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Things to Do in Manhattan, Kansas

Manhattan Things to Do

Manhattan is a city in Kansas that is located at the junction of Big Blue River and Kansas River. Manhattan is officially the county seat for Riley County, but the city also extends partially into Pottawatomie County. Manhattan is frequently referred to as “The Little Apple,” since Manhattan is the hub of “The Big Apple” in New York. While Manhattan is well-known for being home to the Kansas State University, there are plenty of things for tourists to do.

Beach Art Museum

If you appreciate art and culture, you should consider stopping by the Beach Art Museum. This museum was named after Marianna Kistler Beach and her husband. Beach Art Museum opened in 1996 and has accumulated thousands of art objects in the past few decades. However, the art objects are not displayed all at the same time. The museum rotates the displays every once in a while so it is worthwhile to visit this museum more than once. The Beach Art Museum is located at 14th & Anderson. This museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The museum is open from 10 AM to 8 PM on Thursday and 12PM to 5 PM on Sunday. There is no cost for admission but the museum does accept donations.

Sunset Zoo

The sunset zoo boasts 10 different sections of animal exhibits. There are local animals as well as animals from other continents, such as Africa. From April to October, the zoo is open from 9:30 AM to 5 PM. The zoo is open from 12 PM to 5 PM for the rest of the year. Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for children.


Aggieville is the main shopping, bar, and restaurant district in Manhattan. Students of Kansas State and locals spend a lot of at Aggieville, often referred to as The Ville, in their free time. Graduates of Kansas State always make sure to stop by Aggieville every time they go back to Manhattan to visit. Aggieville is also the prime spot for partying at clubs and bars. Rusty’s is the largest bar complex in Aggieville. Some of the restaurants in Aggieville include Tanner’s Bar & Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Pie Five Pizza.

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