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Manhattan (Kansas)

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Manhattan is a college town in Kansas. It is the home of Kansas State University [1].

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • I-70 runs nine miles south of town. Take exit 313 (KS-177 North) if coming from the East, or exit 303 (KS-18 East) if coming from the west.

By Plane[edit]

  • Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) [[2]]. - American Eagle Airlines offers five daily flights to both Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth and sells connections beyond. The airport has Hertz and Enterprise car rental facilities available.

By Bus[edit]

  • KCI Road Runner [[3]] - A shuttle service from Junction City, Kansas to the Kansas City International Airport, with stops in Lawrence, Topeka, and Manhattan. Typically about $40-80 a trip.

Get around[edit]

  • ATA Bus[4] Providess bus service throughout Manhattan and other parts of the flint hills.
  • Cat Cab (785) 341-7506. Taxi service for Manhattan

Learn[edit]

  • Manhattan Public Library[5]629 Poyntz Ave. Mon-Th 9AM-9PM, Fri 9AM-8PM, Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 1PM-6PM

See[edit]

  • Aggieville[6] Packed full of hip bars, restaurants, and shops. This is the most active and vibrant area of town and is where Kansas State students predominantly hang out.
  • Downtown[7] Also has a good mix of shops and restaurants as well as historic archetecture.
  • Kansas State University[8] One of the state's largest college campuses.

Do[edit]

Outdoor Activities[edit]

  • Konza Prairie[9]. Most of Konza was once a part of the Dewey Cattle Ranch. In the 1970's, the Nature Conservancy purchased the property, over 13 square miles. It is managed by Kansas State University to be used as a research natural area to study the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Camping not allowed. Nature Trail (2.5 mile loop); Kings Creek Loop (4.4 miles - includes the first); Godwin Hill Loop (6.0 miles - includes the other two). Konza Prairie is south of Manhattan. Travel 6.3 miles south of K-177 on McDowell Creek Road along the east side of the Kansas River. The area can also be reached from 1-70 by taking Exit 307 and traveling north 4.9 miles on McDowell Creek Road (also identified as Riley County 901).
  • Linear Trail[10] This 9.4-mile crushed gravel trail wraps around most of the city and connects many different neighborhoods and natural areas. There are ten access points along its length. Both hikers and bikers are welcome.
  • River Trail Winding dirt path along the Kansas and Big Blue Rivers. Primarily for mountain biking but also open to walkers. Accessible from the Linear Trail just south of the parking lot in highway 24 as well as several other points.
  • Manhattan City Park [11] Located in the center of town, City Park offers various sports fields, a swimming pool, playgrounds, picnicing areas, and a stage the often hosts music shows and other public events. Be sure to check out the giant Johny Kaw statue.
  • Bluemont Hill Scenic Overlook [12] Visible from most points in town, this hill displays the name Manhattan in large white letters (in case you forget where you are). A parking lot provides access to the hilltop which includes a great view of the city and landscape beyond. The overlook is located off of Ehlers Road on Bluemont Drive and is a part of Goodnow Park. Also accessible by foot from a trailhead at the corner of N 5th St and Bertrand St.
  • Sunset zoo[13]The zoo exists to “inspire conservation of the natural world” by engaging and inspiring over 65,000 annual visitors to actively embrace conservation. The zoo's vision is to create an educational atmosphere where people can learn about the natural wonders of the surrounding world and their personal role in its preservation. Open every day. Apr-Oct 9:30 AM-5PM; Nov-Mar 12-5PM; Adults $4; Children (3-12) $2; Children under 2 Free
  • Anneberg Park[14]Frank Anneberg Park was one of the projects funded from Manhattan's 1986 "Quality of Life" Bond Issue. The park provides for a variety of activities including team sports at one of the State's leading facilities. Softball, soccer, or flag football can be played on irrigated "regulation" playing fields. Jerry Dishman Lake, the park's stocked lake, provides area youth with good fishing opportunities with a limit of three fish per species per day. Park Amenities Six softball fields; Eight regulation soccer fields; Two covered shelters; Grills; Playground inside sports complex; ADA Playground; Jerry Dishman Fishing Lake; Trail: 1.6 miles; Restrooms
  • Washington Marlatt Memorial Park Several loops of hiking trail with scenic views of rolling tallgrass prairies. The park can be accessed from Seth Cild Rd by car, or from the Hudson Trail by foot or bike.
  • Fairmont Park Located across the bridge leaving town on the east side of the Kansas River. Hiking trails, sports fields, picnicing areas, and a dog park are available.
  • Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park [15] This park just outside of town has seven zip lines, a free fall jump, and some hiking trails to enjoy.

Museums[edit]

  • Flint Hills Discovery Center [16] Learn something new. From the diversity of plant species to the culture of indigenous people, this museum offers a broad coverage of information relating to the natural history of the Flint Hills region. There is a short immersive movie, a gift shop, a children's museum. There is also an area for rotating exhibits and events.
  • KSU Insect Zoo[17] Kansas State University operates this very unique attraction on it's campus. See a variety of both local native species as well as exotic species from around the world live. The gift shop sells locally produced honey and live tarantulas. Tue-Sat 12PM-6PM; Walk-ins $2/person. Seniors and military $1.50. Guided tours $3/person and must be scheduled one week in advance.
  • Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art[18] Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10-5; Th 10-8; Sun 12-5; Closed Mon and Holidays
  • Riley County Historical Museum[19] 2309 Claflin Rd. Tue - Fri 8:30-5

Buy[edit]

  • Manhattan Town Center[20] Located in Manhattan, Kansas in the heart of downtown, Manhattan Town Center continues to be the cornerstone of community life for almost 20 years. Whether you are just visiting or have been here for years, you will find your heart's desire at over 70 specialty stores and Dillard's, JC Penney, and Sears department stores. Located just off the K-177 exit, find yourself at home in the heartland at Manhattan Town Center
  • The Pathfinder[21] 304 Poyntz Ave. Bike repair and outdoors shop. Come here for all of your adventuring gear needs
  • Big Poppis[22] 1126 Moro St. Friendly bike repair shop in Aggieville.
  • People's Grocery[23] 1620 Fort Riley Blvd. Grocery co-op with locally grown food and specialty foods.
  • Farmer's Market [24] 3rd and Leavenworth in the Dillards parking lot. 8am - 1pm every Saturday from April 18- Oct 31.

Eat[edit]

  • AJ's NY Pizzeria[25] - 301 Poyntz Ave - New York style pizza with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating
  • Wheat State Pizza[26] - 705 N. 3rd Pl. Suite C - Quality ingredients and local wheat-based crust
  • Bahn Thai[27] - 1620 Fort Riley Blvd - Quality Thai food
  • Taco Lucha [28] - 1130 Moro St - Great selection of unique tacos and a full bar
  • Tallgrass Taphouse[29] - 320 Poyntz Ave - Nationally famed beer brewed right in the middle of downtown.
  • Varsity Donuts[30]704 N Manhattan Ave. Tasty donuts in an old resored pharmacy. Be sure to check out the Varsity truck on the back side of the building Thursday - Saturday after 10 PM
  • Dancing Ganesha[31]712 N Manhattan Ave. Best Indian fare in town, located in Aggieville
  • Hibachi Hut[32]429 Poyntz Ave. Despite the misleading name, this place serves good Cajun-style food and has a full bar
  • Little Apple Brewery[33] 1110 Westloop Pl. - Another good brewery with decent food
  • HuHot Mongolian Grill[34] 100 Discovery Center Trail. - Mongolian serve yourself hicachi grill. Located in the mall.
  • Harry's[35] 418 Poyntz Ave. If you're looking for something more fancy, Harry's is pretty good. Located in a historic hotel.
  • Harry's deli[36] 418 Poyntz Ave. Harry's less expensive neighbor is still very tasty and much more affordable.
  • Little Grill Cute Jamaican food a bit outside of town. Check their calendar for live music nights.
  • Early Edition Great breakfast and brunch food. Worth visiting when the line at the Chef is too long.
  • La Hacienda Grocery Store and Taqueria 3003 Anderson Ave. Authentic Mexican food with a small grocery store.
  • Call Hall Dairy Bar[37]Purchase meat and dairy products produced locally at the KSU farm units. The dairy bar is on KSU campus and operated by students. Items for sale include a variety of meats, cheeses, ice cream, eggs, and flour. Prepared foods and ice creams are available. M-F 8AM-6PM.
  • Tad's Shaved IceTad's has been serving extremely sweet shaved ice since 1995. They have a menu of over a hundred flavors. Their location is currently in the ACE Hardware parking lot on Hostetler Dr.

Drink[edit]

  • 4 Olives 121 S 4th St
  • Aggie Lounge 712 N. 12th St
  • Auntie Mae's Parlor 616 N 12th St
  • Bomb Bar 718 N Manhattan Ave.
  • Drinx 1206 Moro St.
  • Eighteen63 710 N Manhattan Ave.
  • Fat's Bar and Grill 1209 Laramie St.
  • Johny Kaw's 1218 Moro St.
  • KatHouse 1111 Moro St.
  • Kite's Bar and Grille 615 N 12th St,
  • Mojo's Beach Bar 1101 Moro St.
  • O'Malley's Alley 1210 Moro St.
  • Pat's Blue Rib'n 1200 Moro St.
  • Porters 706 N Manhattan
  • Purple Pig Sports Bar 1119 Moro St.
  • Rusty's Lance Chance 1213 Moro St.
  • Salty Rim 1204 Moro St.
  • Shot Stop 1800 Moro St.
  • So Long Saloon 1130 Moro St.
  • The Goose 1121 Moro St.
  • Tubby's Sports Bar 1127 Moro St.
  • UrWay Pizza 702 N 11th. St
  • Wabash Bar and Grill 1116 Moro St.

Sleep[edit]

  • Econo Lodge,
  • Motel 6,
  • Super Motel 8,
  • Holiday Inn.,
  • Days Inn.

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Tuttle Creek State Park [38] 5800 River Pond Rd, Manhattan, KS. Located north of town along Tuttle Creek Lake. The park consists of several disjointed areas including River Park, Fancy Creek, Randolph, Cedar Ridge, and Spillway. The River Park area includes a campground, camp store, kayak rentals, and other services. The other areas include hiking/mountain biking trails and lake access.
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve [39] 2480 KS-177, Strong City, KS. One of the largest remnants of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem that once dominated the area. The preserve is managed by the National Park Service which conducts periodic prairie fires and maintains herds of bison and cows. Many miles of trails with significant hills allow visitors to experience this unique place. There is also a visitor center and various historic buildings near the parking lot.

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