Attraction Stories

There are so many fantastic Greater Mankato Area attractions. Here are a few stories about the region’s great things to do.

Christmas Decoration With Fir Branches and Red Berries On a Dark Background

Shopping with Your Gnomies: The New Ulm Holiday Craft Show Experience

Every year, dozens of artisans gather in New Ulm to sell their wares during the fan favorite GnomeMade Market, and this year is no different.
Haunted House In Forest

Scared to Death: the New Ulm Nightmares Haunted House

By Katie Roiger “Welcome to the funeral home,” says the somber greeter. “Enter if you dare!” You step forward bravely into the spectral dusk of a...
Photo by Mike Lagerquist - Closeup of Fred Kron monument.

ARTchitecture – Mankato’s Calvary Cemetery Chronicles the Town’s Growth

Mankato's Calvary Cemetery has a history that extends back 130 years and the space to continue serving Mankato for at least another 150 more.
Photo by Toni Cuenca from Pexels

Halloween Reimagined – A Full Slate of Events!

Halloween may look a little different this year, but there are still plenty of fun and spooky things to do around Mankato.
Submitted Photo - Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota - Mankato Clinic Tree of Forts

Children’s Museum to reopen Oct. 1 with limited hours and capacity

After more than six months of closure due to COVID-19, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is reopening on Oct. 1.
Submitted Image - The Kato Ballroom

Save the Last Dance – The Kato Ballroom

The Kato Ballroom has seen a lot of music since its founding in 1942. Flexibility and adaptation have been the keys to being one of the few surviving ballrooms in Minnesota
Escape Room - Mankato, MN

Escape Into Fun – Kato Escape

Kato Escape in Mankato offers challenging fun for all ages with its unique rooms filled with puzzles
Photo by Mike Lagerquist - Arnie Lillo walks among the 46 pairs of animals created displayed 2-by-2 on his property. The ark he created from Colorado blue spruce will be placed under the rainbow.

Noah’s Helper – New Attraction, Arnie’s Ark

Arnie Lillo has been displaying large metal sculptures on his property near Good Thunder for quite some time. He's introducing a new display, a large scale model of Noah's Ark
Photo by Julie Johnson Fahrforth - Part of the 40' long concept sketch for the Mni Mural in Mankato

A Multitude of Murals – Seven Area Artists

Public murals have been appearing all over the Mankato area. Several mural artists are highlighted for you to get to know
Photo by Don Lipps - Detail from Intersections by Luke Achterberg

CityArt’s 2020 Walking Sculpture Tour

It was a lovely Saturday morning, and as I've done every year since beginning work on MankatoLIFE, it was time to walk the streets...