Manhattan Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Manhattan Trip Guide

In this college town of 53,000, feel the purple passion of K-Staters (Kansas State University).
Flint Hills Discovery Center. Photo Courtesy of jhP.
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The Chef Cafe downtown
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Fine dining at Harry’s in Manhattan
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What to do

Aggieville In the heart of Manhattan, a vibrant student-packed neighborhood draws visitors with its bookstores, gift shops, restaurants and bars.

Flint Hills Discovery Center Just one hour inside this $24.5 million attraction will make you want to spend many more among the Midwest's native tallgrass prairie. A 67-foot-wide movie screen immerses visitors in the region's thunderstorms and bucolic landscapes, and a simulated prairie fire sprawls across the curved interior space while volunteers lead hands-on activities. Admission charged. (785) 587-2726;

Konza Prairie Biological Station Hike trails and view bison and greater prairie chickens at a tallgrass prairie research station south of Manhattan. (785) 587-0441;

Where to eat

The Chef Cafe When locals want to eat breakfast out, they head here for egg-stuffed burritos, caramel cream-cheese French toast and piles of fluffy pancakes. (785) 537-6843;

Coco Bolos Wood Fired Grill and Cantina The exhibition kitchen is part of the show at this energetic restaurant. Menu offerings, including the Cuban grilled pork sandwich and chicken mole wrap, match the colorful interior. (785) 537-4700;

Della Voce Italian dishes star at this fine-dining venue downtown, where a comprehensive wine and drinks list accompanies the menu. All house wine is half-price on Pizza and Jazz Sundays. (785) 532-9000;

Harry’s Restaurant On the ground floor of the Wareham Hotel, you’ll find great steaks and seafood. (785) 537-1300;

Vista Drive-In Quarter-pound burgers and brownies topped with soft-serve draw crowds. (785) 537-0100;

Where to stay

Guest Haus Bed and Breakfast Guests love the views of the gardens from the inn's porch swing. (785) 776-6543;

For information: Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 759-0134;

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