A staycationer’s guide to spring break in MHK

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Konza Prairie 3700 Pillsbury Dr, Manhattan KS on March 14, 2018 (Hasan Albasari | Collegian Media Group)

Spring break is upon us. While others are headed home, or going on extravagant vacations, not everyone has that plan. It can seem like a boring week is headed your way, Instead of staying in, watching Netflix all week, check out these five cool spots around town.

1. The Konza Prairie

The Konza Prairie Nature Trails are a great way to get outdoors over break. The beautiful scenery will give anyone a break from the monotony of life. The Konza offers three different trail lengths. It is located just off of McDowell Creek Rd., just 20 minutes away from K-State campus. The trails offer a moderate walk with some steep hills, so make sure to wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable shoes proper to the terrain. The trail has a two dollar suggested donation for trail maintenance, so it is a cost efficient way to spend a day. The trails are open from dawn to dusk every day. Take a trip out of the normal and check out some amazing scenery.

2. Pillsbury Crossing

Pilsbury Crossing is a waterfall area along Deep Creek. The waterfall is 60 feet long, and five feet high. There is also beautiful area to canoe, kayak, or walk in the water. Rocks can be pretty slippery, and can be sharp, so care must be taken. Pillsbury crossing is located on Pillsbury Crossing Lane, and is around ten minutes away from campus. There is also a fishing area for catfish, spotted bass, largemouth bass, and carp. Pillsbury Crossing is open 24 hours, and completely free to the public. Spend a warm day over break relaxing by the water,

3. Flint Hills Discovery Center

The Discovery Center has many interactive exhibits that educate on the Flint Hills in their beautiful building. It also has an immersive theater constantly showing 15 minute documentaries throughout the day. It is located on South 3rd St. and is about five minutes away from K-State campus, and is easily accessible to all with easy and free parking. The Flint Hills Discovery Center is open 363 days a year and is nine dollars for adult entry. If you are interested in learning more about the region, the Discovery Center is a great place to learn.

4. The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, located on campus showcases different art exhibits year round. The current exhibits include “Here and Now,” and “Water Stories, by Lynn Benson” along with their other exhibits. “Here and Now” is an exhibit featuring works from 15 different K-State Art faculty members. These exhibits were created in the past two years and feature the disciplines of ceramics, drawing, fibers, graphic design, painting, photography, sculpture, and new media. “Water Stories, By Lynn Benson,” shows Benson’s “Waterplaces project,” 101 drawings on vellum paper. The museum is free to the public and offers a day’s worth of art entertainment.

5. The Sunset Zoo

The Sunset Zoo, is located on Oak St. in Manhattan, just five minutes from campus! It has exhibits to please any animal enthusiast. The zoo has amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, fish, and more to explore! During March, the zoo is open from noon to 5 p.m. offering plenty of time to get the most bang for your buck. At five dollars for admission, it is also a cost efficient way to spend an afternoon. Explore your wild side this spring break.

There you have it, a spring break staycation with five, fun-filled activities to keep your break exciting! All for under $20! Who says staying in Manhattan has to be boring?

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