Attraction Stories

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

Submitted Photo - Williams Nature Center - Overlook near Minneopa Creek

Refuge in the Valley – Williams Nature Center

The Williams Nature center offers ADA accessible trails, old forest, abundant wildlife and spectacular views of the Minnesota River Valley
Kayak on the water

Welcome on the River – Bent River Outfitter

With so many rivers in the Greater Mankato Area, Bent River Outfitter, who can put you on the water is a tremendous community asset
Photo by Scott Moeller - Prairie bouquet at Linnaeus Arboretum in St. Peter

Treasure In Our Midst – Linnaeus Arboretum

On the outskirts of St Peter, Linnaeus Arboretum is a hidden gem that a many people don't know about. Best of all, all are welcome and admittance is free
Photo by Don Lipps - Some of the many offerings at Dork Den in Mankato

Low-Tech Fun and More – The Dork Den

Joe Huber and Greg Fenske opened The Dork Den in 2013 to offer low-tech, analog only fun in the way of board games, comics, and much more.
Submitted Photo - Mankato Playhouse - Jesus Christ Superstar

The Show Must Go On – The Mankato Playhouse

Davori Production's Mankato Playhouse is providing dinner theater to the Greater Mankato Area
Stack of books

Storybook Tour — A Literary Journey Along Highway 14

Take a whirlwind tour along Minnesota Highway 14 to explore three of our favorite children's authors: Maud Hart Lovelace, Wanda Gág, and Laura Ingalls Wilder
Submitted Photo - Participants at work at Design & Wine's space on Belgrade Avenue in North Mankato

Cultivating Creativity – Design and Wine

Laura Doyen started Design and Wine in North Mankato to encourage creativity as well as to help groups and organizations with a great team-building activity.
Photo by Mike Lagerquist - Detail of the Lineman on the Consolidated Communications building in Mankato

ARTchitecture – Telephone Lineman Bas Relief

Mike Lagerquist tells the story of the Lineman bas relief sculpture on the current Consolidated Communications building in Mankato
Primitive Campfire

Ready for Anything – Minnesota Primitive Skills and Survival School

Mason Grove and the Minnesota Primitive Skills and Survival School have positioned themselves to help the people of southern Minnesota learn to be more sell-sufficient.
Book of poetry outdoors

Poetry in Motion – The Mankato Poetry Walk and Ride

The Mankato Poetry Walk and Ride contributes to the growing arts culture scene of the Greater Mankato Area by offering exposure to the work of many Minnesota poets at strategic locations.