We Make Weddings Fun and Memorable

Our three unique facilities - the Flint Hills Discovery Center, Union Pacific Depot, and Blue Earth Plaza - offer couples a variety of options perfect to celebrate their special day. 

Discover Our Venues

All-Inclusive & Extraordinary | Flint Hills Discovery Center
Begin your festivities with a stunning rooftop ceremony on the terrace of the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Dine inside, under the moon, in our exhibit space, and then dance into the evening under the glowing lights of the 60-foot glass atrium. Your guests will also enjoy exclusive, after-hours access to the Flint Hills Discovery Center's interactive exhibits (fun for all ages!).  

Romantic Charm | Union Pacific Depot
Serving the Manhattan community for over 100 years, the Union Pacific Depot is a charming location for your wedding. The space is ideal for more intimate ceremonies and receptions, and will delight your guests with historic surroundings as they dine and dance the night away.

Relaxed Outdoors | Blue Earth Plaza
If outdoor, casual is more your vibe, the Blue Earth Plaza is the perfect space. Begin your special day with a ceremony nestled against the stone fireplace or set in the park's large, open green space. Then enjoy the sounds of the public water feature as your guests enjoy dinner and dancing under the covered patio area.

Can't Decide? Need Pictures?
Consider booking multiple venues to make your vision a reality! Our knowledgeable staff are here to help you find the perfect fit. You can also visit our Rental Venues page or our Pinterest to learn more and see pictures of the spaces.

Wedding Rentals 

When you host your event with us, your rental includes:
  • On-site event staff to help with your special day
  • Venues that surround your guests within the beauty of the Flint Hills
  • Free parking and no catering fee 
  • Tables and chairs with set up (FHDC & Depot)
  • Several hotels within walking distance
  • LEED Certified Green Building (FHDC)
Flint Hills Discovery Center and Union Pacific Depot rentals include tables and chairs. In all facilities, the renter is responsible for linens and decorations. Alcohol may be served at each venue. An approved caterer is required for events with more than 75 guests or cash bar.
  1. Flint Hills Discovery Center
  2. Union Pacific Depot
  3. Blue Earth Plaza

Rental of the Flint Hills Discovery Center includes access to the event spaces listed in your selected option below, as well as access to public restrooms on the first and second floors, elevator, catering kitchen with microwave and refrigerator (no stove), and free parking. Free Wi-Fi is located throughout the facility and AV accommodations are available in some spaces. Trash and recycling services are provided; usage of the facility's tables and chairs are also included in the rental fee.

Full Building
Rental includes rooftop terrace, two private dressing rooms, all exhibit space, theater, children’s play area, entry atrium, and balconies.
  • Availability: Rental is a seven hour time slot between 5:00 PM and midnight with earlier access to some areas
  • Capacity: 240 seated, 500 standing
  • Fee: $2,500 Saturday, $2,000 Sunday through Friday
Exhibit Space
Rental includes all exhibit space, theater, children’s play area, entry atrium, and balcony.
  • Availability: Rental is any three hour time slot between 5:00 PM and midnight and may be extended at an hourly rate
  • Capacity: 200 seated, 500 standing
  • Fee: $1,200 three hour rental, $200 per additional hours
Rooftop Terrace
Planted in prairie grasses and flowers with views of Manhattan. Private dressing rooms may be included for additional fee.
  • Hours: 4:00 PM to midnight
  • Capacity: 150 seated, 200 standing
  • Fee: $225 per hour
Private Rooms
Available as dressing rooms. Can be rented in addition for rehearsal dinners or showers.
  • Availability: 10:00 AM to midnight
  • Capacity: 48 seated, 55 standing
  • Fee: $50 per hour, $25 per hour after hours fee
Additional Fees
  • $100 alcohol fee (if served at event)
  • $0 to $300 refundable damage deposit

Get Started Planning Your Special Day

Submit an online interest form to inquire about a venue and availability. Once received, a member of our staff will contact you to confirm details and discuss options.  

You can also contact Event Supervisor, Jonathan Mertz, at 785-587-2729 ext. 208 or by email with questions or to set up a tour of the spaces.