areas: Strong City, Kansas (19.2 mi), Cottonwood Falls, Kansas (19.7 mi), Council Grove, Kansas (24.4 mi), Burlingame, Kansas (30.6 mi)

Emporia Vacation Rentals

Emporia Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Americas Best Value Inn2913 W Hwy 50Emporia, KS (620) 342-7567
Candlewood Suites Emporia2602 Candlewood DrEmporia, KS (620) 343-7756
Comfort Inn2836 W 18th AveEmporia, KS (620) 342-9700
Days Inn3032 W Hwy 50Emporia, KS (620) 342-1787
Econo Lodge2511 W 18th StEmporia, KS (620) 343-7750
Emporia Travelodge Conference Center2700 W 18TH StEmporia, KS (620) 343-2200
Fairfield Inn2930 Eaglecrest DrEmporia, KS (620) 342-4445
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites2921 W 18TH AveEmporia, KS (620) 341-9393
Motel 62630 W 18TH AveEmporia, KS (620) 343-1240
Quality Inn3021 W Hwy 50Emporia, KS (620) 342-3770
Grand Central Hotel215 BroadwayCottonwood Falls, KS19.6 mi.(620) 273-6763
Country Haven Inn207 Cross StBurlington, KS27.8 mi.(620) 364-8260
Bed & Breakfast
Flint Hills Bed & Breakfast613 W Main StCouncil Grove, KS24.5 mi.(620) 767-6655

Emporia Weather & Climate

East-central Kansas has a humid sub-tropical climate. Over the course of a year, temperatures range from an average low of 15 degrees F. in January to an average high of nearly 93 degrees F. in July. The temperature falls below the freezing point an average of 188 days per year. 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. The area receives 35 inches of precipitation per year, with the most in May and June. Snow depth of at least one inch occurs an average of 20 days per year. Severe weather is possible, in the form of thunderstorms and tornadoes. Thunderstorms may produce large hail and lightening.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 37°F 17°F 0.95 in. -
February 44°F 22°F 1.03 in. -
March 55°F 31°F 2.63 in. -
April 65°F 42°F 2.98 in. -
May 74°F 53°F 5.07 in. -
June 84°F 62°F 4.70 in. -
July 89°F 67°F 4.16 in. -
August 88°F 65°F 3.86 in. -
September 80°F 56°F 3.34 in. -
October 69°F 44°F 2.76 in. -
November 53°F 32°F 2.39 in. -
December 41°F 22°F 1.24 in. -

Emporia Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Forbes Field (FOE) located about 47 miles northeast of Emporia in Topeka, Kansas, the Manhattan Regional airport (MHK) located approximately 57 miles northwest of Emporia in Manhattan, Kansas, the Newton City County airport (EWK) located roughly 64 miles west of Emporia in Newton, Kansas, the Beech Factory airport (BEC) located around 74 miles southwest of Emporia in Wichita, Kansas, and finally the New Century Aircenter airport (IXD) located about 75 miles east of Emporia in Olathe, Kansas.

Emporia Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JoylandWichitaKS79.8 mi.
JeepersOlatheKS80.6 mi.
Water Parks
Golfland-Sunsplash ParkOlatheKS80.6 mi.
Oceans of FunKansas CityMO98.9 mi.
Jacomo Lake Water SlideBlue SpringsMO110.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Emporia Municipal Golf CourseEmporiaKS 
Madison Golf CourseMadisonKS19.5 mi.
Osage City Country ClubOsage CityKS23.9 mi.
Indian Plains Golf CourseNew StrawnKS25.9 mi.
State Parks
Melvern State ParkKS25.5 mi. 
Carbolyn State ParkKS33.2 mi. 
Pomona State ParkKS36.2 mi. 
Osage County State ParkKS37.9 mi. 
Kaw Mission State Historical SiteCouncil GroveKS24.4 mi.(History)
Kansas Museum of HistoryTopekaKS52.1 mi.(History)
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State UniversityManhattanKS57.8 mi.(Art)
Goodnow House State Historic SiteManhattanKS57.8 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Emporia ZooEmporiaKS 
Topeka Zoological ParkTopekaKS52.1 mi.
Sunset Zoological ParkManhattanKS57.8 mi.
Sedgwick County ZooWichitaKS79.8 mi.
Hutchinson ZooHutchinsonKS97.8 mi.
Kansas City Zoological GardensKansas CityMO98.9 mi.

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