Gage Park is one of the biggest attractions in Topeka. Within the park itself, the biggest attraction is the Topeka Zoo, which allows visitors to come face to face with gorillas in a special Gorilla Encounter exhibit. Other features at the zoo include a bush camp with a lion’s pride, a walk-through tropical rain forest, and a children’s zoo.
Gage Park has other attractions, including a carousel that is one of the fewer than 200 original American carousels still in operation. The park’s mini-train has been operating for more than 30 years. The Reinisch Rose Garden is an unexpected visual treat with more than 400 varieties of roses, totaling more than 6,500 bushes.
Other features include band concerts in the park and the Bathhouse Plays, produced by the city’s only year-round theatrical production company for youth ages 14 through 18.
Refreshments, playgrounds and shelter houses are available, as well as, tennis, swimming, horse shoes, and sand volleyball.