A classic college town
Most colleges can boast about a scenic backdrop, picturesque quad,
and bustling student union. But then there are the places known as
“college towns,” where activities revolve largely around the school and
residents are loyal followers of the hometown university. When it comes
to classic college towns,
the Little Apple ranks among the best.
Although considerably smaller than its New York namesake (pop. 1.6
million), Manhattan (pop. 50,000) has blossomed into a diversified city
with urban amenities while retaining its small-town appeal.
- Sample nightlife and restaurants in Aggieville, the state’s first shopping district.
- Visit Town Center Mall, with 60 specialty stores and restaurants, and the historic downtown district.
Sports and recreation
- Cheer on the Cats as they take on Big 12 Conference opponents in 16 Division I sports.
- Boat, fish, and camp at Tuttle Creek Lake, one of the Midwest's largest manmade lakes.
- Golf at Colbert Hills or Manhattan's other public course, Stagg Hill.
- Walk, jog, or bike the citywide trails and parks.
- Play at one of the best softball and soccer complexes in Kansas.
- Take a class in ballroom dance, financial management, or Indian cooking at the UFM Community Learning Center.
What they’re saying about Manhattan
Manhattan's quality of life has won national recognition.
CNNMoney.com rates the area as one of the 10 best places in America to
retire young. And Men's Journal picks Manhattan as one of the 50 best places to live in America.
How to find us
Manhattan is two hours west of Kansas City, two hours north of
Wichita, and an hour east of Salina. Once here you’re no more than 10
minutes away from anywhere in the city, including landmarks, museums,
and other tourist destinations.