Welcome to Manhattan, Kansas - "The Little Apple"
Situated amongst the rolling hills of Kansas and edging the Kansas River, Manhattan is home to exhilarating Big XII sports, excellent restaurants, extraordinary outdoor recreation, exciting history and exceptional shopping. With an inspiring view of the Konza Prairie, the natural landscape introduces the visitor to the magnificence of the Flint Hills. Manhattan is situated just off Interstate 70, 125 miles west of Kansas City.
Things to See and Do
One of Manhattan's most popular attractions, Tuttle Creek Lake is located five miles north of Manhattan with the dam and reservoir situated on the northern edge of the Flint Hills. The lake area offers 12,000 acres of water with 100 miles of irregular, wooded shoreline. Over 16,000 acres of land surrounding the lake have been enhanced to benefit wildlife and provide excellent hunting opportunities. Turkey, white-tailed deer, quail, pheasant and waterfowl are common species found here. Outdoor activities available at Tuttle Creek include Fishing, Mountain Biking, Equestrian trails and Sailing. For more information on the facilities offered at Tuttle Creek Lake go to: http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/state_parks/locations/tuttle_creek
The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
Home to K-State’s permanent art collection, the museum includes approximately 1,400 works of art. For additional information on exhibits or special events, call (785) 532-7718 or visit www.ksu.edu/bma
The Oz Museum
The newly opened Oz Museum, located in Wamego, 15 miles south of Manhattan, houses one of the largest private collections of Oz memorabilia in the world. The Oz Museum is located in the heart of downtown Wamego at 511 Lincoln. For information, call 866-458-TOTO or visit the website www.wamego.org/oz_museum.htm
The Konza Prairie
The Konza Prairie Biological Station is an 8,600-acre tallgrass prairie preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University. A self-guided nature trail is open to the public from sunrise to sunset daily. Group tours and activities by special arrangement only. The Konza Prairie Scenic Overlook is on K-177, five miles south of Manhattan. For more information please visit the website http://www.k-state.edu/konza/
The K-State Gardens and Insect Zoo
Take time to visit the K-State Botanical Gardens. View a wide variety of plant life from banana and vegetable plants to various species of roses and day lilies. The Insect Zoo features many exhibits of live insects and their arthropod relatives in naturalistic settings. The Zoo also features many activities for children. For more information please visit http://www.k-state.edu/gardens/ or www.k-state.edu/butterfly.
Overlooking the Flint Hills, Sunset Zoo is a great place to spend the day! This AZA-accredited zoo is open 9:30-5:00pm daily April 1-October 31 and noon-5:00pm daily November 1-March 31. Admission is $4 per adult and $2 per child age 3-12 years. Gift shop and concession stand open seasonally. The Sunset Zoo is located at 2333 Oak St. For more information visit the website www.sunsetzoo.com