Activities & Attractions
There are many ways to spend your leisure time in Greater Mankato. Nestled in the scenic Minnesota River Valley, Greater Mankato is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the area's abundant wildlife, water and recreation activities. In addition to the scenic beauty of the Minnesota River, there are numerous lakes throughout the area. Greater Mankato has more than 60 parks and 50 miles of paved trails for walking, biking or skating. And for the more active outdoor enthusiasts there are hills to climb up or ski down. Sports, entertainment and cultural events are also plentiful in Greater Mankato. With 5,000 seats and additional meeting spaces, the Verizon Wireless Center hosts concerts, conventions, trade shows and sporting events. With a thriving arts community, Greater Mankato is home to a variety of theatre, music, dance, visual and written arts programs provided by a variety of community groups. Greater Mankato is also a retail center, with hundreds of stores and restaurants, ranging from large national retailers to quaint local shops. So no matter what your interest, there's always something to do in Greater Mankato.