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About Manhattan, Kansas

Manhattan, KS is located in the northeastern part of Kansas, about a two hour drive west of Kansas City. Nicknamed "The Little Apple" as a play on New York’s Manhattan, The Big Apple, the city is a vibrant community of about 53,000 people. Manhattan is home to the main campus of Kansas State University, a medium sized research institution of approximately 24,000 students. The campus community has numerous opportunities for stimulating academic interaction. These include the large and diverse Division of Biology, as well as the interdepartmental programs of the Ecological Genomics Institute.

Local recreational opportunities include a large lake/park system, and the Konza Prairie Biological Station, which contains several miles of hiking trails. Manhattan is located in the scenic Flint Hills region. 

Read more about Manhattan today in the Manhattan Kansas - The Little Apple: Official Guide.

Read more about the History of Manhattan and Riley County Kansas.

Weather and Climate

Weather in Kansas can be highly variable, especially in spring and early summer. Summer temperatures average 93°F (34°C) in July with an average of 9 days a year with temperatures over 100°F (38°C). It can be very humid which can make 93°F (34°) feel like 110°F (43°C). Check out the current weather in Manhattan.

During the summer severe weather is likely and tornadoes are possible. We check forecasts regularly, provide information on severe weather safety, and will make appropriate adjustments to our program schedule to remain safe in the event of severe weather.

Weekends and Evenings in Manhattan

While the REU program and research does keep you busy, there is still some downtime during the summer.

A calendar with some of the events in Manhattan is available at the Manhattan Convention and Vistor's Bureau.

Check out what is happening at the Manhattan Arts Center.

The Arts in the Park hosted at the City Park Larry Norvell Band Shell is free and open to the public.

K-State's McCain Theater hosts traveling shows throughout the year.

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art on campus is open and free to visit. 

K-State Insect Zoo is open Tuesday through Saturday and offers a unique experience with insects from around the world. 

When you're in town, also check the Collegian, K-State's paper (weekly during the summer); the Manhattan Mercury, available in the library; and the boards around campus.