If you are looking for an adventure, wellness event, great family getaway or an invigorating cultural experience, you are investigating the right community. In Mankato, we are playing year-round, and we are proud to share what we have to offer with others.
You can find Mankato nestled in the scenic Minnesota River Valley just 75 minutes southwest of the St. Paul/Minneapolis metro. Our community offers experiences you would expect from a major metro and the charm you can get only from a close-knit community.
Mankato is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the area’s abundant recreation activities and wellness events. In addition to the scenic beauty of the Minnesota River, there are numerous lakes throughout the area. Greater Mankato has more than 60 parks and 50 miles of paved trails for walking, biking or skating.
You can escape to Mankato for an enriching cultural encounter. Our calendar is packed year round because of a thriving arts community that offers headliner concerts, top-notch theatre performances, live music and lively nightly entertainment. In addition, you can’t take a step in our City Center without noticing the fine arts from painted utility boxed to CityArt sculptures to poetry on the trail system.
Mankato has a rich history including a significant role in the U.S. Dakota Conflict and serving as the backdrop of the very popular Betsy-Tacy book series.
Speaking of tradition, Mankato is proud to play host to the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp. This sporting event mixed in with many others has delighted our fair share of sporting enthusiasts and families over the years.
We welcome the opportunity to tell you more about our great community.