The Fort Riley Army installation is a great location to be stationed. Located in the center of Kansas, this post has easy access to a number of fantastic sites and activities in America's heartland.
Whether your family will be new residents to this area or you've lived here for years and want to know what else you should explore, local Corvias staff have compiled a list of their favorite must-see and must-do activities for anyone who lives at this engaging location.
"Tuttle Creek Lake is just to the north."
Relocation to Fort Riley
Fort Riley is located in the north-central region of Kansas, just north of Junction City. The installation is framed to the west by the beautiful Milford Lake and Milford State Park. Tuttle Creek Lake is just to the north of the area as well.
While the area has some fantastic natural elements nearby, it's also not hard to get into the city for a night on the town or to catch a show. Topeka is only an hour east and Kansas City is just a stone's throw from there.
On-post housing accommodations provided by Corvias Military Living allow you to find the perfect style of home to meet your family's needs. Great neighborhoods and engaging communities will help you feel right at home, and a number of Corvias-provided amenities will make it easy to settle in and get everything up and running in no time.
Fort Riley Elementary School is one of several great facilities to send any children from kindergarten to fifth grade, with nearby Fort Riley Middle School taking the sixth through eighth-graders. The Fort Riley Elementary School even holds an 8 out of 10 rating on the Great Schools list, so you can rest assured that your children will receive quality educations.
Fun Facts about the Fort Riley Area
- Fort Riley has been an active army installation since 1853.
- The post was named after Major General Bennet C. Riley.
- Over the years, many notable Americans have been stationed at the Fort Riley post at some point, including baseball player Jackie Robinson and the legendary General George Custer.
- There are many historical locations in and around the post, including the U.S. Cavalry Museum, Custer Home and the Old Trooper Monument.
"The Konza Prairie is a beautiful nature preserve."
Must-Do Staff Recommendations
Along with all of the fantastic historical sites on post, there are many great attractions for residents to explore across the region. The Konza Prairie is a beautiful nature preserve located just a few miles east of Fort Riley. There's a biological station that's used by researchers from around the world who come to study the Konza Prairie, along with hiking trails for visitors who want to immerse themselves in the historic grasslands of Kansas.
If you're looking for some fun by the water, nearby Milford Lake is the perfect place to visit. The largest lake in Kansas is a wonderful spot for fishing, swimming and boating. The adjacent Milford State Park is a great place for camping, hunting or simply sitting and having a picnic! If traditional camping isn't your style, the cabins at Acorns Resort may be a great option for you.
Manhattan Hill is a spectacular place to sit and view the Kansas landscape and the city of Manhattan. The hill is located just west of Highway 24. You can't miss it – giant concrete white letters spell out "Manhattan" on the side.
Another breathtaking natural sight to see is the Geary Lake Falls. Only visible at certain times of the year when the Geary State Fishing Lake overflows, the area around the falls offers great walking paths.
Looking to catch a show? There's no better place to do so in the area than at the Junction City Little Theatre. The oldest community theater in Kansas puts on fantastic performances all year long. You can catch comedies, dramas and musicals, depending on which production is live at the time. Have a young thespian at home? Your kids are sure to love joining the JCLT summer theater workshop! They even have scholarships available to qualifying families.
Another great place for some live theater is the CL Hoover Opera House, located in nearby Junction City. Numerous other events, including dance performances, stand up comedy and magic shows have also been hosted at the Opera House.
Sports enthusiasts can't miss catching a football game at Kansas State University. For those who like to participate in the activities themselves, Wildcat Creek Sports Complex is a great place to play golf, hit a few at the batting cages or try a round of foot golf.
"Try the interactive puzzle of Locked, Manhattan."
Adventurous types are sure to love the Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park. With seven different zipline trails, your family will soar on these air-born tours above the trees. Hiking trails are available for those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground.
For a different kind of adventure, try the interactive puzzle of Locked, Manhattan. Your group is given an hour to figure out the clues to release yourself from a locked room, with rotating themes like The Dinner Party or The Witching Hour. The Flint Hills Discovery Center is another great place to test your brain with interactive exhibits and fun learning opportunities for people of all ages.
Must-Eat Staff Recommendations
After all that activity of exploring the area, you're sure to work up an appetite! If you like New Mexican food, or modern takes on the usual standbys, you'll love Coco Bolos. From Mexican Carnita Torta to the stacked enchiladas, this impressive menu is sure to help you find a new favorite.
If you're craving tacos then you'll want to visit Taco Lucha in Manhattan. Choose from a number of specialties like the black and bleu taco, buffalo chicken or the classic El Mexican.
Head over to the So Long Saloon if you're in the mood for something Western, where you can have classics like fish tacos or new creations like the peanut butter burger. Big D's Burger Shack also has some legendary burgers, sandwiches and tasty fried pickles.
"Treat your sweet tooth to homemade ice cream."
An elegant evening out calls for a meal at Munson's Prime. Treat your spouse to a four-course meal at this gourmet steakhouse with specialties like juicy ribeyes, t-bones or porterhouse cuts.
The Little Apple Brewing Company also serves a fantastic steak, along with a fine selection of homebrewed beers from pale ales to creamy stouts.
Looking for something European? Try Della Voce and their amazing spread of Spanish and Italian cuisines, like fig and prosciutto fettuccine or the portobello polenta. They also serve a fantastic brunch with delicious dishes like lemon-ricotta pancakes, smoked duck eggs benedict and lobster scrambled eggs.
No matter where you swing by for dinner, be sure to treat your sweet tooth to homemade ice cream at Call Hall Dairy Bar, located on the Kansas State campus.
- Topeka, Kansas, is about one hour away
- Kansas City, Missouri, is about two hours away
- Wichita, Kansas, is about two hours away
- Omaha, Nebraska, is about three hours away
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is about four hours away
- Tulsa, Oklahoma, is about four and half hours away
- Branson, Missouri, is about five hours away
- Des Moines, Iowa, is about five hours away
- Denver, Colorado, is about six and a half hours away