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Posted on March 20, 2020 at 2:12 PM by Tarra Rotstein
Spring into fun and head to Manhattan. Manhattan is full of greenery and warm weather during the spring months. Enjoy the great outdoors with trails that line the Kansas river, take advantage of the exceptional weather and eat outside and experience al the newness of spring at weekly events.
Looking for somewhere to dine outdoors? Because what’s better than an outdoor eating experience. Dine at AJ’s NY Pizzeria in downtown and grab a selfie with the Incite Mural a part of their patio or gain an eagle’s view of downtown from the Tallgrass Tap House Rooftop seating. In Aggieville, enjoy sipping an iced latte of sorts from Radina’s patio, or experience unique taco flavors outside at Taco Lucha. Find rooftop seating and often times entertainment at Gordo’s on Moro Street. Looking to experience outdoor eating minus the sun, checkout Rock-A-Belly Bar & Deli’s outdoor seating just behind their building or sit in Coco Bolos half outdoor seating that is covered. Both Bluestem Bistro and Bluestem Grill have outdoor seating whether you want to look at the Bill Snyder Family Stadium or catch the action of the ‘ville. Nothing beats an evening dessert run to Mr. K’s Café & bar, where they have outdoor seating and often small “bon fires” to enjoy cookie bakes and drinks, this mimics the camping feel without all the work.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast but haven’t visited Manhattan, you’re missing out on all the fun! Bicyclists checkout the Linear Trails that hug the Kansas River for an afternoon adventure. Hikers don’t miss one of the only tall grass prairie’s and head out to the Konza. Find fishing fun out at the Tuttle Creek Lake or Rocky Ford Outdoor Recreation Area. Motorcyclists check out “Rider Motorcycling at it’s Best” for route suggestions that allow you to take in the Flint Hills and keep you safe.
Part of the awe of a Kansas spring is all of the new growth outside and the plants. The K-State Gardens is the perfect way to capture all the newness of spring in a quick way. Hike the Konza and check out the dozens of flower species blooming in the spring, specifically the Missouri Evening Primrose in crevices of the flint rock outcroppings. This pink bloom closes in the evening and opens again in the morning. The Liquid Art Winery’s gorgeous vineyard backdrop makes for a beautiful sight in the spring as you sip on some local Kansas wine.
Spring means lots of vibrant weekly events feel the spring spirit at these weekly Manhattan Farmers Market in Downtown Manhattan. They have a variety of vendors selling goods such as, fruits, vegetables, breads, pastries, soaps, wood, meats, beading, sewn creations and more each Saturday morning 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Britt’s Garden Acres in Manhattan has fresh flowers for purchase and you pick strawberries and blackberries in late spring through the summer. Third Thursdays is a weekly gathering of local artists, performers and exhibits in Downtown Manhattan Starting May 21, 2020. Finish the evening at one of Manhattan’s local eateries.
How do you plan on celebrating the start of spring? Outdoors with an adventure, taking in the great weather at one of your favorite eateries, or seeing the flowery views?
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