Forest Heights Park in Upper North Mankato is a large park with plenty of green space. It has several playground areas as well as a tennis court, a ball field, and a basketball court.
Fallenstein Playground is an all-inclusive playground at Caswell Park in North Mankato that allows kids of all needs to have fun.
F.A. Buscher Park, in a quiet Mankato subdivision, offers a large picnic shelter and expansive green space.
Adjacent to the St. Peter Community and Recreation Center, Gorman Park's main feature is a massive wooden play structure, making it a favorite of local kids and visitors.
Heritage Estates Park, not far from the MSU campus in Mankato, is one of the smaller parks in the city system but offers ample green space and playground equipment.
Highland Park, near MSU in Mankato, offers ample space to roam, playground equipment, sand volley ball courts, picnic tables, and grills.
Hiniker Park and Pond in Mankato are local favorites for swimming and relaxing on the sandy beach without having to leave the city.
Indian Lake Conservation Area is a 120 acre wetland mitigation site providing excellent wildlife viewing. The site features a trail for hiking and horseback riding.
Jones Recreation Park is a premier outdoor park in Lake Crystal.
Jaycee Park in Mankato offers ball fields, including some that are lighted for night play, and hosts softball and baseball leagues.