For a city with fewer than 60k people, Manhattan has an incredible array of recreational activities. For this article, we've rounded up a list of area clubs to get together with friends and enjoy summer living.
Colbert Hills Champions Club
Ranked the #1 public course in Kansas and a top 20 collegiate course in the nation by Golf Digest, Colbert Hills is a public golf course with all the amenities of a private course. Built on the rolling, emerald Flint Hills, Colbert offers exhilarating elevation changes and picturesque views. The course earned the Audubon International Certified Silver Signature Sanctuary for its commitment to sustainability. colberthills.com
Manhattan Men's Garden Club
Meeting every third Thursday at 7:30pm, the Manhattan Men's Garden Club is a group of enthusiastic gardeners united in sharing horticultural & environmental education. The club regularly hosts speakers from K-State Research and Extension. The club volunteers in the community at the Flint Hills Breadbasket, the Riley County Seniors Services Center, and Manhattan Community Gardens, a cooperative gardening project located in south Manhattan. riley.k-state.edu/lawn-garden/local-garden-clubs/index.html
Adult Pickleball Club
America's fastest growing sport, pickleball is a blend of badminton, ping pong, and tennis, played with paddles and a lightweight, perforated ball. The City of Manhattan Parks & Rec hosts an Adult Pickleball Club for folks of any age. The club meets at the Frederick Douglass Activity Center weekdays 8am-12pm, and participation is free. mhkprd.com/157/Lifelong-Recreation-50
Flint Hills Jeep Club
The Flint Hills Jeep Club is a non-profit, family-oriented club dedicated to safe and environmentally-responsible offroading. In addition to monthly meetings, the club hosts out-of-state trips, charitable activities, and an annual Christmas party, including a highly successful Toys for Tots drive. As members of the Tread Lightly program, the club participates in Adopt-a-Trail and cleanup days at Kansas Rocks Park and Tuttle Creek ORV (Off-Road Vehicle) Park. The club welcomes those new to the sport! flinthillsjeepclub.com
This members-only club, discretely located Downtown, and offering a 1920’s-era speakeasy experience, celebrated its seventh anniversary in March. In that time, the Speakeasy has quickly become a local favorite for a reason: the vibe, the service, and the drinks which cannot be topped. The bartenders are experts in their craft, and put special care and passion into every single drink. Monthly membership commitment spends start around a hundred dollars a month, and include things like a private, keycard entrance, and the ability to make reservations.