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.
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.
Kiwanis Recreation Area is a many-featured Mankato park located just north of town on Highway 169.
King Arthur Park, tucked in the middle of an Upper North Mankato neighborhood, offers several playground areas, green space, tennis and basketball courts, a ball field and winter ice skating.
Kasota Municipal Park is a large green space tucked in the middle of the city with lots of elbow room and a playground.
Langness Park, in upper North Mankato, is a quaint, small neighborhood park. It offers a large green space, a playground, a basketball court and picnic tables.
Lindbergh Park, located along the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail in Madison Lake, offers swings, picnic tables, a basketball court, and the perfect rest stop when biking the trail.
Located on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, the Linnaeus Arboretum is a hidden gem focusing on Minnesota native plants.