Welcome to Mankato. A thriving regional center with a small town feel. Discover Mankato’s extensive cycling trails, parks, ski slopes, rivers, arts, entertainment, shopping and nightlife. And it’s all so close. Only 75 minutes from Minneapolis, Mankato is an easily accessible Minnesota destination of choice. In 1880, Mankato was the fourth largest city in Minnesota with a population of 5,500. Today, more than 50,000 people call Mankato and North Mankato home.
Mankato offers many recreation opportunities. Local, county and state trails culminates into over 50 miles of paved trails, nestled in a scenic river valley. You will also love the rivers, parks and ski hills. Indoor activities… how about a Division I Minnesota State University, Mankato hockey game at the Verizon Center or listen to live music in the historic City Center. And for the ‘Foodies’ you’ll love Mankato’s strong local food scene. Those who like to shop ‘Til You Drop’ you won’t be disappointed with hundreds of stores that Mankato offers, ranging from national retailers to local shops, vintage, and bargain shopping!