In honor of our newest location opening in Manhattan Kansas, we wanted to post some of our favorite things to do in the Little Apple! Manhattan is a small town with a big heart. It’s home to Kansas State University so the atmosphere is youthful and lively. The community has grown so much over the years and so has the list of things you can do in the area.
Manhattan is truly a special place. You’ll find it nestled in the Flint Hills and is home to the #1 College Town in America. It is also a family environment filled with people who genuinely care.
Flint Hills Discovery Center
The Flint Hills Discovery Center has something for the whole family. It has interactive exhibits highlighting the science, history and culture from prehistory to present day of the Flint Hills. They also have an immersive experience theater with 120-degree curved screen and special effects. Make sure to check out their website before you go because in addition to having many permanent exhibits, they also have feature exhibits that change regularly.
Flint Hills Discovery Center Website
Another attraction that has grown over the years in Manhattan, is the Sunset Zoo! It is home to over 200 animals. They take excellent care of the animals and guests and you can be a part of the experience by watching the daily feedings and animal encounters, where you will learn more about the animals personalities and preferences.
In addition to animals, the Sunset Zoo features many spectacular garden spaces that is a must while you’re visiting. The Master Gardener’s Butterfly Garden features native plants that attract a variety of butterflies. At the Pat Freeman’s Hummingbird Garden, you can catch glimpses of hummingbirds as they flutter from plants to feed. The Rain Gardens are full of native plants and wells that collect and hold water runoff. The water can then slowly seep into the ground, naturally refreshing plants, recharging underground water supplies and helping to avoid erosion issues downstream. Lastly, The Town & Country Garden Club’s Sensory Garden is designed to engage all the senses. Most notable is the garden’s caterpillar planter feature and it’s a great spot to rest during your visit.
- March through October: 9:30am – 5:00pm
- November through February: 12pm – 5:00pm
- Adults (13+): $5 per person
- Children (ages 3-12): $3 per person
- Infants (2 & under): Free
Sunset Zoo Website
Bill Snyder Stadium
If you really want to experience Manhattan community and Wildcat pride, you have to go to a Kansas State Football game at Bill Snyder Stadium. Bill Snyder Family Stadium has been the home of K-State’s football team since 1968. It has been named in honor of football coach Bill Snyder since 2005. It is located just north of the campus. Since 1998 they have added a deck and sky suites on the east side of the stadium that increased capacity to more than 50,000.
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Bluestem Bistro offers some of the freshest, made-from-scratch culinary specialties you can find in Aggieville, the heart of Manhattan, KS. They have local and international cuisine. They make their dressing and spreads in house along with their artisan breads as well as delicious homemade soups and quiche, as well as all the coffee! They also have a cocktail bar, beer and different wines. Lastly, if you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, they have desserts and pastries that are all made from scratch.
Bluestem Bistro provides entertainment with live music on the patio for special events and Sunday Jazz Brunch.
If you want to get outside and enjoy all of the scenery that Manhattan Kansas has to offer, look no further than the Konza Prairie located in the Flint Hills.
Their Nature Trails are open to the public and available from dawn to dusk every day of the year. Konza Prairie hiking trails wind through lowland gallery forest, cross Kings Creek, and climb over ancient limestone ledges into the native tallgrass prairie. At the highest points, enjoy spectacular views of the Flint Hills and the Kansas River Valley. Enjoy a moderate walk with occasional steep climbs, uneven footing and narrow pathways.
If you want a beautiful date night out, Harry’s is the place to be. It is located in the Wareham Hotel and is known as one of Manhattan’s finest ding establishments. The classic-contemporary cuisine is one of a kind and the service is fantastic. The menu features hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood, along with an excellent selection of from-scratch specialty menu items.
So Long Saloon
If you’re looking for a more affordable option but still want to experience some amazing food and drinks, So Long Saloon will be perfect! The atmosphere is light enjoyable, welcoming and right in the heart of Aggieville. They have received awards for their prize burgers. Our favorites on the menu are the chipotle raspberry and black bean dip, and the buffalo chicken sandwich but you’re going to have to try for yourself!
We’re so excited about our newest location in Manhattan and to be a part of another community. Please stop by and say hi and let us know your favorite things to do in Manhattan Kansas!