Flint Hills Discovery Center

20120405_CVB_133- Flint Hills Discovery 4.jpgFlint Hills Discovery Center is a dynamic tribute to the 10,000 square miles of tallgrass prairie and geologic Flint Hills that envelop Manhattan. Each exhibit area within the Discovery Center has an interactive component to enrich the learning experience.
Your visit starts in the Immersive Experience Theater and the multimedia "Tallgrass Prairie: Tides of Time," descriptively enhanced through sights, sounds and innovative effects.
The massive 60-foot, 120-degree concave screen brings the prairie experience to life in full-color brilliance. The three-story structure contains more than 7,000 square feet of exhibit space. The striking beauty of the Flint Hills has a rich history that begs for discovery. Take in the panorama of Manhattan. Gaze east to the majestic Kansas River and Prospect Hill.

What's happening at FHDC


  • Upcoming exhibits: Design Zone. Video game production. Roller-coaster design. What does it take? Visit Flint Hills Discovery Center May 27 through Aug. 6 and you'll learn how creative problem solvers use math for amazing creations.
  • Astronomy Viewing Night (June 2): Free public viewing event on FHDC terrace with K-State professor Chris Sorensen
  • Wolf Spider Night Walk (June 16): Find, catch and release wolf spiders to learn about spider biology and conservation.
  • National Day of the Cowboy (July 22): Celebrate the American cowboy with lively cowpoke activities like bullriding.
  • Community Day (Aug. 6): FHDC opens its doors free to the community to discover the brilliance of Flint Hills

Blue Earth Plaza


Beautiful, green park space perfect for family picnic and right outside FHDC doors. Enjoy outdoor fireplace. Watch fountains dance, accompanied by music and lights. Both the Discovery Center and Blue Earth Plaza are available to rent. Blue Earth Plaza is home to the month-long Festival of Lights tree lighting celebration and begins the day after Thanksgiving.

Rent Flint Hills Discovery Center
Reserve Blue Earth Plaza