Information about Manhattan in Riley County Kansas

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General Information & History


Riley County CourthouseManhattan, Kansas Manhattan is the county seat of Riley County. The city has a population of 50,002 and the county is home to 63,019 people.

Located at the intersection of the Big Blue and Kansas Rivers, Manhattan is just nine miles north of Interstate 70, and is served by Highways 18 and 177 and U.S. Highway 24. Highway 177, connecting Manhattan with Interstate 70, makes access to Manhattan as simple as turning off the Interstate. Nestled in the heart of the scenic Flint Hills, Manhattan is a thriving center for trade, education, government, health care and entertainment. The Manhattan area features an excellent university, respected army post, fine arts, the beauty of nature, exciting sports teams and a wide range of other amenities and attractions.

Manhattan is known as the "Little Apple" and is found 120 miles west of Kansas City just off of Interstate I-70. The community serves a three-county, 200,000-population regional area as a leader in education, trade, health care, entertainment, and communication. The area boasts a number of attractions including Tuttle Creek Lake offering 15,000 acres of boating, water-skiing, fishing and public hunting land; the Konza Prairie Tallgrass Preserve; Marianna Beach Art Museum located at the corner of the Kansas State University and the historic Aggieville shopping district; world class golf facilities and a vibrant Arts in the Park series.

Nearby Fort Riley was founded in the mid-1800s and is a permanent military post and important regional partner. Fort Riley has long been one of the nation's largest U.S. Army military installations. Today the military reservation covers approximately 101,000 acres.


Approximate driving time to Manhattan from
Abilene, KS 30 mins Oklahoma City, OK 5 hrs
Dallas, TX 8 hrs Omaha, NE 3 hrs
Denver, CO 8 hrs St. Louis, MO 6 hrs
Kansas City, MO 2 hrs Topeka, KS 1 hrs
Lincoln, NE 2 hrs Wichita, KS 2.4 hrs


Manhattan Regional Airport (785) 537-1188
Kansas Air Center (785) 776-1991

It has never been easier to get to Manhattan. Aside from the several highway systems used to enter Manhattan, there are a variety of other transportation options available. Manhattan offers flight service out of Manhattan Regional Airport. Flights running from Manhattan Regional to Kansas City International Airport are offered several times per day. US Airways Express, and two rental car agencies operate out of the passenger terminal.

Bus Service

ATA Bus (785) 537-6345

ATA Bus is an inter-county bus service established in 1976. Public transport is granted on demand and is subsidized by the state, county and city governments. The service offers a scheduled grocery run on Thursdays and a twice-monthly all-county run. Occasional trips to Topeka are also available.

Taxi Service

Bell Taxi Transportation, Inc. (800) 826-8294
Taxi-4-Less (785) 776-5508
Yellow Cab Company (785) 537-2080

In addition, there are several taxi services that operate in Manhattan, and Greyhound Bus Lines, which offers morning and evening arrivals and departures.


Kansas State University

Manhattan Area Technical College

Manhattan Christian College

Bellus Acadomy

Manhattan Catholic Schools

Flint Hills Christian School

Manhattan-Ogden Public Schools USD 383

Wamego USD 320

Rock Creek USD 323

Riley USD 378

Blue Valley USD 384

Downtown Manhattan KansasRecreation and Play

As for recreation, the community has an abundance of public parks and sports facilities, including the American Zoo and Aquarium Association-accredited Sunset Zoo and an 18-hole public golf course, one public 9-hole executive course and one private golf course. Colbert Hills Golf Course, the first PGA Collegiate course and an Audubon Signature Gold course, opened in the spring of 2000 in partnership with Kansas State University. Area public parks provide countless recreational opportunities to persons of all ages. In addition, the community boasts an exceptional trail system suitable for biking or walking and is accessible to people with disabilities. The trail is currently nine (9) miles in length and circles half of the community.

Tuttle Creek

Located near Manhattan in northeast Kansas, Tuttle Creek State Park offers visitors a broad variety of outdoor recreation possibilities and plenty of room to roam. Tuttle Creek Reservoir is the state's second largest impoundment, offers 12,500 acres of water and approximately 100 miles of rugged, wooded shoreline to explore. There are four units (River Pond, Cedar Ridge, Fancy Creek and Randolph) that make up the 1,200 - acre park. Electric and water hookups, a swimming beach, boat ramps, courtesy docks, cabins, numerous nature trails, a mountain biking trail, and a scenic equestrian trail offer explorers a variety of routes to experience the aesthetic Flint Hills environment.

Milford Lake

Sitting next to Junction City, Milford Lake is the largest man-made lake in Kansas; it was authorized by Congress in 1954 and constructed by the Corps of Engineers in the early 1960s. It provides flood control, navigation, improved water quality, water supply, recreation, plus fish and wildlife benefits. On average, half a million people visit Milford Lake each year. Eleven parks offer camping, picnicking, swimming, boat ramps and fishing access. Approximately 23,000 acres are managed for wildlife and hunting opportunities. Milford is home to the 2005 World Series of Walleye Fishing, the PWT Mercury Championship, the Kansas State Ahern Scholarship Tournament, and the 2005 Governor's Cup.

Manhattan Planning and Progress

The City of Manhattan continues to work in its commitment to sound, progressive, and forward-thinking municipal planning. Significant development in the 1980s included a $60 million public-private constructed, 300,000 square foot enclosed shopping mall in downtown Manhattan. In the past decade, the community has developed the Manhattan Corporate Technology Park,  a new airport terminal at the Manhattan Regional Airport, and a new 80-acre Northeast Community Park. Currently, the City is working on a new major downtown redevelopment initiative to enhance the development north and south of the Manhattan Town Center Mall. 

Mercy Regional Health Center

Health services are offered through two consolidated hospitals, the Riley County/Manhattan Health Department, three medical clinics and over 100 medical doctors provide health care services to the community. Mercy Regional Health Center is an acute care facility licensed to operate 150 beds in two facilities. This private, not-for-profit organization was created to reflect the combined strength of healthcare of St. Mary's and Memorial Hospital in 1996. The primary mission of the organization is to promote community health by providing quality, compassionate healthcare services that embrace our values of quality, human dignity, and community. We define "quality" as the ongoing search for excellence that is demonstrated by working together with respect, cooperation, and professionalism. Mercy is committed to meeting our community's healthcare needs through a quality, compassionate, modernized healthcare delivery system which includes more than 100 physicians and over 700 employees serving the people of Manhattan and the surrounding areas with a wide range of quality health and wellness services. It is that quality of life that retains and attracts citizens to the beautiful Flint Hills. Quality of life is the perception of home. As with most people, continually improving and making home the very best quality and the most comfortable is exactly what Mercy Regional Health Center's expansion efforts are about. It is our vision to provide the very best quality healthcare in the United States right here in the heartland.

Fort Riley

Derived from the location at the confluence of the Republican and Smoky Hill rivers, Junction City is influenced by historic Fort Riley. Fort Riley came into existence in 1852 as Camp Center. In 1853 the camp was renamed after Major General Bennett Riley. From its gates, the cavalry rode to such famous campaigns as Beecher's Island, Washita River Fight, and the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Fort Riley stood as the major horse cavalry training school in the country, and was boasted as one of the best in the world. Camp Funston and Camp Forsyth, two sections of today's post, were vital training areas during both world wars when modernization changed the country's need to a mechanized cavalry. The First Infantry Division, more commonly known as the Big Red One, or the Fighting First, came to Fort Riley from Germany in 1955, and returned to Germany in 1995. Today, Fort Riley is known as the home of America's Army, and is home to the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) – the Victory Division. The Big Red One returned to Fort Riley in the fall of 2006.


Manhattan provides you with 141 restaurant choices for your dining pleasure. Here are the top 20 restaurants recommended from TripAdvisor.

Harry's Restaurant

So Long Saloon

Radina's Coffeehouse & Roastery

The Chef Cafe

Baan Thai

Taco Lucha

Wahoo Fire & Ice Grill

Little Apple Brewing Company

Rock-A-Belly Bar & Deli

CoCo Bolos

Cox Bros. BBQ

Longhorn Steakhouse

della Voce

UMI Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Olive Garden

Carlos O'Kelly's

Happy Valley Chinese Restaurant

Wabash Bar & Grill

McAlister's Deli


Manhattan offers a variety of shops and boutiques for your shopping adventures. From antiques to boots you will find what you desire here in Manhattan.  Here are a few fabulous locations we recommend. Happy Shopping!

Manhattan Town Center Mall

Manzanita Art & Antiques

Hazel Hill Chocolate Traditions

Brown's Shoe Fit Co.

Dick's Sporting Goods

Celebrations of the Heart



Best Buy

Hobby Lobby


Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store



Borck Brothers

Pier 1 Imports



RB Outpost


The Dusty Bookshelf

GTM Sportswear


Kieu's, Inc.

Home Depot

Tractor Supply Co

Faith Furniture

Humble Abode

Ashley Furniture Homestore

Feldkamp's Furniture

Orscheln Farm and Home


Endacott Lighting

Carpet One

Golf USA