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 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.

Flint Hills Discovery Center Reopening

  • Reopening Tuesday June 23, 2020 under reduced hours to allow for extra cleaning and safety measures
  • New Hours; Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. and Monday closed. 
  • New limited hours will allow for additional cleaning and safety measures during this time
  • Learn more about the reopening here

On Exhibit Now

  • Animationland: Empowers visitors of all ages to experiment, learn and tell their own stories through animation. On exhibit from September 19 - January 3.

Coming Soon to FHDC

  • Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action: Get active and get your heart pumping! This exhibit invites visitors into action adventure scenes where they can jump into action start training. Coming January 16 - May 2, 2021. 
  • Hands on Harley Davidson: Acceleration, speed, friction and gravity all play a crucial role in having your best ride! Embrace your inner engineer and learn all about Harley Davidson. Coming May 15 - September 5, 2021. 
  • Dinosaur Discoveries: Dive into the world of dinosaurs as this exhibit reveals how they lived, moved and behaved. Touchable fossil casts, life-size models, interactive stations and more let you explore modern day technologies. Coming September 17, 2021 - January 2, 2022. 

Immersive Experience Theater 

Introductory 15-minute presentation plays several times each day 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 the 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