Kansas State University (K-State) Student Bucket List

As the spring semester is quickly approaching its end, Kansas State University (K-State) students who will be graduating in May are trying to take advantage of their final weeks in Manhattan. To make things a little easier, the list below attempts to cover the overall Manhattan and K-State student experience, in alphabetical order.

  • Aggieville: Visit, explore, shop, eat dinner, and have a drink or two with friends in the oldest shopping district in Kansas. Originally consisting of just Varney’s Book Store, the six-square blocks of Aggieville have grown and thrived alongside the university, hosting celebrations after big sporting victories, as well as the annual Homecoming Parade.
  • Bill Snyder Family Stadium: Few names are as synonymous to K-State and Manhattan as legendary football coach, Bill Snyder. Join the College Football Hall of Fame member and the rest of his self-proclaimed family (K-State students, alumni, and fans) to cheer on the Wildcats in the largest student section with the best seats in the Big 12.
  • Call Hall: The Call Hall Dairy Bar is one of the more notable and unique locations on K-State’s campus. Try one of Call Hall’s many ice cream flavors, like Purple Pride, that are produced through the university’s farm units.
  • Discover K-State’s Campus: While K-State students obviously spend a lot of time on campus, many don’t take the time to explore outside of their own buildings. The Manhattan campus alone covers 556 acres, not including the agricultural teaching and research facilities.
  • Eat at the Little Grill: Nestled near Tuttle Creek Dam, the Little Grill brings Jamaican dining to Manhattan. Visit the restaurant to try something new and enjoy some live entertainment by one of the owners, Kenrick.
  • Flint Hills Discovery Center: Opened to the public in 2012, the Discovery Center was created to celebrate the ecology, geology, and cultural history of the Flint Hills.
  • Goodnow House State Historic Site: Visit The Goodnow House, home of Isaac and Ellen Goodnow, freestaters who helped found Manhattan and established the college that eventually became Kansas State University.
  • Have a picnic on Manhattan Hill: From the top of Manhattan Hill, known for the large stone letters spelling out “Manhattan,” you can see the original section of the city, as well as K-State’s campus to the west. The site it easily accessible, with parking close by.
  • Ice Skate at City Park: The Jon & Ruth Ann Wefald Pavilion in the northeast section of City Park becomes home to an indoor ice rink each fall and winter to offer a year-round activity option in the center of town.
  • Johnny Kaw: Whether you visit the statue in City Park, or go to  the bar in Aggieville, make sure to pay homage to the mythical Kansas farmer who created and settled the Kansas territory.
  • Konza Prairie: Take a hike through the native tallgrass prairie preserve that covers much of eastern Kansas and enjoy the views of the Flint Hills, Kansas River Valley, and maybe even some Kansas bison.
  • Linear Trail: Walk, jog, run, or bike on Manhattan’s 9.5 mile Linear Trail, that encompasses about two-thirds of the city’s border.
  • McCain Auditorium: Attend one of the many performances held each semester at McCain Auditorium on K-State’s campus. McCain has hosted hundreds of performances since its opening, bringing culture from around the world to Manhattan.