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Biking in Mankato

Escape from the everyday in Mankato. Discover Mankato’s extensive cycling trails, open country roads, downhill slopes and river rapids. While you’re here, you’ll also find just the right combination of small town feel and thriving regional center. Mankato is a hub for arts, entertainment, shopping and nightlife. And it’s all so close. Just a short 75 miles from Minneapolis, Mankato is an easily accessible Minnesota destination of choice.

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Mankato River System

In Mankato we know that recreation is a big part of any vacation. Whether you want to stay indoors or  conquer the great outdoors, Mankato offers many recreation opportunities. The confluence of local, county and state trails culminates into over 50 miles of paved trails, nestled in a scenic river valley and is perfect for cycling, running and leisurely walking. Outdoor enthusiasts will also love our rivers, parks and ski hills. Staying indoors isn’t any less exciting in Mankato. Take in a Division I Minnesota State University, Mankato hockey game at the Verizon Center, conquer the rock climbing wall at Myers Field House on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus or listen to live music in our vibrant, historic City Center.


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Let the experienced staff help you find the perfect venue for your next meeting or convention. Mankato offers the most outstanding and easily accessible venues in Southern Minnesota and some of the best in the Midwest. Just a short 75 miles from Minneapolis, Mankato also offers unique, flexible, affordable and easily accessible meeting venues with capability to host events of up to 6,500 people.

There are several options for planning your event. Visit Mankato can coordinate shuttle transportation, assist with bidding and even put together a plan for your attendees after your event. We can provide ideas for off-site activities and local events to entertain your group. Take time to kick back and relive the special moments of your events at one of our many local restaurants. Relax in our vibrant downtown with live music. The possibilities are endless.

One phone call or email can get you set up with free services that will save you valuable time so you will have more time to enjoy the event you’ve worked so hard to organize.

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Looking for the perfect venue for any size meeting? To preview the exciting options waiting for you in Mankato, submit an online Request For Proposal (RFP) form and a member of the Visit Mankato convention team will contact you.


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Mankato offers the most outstanding and easily accessible venues and facilities for youth and amateur sporting events in Southern Minnesota and some of the best in the Midwest. Located just 75 miles from Minneapolis, we offer a wide variety of playing fields, trails, courts, courses and rinks. Our state-of-the-art, multi-sport venues can host small youth tournaments all the way up to large scale professional athletic events like Verizon Vikings Training Camp and the Minnesota Timberwolves Training Camp. The Visit Mankato team, our multi-sport venues and our inviting, friendly community make Mankato an ideal spot for your tournament or competition.