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Welcome to Greater Mankato where you can find adventure, delicious dining, fun entertainment and rich cultural experiences throughout all four seasons. Here, you can find charming small-town hospitality mixed with big city amenities making this the perfect destination for a fun getaway for family and friends.

It’s All So Close! We are located in the heart of southern Minnesota just 75 miles southwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro. Our community offers experiences you would expect from a major metro and the charm you can only get from a close-knit community. Whether you are enjoying Mankato for a weekend or spending a lifetime in the area, you will feel your time here was well worth it.

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Eager to expend energy outdoors?

Greater Mankato is exactly where you want to be. Opportunities for a broad array of activities, punctuated with scenic vistas of river valleys and bluffs, await outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Whether it’s the Mankato Marathon in mid-October, the Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic in late January or the Bluff Rider’s Charge in July, Mankato has what it takes to keep you active outside throughout the four seasons.

Greater Mankato's hills, lakes, and rivers provide our region with a perfect landscape for endless outdoor thrills!


Biking - Hiking - Walking

The Red Jacket Trail beckons, taking pedestrians and bicyclists from the edge of West Mankato all the way to the town of Rapidan, if you opt for the full 13-mile length—but a 1.7 mile loop is also inviting. Witness the romance of the Le Sueur River while crossing the Red Jacket Trestle Bridge at a leisurely pace— or participate in the annual Mankato River Ramble and cycle past autumnal meadows and woodlands at a faster clip.

For a shorter distance with a slightly more urban vibe, consider the Rex Macbeth River Trail. This 2.9-mile pathway follows the Minnesota River’s west bank, linking North Mankato’s Riverview Park and Mankato’s Kiwanis Park.

A wooded wonder lies within North Mankato’s Bluff Park, where a 1.2-mile loop trail leads you to a breathtaking overlook. Similarly, the 3.6-mile loop trail at Rasmussen Woods delights birdwatchers and animal-lovers. Many enjoy the rural Indian Lake Conservation Area, where a nature trail accommodates both foot traffic and horseback riders. Minneopa State Park is a gem of natural beauty for hikers, who can take the .6-mile trail to witness the full beauty of Minneopa’s double waterfalls. You’ll need to stay in your vehicle if you choose to drive along the park’s Bison Road to view the herd of roughly three dozen pure-bred American plains bison. Casual riders can rent E-bikes at Fun

Bike Rides on North Broad Street; rough riders might prefer checking out the Mankato Area BMX track or mountain biking trails at Mount Kato. Biking enthusiasts seeking a longer excursion can connect to the scenic 39-mile Sakatah Trail at Mankato.

Fulfilling your daily step goal is doable when you tackle one of two hillside stairways that stretch to Mankato’s eastern bluffs (the Pearl Street steps and the steps between North Sixth Street and Bethany Lutheran College). And discovering these lesser-known treasures is half the fun!

Or stroll through Sibley Park with curious little ones, stopping to smell the roses and observe Sibley Farm’s goats, alpacas, peacocks, horses, calves, and Koi fish.

If the weather isn’t quite cooperating, try out the Mayo Mile, an indoor walking path at Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center that’s open to public pedestrians each weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Family Fun - Teen Dreams

If you have agile teenagers to occupy, consider dropping by the YMCA Chesley Skate Park, which has both indoor and outdoor features. Gear not along? No worries; thrashers can rent helmets, pads, skateboards and rollerblades on-site before working on their ollie and shredding the gnar.

The Maverick Adventures Climbing Walls at Minnesota State University, Mankato, open to students and the public alike, will also satisfy most gens for vertical exploration.

Looking for even greater heights? Skydive Northstar is located in nearby Waseca.

During the mild summer months, take the whole clan out to the ballgame. The Mankato MoonDogs, a Northwoods League collegiate baseball team, provide an entertaining atmosphere at ISG Field filled with stick-and-ball athletic feats, a friendly mascot and plenty of beer and ballpark food!

Got birds in your binoculars? Keep your eyes up on the many county parks and trails and stop out to Williams Nature Center that features accessible paths for all. 6 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO


Bring your racket or clubs; 13 public outdoor tennis courts are scattered throughout Mankato and North Mankato, while golfers can hit the links at a local course (Terrace View Golf Course, Minneopa Golf Club or North Links Golf Course).

Snow Much Fun

Wintery temperatures and a surplus of snowfall only expand Greater Mankato’s outdoor activity options.

Dig into winter at Mount Kato, where 19 trails, eight chair lifts and a snow tubing park add up to powdery pleasure for people of all skill levels. Ski, snowboard or tube—or learn the basics at the Mount Kato Snowsports Learning Center, a PAIA/AASI-certified school.

Skaters can sample several neighborhood rinks to recreate favorite scenes from “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas” or “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland,” and warming houses at certain sites- like Wheeler Park in lower North Mankato--enhance the experience.

Summer Splashes

Summer splashes into focus, surf and sun-lovers can bliss out at North Mankato’s Spring Lake Park Swim Facility, featuring two large water slides, two kiddie slides, a toddler splash area, a zip line, a climbing wall, and two diving platforms, among other draws-everything needed to keep the entire family cool while relishing the sunshine. By 2024, Mankato’s Tourtellotte Park pool’s $6.5-million upgrade will add to area swimming amenities with water slides, a lazy river, a splash pad and an oxford, modernized bathhouse.

Kids of all ages can check out the new splash pad near Fallenstein Playground in upper North Mankato, another fantastic facility for family fun time.

Take full advantage of the summer attractions and pitch a tent or hook up the camper and stay awhile; five campgrounds are within or just outside of Mankato.

And fishing is always fly, whether on ice or waves. With more than 150 lakes within 30 minutes of Mankato, it’s no wonder the Greater Mankato area was chosen to host the 75th Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener May 12-13, 2023. Area lakes are known for their

walleye and northern pike, and the Minnesota River alone is home to more than 80 fish species. Cast your rod no further when looking for terrific fishing options.

If the great outdoors is your jam, then Greater Mankato is the plan—any time of the year.


trails & biking

For biking enthusiasts, Mankato features some of the best trails and scenic roadways in the state, featuring wide shoulders and little to moderate traffic. The Greater Mankato Area Trail System offers spectacular views of areas that may not always be explored if you stick to the roads.


Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail runs from Mankato to Faribault, totaling 41 miles with an asphalt surface. This fairly flat trail provides riders with beautiful scenery as it wanders along pastures, farmland, lakes, a forested park and Sakatah Lake State Park, featuring six great cultural pit stops.

Red Jacket Trail runs from Mankato to Rapidan, totaling 5 miles of paved

trail. As Mankato’s most popular trail, the Red Jacket Trail begins along the banks of the Minnesota River. The route utilizes three converted railroad trestles, including the Red Jacket Trestle which stands more than 80' high and 550' long.

Minneopa State Park Trail is a paved trail running from Mankato to Minneopa State Park. Once in Minneopa, there are numerous hiking trails to explore, highlighting the famous Minneopa

waterfalls. Looking to extend your adventure? Check out the Minneopa State Park Bison Drive and hiking trails.

Minnesota River Valley Trail is a paved connector between the Sakatah and Minneopa Trails. It is a multi-use trail ideal for hikers and bikers alike. The trail runs along the beautiful Minnesota River, highlighting Mankato’s prime location in the river valley.

Rasmussen Woods features a 150-acre tract perfect for hiking and observing wildlife throughout all seasons. There are over 5 miles of hiking trails inclusive with meadows, wetlands, floating trails, cliffs and a park overlook.

Mountain biking is growing in Mankato due to its geography in the river valley. There are three sustainable, environmentally friendly mountain bike trails: Kiwanis Recreation Area, Mount Kato, and Seven Mile Creek Park.


St. Clair/Eagle Lake Loop: 28 miles

Visit the nearby towns of Eagle Lake & St. Clair to get a taste of small-town charm while dining in or enjoying a picnic at the city park. Follow the Le Sueur River to visit Wildwood Park and take the nature trail across the river on a 140 ft. long swinging-foot bridge. Hike through the wooded river valley and keep an eye out for wildlife.

Lime Valley Gravel Ride: 29 miles

Ride along the bluffs of the Minnesota River toward the prairie land of Kasota. Stop at the Kasota Prairie for a picnic in the park or quick hike through the 45acre prairie along the Minnesota River and off the beaten path.

Lake Crystal Loop: 34 miles

A popular loop for bikers. Head out of town on the scenic Red Jacket Trail through the Minnesota River Valley, over the Trestle Bridge to the historic Rapidan Dam, where you’ll find a park near a small diner with award winning 8 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO

pie. For a longer trip and more river valley to ride up and down, follow the Blue Earth River south to Garden City, where the view is endless. Grab lunch in Lake Crystal or cool down in one of the lakes. For a shortcut back, bike through Minneopa State Park where you’ll find a 39 ft. waterfall, bison, and several hiking trails to explore. For a longer ride, continue to Judson Bottom Road along the Minnesota River Valley and stop at Minnemishinona Falls where you’ll see an even taller waterfall at 42 ft. Head back into town following the Minnesota River.

North Mankato Grand Prix: 20 miles

Ride the same route as the North Star Grand Prix, finishing with a grueling climb! The riders will complete multiple laps of a 20.5-mile rural circuit which uses beautiful Nicollet County roads and returns to North Mankato up the extra challenging Valerie Lane hill.

St. Clair, Smith’s Mill, Madison Lake Loop: 35 miles

Get a taste of the vast landscape of the area on this loop through town, country, lakes, and river valley. Along the way you can sample wine from a local winery, hike through wildlife management areas, or stop in one of the quaint towns for a meal or cold beverage.

North Lakes Loop: 39 miles

Tour our area lakes on quiet back country roads. Stop at one of the nine lakes you’ll pass to get your feet wet or grab a bite to eat and cool beverages on the water. Extend your trip and visit another lake by taking the North Lakes Loop Extension.

Mankato Singing Hills Loop: 15 miles

Tour the City of Mankato. Start at Riverfront Park and ride along the Minnesota River. Next, head east up the Sakatah State Trail to explore Mankato’s Hilltop. After experiencing the hilltop drop back into the river valley down the beautiful, wooded Glenwood Ave Trail. Stop for some refreshments downtown before catching the Minnesota River Valley Trail back to Riverfront Park.

North Mankato Gran Fondo: 13 miles

Take a tour of North Mankato circumnavigating the entire city. This loop will take you from the top of the bluff in Upper North to the valley floor in Lower North using a mix of trails and bicycle friendly roads. On this route you’ll ride along the Minnesota River and next to the bluffs along the Judson Bottom Road. Stop for a rest at the Minnemishinona Waterfall and cool off with a swim at Hiniker Pond.

Mankato Gran Fondo: 25 miles

Sample some of the best trails in town with this route that takes you around Mankato. Start at Riverfront Park and ride along the river on the Minnesota River Valley Trail, gently climb out of the river valley on the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail, tour the expanding East side of Mankato on new trails and low traffic roads, drop back into the River Valley with an optional stop at a local winery. After a glass of wine, find your way to the South Route Trail taking you along the south edge of Mankato. Connect to the Red Jacket Trail passing by Mount Kato and arrive back into town through the charming West Mankato neighborhood. You’ll finish up this loop riding along the Minnesota River Trail back to where it all began at Riverfront Park.

Scan code for trails map and even more information on trails and loops in Greater Mankato


area parks


As a community that provides opportunities to be active and adventurous year-round, we are proud to point out that many local parks are attractions in themselves.

Fallenstein Playground provides children of all abilities the opportunity to play. Fallenstein provides an environment where children, families, and our community can come together and grow by providing everyone the opportunity to not only access the play structures, but also engage with the structures.

Land of Memories Park features trails that wind along the Blue Earth and Minnesota Rivers and through the woods. This park is also a destination for disc golfers and wide-open spaces for all kinds of activities and events.

Campers can find access to the river as well as rustic, relaxing camping throughout 100 acres of beautiful scenery surrounding 47 camping sites for both tents and recreational vehicles.

Minneopa State Park is where you could spend hours watching the waterfalls, but you can also hike along the trails that encircle the falls, watch the birds, visit Seppman Mill, an abandoned windmill, or camp in one of the picturesque sites. A herd of 30 bison roam the enclosed 331 acres of the park. The herd is unique, having high-quality genetics descending from the type of

bison Lewis and Clark gazed upon in the 1830s. Visitors can drive through the park to catch a glimpse of these beautiful giants.

Red Jacket Valley Park is a scenic area designed for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, and picnicking. There is a beach area on the south side of the pond and wooded walking trails throughout the park. Across the road is access to the Red Jacket Trail and Red Jacket Trestle Bridge where you can access the Le Sueur River. The park is located 2.5 miles southwest of Mankato city limits along Old Hwy 66 (CSAH 1). The pond contains sunfish, crappies, perch, and northerns for some fun fishing.

Riverfront Park has been recognized as one of Minnesota’s best outdoor music venues. It plays host to a variety of events and festivals for people to enjoy. The Grand Lawn, Vetter Stone Amphitheater, canoe landing, trailhead building, playground, and public art are just some of the amenities to be enjoyed at the park. The Minnesota River Trail runs through the park and provides great views of the Minnesota River and the City Center.

Sibley Park is nestled between the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers. Sibley Park is one of the oldest parks in Greater Mankato, once featuring a horse racing track, regional zoo, museum, and clay tennis courts. Now featuring an agricultural theme, the park has been recognized as having one of the coolest playgrounds in the state. A fitting petting zoo with farm animals goes along with that theme. Other park features include beautiful walking trails through the park and along the river, gorgeous flowers and stone gardens, and HealthBeat outdoor exercise equipment. In the winter, the park festively comes aglow with more than one million lights and dancing displays during the month-long Kiwanis Holiday Lights. Take a sled and delight in a large sledding hill for everyone to enjoy.

Spring Lake Park is located on the corner of Webster and Lake Street and is 52 acres. With a swim facility, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, ballfields, warming house, and winter activities of skating and sliding, the park has something for everyone. 10 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO

area rivers, lakes, p ds & p ls

Since Minnesota is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” it’s no surprise that ample opportunities to enjoy the water await you in this beautiful state. Mankato, in particular, has a number of fantastic options for you to get outside and make waves. Whether you like canoeing, kayaking, boating or simply opting for a quick swim, Mankato’s stellar reputation with outdoor enthusiasts is well earned.


Blue Earth County boasts more river shore than any other county in Minnesota. Greater Mankato’s two largest rivers are the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers. Both offer several must- see stopping points. While traveling down the Minnesota River, you’ll be able to see the incredible Silo Art mural.

If you want more of a thrill ride, try the Blue Earth River. Between rapids, stop at Devils Gulch, a narrow, mossy-covered ravine along the river banks; Triple Falls, with three separate platforms and impressive height.; and don’t forget Big Moe, a glacier boulder in the middle of the river, for photos or a picnic.

Not equipped or need help finding these local gems along the river? Contact our local outfitter, Bent River Outfitter, to get a guided trip down the rivers, or rentals.

River Access

Mankato has several spots to launch your kayak or canoe in the river, both in town and just outside of town. You can go for a short or long trip—whichever you prefer.

Blue Earth River

• Sibley Park

• Land of Memories Park

• County Road 90 Bridge

• Rapidan Dam Park

Minnesota River

• Sibley Park

• Land of Memories

• Kiwanis Mountain

Bike Trail & Skills Park

• Riverfront Park

• Seven Mile Creek Park

Big Cobb and Le Sueur Rivers

• County Road 10 & 16 Bridge

• Red Jacket Trail Park


If you love waterfalls, you are in luck with our area featuring two of the best waterfalls in the state. The word Minneopa means water falling twice in the Dakota language, which is perfect considering the incredible double waterfall that can be found at Minneopa State Park with trails to hike along the bluffs or down to the bottom of the waterfall.

Lake Washington

Situated approximately 10 miles northeast of Mankato, Lake Washington is the largest lake in the area. Residents and visitors alike flock to this beautiful body of water for fishing and water sports of all kinds like paddle boarding and jet skiing. Fishermen, in particular, are drawn here because of the plentiful crappies, bass, northern pike, and walleye. Camping and picnic spots are available as well.

Madison Lake

Less than 15 miles east of Mankato, Madison Lake is best known for fishing, swimming, and boating. Bray Park features camping, a fishing dock, swim beaches, and kayak and paddle board rentals. Quaint shops and restaurants offer an enticing distraction away from the heat.


Duck Lake

This popular day-use park offers volleyball, picnicking, swimming, boat launching, a playground area and great fishing for crappies, sunfish, walleye, northerns, and bass.

Ballantyne Lake

Just a quick jaunt down the road from Duck Lake is another great location to launch your boat and cast a line for some, perch, walleye, northern, bass and more!

Lake George

This small day-use park, which is about 3.5 miles northeast of the City of Madison Lake, offers great recreation with a picnic area, swimming beach, boat launch, playground area and fishing dock to catch large-mouth bass, northern, crappies, and sunfish.


Slightly smaller and farther northeast than Lake Washington and Madison Lake, Lake Jefferson offers water enthusiasts opportunities for swimming, boating, skiing, paddle boarding, and other outdoor activities. The lake is known to anglers as a spot that is populated with a plentiful amount of bluegill, largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye.

Tourtellotte Pool

Open from June through August, Tourtellotte Pool offers a more traditional and inviting city swimming pool experience for your family. Featuring an Olympic-sized pool, with both a diving well and heated wading pool, you can take advantage of the general and lap swim times as well as family nights for a small fee. The facility is outdoors, staffed by lifeguards and has concessions available for purchase. If you’d like to hang around the pool a little longer or celebrate a birthday or special occasion, the pool has fully-equipped picnic shelters and other outdoor activities on-site.

Fallenstein Splash Pad

Located next to the west parking lot of Caswell Park next to the Fallenstein Playground, the 4,500 square foot splash pad with a spray area covering about 2,800 feet of fun for the whole family.

Spring Lake Park

Spring Lake Park features the newest swimming pool with a lot of bells and whistles including a zip line, climbing wall and a shallow play area for the tots. But if swimming isn’t your thing, Spring Lake is also ideal for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Additionally, two playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, ball fields, a walking trail and picnic shelters add endless hours of outdoor family fun.

Hiniker Pond

Located on the north side of town, Hiniker Pond is a natural retreat in Mankato, perfect for a day of family fishing and swimming. The 55-acre park is home to a 28-acre spring-fed pond with outstanding water quality. The sandy beach, open from 9 a.m. to sunset during the summer, draws a crowd looking for an outdoor respite and room to relax and spread out. You can fish from the handicapped-accessible pier, picnic with friends or family, or take a peaceful stroll through the trails. The pond also has a shelter that can be reserved for a dedicated space.

Red Jacket Valley Park

Located 2.5 miles southwest of Mankato city limits, the Red Jacket Valley Park is a scenic area designed for canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, hiking, and picnicking. There is a beach area on the south side of the pond and wooded walking trails throughout the park. The pond contains sunfish, crappies, perch, and northern for some fun fishing. Across the road is access to the Le Sueur River, Red Jacket Trail and Red Jacket Trestle Bridge. 12 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO

Ice Skating

Skate in one of Mankato’s 11 parks with outdoor skating rinks. Too cold? All Season’s Arena offers an indoor skating rink with affordable skate rentals. Just for fun or challenge your friends to a game of hockey, there’s plenty to do on the rink.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is a beloved pastime during the winter for many anglers on Greater Mankato’s area lakes, ponds, and rivers when conditions are favorable. Get geared up and pick your spot for a great catch.


Grab a sled or tube and head to the legendary Sibley Park or Spring Lake Park hill for downhill sledding. Don’t have a tube? No problem. Downhill tubing action at Mount Kato provides large tubes for a smoother ride with just as much thrill.


Fat Tire Bikes are best experienced along packed trails. Head to Seven Mile Creek Park, Kiwanis Recreation Area, Ft. LeHillier Trail, or Indian Lake Conservation Area to try it yourself.


There are 160 miles of trails for snowmobilers in Blue Earth County. Snowmobilers should visit theMinnesota Department of Natural Resources websiteto find detailed maps of available snowmobile routes.


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Cross Country Skiing

Groomed pathways in an extensive trail system surrounding Mankato bring cross country skiers through Indian Lake Park, Williams Nature Center, Bray Park, Wildwood Conservation Area, and Daly Park. Each location presents an exciting journey for a beginner or experienced cross country skier.

Down-Hill Skiing

Down-hill skiers find that Mount Kato remains a hub for fast action and short lines. With 19 groomed trails and four terrain parks for skiing and snowboarding, you won’t get bored. The cozy ski lodge is great for recuperation and dining. What’s new?

Looking for a unique experience in our parks and on our trails this winter? Give snowshoeing a try! This activity allows you to experience winter in all its wonder. Rent snowshoes from Nicollet Bike & Ski Shop or book a tour with Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Maverick Adventures. Looking for a snowshoe and winery combo? Bring your snowshoes and tour around the scenic landscapes home to one of our wineries, Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery. After exploring the snowcovered trails, enjoy the warmth of a cozy atmosphere and taste of select cheeses and local vino.

Outdoor winter sports in Mankato get you exploring great hills and trails on skis, snowshoes, snowmobiles, and snow bikes. Winter Adventure Video

Mount Kato is now part of the Indy Pass which provides two days each at 100+ independent resorts.


h ked fishing

Whether you are a seasoned sport fisherman looking to win a tournament, or simply want a weekend fishing getaway with your kids, Mankato has what you are looking for. From shore, boat, kayak or canoe, you can cast your line into the area's many rivers, lakes, and ponds. Here you’ll find some of the best fishing available in the upper Midwest.

Many of our lakes have very nice boat ramp accesses and very accessible

public docks you can use for fishing. There are a number of local hot spots in the area depending on what type of fish you are hoping to hook. Tom Davis, a home grown National Professional Walleye Tournament angler and all around local fishing expert, says, “Southern Minnesota has some of the best fishing opportunities found anywhere in our state. Walleye, bass, pike, and panfish, to blue gills, crappies, and perch are all very abundant. Because our southern Minnesota lakes are rich in nutrition, the fish grow very fast, and all make excellent table fare.”

For anglers visiting in spring, Seven Mile Creek between Mankato and St. Peter offers scenic Brown Trout fishing. The

ponds at Paul’s Creek near St. Peter offer great rainbow trout fishing each spring when they are stocked in the thousands by the DNR, creating a truly unique fishing experience.

Our abundant river system offers excellent fishing from shore, canoe, kayak or small boats as well. Local bait and tackle shops can get you outfitted and provide up to date fishing reports to help you snag a great catch of the day. 14 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO
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Whether you’re looking to bring everyone together or unwind with a solo getaway, making Greater Mankato your destination for fun and entertainment is always a good idea. We are loaded with shops, malls, boutiques, and thrift stores galore; more than enough to satisfy the craving for a little retail therapy.

It doesn’t matter what time of the year you plan to travel; our calendar is packed yearroundbecause of athrivingartscommunitythatoffersheadlinerconcerts,top-notch theater performances, live music, and lively night entertainment.

Are you looking for a deeper understanding of the past; or to learn about the customs and traditions of many heritages? Surround yourself with historical attractions and cultural encounters by immersing yourself into the events, goods, services, and artworks of diverse backgrounds that make up the Greater Mankato region located in the heart of Southern Minnesota.

retail therapy


We know a little retail therapy goes a long way and we are happy to say Greater Mankato serves as a retail center with hundreds of stores throughout the entire community, ranging from large national retailers such as Scheels to quaint local shops including but certainly not limited to stores like The Beast Food Boutique, Graif Clothing, Sonny Dot Boutique, Hazelkin Co, and J. Longs, just to name a few. From the Hilltop areas to charming shops in the City Center, Greater Mankato has something to offer every shopper.

Shop Local

Spend your time exploring the local shops in Greater Mankato where you can find a variety of Southern Minnesota’s delicious flavors, specialty items, and hidden gems. If you are looking for a nostalgic shopping experience, visit our vibrant City Center particularly in Old Town along Riverfront Drive, Front Street and just over the bridge in North Mankato that features a charming row of Belgrade Avenue shops and services. Mankato’s City Center offers a truly unique shopping experience. Shopping in this area includes quaint shops and boutiques that offer a distinctive blend of specialty products, local artisan wares and just what you’re looking for” gifts.

You can also shop at the outdoor local Farmers Markets, which are open from May to October up on Mankato’s Hilltop

not too far from the River Hills Mall and in North Mankato at South Central College on Mondays from June to October. endors’ goods are produced from within 40 miles of Mankato. Get everything you need from farm fresh produce, locally raised meats, homemade goodies including bakery items, soaps, cards, furniture, clothing and much more.

Shop who you know

Greater Mankato has so many shopping opportunities, you won’t know where to start! The River Hills Mall, located on Mankato’s Hilltop, is the premier shopping destination in Southern Minnesota and is home to several retailers we all know and love. There is plenty to do for the whole family including an 8-screen movie theater with luxury lounger recliner seats, a children’s play area, and a turn-of-the-

century carousel in the Carousel Caf Food Court. They often host craft and home shows, as well as other events. Great shopping expands beyond the mall. As our region has grown, so have the shopping corridors that are filled with many familiar and local retailers to make for a great shopping experience in Greater Mankato.

Vintage and Bargain Shopping

The Mankato area is a thriving market for vintage, antique, and thrift stores. Some artisans have already breathed new life into vintage items, while many other shops have gems waiting to be discovered and given a new home. Enjoy the hunt for a great bargain! 18 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO


After a day on the trails, be invigorated by a headliner act, listen to talented artists from around the Midwest at our local wineries and breweries, and check out the events from a packed year-round calendar.

Mankato’s entertainment district, located in the heart of the City Center, is home to the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center and state-of-the-art performing arts center, which has a full calendar with exciting events, concerts, and shows from popular world-renowned recording artists. The venue also hosts the Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks Hockey team with an impressive arsenal of NCAA D1 National Championships and repeat visits to the NCAA Frozen Four.

Enjoy the open air in the warmer months when concerts are moved outdoors. The summer months bring concertgoers to Vetter Stone Amphitheater for epic performances under the stars. Every August, the outdoor concert venue also holds Mankato’s Tastiest Music Festival with the Annual Mankato Ribfest! This multi-day event features iconic performances by national recording artists as well as award winning ribbers from around the US. Other outdoor

musical favorites featuring an eclectic mix of local artists and performers can be found at Songs on the Lawn in June, Music in the Park in July & September, and Alive After 5 in August. Classical vibes come from the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, which fills the bill with four full symphonic programs, five Music on the Hill chamber concerts, and multiple free family events annually.

All within walking distance, the City Center boasts several bars and grills to start your evening off right. There is an abundance of locally owned establishments offering a variety of dishes, drinks, and experiences. Dance the night away to a DJ or find a local live band. You can easily find a variety of live music shows around Greater Mankato.

Do you have a love for the performing arts? Take in a dynamic production from local performers and page on over to the arts + culture section on page 23 of this guide to learn about the many ways

you can witness stunning theatrical performances in Greater Mankato.

Looking for even more excitement? Try an evening with friends at the Wow! Zone, where you can bowl or play arcade games, laser tag or glow in the dark mini golf. Day or night, test your problem-solving skills at Kato Escape in Mankato it’s always a cool experience! Use observational and critical-thinking skills to explore the elements of an escape room and use them to solve the puzzles that will allow you and your friends to escape—and to solve a mystery. The players have one hour to use the elements in the room to escape and win.


family fun

Take a Dip

Spring Lake Park in North Mankato offers a newly renovated swimming facility complete with multiple slides, sand volleyball nets, basketball hoops, ropes course, rock climbing, a 40-foot zip line, and more. Not far from Spring Lake Park is Hiniker Pond, a swimming park with a real sand beach and fishing pier. One of the area's newer attractions that is making a splash is the Splash Pad located next to Fallenstein Playground, the all-inclusive playground at Caswell Park in North Mankato. Visit one of the many lakes in the Greater Mankato area for more fun in the water.

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour

Kids have been found to explore and get photos with some of the most interesting of the 30+ rotating outdoor sculptures displayed through the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour. Artists from around the world share their creations starting in May when the new sculptures are installed until April. Be sure to pull out a ballot from a box along the route and get the kids to vote for their favorite. The Jurors' Purchase Award will be

purchased and remain permanently in the community. While walking the City Center, look for artistic traffic signal box murals through CityArt On the Go. Each is unique and delightful. Public art can really be seen all over the community even at your feet with the poetry walk in Old Town and at Riverfront Park. Pick up the CityArt Public Art Tour guide for more information.

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is a wonder-filled destination just waiting to be discovered. Imagine getting behind the wheel of the 1917 Little Giant sod buster, exploring six unique forts suspended in the canopy of a 30-foot “tree,” or getting your hands on experience in the two-story level maker area. With six indoor exhibits and 12,000 square feet of outdoor space, there really is something for everyone at this great museum for families.

Sibley Park

Sibley Park is a favorite of many area families. Not only is the park beautifully landscaped with extensive gardens, but it also offers endless recreational opportunities including multiple play areas, a petting zoo, picnicking areas, and outdoor workout equipment. While at the park, people can also enjoy fishing on the river, taking a walk on the Minnesota River Trail or watching a local softball game. In the winter months, Sibley Park is home to a legendary sledding hill, a synthetic ice-skating rink and the Kiwanis Holiday Lights.

River Hills Mall

Kids are a big deal at River Hills Mall. Families can extend the indoor fun within the mall by taking in a movie at the Cinemark theater. Hop on the grand Carousel and get a ride from a horse, goat, and even a cat. Kids love the Mayo Clinic Health System Children's Play Area. This fantastic playground for kids is hand-sculpted from soft foam creating a unique area specifically built for exploring. Learning, playing and just plain having fun are encouraged 20 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO

with this colorful and unique medicalthemed play area. The play pieces familiarize kids with what they'll see in a clinic. Children will love to crawl on the stethoscope, slide down the Band-Aid slide and more.


Spend the day at the Mankato Family YMCA. Kids will love to run in the gyms, play in the Kid’s Gym and swim in the Taylor Family Aquatic Center and Pool. Let the school-age kids relax in the YMCA’s Pepsi Cube with foosball, a climbing wall, video games, and more.

Be Wowed at the Wow! Zone

Your kids will find plenty to do at The Wow! Zone where you can bowl or play arcade games, laser tag or glow in the dark mini-golf. Day or night, it’s always a cool experience.

Catch Some Air at Chesley Skate Park

Whether you roll on four wheels or two, Chesley Skate Park offers outdoor and indoor spaces to ride. Try your hand at skateboarding, biking, inline skating, and scooter riding in a supervised, safe, and family-friendly environment. Chesley

Skate Park is the place for youth to socialize with others who are just as enthusiastic about skating. Rentable helmets, pads, and skateboards are available for your use.

We’ve Got Game

Greater Mankato has a full menu of sports opportunities for all ages and all abilities. From pee-wee leagues to college level competitions, there is always an opening for the sports lover to either watch or play. Watch outstanding college athletes like the

Minnesota State Mavericks continue to put themselves on the map each year; as well as the Bethany Lutheran College Vikings and Gustavus Adolphus College Gusties bringing their A-game for some exciting competition. In the warmer months, head on over to ISG Field to cheer on the Mankato Moondogs. With special events, fun promotions, a family friendly atmosphere, and great baseball being played from late May through early August, a MoonDogs game is a fantastic way to spend a beautiful summer evening. Are you a seasoned runner or have you always wanted to start? Sign up for the Mankato Marathon held in October and experience beautiful scenic courses for the KidsK, 5K, 10K Half, Relay, and Full Marathon. Keep the excitement going beyond the competition and enjoy all that we have to offer in our vibrant City Center.


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Just a short drive from Minneapolis, Mankato is a thriving arts community with quality theater, music, dance, and visual arts programs. Applaud a rousing theater production, peruse a gallery full of artwork by popular local artists or reconnect under the stars at an outdoor concert.

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour

See and enjoy art out in the open with CityArt in Mankato’s City Center. Enjoy the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour with sculptures from artists around the world in mediums ranging from bronze to cast iron to up-cycled materials. You can even vote for your favorite sculpture or participate in a scavenger hunt.

Silo Art

The newest and fastest growing attraction in the area is Silo Art in Old Town on the historic Ardent Mills silos. One of the largest canvases in the region was completed by international artist, Guido van Helten. This mural tells a story of the history, diversity, and inclusion of Greater Mankato. It literally can’t be missed and leaves visitors and residents in awe of its sheer size and perfect picture-like images.

CityArt On the Go

Discover art in unexpected places with CityArt On the Go as infrastructure becomes art! The traffic signal boxes in City Center Mankato have been transformed through murals by local artists, providing unexpected sights for pedestrians and drivers to enjoy.

CityArt Public Art Tour

Public art can be found throughout the City Center in the form of sculptures, murals, monuments, and other elements of interest. Some public art is acquired for the community through the Walking Sculpture Tour; other pieces are commissioned for specific locations.

No matter where you are in the City Center, art is close by!

Mankato Poetry

The Mankato Poetry Walk & Ride is a public art project that brings poetry to biking and walking trails throughout Mankato and North Mankato, Minnesota. New poems are selected yearly from work submitted by community members of all ages living in Minnesota. The poems are installed on individual signs along the trails to be enjoyed by

residents and visitors alike throughout the year.


If you are interested in history, literature or just having fun, you’ll find Mankato’s museum to be worth a visit. The Blue Earth County Historical Society operates the History Center Museum, Research Center, and gift shop as well as the Historic R.D. Hubbard House in Mankato. The Betsy-Tacy House brings the classic books of Maud Hart Lovelace to life as you get a glimpse into the past. Be sure to visit the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota where you’ll find the perfect combination of Southern Minnesota’s rich culture in a hands-on, interactive learning environment.

Theater, Theater, Theater

The Mankato area offers a variety of options for the theater lover. Minnesota State University, Mankato Theatre and Dance has several performances every year. More than 35,000 patrons witness, support, and enjoy the department’s offerings each year, ranking it in the nation’s top one percent of colleges in theater attendance. Other area colleges including Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato and Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter have excellent theater programs. If you want a unique theater experience, The Merely Players Community Theatre brings art to the community through its theatrical performances year-round. The Merely Players also offer special performances at local establishments. The Mankato Playhouse is Mankato’s newest theatre featuring high quality musical theater performances and Broadway Teen Workshops. Better yet, this is a dinner theater offering delicious meals and drinks in a fun atmosphere.

Music & Dance

Enjoy musical and dance performances throughout the year in Mankato. Catch a performance of the Mankato Ballet or Dance Conservatory of Southern Minnesota. Experience the power of music at a concert by the Mankato

Symphony Orchestra or Minnesota Valley Chorale.


Mankato is a regional hub for art and culture. You will find art out in the open on our City Center streets and in several established galleries. Take a moment to visit one of Mankato’s art galleries including the Historic Carnegie Art Center, the 410 Project, and Twin Rivers Council for the Arts.


Take a stroll along Riverfront Drive, by Reconciliation Park, and you will find the Mni Mural (“mni” means “water” in the Dakota language) on a 500-foot section of the flood wall along the Minnesota River. The mural illustrates what the river looked like before settlement and incorporates images of fish native to the Minnesota River. The mural helps highlight the flood wall stretching from the Depot to Reconciliation Park, drawing attention to the trail system access. The mural “Kites” incorporates abstract color and beauty to its surroundings. Patterns of bright, bold colors dance across the Riverfront Drive retaining wall. Many businesses in the City Center of Mankato and North Mankato are adding new murals each year.


f d and drink

To Mankatoans, food is practically a pastime. It may be merely a local myth that Greater Mankato has the highest number of restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the U.S., but it’s a fact that you will run out of time and money long before you’ll exhaust your exploration of places peddling delicious food and drink here.

American, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican—Mankato has it covered. Bakeries, barbecue, coffee, ice cream, pi a we ve got all the avors to tantali e your taste buds

Prepare to sink your teeth into some of the best cuisine you’ve ever eaten, all chased with local brews of beer, coffee and wine, your choice

What better place to explore taste sensations that will appeal to everyone in your family or party? And it’s all right here—it’s all so close.


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In downtown Mankato, diners in search of upscale eating can find it at Number 4, a homegrown restaurant with a liberal touch of class. From New York strip steaks to specialty pasta dishes to pesto salmon, you can bet your beer-battered asparagus fries your party will walk away satisfied.

At Swiss and Madison on Mankato’s hilltop, sink your teeth into a prime rib sandwich on a toasted bagel, a tender eight-ounce sirloin—or keep things lighter with a spicy BLT and cup of soup. Whether for a business lunch or date night, Swiss and Madison will serve it up right.

For a stylish stop with Mediterranean flair, look no further than Olives, which mixes sophisticated cocktails with creative meals, picture-perfect desserts and topnotch service—conveniently located within the Hilton Garden Inn

across from the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.

Enlightened Nolabelle Kitchen + Bar sources ingredients from local and regional producers to create tantalizing appetizers like candied butternut squash steak, a chopped kale and brussels sprouts salad accented with bleu cheese, wheat berries, and pistachios and entrees like a pork chop with pomegranate and molasses reduction. Clearly labeled glutenfree, vegetarian and vegan options allow groups to easily accommodate appetites and dietary restrictions of all types.

In Old Town, look for Wooden Spoon to lead the way with its farm-to-table producer partnerships resulting in sandwiches like its Kato Classic (a gourmet grilled cheese dripping with smoked provolone, sharp cheddar,

feta, and a garlic spread on Italian sourdough), from-scratch soups and daily mouth-watering pastries and breads.

Get creative at Frozen Yogurt Creations, which tempts with indulgent treats like frozen yogurts, gelatos, custards and Italian ices—oh, and 75 possible toppings!

Satisfy your sweet tooth and your passion for zero waste with a visit to Mom & Pop’s ice cream shop, where wa e or sugar cones serve as edible containers. Even if you opt for utensils, dip into one or more of Mom & Pop’s 2 flavors of house-made, handscooped ice cream, gelatos or sorbet with confidence; after all, their cups and spoons are compostable. 26 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO


A legendary Mankato must-do is Zanz Mexican Restaurant. Fill up the whole family with tacos, tostadas, burritos or the famous Zanz cheese chilitos.

Pub 500 is so welcoming, even your dog will feel at home. And everyone can find a favorite here, whether it’s an appetizer of poutine, a cajun chicken pita, fish tacos, a hickory burger or a gluten-free grain, veggie and protein bowl. Who won’t toast (from Pub 500’s extensive libations menu) to that?

The celebrated Tav on the Ave serves up a sports bar ambience complete with wings, wa e fries, roll-ups, burgers, and malts.

It doesn’t get more classic or downhome Mankato than at Happy Chef on Highway 169 North. Pancakes, French toast, patty melts and senior specials reign—but kids love pushing the giant chef’s button to hear a few words of comic wisdom straight from the Happy Chef’s mouth.

Did somebody say pizza? Whether it’s one of Mankato’s classics (Pagliai’s or Jake's Stadium Pizza), Dino’s Pizzeria in lower North Mankato) or a university favorite (Costanza’s Pizzeria), you can’t go wrong with sharing a hot ‘za. Mangia!

Food trucks? Fantastic!

Don’t forget to check out The Hub in Old Town, where a constantly revolving list of food trucks rolls in. Brats, BBQ, Asian cuisine, authentic Mexican fare and more are available at various times.

And keep an eye out for The Pelican of North Mankato, which pops up seasonally with mouth-watering gourmet hot dogs, burrito bowls and salads, pork nachos, and more offerings that make any line totally worth it.

But first, coffee

With multiple institutions of higher learning on hand, it’s no surprise that coffee shops are also popular. A few to fuel your caffeine fix Coffee Hag, Neutral Groundz on Belgrade Avenue, the Fillin’ Station or River Rock Coffee Tea.

Hometown roasters Beans Coffee Company sells bags of its beans and individual steaming cups; at Tandem Bagels, pick up a dark roast to complement your fresh, cream cheeseshmeared bagel.

Wine and breweries

Ah, time to sample local libations. Mankato Brewery’s tap room, in lower North Mankato, is open every day but Monday. Beers on tap include Mad Butcher IPA, Organ Grinder Amber Ale and…Kato Lager.

Across the Minnesota River in downtown Mankato, LocAle Brewing Co. is turning out brews with appropriately local flair, like the Red Jacket Amber Ale and the Deep Valley Amber Stout.

And because it’s all so close, New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing and The Starkeller easily add to the brewery mix.

Just a few miles north on Highway 22 lies Chankaska Creek Ranch, Winery and Distillery. Chankaska’s convenient yet rural setting, along with its awardwinning wines, spirits and North Forest Kreme liqueurs, combine to put you at ease. Relax with a wine flight or enjoy a Kasota Rosita or seasonal hand-crafted cocktails, along with an appetizer or specialty pizza.

Best of the best.

You’re sure to be satisfied at every stop, but if you’d like more guidance in whittling down your options, the Mankato Magazine’s annual “Best of Mankato” list can help point you in a winning direction.

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Each winery offers a unique experience and entertainment options from grape stomps to murder mystery parties, but all provide the escape and relaxation a person associates with a nice glass of wine. If only a brew will do for you, then check out our local breweries or unwind with a hometown brew at a local watering hole.

Chankaska Creek Ranch, Winery & Distillery

Come enjoy the beauty of Chankaska Creek Ranch, Winery & Distillery. Nestled into the lush rolling hills and fertile soil of the Southern Minnesota River alley, Chankaska offers breathtaking views of 15 acres of meticulously tended vines, a rippling creek and gorgeous landscape. Take a stroll around the grounds with your favorite beverage, listen to live music on the patio or grab a spot by one of their fireplaces! No matter the time of year, you will find relaxation and delicious hand-crafted wines and spirits.

Indian Island Winery

Indian Island Winery is a family-owned and operated business built on historic Native American grounds. Indian Island focuses on making wines that are 100 percent Minnesota grown and produced. The winery has a beautiful patio with campfires to enjoy as well as a large indoor space with a stage for weekly musical performances.

Morgan Creek Vineyards

Morgan Creek Vineyards’ eco-friendly underground winery provides perfect cellar temperature for wine production and creates an inviting atmosphere for a tasting room and gift shop for visitors. The winery overlooks a magnificent

oak tree surrounded by groves and vineyards. The winery offers seasonal performing arts and culinary events, weekly live music, and appetizers.

Javens Family Vineyard and Winery

Javen’s Family Vineyard and Winery, the newest winery to Mankato, is one of the premier Minnesota farm wineries. It’s located on the banks of the Le Sueur River, just five miles southeast of Mankato. Javen’s offers a range of red and white wines, features a tasting room and an amazing outdoor space to socialize with family and friends while taking in the view of the grounds and vineyard. 28 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO

Mankato Brewery

Experience some local flavor at the Mankato Brewery, the first production brewery in Mankato since 1976. The Mankato Brewery is focused on creating authentic beers that reflect the heritage of the region and its people. Tour the brewery and enjoy a sampling of the German-inspired brews. Check out its event calendar for festive events and great musical acts. Stop in the gift shop for your Mankato Brewery gear, and don’t forget to fill up your growler on the way out.

LocAle Brewing Company

LocAle Brewing Company is the brainchild of two microbiology graduates and over 12 years of awardwinning homebrewing which is a recipe for amazing beer! With an open eastwest layout taproom, bright sunlight lights the taproom all day and gives you an amazing view of Downtown Mankato. LocAle’s goal is to produce exquisite small-batch craft beer with a connection

to the landscape and history of southern Minnesota.

August Schell’s Brewing Company

Schell’s Brewing Co. is the second oldest family-owned brewing company in the country and the oldest industry in New Ulm, a 30-minute drive northwest on Highway 14 from Mankato. The brewery continues to be managed by August Schell’s descendants. The visitor center includes a gift shop and museum of brewing. Tours and tastings are available throughout the year.

Starkeller Brewery & Taproom

The Starkeller is overflowing with rich history from Schell’s Brewery with the focal point being the 1936 Cypress wood lagering tanks that were restored for the purpose of aging sour beer. When you come to the Starkeller for a beer, you might sit at the bar made of an old copper kettle or next to one of the

wooden tanks where the next beers are quietly aging. It’s a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Located 30 minutes from Mankato in New Ulm.


18 2 U.S.-Dakota Conflict (August 1 December 26, 1862). Hundreds of white settlers and Dakota lost their lives. In the end, 38 Dakota Warriors were tried and sentenced to death resulting in the nation’s largest mass execution in history.

18 Iron truss bridge was first bridge to cross the Minnesota River between Mankato and North Mankato. Prior to this, river crossings were done by ferry.

188 Sibley Park, the first city park, was established. Over the years, the park has served as a destination for residents and visitors featuring a racetrack (1887-1915), a zoo (1907-1965), recreation facilities and today’s Sibley Farm petting zoo and Kiwanis Holiday Lights (2012-present). 30 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO
Mahkato Pow Wow 1852 Parsons King Johnson and Henry Jackson arrived by steamboat at the confluence of the Blue Earth and Minnesota Rivers to create the new town of Mankato. 18 8 Mankato Normal School established and first classes were held in basement of the Methodist Episcopal Church by Professor George M. Gage. Building constructed in 1869 on 5th Street (today known as MSU, Mankato). Photos and content provided by Blue Earth County Historical Society

In 1880, Mankato was the fourth largest city in Minnesota with a population of 5,500. Today, more than 50,000 people call Mankato and North Mankato home. Mankato was originally named “Mahkato” (meaning greenish-blue earth) by its early inhabitants, the Dakota. Mankato is located at the confluence of the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers.

Today, many memorials and buildings exist to commemorate the diverse and important history that has shaped the greater Mankato area. These historical attractions are must-sees for visitors! Customize your experience and explore the various historic sites.

In 1852, Parsons K. Johnson and Henry Jackson staked claims along these banks of the Minnesota River and founded the town of Mankato. The city was established on land purchased in the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux between the US government and the Dakota, breaking of this treaty by the government led to the US-Dakota Conflict of 18 2.

North Mankato, which sits just across the river, was established in 18 8. The first bridge between North Mankato and Mankato was an iron truss bridge constructed in 1879. The bridge represented an interdependence and partnership between the cities that continues.

Museums and historical sites encourage you to discover vivid stories from days gone by. Be sure to check out the Blue Earth County Historical Society, The Hubbard House, Betsy Tacy Society and the Nicollet County Historical Society during your visit!

1 05 Bill passed by State Legislature designated 70 acres of land around Minneopa Falls as Minnesota’s third State Park. “Minneopa” means “water falling twice.” Minneopa State Park has grown over the years to include Seppman Mill (1929) and the reintroduction of bison (2015).



1 Minnesota Vikings held their first training camp in Mankato.

1 2 Dakota community return to Mankato after a century for the first Wacipi (pow wow) to “honor” the 38 Dakota Warriors executed in 1862.

1 Mankato Area VocationalTechnical Institute approved as the first vocational-technical institute in Minnesota. Today, this school is known as South Central College

201 10th Annual Mankato Marathon held more than 4100 runners.

1 2 Mankato’s first airport was located near today’s Minnesota State University, Mankato.The airport moved to its current location in 1970. 10 Rapidan Dam constructed and generated first electrical power to Mankato. Ski Haven opened for downhill skiing by Harvey Anderson. In 1977, it became known as Mount Kato.

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Our community has a great lineup of events that happen all year long. See our website for specific details on these and other great events happening around Greater Mankato.

Mankato Craft Beer Expo

| January | The Annual Mankato Craft Beer Expo is hosted at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center and showcases the offerings of craft breweries here in Minnesota, as well as all over the United States.

Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic

| January | In the state of hockey, there is no better experience than outdoors on a frozen lake in Minnesota. The Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic takes place at Spring Lake Park in North Mankato and is a tradition that will create memories of a lifetime.

Bookin’ On Belgrade

| May | Bookin’ On Belgrade takes place on Belgrade Ave. in the City Center North Mankato and is a nearly 5K Family Fun Run and Walk. Registrants get a t-shirt, grab bag, extra goodies and children get a free book.

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour

| May | See and enjoy art out in the open where you will find new sculptures from artists across the US. New sculptures are installed every spring and can be enjoyed nearly all year long.

Songs on the Lawn

| June | Songs on the Lawn is an opportunity for co-workers, friends, and families from all around the region to gather in the City Center and enjoy live music from area bands. Lunch and snacks from local vendors are available for purchase.

Red, Hot, Boom

| July | The area’s most spectacular 4th of July celebration. Riverfront Park opens at 5 p.m. with live entertainment, food and beverages. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. and are synced to music from Radio Mankato.

Thunder of Drums

| July | The Thunder of Drums is a sight to be seen and heard! You will be blown off your bleacher by the fantastic drum corps competing in a show of soaring musical and visual artistry at Minnesota State University, Mankato campus. Net proceeds support the local Kiwanis youth programs and the Mankato ’77 Lancers Marching Band.

North Mankato Fun Days

| July | North Mankato Fun Days consists of four days of fun for people of all ages. Fun Days offers a variety of activities including a parade, kiddie parade, carnival, softball tournaments, live music, and more.

Blues on Belgrade

| July | A great line up of popular Blues bands from all over perform on Belgrade Avenue in City Center North Mankato. Come rain or shine. 32 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO


| August | Ribbers from all over the country travel to Mankato’s Riverfront Park to compete and be crowned the best around at Mankato’s Annual Ribfest. This fourday festival includes well-known musical guests performing every night and the tastiest ribs around. Come for the food, stay for the fun.

Alive After 5

| August | Alive After 5 is a free summer concert series held on Thursday nights in August. This fun after hours event hosted by City Center Partnership is a social gathering for co-workers, friends, and family to enjoy live music, food, and beverage in a relaxed outdoor setting. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a fun evening out in City Center Mankato!

Bend of the River Music Festival

| September | Bend of the River Fall Festival is an all-day, all ages festival that will feature a Cornhole tournament, festival style foods, beer & beverages, interactive vendors, and more! This event is held on the practice fields of Blakeslee Stadium, so bring your chair and get ready for a full day of fun!

Indian Island Winery Annual Grape Stomp

| September | Heats of stompers compete in groups of two. There are great prizes for the top teams. There will also be a costume contest for the best dressed group. Enjoy the live music. Do some shopping among all the vendors that will be set up.

Mahkato Annual Traditional Pow-Wow

| September | Learn about Native American culture and enjoy traditional arts and crafts, delicious foods, drumming, singing and dancing at the annual Mahkato Pow-Wow, or Wacipi, at Land of Memories Park. The event takes place to honor the 38 Dakota warriors who died in the largest mass execution in U.S. history and to signify the reconciliation between the Dakota and local settlers following the Dakota Conflict.

Oktoberfest, Bier on Belgrade

| September | Bier on Belgrade activities take place on Belgrade Avenue and include a ceremonial first beer with city officials, music, a brat eating contest, bean bag toss area and hammerschlager.


| September | Come to Mankato and celebrate more than 20 years of pride and visibility for the LGBTQA community. Show your pride and rock your rainbow with fun activities for all ages!

Deep Valley Book Festival

| October | The Deep Valley Book Festival gets its name from the setting of the beloved children’s books (Betsy-Tacy) written by Mankato-born author Maud Hart Lovelace. The Festival provides readers the chance to interact with their favorite authors and meet new ones. This FREE family event features authors, illustrators, publishers, book sales and signings, a full day of programs, panel discussions, and drawings for books!

STOMP New Ulm! Morgan Creek Vineyards Annual Oktoberfest Grape Stomp

| October | Harvest festival with competitive grape stomping—an honorable salute to the past growing season! Take off your shoes and get ready to dance! Traditional Morris Dancers and Satori Violet Belly Dancers perform on the winery grounds. Dancing, stomping and revelry throughout the afternoon.

Mankato River Ramble

October This event embraces the best of both bicycling worlds off-road paved trails and quiet country roads with four scenic routes and four fun rest stops that feature great live music, delicious treats, cold and hot beverages and refreshing fruit. Four distances to choose from: 12, 26, 42 or 50 miles.

History Fest

| October | Step back in time at the annual History Fest at Jack McGowan’s Farm. You’ll find a variety of entertainers and activities, from reenactments to belly dancers and fire eaters. There are also plenty of hands-on activities for the kids including candle making, ziplining, giving carriage rides, and finding dragon tears in the sandbox.

Mankato Marathon

| October 20-21, 2023 | The Mankato Marathon is the boldest race in the Midwest showcasing dynamic courses and determined runners. These courses are the perfect blend of Mankato’s scenic trails and urban landscape, highlighting the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. There’s a race for every runner - Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 10K, 5K and KidsK.

Old Town Mankato Day of the Dead

| Last Saturday in October | This free event brings people together to enjoy the traditional sites and sounds of Dia de los Muertos including costumes, mariachi bands, Aztec and folklore dancers, original Latino art and ofrenda as to honor the lives of the departed.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights

| Black Friday – December 31, 2023 | Walk or drive through a winter wonderland for free during the Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato’s Sibley Park. More than one million LED lights illuminate the landscape and an animated and choreographed display. Enjoy the Mary Dotson Synthetic Skating Rink, live reindeer and visits with Santa.

Christmas at the Hubbard House

| December | Join in on an annual tradition at the Historic R.D. Hubbard House. Explore Victorian holiday décor at the Historic R.D. Hubbard House. New this year, discover holiday traditions celebrating light in the dark days of December. Enjoy a special display, stories, and crafts celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, and Kwanzaa.

Bells on Belgrade

| December | The sights and sounds of the holiday season come alive on Belgrade Ave in North Mankato. Enjoy festive time with Santa and his elves, carolers from Minnesota State University, Mankato, the Mankato West Choir and other live music throughout the afternoon.

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In City Center Mankato, you’ll discover that unique experience you’re looking for. Whether it’s our vibrant local dining, specialty shopping or exciting entertainment that brings you to Mankato, you’re sure to enjoy an amazing experience set amongst great public art and surrounded by fun recreation opportunities.

City Center Mankato is located in the downtown core of Mankato and North Mankato offering more than 0 hospitality venues. There is fabulous dining, shopping, and entertainment to be found in the heart of downtown Mankato and stunning art and historical attractions around nearly every corner. You’ll find infrastructure transformed into art with traffic boxes, flood and retaining walls, and the Silo Art Mural spanning across 135-feett of the operating Ardent Mills Silos at one of the gateways to the City Center. Art can be found for enjoyment and purchase throughout our downtown, including at traditional galleries, in coffee shops, and on our

sidewalks. With all these fantastic amenities, it’s no wonder Thrillest ranked the community one of its Top 14 Coolest Urban Spaces in America. All of this awaits you in City Center Mankato. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Festival and Annual Events in the City Center

Annual festivities draw people to City Center Mankato again and again for food, music, art, and family fun.

The Business on Belgrade association has transformed the main street of Lower North Mankato into a high-energy festival zone. May brings Bookin' on

Belgrade, a 5K Family Fun Run. July, Blues on Belgrade brings a day of great tunes. Bier on Belgrade (October) is Greater Mankato’s Oktoberfest celebration, while the kids get their day at Bells on Belgrade (December).

Live music is always a draw. Mankato's July 4th Red, Hot, Boom in Riverfront Park features music by Radio Mankato and, of course, fireworks. RibFest at Vetter Stone Amphitheatre (August) is not just about amazing ribs it’s also four days of top national touring acts! Minnesota bands perform in the community favorite Songs on the Lawn (June) and Alive After Five 36 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO
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(August) outdoor concert series in Civic Center Plaza. The Old Town Art Fair (September) also features lots of local music, along with unique and compelling art in a relaxed outdoor atmosphere.

Holidays bring special celebrations. The shops in Old Town are becoming the go-to place with special events and promotions during several holidays. Old Town Day of the Dead is the newest event just before Halloween. Both the Betsy-Tacy houses and the R.D. Hubbard House offer views of Christmas past during December events. The Annual Kiwanis Holiday Lights display in Sibley Park runs from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve and is ranked as one of Minnesota’s top holiday lights experiences. Complimenting the glow of Kiwanis Holiday Lights is the new Let It Glow, Kato! Window Display Contest for businesses in the City Center. The public gets to participate in the fun by voting for their favorite window display.

city art

The CityArt program, a collaboration of the City Center Partnership and Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, provides thrilling public art experiences for City Center residents and visitors. They include:

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour

Enjoy an exciting rotating exhibit of outdoor sculptures displayed year-round in the City Centers of Mankato and North Mankato. Artists from around the world display their sculptures, and from May to October, you can vote for your favorite. The People's Choice-winning sculpture receives a $1,000 prize for the artist. The Jurors' Purchase Award is purchased for permanent installation in the City Center. For a tour map, visit

Silo Art

This awe inspiring mural wraps 135-foot-tall silos in Old Town. The lifelike art tells a story of the history, diversity, and inclusion of Greater Mankato.

CityArt On the Go

CityArt on the Go is an exhibit of 20 traffic signal box murals. Pedestrians and drivers enjoy seeing something different about the traffic signal boxes in the City Center, as infrastructure is transformed into colorful art.

CityArt Public Art Tour

The CityArt Public Art Tour is a self-guided walking tour of over 40 unique pieces of art, including the People’s Choice and Jurors’ Purchase Award winners from previous Walking Sculpture Tours and the new public art works installed in Old Town in 2018. Learn more and find a map at

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Greater Mankato excels at providing all the amenities you would expect from a major metro, but also warms your heart with the charm only found in a closeknit community. Greater Mankato is an ideal place that you would be proud to call home. In addition to a strong economy, residents enjoy Greater Mankato's scenic setting, abundant activities, shopping, dining, affordable cost of living, and low cost of doing business.

The Greater Mankato region is located in a "sweet spot" of southern Minnesota, with the core cities of Mankato and North Mankato surrounded by many other thriving towns like Saint Peter, Lake Crystal, Madison Lake, and Eagle Lake. We are also about an hour's drive from the Twin Cities including the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Our residents can enjoy their morning coffee at their home located in the city, on a farm or by a lake, and be to work in less than 16 minutes. After work, they can take advantage of the area's many activities and attractions.

Welcome to Greater Mankato!

39 Le Sueur Mankato North Mankato Eagle Lake Madison Lake Saint Peter Lake Crystal Nicollet County Blue Earth County GREATER MANKATO >> AT GLANCE Mankato, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) FOR MORE INFORMATION GREATER GROWTH Chamber Commerce Phone: 507.385.6640 5.7M Minnesota DISTANCE TO MAJOR Minneapolis - St. Paul: 79 miles Rochester: 84 miles Falls: miles Des Moines: 209 miles Chicago: 432 miles 103,612 Mankato, MN Metro Area POPULATION 35" Average annual rainfall, National average is 37" CLIMATE 198 Average days TIME ZONE Central Greater Mankato (MSA) MSP/St. Paul MINNESOTA


Greater Mankato has a strong and responsive education system. From pre-school to college and beyond, learning is lifelong in Greater Mankato.

The region’s K-12 schools are among the best in the nation, with innovative educators partnering with area businesses and organizations to ensure students are well-prepared to meet the needs of employers and as a result achieve success for themselves. Mankato’s public high schools rank among the top 15-22% in the nation according to US News & World Report. The region is comprised of five Colleges Universities, one Trade School, more than 20 Public Schools and nine Charter Parochial Schools. Mankato is fortunate to have a community that prides itself on education and five higher educational systems that draw people nationally and globally making it a diverse culture.

Our Five Higher Educational Institutions

Minnesota State University, Mankato is a comprehensive four-year university and the second largest public higher education institution in Minnesota. Minnesota State Mankato is comprised of more than 14,000 students, including more than 1,300 international students from different countries. The university offers more than 1 0 undergraduate programs, 90 graduate programs, including master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs in Mankato, at locations in the Twin Cities and on the Iron Range, and online.

South Central College, North Mankato and Faribault is a comprehensive community and technical college. Programs are offered on campus, online or in a combination (hybrid) format. The college’s academic programs serve more than 4,000 students annually with degrees that prepare students to start or advance in a rewarding career after graduation or transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The college also has a Customized Workforce Education division offering short-term, career relevant training to 12,0000 professionals annually.

Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter is a nationally recognized, private, coeducational liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA and host to the famed Nobel Conference. Gustavus is comprised of nearly 2,250 students representing states and 2 foreign countries. Gustavus offers 1 majors and 15 pre-professional programs.

Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato is a Christian higher education institution providing a challenging academic environment where personal mentoring guides students to pursue knowledge, truth, and discernment for productive and fulfilling lives. Bethany serves over 800 students from 26 States and 31 foreign countries offering 25 majors, pre-professional programs, a paralegal certificate program, and a graduate program.

Rasmussen University, Mankato established in 1900, specializes in Nursing, Medical Assisting and several professional careers with nearly 600 students. The university offers more than 50 programs in seven major areas of study on campus or online. A private college specializing in business and professional careers with nearly 700 students. 40 2023 GUIDE TO VISITING & LIVING IN GREATER MANKATO


Greater Mankato is a community that takes talent attraction and development very seriously.

Business and community leaders in Greater Mankato appreciate the incredible resources we have in the region our people, our talent . With five higher education institutions within a 30-mile radius and more than 6,000 incoming students each year, we have a natural draw for talent.

Awards & Accolades

SHORTER WORK WEEK/ HIGHER PAYCHECK: According to RewardExpert, Mankato was ranked #1 nationwide in employees getting bigger paychecks for shorter work weeks.

TALENT PIPELINE: With five higher education institutions, the region has a combined average annual enrollment of 26,000 and graduates 5,000 students each year

DIVERSIFIED ECONOMY: Our economic strength and stability stem largely from our diversification. The region is comprised of 33% primary economy, 57% professional/service economy and 10% retail/ consumer economy.

Top 25 Places to Work in Manufacturing: Mankato-North Mankato was ranked as the 8th best place to work in Manufacturing by

TOP HOCKEY TOWNS: Ranked 14th best hockey town in the U.S., a 2020 ranking by

TOP 10 WATERFALLS: ranked the Minneopa State Park Waterfall at No. 9 of the Top 10 Waterfalls in Minnesota.

The Greater Mankato Young Professionals is a talent attraction, retention, and development program that provides opportunities to make new connections and familiarize its members with the amenities available in Greater Mankato. The YPs are a vibrant group of 21 to 40-year-olds who love living and working in this community. Interested in joining the Young Professionals? Visit our website at young-professionals

For 40 years the Greater Mankato Leadership Institute has been the premier leadership development training program in Great Mankato. This nine-month program consists of 1-2 full day sessions each month from September to May, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. One session also includes an overnight in St. Paul. This is an opportunity to learn the leadership skills necessary to take your career and organization to the next level! Learn more at

The food we eat, the milk, beer and wine we drink, the fuel in our vehicles, the boxes at our door, and more were all grown, processed, and manufactured because of agriculture. The GreenSeam region is home to more than 1,000 ag and ag-related businesses that employ 28% of our workforce.

GreenSeam is here to bolster the growth of the food and ag industry by strategically attracting, building, and empowering new and existing businesses, their workforce, and communities they call home.

Learn more about how GreenSeam can help support you!

BEST COLLEGES: Minnesota State University, Mankato ranked No. 7, and Bethany Lutheran College ranked No. 17 in Best Colleges and Universities in Minnesota by South Central College ranked No. 11 in Best Community Colleges.

BEST SMALL CITIES FOR BUSINESS: The Mankato/North Mankato area ranked #13 in the best small cities for business in 2022 by

GREAT SMALL TOWNS FOR RETIREMENT: ranked Mankato No. 7 in great cities to retire in.

TOP 20 SAFEST CITIES: Safewise. com ranked North Mankato as the 19th safest city in Minnesota








AGE Under

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Level Bicycle Friendly

Level Bicycle Friendly

Level Bicycle Friendly





Median value of owner-occupied housing units

Median value of owner-occupied housing units

Median value of owner-occupied housing units



Non-Hispanic White 85.7% Residents of Color 14.3%

Non-Hispanic White 85.7% Residents of Color 14.3%

The largest sector of residents of color are Hispanic or Latino (of any race) followed by Black/ African American.

The largest sector of residents of color are Hispanic or Latino (of any race) followed by Black/ African American.

The largest sector of residents of color are Hispanic or Latino (of any race) followed by Black/ African American.

75 Backgrounds

75 Backgrounds

75 Backgrounds

Residents hail from more than 75 different ancestral backgrounds.

Residents hail from more than 75 different ancestral backgrounds.

Residents hail from more than 75 different ancestral backgrounds.

2020 ACS Census

2020 ACS Census




61 different languages are spoken here.

61 different languages are spoken here.

61 different languages are spoken here.


16.1 Minutes

16.1 Minutes

16.1 Minutes

Average commute to work


Average commute to work

Average commute to work



Mankato Regional Airport

Mankato Regional Airport

Mankato Regional Airport




Number of housing units

Number of housing units

Number of housing units




76 Miles

76 Miles

76 Miles

Closest International Airport, MSP. There are four major airports within a 1/2 hour drive.

Closest International Airport, MSP. There are four major airports within a 3 1/2 hour drive.

Closest International Airport, MSP. There are four major airports within a 3 1/2 hour drive.




Mankato Transit System

Mankato Transit System

Mankato Transit System

Ruby Ride

Ruby Ride

Ruby Ride

TRUE Transit Uber LYFT

TRUE Transit Uber

Land to Air Express Landline

LYFT Land to Air Express Landline

TRUE Transit Uber LYFT Land to Air Express Landline

Minnesota River Valley Transit

Minnesota River Valley Transit



Minnesota River Valley Transit SOURCES

Age, Race/Ethnicity, Commute, Real Estate: Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2021 American Community Survey

Age, Race/Ethnicity, Commute, Real Estate: Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2021 American Community Survey

Age, Race/Ethnicity, Commute, Real Estate: Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2021 American Community Survey

Languages: Mankato Area Public Schools

Languages: Mankato Area Public Schools

Languages: Mankato Area Public Schools

Median monthly owner costs, with a mortgage

Median monthly owner costs, with a mortgage

Median monthly owner costs, with a mortgage




There are 40,715 occupied housing units in the Mankato, MSA. 27,828 (68.3%) are owner-occupied and 12,887 (31.7%) are occupied by renters

There are 40,715 occupied housing units in the Mankato, MSA. 27,828 (68.3%) are owner-occupied and 12,887 (31.7%) are occupied by renters


Average household size of owner-occupied housing unites

Average household size of owner-occupied housing unites

Average household size of owner-occupied housing unites

Written, compiled and created by Greater Mankato Growth, 2021.

Written, compiled and created by Greater Mankato Growth, 2021.

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RACE/ETHNICITY Non-Hispanic White 85.7%
of Color
5 4.6% 5 - 17 15.8% 18 - 24 18.2% 25 - 44 25.2% 45 - 64 20.4% 65 and over 15.8%
AGE Under
2020 ACS Census
15.8% 18
18.2% 25
25.2% 45
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- 17
- 24
- 44
- 64 20.4%
and over 15.8%
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students in our five higher educational institutions

59,046 Total number employed 2.2% Unemployment Rate

59,046 Total number employed

2.2% Unemployment Rate



Retail, Hotel, Recreation and Food Sales: MN Department of Revenue, 2020

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2,773 Private Sector Businesses



$1.9B Annual Retail Sales

$17.5M Lodging Sales

2020 MN Dept of Revenue

$163M Food Service

$163M Food Service


Mankato Regional Airport

Direct access to U.S. Highways 169 and 14, State Highways 22 & 60 with highway connections to Interstates 35 & 90

Access to two Class I rail lines


$100,000+ 31.9% $50,000 - $99,99934.4% $25,000 - $49,999 20% $24,999 and under13.8%

$100,000+ 31.9% $50,000 - $99,99934.4% $25,000 - $49,999

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Total number employed
Unemployment Rate
Private Sector Businesses $1.9B Annual Retail Sales $17.5M Lodging Sales RETAIL, TOURISM DINING BUSINESSES WORKFORCE EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT HOUSEHOLD INCOME TRANSPORTATION ASSETS Mankato Regional Airport Some High School 4.6% High School 25.1% Some College 20.1% Associate Degree 15.4% Bachelor’s Degree 21.9% Post-Graduate 13.1% Access to two Class I rail lines Direct access to U.S. Highways 169 and 14, State Highways 22 & 60 with highway connections to Interstates 35 & 90 TAXES Mankato North Mankato .5% Food & Beverage Tax .5% City Sales & Use Tax .5% County Sales Tax 6.875% State Sales Tax TOP EMPLOYERS 2,200 Taylor Corporation 1,871 Mayo Clinic Health System 1,600 Minnesota State University, Mankato) 751 Mankato Clinic 580 Gustavus Adolphus College 475 Blue Earth County 434 Kato Engineering; subsidiary of Nidec 420 Walmart Distribution Center 360 Johnson Outdoors 300 E.I. Microcircuits SOURCES Educational Levels, Household Income: 2021 Census Bureau, ACS Total Employed, Unemployment: MN DEED LAUS, September 2022 data Number of Businesses: MN DEED QCEW, Q2 2018 Top Employers, Enrolled Students: Greater Mankato Growth Retail, Hotel, Recreation and Food Sales: MN Department of Revenue, 2020 For expanded information on Greater Mankato’s economy visit:
Enrolled students in our five higher educational institutions
Written, compilied and created by Greater Mankato Growth, 2021.
MN Dept of Revenue
$100,000+ 31.9% $50,000 - $99,99934.4% $25,000 - $49,999 20% $24,999 and under13.8%
$163M Food Service
Private Sector Businesses
Regional Airport Some High School 4.6% High School 25.1% Some College 20.1% Associate Degree 15.4% Bachelor’s Degree 21.9% Post-Graduate 13.1% Access to two Class I rail lines Direct access to U.S. Highways 169 and 14, State Highways 22 & 60 with highway connections to Interstates 35 & 90 TAXES Mankato North Mankato .5% Food & Beverage Tax .5% City Sales & Use Tax .5% County Sales Tax 6.875% State Sales Tax TOP EMPLOYERS 2,200 Taylor Corporation 1,871 Mayo Clinic Health System 1,600 Minnesota State University, Mankato) 751 Mankato Clinic 580 Gustavus Adolphus College 475 Blue Earth County 434 Kato Engineering; subsidiary of Nidec 420 Walmart Distribution Center 360 Johnson Outdoors 300 E.I. Microcircuits
Educational Levels, Household Income: 2021 Census Bureau, ACS Total Employed, Unemployment: MN DEED LAUS, September 2022 data Number of Businesses: MN DEED QCEW, Q2 2018 Top Employers, Enrolled Students: Greater Mankato Growth Retail, Hotel, Recreation and Food Sales: MN Department of Revenue, 2020 For expanded information on Greater Mankato’s economy visit:
$24,999 and under13.8% Written, compilied and created by Greater Mankato Growth, 2021.
4.6% High School 25.1% Some College 20.1% Associate Degree 15.4% Bachelor’s Degree 21.9% Post-Graduate 13.1%
High School
TAXES Mankato North Mankato
Food & Beverage
City Sales & Use
.5% County Sales Tax
Tax .5%
Taylor Corporation 1,871 Mayo Clinic Health System 1,600 Minnesota State University, Mankato) 751 Mankato Clinic 580 Gustavus Adolphus College 475 Blue Earth County 434 Kato Engineering; subsidiary of Nidec 420 Walmart Distribution Center 360 Johnson Outdoors 300 E.I. Microcircuits
Levels, Household Income:
Census Bureau, ACS Total Employed, Unemployment:
LAUS, September
Q2 2018
Number of
Enrolled Students: Greater Mankato Growth
students in our five higher educational institutions
Written, compilied and created by Greater
Growth, 2021. 2020 MN Dept of Revenue


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240 Stadium Road, Mankato 507-345-8011

Arch + Cable

201 North Riverfront Drive, Suite 105 Mankato

Comfort Inn & Suites

2000 Commerce Drive, North Mankato 507-388-3800

Coratel Inn & Suites

1255 Range Street, Mankato 507-388-1644

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Mankato Hotel and Conference Cente 1900 Premier Drive, Mankato 507-225-0007

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Days Inn

1285 Range Street, Mankato 507-933-4885

Hilton Garden Inn

20 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato 507-344-1111

Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites

2051 Adams Street, Mankato 507-388-1880 888-465-4326

Mankato City Center Hotel 101 East Main Street, Mankato 507-385-3506

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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

200 St. Andrews Drive, Mankato 507-291-2928 888-838-8299

Motel 6

1731 Premier Drive, Mankato 507-345-6666

Quality Inn

131 Apache Place, Mankato 507-388-5107

River Hills Hotel

1000 Raintree Road, Mankato 507-388-8688

Riverside Suites

111 West Lind Court, Mankato 507-345-8800

Super 8

51578 U.S. Hwy. 169 North, Mankato 507-258-3756

Viking JR. Motel

216 West Martin Street, Saint Peter 507-931-3081


Bray Park & Campground

22214 Oriole Road, Madison Lake 507-243-3885

Daly Park & Campground

11056 571st Lane, Mapleton 507-524-3000

Land of Memories Campground

300 Amos Owen Lane 507-387-8600

Minneopa State Park Campground 54497 Gadwell Road, Mankato 507-389-3910

Point Pleasant Campgrounds

400 Sheppard Circle, Madison Lake 507-243-3072

Rapidan Park 54116 Glory Lane, Mankato 507-546-9997

Reinbold Sportsmen Campground 40050 30th Street, Janesville 507-234-5440

Sakatah Trail Campground 501 Cherry Avenue, Madison Lake 507-243-3886

Sawmill Campground

41392 520th Street, North Mankato 507-947-3735

Shady Oaks Campground 340 Fairgrounds Street, Garden City 507-546-3986


Beaver Dam Resort 46115 Beaver Dam Road, Cleveland 952-215-7636

Lakeview Resort 22175 624 Avenue, Madison Lake 507-362-4616

Sakatah Trail Resort 24102 Greenland Road, Madison Lake 507-267-4000

Silver’s Resort 108 South First Street, Elysian 507-267-4694

Summer Bree e Resort

45872 Summer Breeze Lane, Cleveland 952-290-4049

Wise Stop Resort 23981 Blue Marina Road, Cleveland 507-931-1843


Moulin Rouge House B&B 811 South Second Street, Mankato 507-519-3400

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ARTifact – Paint Your Own Pottery

321 North Riverfront Drive, Mankato 507-351-3111

The 410 Project 523 South Front Street, Mankato

Carnegie Art Center 120 South Broad Street, Mankato 507-625-2730

CityArt On the Go City Center, Mankato 507-388-1062

CityArt Public Art Tour City Center, Mankato 507-388-1062

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour City Center, Mankato 507-388-1062

Emy Frent Art uild

523 South Second Street, Mankato 507-387-1008

Marian Anderson Fine Art Gallery 424 Warren Street, Mankato 507-345-5566

Twin Rivers Council for the Arts 120 South Broad Street, Mankato 507-508-7165


Le Sueur Country Club 36195 311th Avenue, Le Sueur 507-665-6292

Mankato Golf Club 100 Augusta Drive, Mankato 507-387-5676

Minneopa Golf Club 410 Pintail Street, Mankato 507-625-5777

North Links Golf Course & Banquet Facility 41553 520th Street, North Mankato 507-947-3355

Shoreland Country Club 43781 Golf Course Road, Saint Peter 507-931-4400

Terrace View Golf Course 19304 MN-22, Mankato 507-388-7912

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Betsy-Tacy Society

333 Center Street, Mankato


Blue Earth County Historical Society

424 Warren Street, Mankato 507-345-5566

Children s useum of Southern Minnesota

224 Lamm Street, Mankato 507-386-0279

Farmamerica 7367 360th Avenue, Waseca 507-835-2052

Historic R.D. Hubbard House 606 South Broad Street, Mankato 507-345-4154 hubbard-house


All Season s Arena

1251 Monks Avenue, Mankato 507-387-6552

Bent River Outfitter

530 North Riverfront Drive, Mankato 507-388-2368

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550 West Cherry, Kasota 507-931-7385

Mankato Area BMX

100 Industrial Road, Mankato 507-720-7006

Mankato Curling Club

600 Hope Street, Mankato 507-388-3335

Mankato Family YMCA

1401 South Riverfront Drive, Mankato 507-387-8255

Mankato MoonDogs

1221 Caledonia Street, Mankato 507-625-7047

Mankato Community Education & Recreation Department

110 Fulton Street, Mankato 507-387-5501

Minnesota State University, MankatoIntercollegiate Athletics

135 Myers Field House, Mankato 507-389-6111

Minnesota State University, MankatoRock Climbing Myers Field House, Mankato

Mount Kato Ski Area 20461 Hwy. 66, Mankato 507-625-3363

Nicollet Bike and Ski Shop

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Skydive NorthStar

35493 110th Street, Waseca 507-291-5867


Bethany Lutheran College Theatre

700 Luther Drive, Mankato 507-344-7000

AMC Classic Mankato 6 1600 Warren Street, Mankato 507-625-1763

Cinemark Movies 8 – River Hills Mall

1850 Adams Street #15, Mankato 507-625-1929

Dance Conservatory of Southern Minnesota 1400 Madison Avenue, Suite 318, Mankato 507- 625-2005

Dance Express

2105 North Broad Street, Mankato 507-625-3865

Gustavus Adolphus College Theatre

800 West College Avenue, Saint Peter 507-933-8000

Kato Ballroom

200 Chestnut Street, Mankato 507-625-7553

Lincoln Community Center

110 Fulton Street, Mankato 507-387-5501

Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra 507-345-0702

Mankato Children’s Chorus 507-774-0597

Mankato Ballet Company

1650 Tullamore Street Suite 200 Mankato


Mankato Playhouse

12 Civic Center Plaza 507-317-1245

Mankato Symphony Orchestra

523 South Second Street, Mankato 507-625-8880

Merely Players Community Theatre, Inc. 110 Fulton Street, Mankato 507-388-5483

Minnesota State University, MankatoTheatre & Dance 320 Maywood Avenue, Mankato 507-389-2118

Minnesota Valley Chorale

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Spotlight Dance Company

1351 Madison Avenue, Mankato 507-594-9200

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12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 1640 Mankato



Americare Mobility Van

307 Pine Street, Mankato 507-625-6741

Blue Earth Taxi 111 Butterworth Street, Mankato 507-388-2227

Classic Coach, Inc. 26407 470th Lane, Mankato 507-344-1200

Friends Driving Friends 1801 Pleasant View Drive North Mankato 507-739-7217

Fun Bike Rides

1634 North Broad Street, Mankato 507-200-0531

Land to Air Express, Inc. 50 Sibley Parkway, Mankato 507-625-3977

Mankato Regional Airport

3030 North Airport Road, Mankato 507-625-6006

Authentic Mexican Food & Amazing Drinks

Mankato Transit System 507-625-RIDE mankato-transit-system

Ready to Ride Transportation 507-779-7482

The Landline Company 888-428-1149

TRUE Transit 421 East Hickory Street, Mankato 507-388-8783

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Beacon Lutheran Campus Center-Wels

1506 Warren Street, Mankato


Belgrade Avenue United Methodist Church

325 Sherman Street, North Mankato 507-625-3759

Bethel Baptist Church BGC

1250 Monks Avenue, Mankato 507-345-4011

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

720 South Second Street, Mankato 507-388-2925

Calvary Lutheran Church ELCA 19216 Rapidan Avenue, Mankato 507-278-3317

Campus Lutheran Chapel & Student Center-LCMS

329 Ellis Avenue, Mankato 507-387-658

Centenary United Methodist Church

501 South 2nd Street, Mankato 507-225-6370

Chi Alpha Campus Ministry 507-519-0169

Christ Church

20013 Stoltzman Road, Mankato 612-309-3695

Christ Our Redeemer

Evangelical Lutheran Church 823 Birch Avenue, North Mankato 507-388-7103

Christ the King Lutheran Church ELCA 222 Pfau Street, Mankato 507-345-5056

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

1851 Marie Lane, North Mankato 507-625-8185

Church of Christ

1210 Warren Street, Mankato 507-387-2521

Covenant Family Church 709 North Riverfront Drive, Mankato 507-345-1586

Crossroads Lutheran Campus Ministry-ELCA 331 Dillon Avenue, Mankato 507-625-6779

Crossview Covenant Church 2000 Howard Drive West North Mankato 507-387-5606


600 Lind Street, Mankato 507-345-3111

Dar Abi Bakr Islamic Center 329 East Plum Street, Mankato 507-386-1797

Elevate Church

191 North Victory Drive, Mankato 507-386-1100

First Congregational UCC 150 Stadium Court, Mankato 507-387-6592

First Presbyterian Church - Mankato 220 East Hickory Street, Mankato 507-387-2160

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & School LCMS

2101 Lor Ray Drive, Mankato 507-388-4336

Grace Baptist Church 600 Lind Street, Mankato 507-388-9355

Grace Lutheran Church ELCA 110 North 4th Street, Mankato 507-345-4248

Hillside Church 502 South Victory Drive, Mankato 507-345-7554

Hilltop United Methodist 108 South Manitou Drive, Mankato 507-387-3877

Holy Rosary Catholic Church 525 Grant Avenue, North Mankato 507-387-6501

Hope Baptist Church 150 Jaycee Court, Mankato 507-387-3222

Hope Interfaith Center 114 Pohl Road, Mankato 507-386-1242

Hosanna Lutheran Church-LCMS 105 Hosanna Avenue, Mankato 507-388-1766

Hosanna Highland Campus & Community Church 329 Ellis Avenue, Mankato 507-388-1172

Immanuel Lutheran Church 421 North Second Street, Mankato 507-345-3027

ingdom Hall of Jehovah s itnesses 420 Marie Lane, North Mankato 507-388-5757

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Living Word Mankato

20013 Stolzman Road, Mankato 507-387-3857

Mankato Church of Christ

1210 Warren Street, Mankato 507-387-2521

Messiah Lutheran Church, ELCA 1706 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato 507-387-5537

Middleground Ministry

119 Gwyn Avenue, Mankato 507-388-8457

Mount Olive Lutheran Church and School (ELS)

1123 Marsh Street, Mankato 507-345-4966

New Creation World Outreach Church 1124 North River Drive, North Mankato 507-388-7771

Our Savior s Lutheran Church - ankato 1103 North Broad Street, Mankato 507-385-2180

Peace Lutheran Church (ELS) 2090 Commerce Drive, North Mankato 507-385-1386

Resurrection Lutheran Church 1735 East Main Street, Mankato 507-345-4455

River Ridge Evangelical Free Church 354 Carol Court, North Mankato 507-345-7451

Seventh Day Adventist Church

210 Pohl Road, Mankato 507-625-8625

St. John Lutheran Church-LCMS

55209 190th Street, Rapidan 507-278-3835

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

632 S. Broad Street, Mankato 507-625-3131

St John s Episcopal Church

302 Warren Street, Mankato 507-388-1969

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church 423 West 7th Street, Mankato 507-388-3766

St. Mark Lutheran Church 502 West 7th Street, Mankato 507-388-2013

St Paul s Lutheran Church

304 Monroe Avenue, North Mankato 507-345-7049

St Peter Paul s Catholic Church 105 North 5th Street, Mankato 507-388-2995

St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center 1502 Warren Street, Mankato 507-387-4154

The Holy Christian Church Mankato 119 State Street, Mankato 507-720-0886

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato 937 Charles Avenue, Mankato 507-388-5022

United Campus Ministry 150 Stadium Court, Mankato 507-345-7806

Word of Life Free Lutheran Church AFLC 20013 Stolzman Road, Mankato 507-387-3857

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