exterior view of the marianna kistler beach museum of art

Check Out These 9 Local Spots in Manhattan, KS

While New Yorkers would argue that the Little Apple falls well short of its larger namesake, those who call Manhattan home know that there are a number of known and hidden treasures that keep landing our city on “Best Of” lists.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson, K-State alumni from Manhattan, KS, heard Dan Patrick say on his syndicated sports talk show that he’d like to live in Manhattan — quickly clarifying New York, not Kansas! Nelson quickly followed up on-air to defend his hometown and to offer up an invitation to give his hometown another look. 

We at 12b Lofts put together this list of our recommended places to check out in the Little Apple:

Refuel At These Favorite Manhattan Restaurants

The Chef

When hunger hits you, don’t miss breakfast at The Chef, where the bananas foster pancakes have been known to hit the spot! 

Coco Bolos

For dinner near most of K-State’s off-campus housing, try Coco Bolos, an eclectic restaurant with a wood-fired grill off of Bluemont Avenue. 

Soak Up Some Culture Near KSU

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

For residents who delight in the arts, The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is a free museum on the K-State campus that offers rotating installations of collections showcasing the rich regional art of Kansas. 

Manhattan Arts Center

Meanwhile, the Manhattan Arts Center always hosts a rich variety of concerts and performance art, as well as art of a variety of other media that explore the human experience in captivating ways. 

Get Active Outdoors

Top of the World

Looking for fun in a more active setting? For a fun hike with spectacular views, check out Top of the World off of K-113. It’s not the highest point in town, but it’s a great place to let off steam, appreciate the nature around you, or practice your photography skills! 

The Kaw

Bring your canoe or kayak and put in at the Blue River Access Ramp or the Manhattan Access Ramp and take a trip down the Kansas River. But remember, the Kaw is a big river and is not appropriate for novice and beginning paddlers.

University Crossing’s Scavenger Hunt

In August, University Crossing hosts a citywide scavenger hunt to familiarize new residents with their surroundings in a fun and rewarding way! But if you miss the scavenger hunt, our Community Assistants still want you to know the “Must-Dos” in Manhattan, the places to go for things like culture, fun, and food!

If you’re ever short of ideas where to go or what to do in our diverse and growing community, check in with one of our Community Assistants for more suggestions. We’d also love to hear where you like to play, eat, and explore — what are your favorite spots around Manhattan?