Any city can offer the go-to shopping options that have become household names. Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Dick's Sporting Goods are all represented here in Manhattan. However, the culture of a community is not represented by corporate mega stores. Manhattan’s locally owned specialty shops will keep you browsing until the sun goes down.
Aggieville - You’ll find the Aggieville Business District adjacent to the KSU campus in the heart of Manhattan. Known locally for the best nightlife in town, Aggieville also offers an abundance of retail outlets. Whether your looking for clothing or books, music or home decor, a day spent is Aggieville is a day well spent. Check out the Aggieville Business District website at http://aggieville.org
Downtown - from the historic look and feel of main street (Poyntz Ave.) to the expanding new developments behind Manhattan Town Center, you can find what you need in the Downtown Business District. Jewlers, department stores, home and audio suppliers, and upscale clothiers all call downtown Manhattan home. If you’re looking to walk the streets and window shop, or take on a day in the mall, downtown has it all. Learn more at http://downtownmanhattanks.com
Westside - although not as condensed as Aggieville or downtown, the west side of Manhattan offers just as many opportunities to find exactly what you want. Golfing and sporting goods, pet needs, nutritional supplies, home furnishings, and home improvement projects are just some of the options that Manhattan’s west side can provide. Need a break from all of your shopping? Relax with some popcorn and an ice cold drink at Seth Child’s Cinema.
Manhattan and the surrounding area offers all kinds of indoor and outdoor recreation. The following links can help you plan a quick weekday outing or an all weekend adventure.
Golf - if your idea of a good time involves 18 holes and a 9 iron, Manhattan’s golf courses await your arrival! With three public courses and one private course, you are sure to find the perfect green.
Colbert Hills Golf Course - http://colberthills.com
Stagg Hill Golf Club - http://stagghillgolfclub.com
Wildcat Creek Golf and Fitness - http://wildcatgolfandfitness.com
The Manhattan Country Club (Private) - http://themanhattancountryclub.com
Parks and Recreation - the City of Manhattan has conveniently sprinkled neighborhood parks all over the city. Some are small and cute with playgrounds for the kids. Others are large and in charge, hosting our three recently updated aquatic complexes. And a select few are still wild and untamed, perfect for an evening stroll away from city lights. Check out these links for more information:
Overview of Manhattan Parks - http://www.ci.manhattan.ks.us/index.aspx?NID=289
Manhattan Pool Information - http://www.ci.manhattan.ks.us/index.aspx?NID=1019
The Ice Rink at City Park (Seasonal) - http://www.ci.manhattan.ks.us/index.aspx?NID=1431
Sunset Zoological Park - http://www.ci.manhattan.ks.us/index.aspx?NID=22
Flint Hills Discovery Center - http://www.ci.manhattan.ks.us/index.aspx?nid=1060
Tuttle Creek State Park - from boating to hiking to camping, Tuttle Creek offers big water fun for the whole family. Spend a day on the lake with your boat, or call some friends for a BBQ at one of the nine cabins provided by the State Wildlife Department. For more information, call the office at 785-539-7941 or visit their website at: http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/State-Parks/Locations/Tuttle-Creek
Yes, we are a local Real Estate Company, but even if you are just here to find homes for sale in Manhattan, KS, you’re going to have to eat some time.
Sure you could just grab something at a chain restaurant but what’s the fun in that. Besides there is no time like the present to start exploring your new community.
Visit any old website and you’ll get a list of restaurants. Just pick up the phone book for that matter. The list below was compiled by our staff and friends of places we like to eat every day. The Best Food in Manhattan, KS if you will.
There are a lot of great restaurants in town and not every one of them listed below, but you can be sure that if it is, it’s because its worth a mention.
Our Favorite Local Dives:
HARRY'S - A truly unique fine dining experience. Harry’s has it all: High Class Food; High Class Service; High Class Ambiance. Located Downtown on Poyntz under the Wareham Marquee.
LITTLE APPLE BREWING COMPANY - The Little Apple Brewery is a classic Steak House on the Westside of Manhattan in Westloop Shopping Center. They Brew a full line of quality beers in house and have the best Scotch selection in town. Don’t miss out on the Salad Bar.
ROCK-A-BELLY DELI - Classy College dive bar by night, Fantastic Deli by day. Rock-A-Belly is an Aggiville destination. I recommend the Hummus.
COCO BOLOS - Loud Food & Spicy Music. Located in Aggieville, Coco Bolos is always a great choice. If you’re daring try the Evil Chicken. Not so Daring? Try the Cuban BBQ Pork Sandwich.
SO LONG SALOON - So Long Saloon. Sliders, Fried Tacos, Buffalo Burgers. It’s all delicious. Or, Man up and take the Cowboy Challenge (10 Layers between a bun) a Tee shirt yer prize. In Aggieville.
4 OLIVES - 4 Olives is located on the Westside of Manhattan and has by far the best wine selection in town. Go with friends and share a Cheese Board and your favorite wines until you can’t eat anymore. Then…Order a Meal!
COX BROS. BBQ - These Guys know BBQ. Cox Bros BBQ smokes every kind of meat. Stock up on the napkins. You’re going to want to try ALL their sauces. You can find them on McCall Rd. North of Walmart.
TEXAS STAR CAFE - For a Chicken Fried Steak (or chicken) the size of your leg, Texas Star can’t be beat. Located next door to Hibachi Hut in Aggieville you can’t go wrong with this tex-mex/BBQ joint.
HIBACHI HUT - Best Cajun Food North of the French Quarter. This Aggieville Haunt is a favorite amongst locals and it has been since the late 50s .So they must be doing something right. Try the Chicken Orleans you won’t be disappointed.
THE CHEF - Have a craving for Breakfast at 3 in the afternoon? The Chef (located downtown) has signature Banana’s Foster Pancakes (yum). A hip Diner style restaurant awaits. Sure, they have healthy options… but that’s not why we go there.
BLUESTEM BISTRO - If you are a coffee nut you’ll appreciate the top notch quality of Bluestem Bistro. Located in Aggieville, The Bistro offers great food and coffee and with a liquor license you can get a little “pep” in your Java.
“What’s there to do in small town Kansas” you ask? More than you think. With a major University and thriving business environment, Manhattan, KS is not shy on culture. From KSU’s McCain Performance series to The MAC there is always a show to catch. Looking for some nightlife? Head to Aggieville to hear some live music or over to the Union to see a comedian. College scene not your speed? Make some new friends at one of UFM’s Indian Cooking classes or take in a Lecture. We have highlighted some of the best below. If you are still starving for things to do, subscribe Greg’s Blog for a continuing and more complete list of area attractions.
McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University offers Manhattan Residents a cultural roller coaster of great shows and entertainment. These are “BIG Names” People. Check out the video and current McCain Performance Series concert schedule below.
Manhattan Arts Center (MAC)
The Manhattan Arts Center offers a wide range of performing and visual arts activities and showcases the artistic talents of amateurs and professionals alike. The facility includes a performance hall, two galleries, clay studio, art studio, dressing rooms, set design shop, and offices. Check out the MAC Calendar below.
UFM is a non-profit campus and community education program serving Kansas State University, the Manhattan area and communities across Kansas. Based on the philosophy that everyone can learn and everyone can teach, UFM provides opportunities for lifelong learning and personal development. UFM serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and as a catalyst for new programs and services that enhance the quality of life for all. UFM offers dozens of classes at a very affordable price. Things like swimming lessons, Kung Fu, CPR certification, French cooking, wine tasting, personal finance, belly dancing and living green are all part of the vast UFM curriculum. Classes vary in scope and depth but are usually short fun classes anyone can find time for. Check out the current course catalog to see what
The Local Public Libray is far more than just a place to check out books. The Library offers a continuing Lecture Series and a whole host of Youth activities including reading to dogs. Yes I said dogs. Of course you CAN still check out books as well as dvds and music. Or just spend some time in the state of the art tech center. See the Library’s monthly newsletter below.
During the summer months the City of Manhattan, KS hosts an “Arts in the Park” in City Park every Tuesday evening. Mostly musical in nature you’ll hear everything from Blues to Bluegrass and Jazz to Rock. Below is the schedule.
Whether you’re visiting Manhattan for a night, staying for an extended weekend, or looking for long-term lodging there are plenty of available options. These businesses can help you get here with ease and stay here in comfort.
KCI Roadrunner provides transportation to Manhattan from KCI Airport. With multiple shuttles running everyday you can spend less time at the airport and more time enjoying the Little Apple.
Manhattan Regional Airport is located 3 miles west of Manhattan. Offering non-stop flights to and from Dallas / Ft. Worth and Chicago O’Hare, a flight to Manhattan lets you plan a visit without a road trip.
Manhattan offers numerous hotel and lodging options for your stay. We’ve compiled a list of the best:
Clarion Hotel – located on the west side of town, the Clarion boasts an indoor minitature golf course surrounding a pool and hot tub. Go bowling at Wildcat Lanes right next door, take in a movie at Seth Childs Cinema, or take on 18 holes at Stagg Hill Golf Course. The Clarion also offers the quickest access to the U.S. Army Facilities at Fort Riley.
Holiday Inn Express – directly across from the Kansas State University campus, Holiday Inn Express is centrally located for convenient exploration of the entire city. Relax in the evening by eating at Hoolihans Restaurant on site, or walk a few blocks to Aggieville for some of the best nightlife in the Midwest.
Fairfield Inn – Manhattan’s Downtown Business District is thriving, and the Fairfield Inn is in the heart of it all. Whether you’re enjoying a day at Tuttle Creek Lake or browsing the mix of history and new developments in downtown Manhattan, the Fairfield Inn is the spot for you.
If hotel rooms are a little too stuffy and you’d prefer a cozier retreat, stay at one of Manhattan’s friendly Bed and Breakfast’s.
The Morning Star Bed & Breakfast - with five exquisite rooms (all named after our favorite tea blends) the Morning Star is sure to make your stay in Manhattan as comfortable as it can be. Unwind from your day in the two person jacuzzi located in each suite. http://www.morningstaronthepark.com/
The Scenic Valley Inn - located two miles west of Manhattan on Scenic Drive, the Scenic Valley Inn is your home away from home. With three guest rooms, a lofted living room, and an on-site event center, you can enjoy your time in Manhattan without leaving the comfort of home behind. http://scenicvalleyinn.com
The Daughters House - placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007, the Daughter House is sure to satisfy your yearnings for nostalgia. Each of the three guest suites is filled with antique-style furnishings and bedding. A cozy fireplace sets the mood for amazing meals made with local and organic foods. http://daughtershouse.com