Visit Mankato

Family Fun

Visit Mankato

Mankato Snow Adventure

Experience Mankato winter logoGrab the kids and head to Mankato for some winter fun! Plan your own special itinerary or avoid the stress and check out our package deals at the bottom of the page. We offer plenty of winter fun that the whole family will love at a price that can’t be beat!

 


Things to Do

Skiing in MankatoDown-Hill Skiing
Down-hill skiers and snowboarders find Mount Kato to be a hub for fast action and short lines. With 19 groomed trails and four terrain parks for skiing and snowboarding, as well as a tubing park, you’ll never run out of things to do. Getting cold? Head inside the cozy ski lodge for some relaxation and dining. Go>

 

 

Cross-Country Skiing in Mankato

Cross Country Skiing
Mankato is surrounded by an extensive trail system featuring groomed pathways which bring cross country skiers through Indian Lake Park, Williams Nature Center, Bray Park, Wildwood Conservation Area and Daly Park. Each location presents an exciting journey for a beginner or experienced cross country skier. Call 507-304-4025 or visit Blue Earth County’s website. Go>

 

 

Sledding in Mankato

Sledding
Grab a sled or tube and head to the legendary Sibley Park (360° virtual tour) More Mankato icon or Spring Lake Park hill for downhill sledding. Don’t have a tube? No problem. Head to Mount Kato, which provides large tubes for a smoother ride with just as much thrill.

 

 

Minnesota State University Mankato Hockey

Hockey
Each winter fans swarm indoors to cheer on their Minnesota State University, Mankato (360° virtual tour) More Mankato icon Men’s and Women’s Division I Hockey at the Verizon Center (360° virtual tour) More Mankato icon. During period intermissions partake in the games and cheers with the crowd. Go>

 

 

Ice skating in Mankato

Ice Skating
Stay outside and skate in one of Mankato’s 11 parks with outdoor skating rinks. Too cold? All Season’s Arena offers an indoor skating rink with affordable skate rentals. Skate for fun or challenge the kids to a game of hockey. Go>

 

 

Snowbiking in Mankato

Snow Biking
Snow bikes or “fat bikes” are best experienced along packed trails. Head to Seven Mile Creek Park, Kiwanis Recreation Area, Ft. LeHillier Trail or Indian Lake Conservation Area to try it yourself. Want to ride with a group? Nicollet Bike Shop offers group rides on Tuesdays.

 

 

Snowmobiling in Mankato

Snowmobiling
There are 160 miles of trails for snowmobilers in Blue Earth County. Snowmobilers should visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website to find detailed maps of available snowmobile routes. Go>

 

 

 

Mankato Snowshoe Adventures

Snowshoeing
Looking for a unique experience in our parks and on our trails this winter? Give snowshoeing a try! This activity allows you to experience winter in all its wonder. Go it alone or book a tour with the local experts, Bent River Outfitter. Rent snowshoes from Bent River Outfitter or Minnesota State University, Mankato Campus Recreation (360° virtual tour) More Mankato iconGo>

 

 


Places to Visit

Wow! Zone
This huge family entertainment center has something for the whole family, with 24 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, a two-level laser tag arena, black light mini golf, a full arcade, snack bar, and sports bar and restaurant. Go>

 

 

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota offers much more than just everyday play. They host or organize birthday parties, summer camps, group visits, and a variety of fresh and exciting activities to keep you excited and engaged. Go>

 

 

Indoor Rock Climbing Center
Come to Mankato to climb the largest indoor rock wall in Southern Minnesota! Go>

 

 

 

Mankato Family YMCA
Building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities, the Mankato Family YMCA offers a multitude of programs, classes, and activities in their  75,000 sq. ft. facility. Go>

 

 

 

Mankato HolidaysKiwanis Holiday Lights
It’s the holiday season, and Mankato has plenty of holiday cheer to go around. Our dazzling Kiwanis Holiday Lights display in Sibley park is sure to impress! This year’s attractions include a display of over 1.5 million LED lights, animated lights, skating rink and warming house, horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa Claus, live reindeer, ice sculptures and more! Go>

 

 


Winter Packages: the Most Fun at the Best Deal

Don’t have time to plan a trip yourself? No problem! We did the hard work for you. Check out the family packages below at a steal of a deal!

Family Fun at the Hilton Garden Inn
There’s something fun for the whole family at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.
$159 through December 31 ($144 after January 1)

Features:

Book this package by calling Carrie at the Hilton Garden Inn: 507-385-0705.


Holiday Highlights at the Hilton Garden Inn – December 1 only!
The Mankato Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Highlights performance will be sure to dazzle and delight viewers of all ages.
$169 – Good December 1 only

Features:

Book this package by calling Carrie at the Hilton Garden Inn: 507-385-0705.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Family Fun Escape
Wow! Zone has something for the whole family, with 24 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, two-level laser tag arena, black light mini golf, full arcade, snack bar and sports bar and restaurant.
*Package rate depends on availability and room choice

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Book this package online. Go>


Winter Events in Mankato

  • For a list of holiday events, click here.
  • For a list of all local events, click here.

Dining

  • For a list of dining options in Mankato, click here.

Lodging

  • For a list of hotels in Mankato, click here.

Still Not Ready to Leave?

A Kid-Friendly Guide to Mankato. Go>