city in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, USA

Mankato (pronounced man-KAY-toh) is a city in Minnesota, USA, that exudes a college presence with several centers of higher learning, including Minnesota State University. A somewhat colorful community, it was home to Sinclair Lewis and the literary characters Betsy and Tacy as well as such luminaries as Ron Johnson and Mike Lindell, though his pillow store is no longer there. Then, it was also the site of a darker event, the execution of 38 individuals in 1862 following the Dakota uprising, even in the midst of the Civil War. President Lincoln reduced the number of executions which was originally far higher, trying to find a balance.

Get inEdit

Map of Mankato

Land to Air Express or Landline ground transport from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP).

Get aroundEdit


  • Betsy Tacy Society, 332 Center St. If you were a fan of the Betsy Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace, you will probably take a shine to this museum about the stories that were set in Mankato. However it's only open Saturdays from 1-3PM. +1 507-345-9777


  • Minneopa State Park, 54497 Gadwall Rd. A state park featuring a waterfall and trails and bison herd in the Minnesota River Valley. Features a windmill, nature center, and campground too. +1 507-386-3910
  • Sibley Park, 900 Mound Ave. Mankato's largest city park, located at the confluence of the Minnesota and Blue Earth rivers. Features 2 playgrounds, baseball fields, a sledding hill, flower gardens, a small zoo (summer only), and paved walking trails. Every year between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, Sibley park is host to the popular Kiwanis Holiday Lights show.


  • Attend the Wacipi Pow wow in September at Land of Memories Park, 100 Amos Owen Ln. You can also camp and canoe here along the Minnesota River in season.
  • Hike or cross country ski/snowshoe through hardwoods and watersheds at Red Jacket Valley Park, 19950 State Hwy 66. Daily 8AM-10PM.
  • Ski, sled, or mountain bike at Mount Kato Ski Area, 20461 State Hwy 66. +1 507-625-3363


  • River Hills Mall, 1850 Adams Street. Monday-Saturday 10AM-9PM Sunday 11AM-6PM. Over 100 shops, plus movie theaters.


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Middle SchoolsEdit

  • Dakota Meadows
  • Prairie Winds

Elementary SchoolsEdit


  • Yu's Chinese Cuisine, 1601 Monks Avenue. Although the decor is not high class, Yu's serves decent Chinese food. Offers a lunch buffet. $5-9 a plate.
  • El Mazatlan, on Madison Avenue. Good Mexican food. Dos Equis on tap.
  • Pagliai's, 524 South Front Street. Excellent dine-in or carry-out pizza.
  • Happy Chef Restaurant, 51646 US-169. You can get your greasy spoon fix here with hash browns and omelets in the morning or country fried steak for lunch. Also featuring cinnamon roll pancakes. Don't forget to say hi to the Happy Chef statue in the parking lot on the way out. Daily 6AM-2PM. +1 507-388-2953



  • Motel 6 Mankato, 1731 Premier Dr. One of those new generation Motel 6's that almost looks like it could be a clean room at a semiconductor facility it is so minimalist. +1 507-345-6666

Go nextEdit

Routes through Mankato
BrookingsNew Ulm  W   E  OwatonnaRochester
MinneapolisShakopee  N   S  Blue EarthFort Dodge
WorthingtonSt. James ← Jct N   S  W   E  → Jct  Faribault

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