The Flint Hills Discovery Center explores the geology, biology and cultural history of the Flint Hills - the last remaining tallgrass prairie in North America.


Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm; Sun 12-5 pm
Open 363 days a year! *Closed on Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day

Contact Information

315 S 3rd Street
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785-587-2726

Location Type

Interpretive Signs
Natural Area

Site Info

Bus / RV Parking
Group Meeting Room
Group Tours
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

Flint Hills Discovery Center showcases the tallgrass prairie that drew pro-slavery and free-state settlers. Santa Fe and Smoky Hill trails run through the ecoregion and were used by settlers to travel to Kansas and other western states.

This is a must see attraction that will educate and entertain visitors of every age, with our multi-media, interactive exhibits, outdoor terrace, Gift Store and traveling exhibits that change throughout the year.

Visit the discovery center today and check out our permanent and temporary exhibitions suited for all ages.

We want to educate everyone about the unique ecosystem of the tallgrass prairie, inspire visitors to become actively engaged in exploring firsthand the Flint Hills region and all it has to offer and ultimately, to become better stewards of this important ecosystem.

We offer a variety of children's programs, adult workshops, lectures open to the public, special events and so much more.

Manhattan is a vibrant, growing hub of shopping, arts, dining and culture.


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