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Aug 08

10 Things To Do Before Summer Ends

Posted on August 8, 2017 at 3:30 PM by Michael Goens

Bluemont_Hill_landscape photo
Make it a special end to your summer with these Manhattan activities built for memories
Summer starts to wind down as we reach August, and though the start of school doesn’t officially put the wraps on summer, the approaching Labor Day weekend sure makes it feel complete. Besides, football signals fall, right?

Check off 10 fun “summertime” rites of passage before you break out long sleeves.

Flint Hills adventures
Flint Hills nature hikes are simply the best. Connect with nature and breath in the fresh air. Make sure you vote Flint Hills as Kansas Best Adventure for USA Today 10Best Contest.

Take the kids to see exhibits at Flint Hills Discovery Center
Flint Hills Discovery Center is always a jackpot for keeping the kids occupied, and learning some history, nature and geology wrapped into one.

Baby gibbons and more at Sunset Zoo
Zoo explorations make for fun as the hours melt away when you visit to see the animals and learn a little about habitats. Can’t beat the zoo in August!

Visit City Park pool and splash park
Sure, summer has relented from normal August temps, but the pool is still great fun and with just a few weeks left, something you can’t do again until next May! Catch a wave on the StingRay! Make it a day in City Park, with sand volleyball courts and more.

Wildwood dual run at duskWildwood Outdoor ziplines
Flying through the trees above limestone rocks with views of the Manhattan horizon are nothing short of awesome. The team at Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park and great fun to run through seven zips with an amazing free-fall finish!

Tuttle Creek adventures
Your personalized exploration awaits at Tuttle Creek State Park, whether it’s a day on the water in skis, on the beach or biking, hiking or kayaking … it makes for fun outdoor activities. Archery and disc golf, too!

Splash your way around Pillsbury Creek
Manhattan’s hidden treasure trove of outdoor fun, Pillsbury Creek is a definite escape from modern day overdrive. Rope swings, trails, waterfall … Pillsbury has it all!

Colbert Hills golf
If your game hasn’t rounded into shape yet this summer, there’s still time. Great practice facilities and amazing 18 holes of undulating fairways and tricky greens. The weather’s perfect to play 18 or more! And nine-hole par-3 course for a quick round of fun!

Liquid Art Winery escape
A true escape into the matronly folds of the Flint Hills, with Danielle and David Tegtmeier’s winery just a few minutes west. Sip wine and watch a gorgeous sunset … Flint Hills’ style!

Set off to hike Bluemont Hill
Not as daunting as it seems, and the view is gorgeous. Have a picnic at the top. Heck, have someone drive a car to the top and drive off into the sunset …

And into your favorite Manhattan dining spot or place to have a refreshing drink. Watch the setting sun atop Tallgrass Taphouse with drink in hand, pop into Bourbon & Baker for evening dining, or to Little Apple Brewery for a great steak and Coco Bolo’s for a relaxing ‘boat drink’. Summer’s winding down. Find some time in The Little Apple® and enlighten your final days of summer.

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