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 of the 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.
  • Massive 60-foot, 120-degree concave screen brings the prairie experience to life with colorful panache.
  • Three-story structure contains more than 7,000 square feet of exhibit space.
  • Striking beauty of Flint Hills has rich history that begs for discovery. On the rooftop, take in the panorama of Manhattan; gaze east to the majestic Kansas River and beyond to Prospect Hill (K-S).

What's happening at FHDC


  • Current exhibit (through Jan. 14): Duty First,100 Years of the Big Red One. 1st Infantry Division celebration through five soldiers' personal chronicles. Celebrate the Big Red One's glorious history at Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan. Duty First exhibit.
  • Go See It! lecture, Tales and Recipes from Fort Riley's Historic Community Cookbooks (Oct. 19): Food historian and writer Jane P. Marshall explores the role the cookbooks play in revealing and appreciating the large and diverse military family.
  • Go See It lecture, The Enemy Among Us, German POWs in the Flint Hills (Nov. 2): Presentation from Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Lowell May on the fascinating story of German POWs held in far corners of Kansas, nearby to farmers and ranchers.
Free Exhibit Lectures

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