Sunflower Summer

Sunflower Summer is a program of Kansas Tourism for Kansas residents May 25 - August 11, 2024.

This is a great way to explore our state with free admission to various museums, zoos, historical attractions, and nature centers. Have even more fun by participating in the Manhattan Passport for prizes!

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Flint Hills Discovery Center

Flint Hills Discovery Center

What is the Flint Hills Discovery Center?

Flint Hills Discovery Center is a dynamic tribute to the 10,000 square miles of tallgrass prairie of the geologic Flint Hills that surround 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," then head to the rooftop for a panorama view of Manhattan. Be sure to check out the temporary exhibits upstairs while you're there.

Discovery center

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

Flint Hills Discovery Center Exhibits 

During your exploration, you'll discover several dynamic exhibits like The Voices of the Flint Hills, Winds of the Past, Fanning the Flames, Underground Forest and many more! The Flint Hills Discovery Center also hosts several temporary exhibitions in the Tallgrass and Mezzanine Galleries located on the second floor. Click here to see what's currently featured.