Outdoor Spaces

In addition to the interactive permanent exhibits, immersive experience theater, and traveling exhibit galleries, the Flint Hills Discovery Center encourages visitors to explore several outdoor spaces located at - or near - the facility. These outdoor areas feature plants iconic to prairie landscape and reminiscent of the Flint Hills.

Rooftop Terraces

The rooftop terraces of the building are part of the City of Manhattan’s park system. The third floor terrace - accessible from inside the center's lobby via the stairs or elevator, or using the exterior ramp and stairs - includes comfortable outdoor seating. This space is open to the public and visitors are invited to enjoy the area for free. It is open from 7AM - 10PM.

Blue Earth Plaza

Blue Earth Plaza is located across the street from the Flint Hills Discovery Center's front entry. As a centerpiece to the Entertainment District in Downtown Manhattan, this City Park includes a large water feature with a display of music-synchronized laminar jets, a warming fireplace, event plaza and seasonal shade structure composed of three large triangular sails. Blue Earth Plaza is the perfect setting for a picnic before or after your visit.

Host Your Next Event Here

Each of these spaces are available to rent, visit the Rentals page to learn more.