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That's our old pal Johnny Kaw ... the one-and-only, scythe-wielding Johnny Kaw, livin' large! The pioneer spirit of Kansas lives large with this gigantic 25-foot statue of the formidable farmer. The Johnny Kaw legend was created by Kansas State University horticulture professor George Filinger for the 1955 city centennial; with the statue erected in the park a decade later. Johnny rocks, and we'll rock Johnny with a May 10, 2018, birthday celebration in City Park! Johnny Kaw Day in Manhattan!
There are so many, but we'll steer you to five, and the amazing K-Staters on campus can take over from there:
1) Beach Museum of Art, SE part of campus (14th & Anderson)
2) Hale Library and the glorious aesthetics of the main campus library
3) K-State Student Union, recently renovated student space looks practically new
4) The Gardens, horticulture display garden building to a 19-acre garden shrine
5) Call Hall; what's a visit to K-State without grabbing some ice cream? Find it between Dole and Weber halls toward the campus' north end.
Don't forget your selfie in front of Anderson Hall, the picturesque castle near the center of campus.
There are quite a few of them. We'll get you started with these:
1) Flint Hills Discovery Center, tribute to native limestone and tallgrass prairieland, interactive exhibits
2) Kansas State University, fast-tracked to become top-50 public research university by 2025
3) Konza Prairie, 8,600-acre preserve of native tallgrass prairie in Kansas Flint Hills (3 hiking trails)
4) Tuttle Creek, Home to Country Stampede, the Midwest's biggest country music festival, biking/hiking trails, boating and water activities
5) Sunset Zoo, voted state's best with a dizzying degree of dazzling attractions.
You have come to the right place! Manhattan is well known for its eclectic selection of unique dining destinations, and all carry a certain "dramatic flair" for incomparable culinary settings. The Little Apple® dishes up big servings of delectable dishes, whether it's Poyntz panache, awesome Aggieville hot spots or Westloop luminosity, MHK knows how to make magic on a dinner plate.
First of all, yes, it does! Unfortunately, Fort Riley museums are closed for renovations until 2020. When the museums return, learn how General George Custer, Buffalo Soldiers and the Big Red One have made Fort Riley a very notable military installation for nearly 170 years (Jackie Robinson served at Fort Riley). Visitors without DOD ID require temporary Fort Riley access pass/badge, obtained at Visitor Control Center (Henry Drive near Marshall Air Field, accessed just off Interstate 70). For pre-approval, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fort Riley requires additional ID for visitors with Minnesota, Missouri and Washington driver’s licenses.
We've got you covered to find more than a dozen running/walking trails. Manhattan is a biking friendly community with great access and ample bike lanes. With a major university, there's also no shortage of students that find jogging access at City Park and many more beautiful locations. Use this list to get you started.
Paddle on the Kansas River or Tuttle Creek Reservoir's river pond area just 5 miles north of Manhattan. Those are the main areas to paddle in close proximity to MHK. Many of the smaller streams run through private property, so make measured judgments or seek authorization.