Tucked into the picturesque Minnesota River Valley in southern Minnesota, Greater Mankato is a thriving community with a wealth of activities and events to experience. Whether planning a group excursion or a solo trip, Greater Mankato is a great destination for your next adventure.
Greater Mankato’s rich culture and history are on full display in the City Center and surrounding neighborhoods with historic buildings, landmarks, museums, and galleries. Stop by the Visitor Center at 3 Civic Center Plaza and grab a map of the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, then embark on a stroll through the City Center to view this year’s exhibits and cast a vote for your favorite. Pause to take in the larger-than-life mural on the silos of Ardent Mills on Riverfront Drive. Then check out the unique shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants in Old Town and Lower North Mankato.
Nature lovers will delight in Minneopa State Park, situated along Minneopa Creek just 5 miles outside of the Mankato City Center. The park boasts a variety of natural landscapes to explore, including a stunning two-tiered waterfall, shaded creekside trails alongside sandstone cliffs, rolling grasslands that are home to a herd of bison, and the historic Seppman Mill, which dates to the 1860’s.
Cap off the day by unwinding with some local libations at one of the area’s popular breweries or wineries. Mankato Brewery’s tap room offers up-close views of the fermentation vessels which produce signature brews like Mad Butcher IPA and Kato Lager. LocAle Brewing Company’s tap room features indoor and outdoor seating with a modern vibe. Sample a flight of their seasonal brews, or go for a pint of their award-winning HibernAle. The avid viticulturist will enjoy Chankaska Creek Ranch, Winery and Distillery, located a short drive north on Highway 22. Take in beautiful, serene views from their tasting room or outdoor patio while enjoying a wine flight or hand-crafted cocktail alongside a specialty pizza made with locally sourced ingredients.
Learn more about all the great things to do and see in Greater Mankato at www.visitmankatomn.com.