In Manhattan you can choose your own adventure; whether you want to experience nature, take a scenic walk, shop, play in the water or visit museums.
“You just have to ask yourself what adventure do I want to expeirence today,” Karen Hibbard, Vice President of Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau, said. “There is never a lack of something to do.”
Just because school is out, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything going on during the summer.
This weekend Sunset Zoo will be a busy place. Manhattan’s Parks and Recreation Department will be having their first Arts in the Park concert series at the Zoo’s Chautauqua Stage.
Friday will feature Terry Quiett Band (‘power-folk’ or ‘roots-pop’). Saturday will feature Kelly Jo Phelps (blues and folk).
On Sunday Sunset Zoo will have their own event, Water Safari and Baskin Robbins Kids Day. Kids will get into the Zoo for free and enjoy a free scoop of ice cream. They should “wear swimsuits for the super soaking from the Manhattan Fire Department,” according to Sunset Zoo.
On Friday Fort Riley’s Victory Week will be open to the public with a free family celebration. On base at Infantry Parade Field, there will be a fireworks show, battle of the bands and a country music concert by Keni Thomas.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiving all recreation day use fees Aug. 1-9 at Tuttle Creek State Park. Tuttle Creek offers fishing, boating, camping and several hiking/biking/equestrian trails.
Manhattan also offers a variey of things to do on a daily basis. Including Aggieville, City Park, Kanza Prairie, K-State’s art museums (Beach Art Museum and William T. Kemper Art Gallery), Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery and the Riley County Historical Museum.
Aggieville is Kansas’s oldest shopping district. During the day, you can enjoy the many locally-owned shops and resturants, then at night it becomes a college hot spot, according to aggieville.org.
“Aggieville has shops that let you relax, unwind and find that perfect gift you are looking for,” Hibbard said.
Manhattan also offers a variety of places to dine, from chain resturants to local eateries.
“Dining is something that students are anxious to do,” Hibbard said. “You won’t leave town hungry.”