The town is right close to Flint Hills-which are made up of layers of flint and limestone. There really are hills, but none that stand out tall on the skyline; maybe 100 feet tops. The rolling hills are a feature that the Kansas people brag on.
Manhattan Christian College is right across from K State Campus, but obviously not as big. It is a nondenominational affiliation for christian churches but Churches of Christ is a core. Founded in 1927, it has evolved into a reputed campus, with the slant to be christian, but you do not have to be a fanatic about it.
They have about 10 different sections in the zoo exhibiting animals from Africa to the locals around Kansas. The zoo is open 9:30-5 daily April-Oct, and 12-5 the rest of the year. Adult charge is $4 and children $2. It is a pleasant diversion for some moments.
This is one of the noted art culture museums in the town. It was named after Marianna Kistler Beach, an alum of K State along with Art Beach, husband. The facility in today's site opened in 1996. They have 6,5000 art objects, but not all are on display and roatte time to time.
Located at 14th & Anderson, it is right on the main section of campus. Hours are Tues, Wed, Fri, St 10-5 and Thursday 10-8, with Sunday 12-5. Donations accepted. There are about 50 art paintings and sculptures to be shown.
The campus was created in 1863 due to a land grant given to start the State university. Today it boasts the most scholars from state base for scholarships to higher education levels, such as Rhodes, Marshal, etc. The strong heritage to the "Wildcats with purple and white colors are a threat to all sports competitors.
This glass blown sculpture reminds me of the guy who made that huge glass blown flower arrangement in The Bellagio in Las Vegas. Anyway, I'm sorry to say that I could not remember who made this or what it is. But this huge orange monstrosity is what greets you when you go up the front staircase.
By the way, I wasn't suppose to take this picture...no photography allowed in the museum. (I didn't know) I'm such a naughty kitty! Anyhow, this was a really neat thing, and I liked the color orange, thus it is in here, you must visit it to gain the scope of how large it really is. I had to practically crane my neck to get this thing all in one shot.
update: Dale Chihly was the sculptor and the orange thingy was specially commissioned for the Museum. It symbolizes several of the elements of the Kansas Pairie.
Aggiville is "The" party spot for the over 21 (and fake ID enhanced) crowd. This little distrct is ancient by Kansas standards. Ask any living alumn (K-state) and they will surely give vivid details about life in "The Ville." The biggest bar complex in the Ville is Rusty's. Rusty's consists of Rustys, the otherside, the outback, and next door. The part to the west (I think next door but im alcohol impaired) is non-smoking, however this is the cowboy side. The rest is normal but nowadays frequented by the Fort Riley Crowd. Across the street is O'Malley's. After many years of complaints this bar finally takes credit cards. O'malleys is famous for the belfast bomber (similar to the car bomb) and on Wednesday's Chappy (Old guy who sang motown songs when I was in school.) To the west of this is Buffalo Wild Wings with a good beer selection yet crappy food, Rockabelly Deli (Gay bar supposedly) and Porters. Porters rocks because they used to have free burgers during friday afternoon. These free burgers were the lifeblood to the K-state groudnds crew (Me and friends). East of Rusty's is Pats Blue Ribbon with decent prices and frequent live bands. Across from Pat's is the Lou (aggie lounge) old bar but awesome (could be described as a dive but friggin awesome.) Also around here is Kite's (frat bar) and Auntie Mae's (Eclectic crowd but I love it for Wednesday nite trivia, I was the drunk for 1 and 1/2 years; those were the days.) The pig is a good sports bar on Moro, that's all i have to say. I think Joes is now Tubby's but haven't been there yet. So Long Saloon has awsome burgers and they will server beer and pineapple juice if one was ever inclined. PJ's always has a live band. And Fat Tuesday's has the infamous fishtanks (good for harassing Nebraksa (Nubbs) fans. If there are any more bars I have been to them but don't remember.
Manhappenin is one of my favorite places on earth. This is the place where I grew up (age 18 to 24) and became the man I am today. Of course I graduated from the Kansas State University and was forced to move on with my life, but this place will always be dear to me. I sincerely hope to move here again from the Wichitittty city. I love this place!!!
My favorite place in Manhattan! I'm personally a docent there. Sunset Zoo is a relatively small zoo, and hidden in a residential area. But they have a nice variety of animals, quality exhibits, and a great docent staff that offers education to visitors. You can see chimps, siberian tigers, cheetahs, sloth bears, caiman, bats....all the great zoo attractions. The entire zoo can be explored in 2 to 3 hours.
The Beach Museum of Art is on the campus of Kansas State University. The building itself is lovely, and it's a trip to a museum that won't take you all day! You can explore this museum in an hour (great if you have kids with a short attention span). The primary focus is on Kansas and the region, covering historical and contemporary pieces. They also have exhibitions with local, regional, national, and international works. It's great for a short visit and best of all it's free!
Aggieville is Manhattan's central shopping, restaurant, and bar district. This is where Kansas State students and locals alike spend much of their leisure time and where graduates of the university most enjoy going when the come back to visit the city.
Bluemont College, the forerunner of Kansas State University, opened its doors in 1859. In 1862 Congress granted Kansas 90,000 acres to found an agricultural college and in 1863 Kansas State University in Manhattan was established as the nation's first land-grant university. The university moved to its present site in 1875.
The 664-acre campus is located 125 miles west of Kansas City via Interstate 70 in the rolling Flint Hills of northeast Kansas. The current president of the university is Jon Wefald, who has held that position since 1986.
Located on the KSU campus the Beach Museum of Art features a wide array of mediums and styles from architecture to photographs. The museum also has 1,400 works of art, an extensive permanent collection of oil paintings mostly by Midwest artists.
The white washed hallways of the Beach Museum are architecturally designed to attract the eye to the exhibits. One particular piece of artwork struck my curiosity, an enormous orange glass-blown sculpture which hung from the ceiling as we went up the staircase that leads into the main hallways. At the far end was a room large enought to fit a reception of approx 80 people.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on Monday and holidays. Free to look...donations of course are very welcome. There is a small shop within the museum for that souvenir you've always had a hankering for.
This picture is of one of the more unusual buildings in Aggieville. Aggieville is a place for shopping, dining, night life, and meeting people.
Aggieville is near the K State campus so there are many college students who go there. The area is always busy with youthful people having fun.
This building is the Beach Museum of Art. No photographs are allowed inside the museum. My favorite thing in the museum was a set of photographs depicting the prairies near my home burning in March. The photographs of the grass fires at night were beautiful.