Attraction Stories

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

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...
Tree tops

Treading the Treetops – Kerfoot Canopy Tour

Kerfoot Canopy Tour near Henderson, MN offers an aerial tour over a mile in length and 14 zip lines.
Photo by Rick Pepper - Aerial view of the Silo Art Project in Mankato, MN

Nearing Completion – Silo Art Photo Album 3

The Silo Art Project, an endeavor by CityArt, is almost complete. Australian artist Guido van Helten has left his mark on the Ardent Mills silos.