Flint Hills Discovery Center

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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 prairie experience to life with colorfully-presented panache.
  • Three-story structure contains more than 7,000 sq.ft. exhibit space.
  • Striking beauty of Flint Hills unfolds around 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 letters), and southward to set your sights on the Flint Hills of central North America.

Coming Soon to FHDC


  • Big League Fun: Batter up! Learn the behind the scenes of the game of baseball and you might just hit a home-run next time. Coming May 23 - September 13, 2020, learn more here.
  • Roots of Wisdom: Overcoming centuries of environmental and cultural challenges can make for unexpected partnerships with extraordinary outcomes. Coming September 26 - January 3, 2021, learn more here. 

Immersive Experience Theater 

Introductory 15-minute presentation plays each half-hour (7 times; 5 showings Sundays & 10/Thursdays); included with admission. Horizon Ranch Flint Hills Immersive Experience Theater


Blue Earth Plaza


Beautiful, green park space perfect for family picnics 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 that begins the day after Thanksgiving.
Rent Flint Hills Discovery Center
Reserve Blue Earth Plaza