Experience why Manhattan’s Flint Hills Discovery Center is the most unique venue in town! We now offer three different location options. All in downtown Manhattan near hotels, restaurants and shops.
Discover the iconic architecture and unique design that exists within the Discovery Center. Enjoy the breath-taking views from our Rooftop Terrace, or explore the ever-changing exhibits. After hours, host the ultimate, exclusive event - a private evening in our exhibits and galleries. Our gorgeous three-story facility will serve as an extraordinary backdrop for any event!
Discovery the charm of the historic Union Pacific Depot. It is a storybook setting for your special event. Perfect for more intimate gatherings of less than 70 guests.
Discover the beauty of Blue Earth Plaza. Gather under the covered patio or relax on the great lawn, Blue Earth Plaza is perfect for daytime fun or an evening under the stars.
Whether it’s a business meeting, shower, graduation or birthday celebration, we have the perfect facility space to fit your special event and special packages with reduced admission rates. From elegant weddings to casual gatherings, our accommodating staff is here to make your vision a reality.
The Flint Hills Discovery Center is a one of a kind venue for your special day with opportunities for outdoor or indoor events. The rental includes the Rooftop Terrace offers a spectacular view of Manhattan and the Kansas River Valley, access to both floors of exhibits, two private dressing rooms and children's play area. Depending upon the set up we are able to seat 200 for a ceremony, 240 for a seated dinner and up to 500 for a stand up reception. Rental is a seven hour time slot between 5:00 PM and midnight with earlier access to some areas.
Enjoy a private evening at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Your guest have access to explore both floors of exhibits, children's play area, theater and entry atrium. Rental is a three hour time slot between 5:00 PM and midnight and may be extended at an hour rate. The capacity is 200 for a seated dinner, 400 for a stand up reception.
Attendees: 10-200 Attendees: 10-200 |$225Per Hour
Planted in prairie grasses and flowers with views of Manhattan and the Kansas River valley the rooftop terrace is a unique options for wedding ceremonies or receptions, or receptions for businesses and organizations. Available from 4:00 PM to midnight with a capacity of 150 for seated dinner, 280 for a wedding ceremony or 200 for a stand up reception.
Our private rooms are available for daytime and evening meetings, socials, showers, birthday parties and other special events. The capacity is 26 for a conference meeting, 36 for a meeting at rounds, 48 for dinner or 55 for a stand up reception. Rooms may be combined for larger reception capacity or with the rooftop terrace rental. Complimentary AV is available. Room rental plus exhibit access packages are available.
Birthday Party Package
Attendees: 10-50 Attendees: 10-50 |$250Per Event
Birthday Party Package
Let us take care of everything with our Birthday Party Package. The package includes a two hour room rental, 30 passes, cake, ice cream and drinks. A staff person will host and lead activities.
Union Pacific Depot
Attendees: 10-70 Attendees: 10-70 |$45Per Hour
Union Pacific Depot
Enjoy the historic charm of the Union Pacific Depot. Restored by the City of Manhattan the depot once served travelers from around the country and world. Now it serves as a unique event venue. Available from 8:00 AM to midnight with a capacity of 62 seated, 70 standing.
Reserve our comfortable space for your event. Life’s Finer Moments has a beautiful event lodge and rental cabins available for your wedding, reunion, reception, meeting, and much more! Cabins are available for separate rental or in combination with your special lodge event. We are on 40 acres, so use our outdoor space for unlimited capacity!
Blue Vista is set to open May 2018!
When you come to Blue Vista, feel the weight lift from your shoulders as you immerse yourself in the Flint Hills and jaw-dropping lake views. Our clean lines, huge windows onto the natural landscape, and flexible spaces let you create your vision for the big day with whatever support you need from us. Whether it's a sense of exhilaration, serenity, or both, you'll know that you've taken this chance to get away from it all to make and strengthen deep, lasting connections with friends and family. And with lodging on site, you don't have leave to get away from the party for your own private moments.
Blue Vista - unplug and reconnect.
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