Hiniker Park and Pond in Mankato are local favorites for swimming and relaxing on the sandy beach without having to leave the city.
Heart and Soil is a festive community garden in Mankato offering garden plots to the public.
Kiwanis Recreation Area is a many-featured Mankato park located just north of town on Highway 169.
The Kasota Prairie, among the few remaining areas of tall prairie grasses, features native wildflowers, abundant wildlife, and running water during wet periods.
The Lookout Drive Scenic Overlook in North Mankato offers a spectacular view of the Minnesota River and Sibley Park.
Located on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, the Linnaeus Arboretum is a hidden gem focusing on Minnesota native plants.
Minnemishinona Falls on Judson Bottom Road just outside of North Mankato, is a beautiful 42 foot waterfall with an overlook.
Located 3 miles outside of Mankato, Minneopa State Park is home to Southern Minnesota's largest waterfall and much more.
One leg of the extensive trail system in and around Mankato, the Minnesota River Trail offers spectacular views.
Riverview Park, nestled between the Minnesota River and Highway 169 in North Mankato, is the perfect place to start a ramble along the western bank of the river.