Top 10 Things to do in North Mankato, United States

October 7, 2017 Toi Mattera

North Mankato in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for State Parks. Discover best things to do in North Mankato with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
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1. Minneopa State Park

54497 Gadwall Rd, Mankato, MN 56001-5929
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Minneopa State Park

Reviewed By ViajeroJBW - Maple Grove, Minnesota

When in Mankato last weekend visiting our daughter at Minnesota State University – Mankato for family weekend, we went out on that beautiful Sunday afternoon for a drive and stumbled upon this park, so we decided to go in. We walked around hiked down the stairs and over to the falls and took some pictures – a nice setting and nice view. Then we walked back up and got in her car and drove to the bison reserve just down the road. Very nice grounds – a perfect place to have a picnic or small group gathering at one of the outdoor shelters.

2. Mankato Brewery

1119 Center St, North Mankato, MN 56003-2108 +1 507-386-2337
Excellent
60%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Mankato Brewery

Reviewed By MisterBrick - Cloquet, Minnesota

I'm not that into beer tasting but my husband is. He very much enjoyed his beer flight and they have pop (I think they make it) for the kids in a few flavors. You can buy bags of popcorn or pretzels but it's really just...MoreSo sorry if something went wrong to get a 3-star. We strive for better. As a brewery taproom we like to keep the focus on our beer in a friendly space. Hope to see you and your husband again in the future. ~Tim

3. Drive A Tank

550 Cherry St W, Kasota, MN 56050-2062 +1 507-931-7385
Excellent
83%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 29 reviews

Drive A Tank

Reviewed By tw3retiree - Orange, California

Our grandson is into everything military so we decided to give him an experience he'll never forget. We drove an armored personnel carrier and a 17 ton Abbott tank. In addition we got to shoot 3 different automatic weapons on the range.
The good:
Obviously we had a fun time and got to do some things most people never get a chance to do.
From our first contact on the phone the staff was helpful, friendly and very safety conscious, which in a situation like this is paramount.
The facilities are good. The web-site is excellent and communication with DAT was efficient and helpful.
The program plan is well thought out. The equipment is exactly what is promised and the staff is right there all the time, being sure that everything is safe and to help you operate the equipment.
The not so good:
We were told to get there an hour early. We did and ended up sitting around for an hour.
For the price the amount of drive time is very short. I know the equipment is expensive to own, operate and maintain, but I was expecting maybe twice the amount we got.
The number of people booked for our day was way too high. On the day we were there (July 11) there were so many people the staff seemed a bit overwhelmed. The briefing room was standing room only (after extra chairs were put in the aisles) and the number of participants appeared to drive changes to the normal program, throwing the staff a little off balance. The history lecture was skipped over for lack of time. A truckload of people was left standing around for lack of a driver, etc..
The time spent waiting for your turn to do something was long (I’d estimate in total 3 hours waiting around, half an hour doing stuff, half an hour watching car crushes and inspecting the tanks.)
The number of people being cycled through the shooting range was driving the instructor to move at too high a pace. It was not unsafe, he focused on safe operation, but he was having to move way too fast under the circumstances.
I don’t want to sound too critical. This may have been an off day, but DAT is in complete control of the number of participants that get booked on one day.
Overall a really good, unique experience that was largely what was promised on their web-site. I’m glad that we did it. When booking your visit talk to them about getting a day when they're not booked to (or above) capacity and you'll have a great time!

4. Wildwood County Park

60582 200th Lane, Eagle Lake, MN 56024
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Wildwood County Park

Reviewed By JessPem - Minneapolis, Minnesota

This is such a neat park! How often can you cross a swinging bridge? It is so cool!! Here's some info:
This park has a total of 28 acres in three parcels lying on alternate sides of the river. The parcels are joined by a 140 foot-long swinging-foot bridge and a 120 foot-long trail bridge. The intent is to retain this area in its natural state, providing only a parking area, nature trail, and canoe access to the river. The park is an attractive setting of mixed woods and small open areas.
Bring your bug spray though!!

5. Sibley Park Zoo

800 Sibley Park Road NE, Mankato, MN +1 507-387-8600
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Sibley Park Zoo

Reviewed By JamaicaBabe82 - Vernon Center, Minnesota

Such a fun park and small zoo in one! It is hands down our 3 year old's favorite park in the area. Bring a few quarters to feed the animals and a picnic for your littles and make a fun day of it!

6. Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

224 Lamm St, Mankato, MN 56001-2305 +1 507-386-0279
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 38 reviews

Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota is full of opportunities for discovery, development, and hands-on play. The Museum is many things: a mission, a place, and an organization -- but it is entirely devoted to serving children, families, and the greater community. Settled at its fantastic location in downtown Mankato, Minnesota, the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota features exhibits, activities, and spaces to engage all ages. From the Betsy Tacy-inspired Play Porch to the mind-inspiring attractions of the Whiz Bang exhibit, and with a towering Mankato Clinic Tree of Forts Climber so tall that it burst through the roof, there's plenty to do and see -- all within a safe, inviting, and comfortable space. The Children's Museum of Minnesota exists thanks to the support of dozens of businesses, hundreds of families, many wonderful volunteers, and the entire Greater Mankato community. Tens of thousands of visitors have already enjoyed the Museum at its previous locations since 2009. With the continued help and enthusiasm of all who have supported us, we can't wait to put smiles on many more faces -- for generations to come.

Reviewed By Christopher A - Dundas, Minnesota

I visited in June, 2017 with my three children (ages 9, 6, 2). They loved the museum and its hands-on activities. While it's not as large as the Children's Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, it's also less crowded. The two museums have a few shared exhibit ideas (conveyor belt with blocks, crane, etc.), and the Mankato museum has a few outdoor animals to see as well. Overall, it's a fun stop when passing through the area. Parking is easy and staff is friendly and helpful.

7. Seven Mile Creek Park

Hwy 169 between North Mankato & St. Peter, Mankato, MN
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Seven Mile Creek Park

Reviewed By IowaLakeGirl78 - Sioux City, Iowa

This area is really beautiful, particularly if you can come on a nice fall day. For me, there's just something special about the changing colors, a bright sun against a blue sky mixed in with a view of the water. If you are into photography, you will likely encounter many opportunities for perfect shots here.
The area is easy to get to - just off Highway 169 heading toward the Twin Cities.

8. Mount Kato

20461 State Highway 66, Mankato, MN 56001-7328 +1 800-668-5286
Excellent
33%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Mount Kato

Year-round recreation area for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and mountain biking is located in the scenic Minnesota River valley.

Reviewed By Jeatat - Mankato, Minnesota

Mount Kato keeps getting better. The chalet interior makeover is an attractive, fresh change. There are more specials and promotions than ever. New staff are pleasant and efficient. The best part of this hill are the quality, experienced staff and the extraordinary retention of these employees. And the proximity of the hill to South Central Minnesota.

9. River Hills Mall

1850 Adams St, Mankato, MN 56001-4864 +1 507-388-1100
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

River Hills Mall

Reviewed By tokanier - Forest Lake, Minnesota

Arrived and entered by the food court....was surprised at the size of the mall. A nice variety of choices. Target is enclosed which i really like! They have a carousel for the kiddies, food choices for hungry shoppers, a movie theater too. Parking was easy and not a long walk inside. A great place to spend a cold winter day/night.

10. Carnegie Art Center

120 S Broad St, Mankato, MN 56001-3611 +1 507-625-2730
Excellent
51%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Carnegie Art Center

Reviewed By Quita D - Mankato, Minnesota

I wandered through the neighborhood I'd just moved to in downtown Mankato, and there it was on a warm fall afternoon. A building full of beautiful works that show off the regional artists' skills and talents. Some of the artists I knew from town but hadn't known how skilled they were!

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