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Activities to Cross Off Your Winter Bucket List

Get out of winter hibernation and experience some of the best Southern Minnesota has to offer in Greater Mankato.

Featured in Minnesota Monthly

If you live in the Midwest but are not a fan of the Minnesota winters, chances are you are counting down the days until spring. You may even be desperate to find ways to pass the time. The way we see it, you have two choices. Stay inside as you binge-watch the same shows over and over, dragging out your winter blues, or you can join the rest of us and start having some fun already! So, pack up the car, take a short drive to Mankato for a weekend trip, and start checking off some of these must-do winter bucket list activities.

Skiing in Southern Minnesota

Outdoor Adventures

No, you don’t need to travel to Vail, Colorado, to experience the thrill of flying down the slopes. Sure, the mountains are beautiful, but you can still enjoy a scenic winter landscape with various elevations right here in Mankato. No skis, snowboards, snow tubes, or the right winter attire? No problem. Mankato offers some great options to rent or buy top of the line gear such as Bent River Outfitters and Nicollet Bike and Ski. With plenty of stores and retail outlets on Mankato’s Hilltop or the City Center downtown, you can be sure to find great options for your winter wardrobe. So, grab a pen and paper—or however you record your travel to-do list—and jot some of these outdoor recreation activities down:

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Tubing
  • Fat Tire Biking on Kiwanis Mountain Bike Trail
Bison at Minneopa State Park

Frozen Family Fun

Remember what winter was like before the digital days? Get the kids off the couch and bring back the old glory days by letting them experience the same winter fun you had growing up. The outdoor adventures noted above can be great for families, so let’s add a few more items to our travel to-dos.

  • Snowshoeing in Rasmussen Park
  • Sledding at the legendary Spring Lake Park and Sibley Park
  • Ice skate in one of Mankato’s 11 parks with outdoor rinks
  • Visit the Bison at Minneopa State Park
What to do this winter in Manato

Winter Warmup

As much as we know you want to spend every waking minute of your trip in the brisk open air, Mankato also offers plenty of indoor fun when you’re not experiencing the great outdoors of Southern Minnesota. Whether you want to continue the adventure indoors or take some time to relax and unwind, you can find it right here in Mankato. So before putting away your trusted travel to-do list, be sure to include these activities:

  • Taste local flavors at our craft breweries and wineries
  • Explore Mankato’s many unique shops and boutiques
  • Experience the rich culture in Mankato’s art galleries and museums
  • Enjoy live entertainment with a variety of performances every week

Where to Stay

Where to Stay

In greater Mankato, you’ll find more than just a comfortable night’s sleep. We have hotels with on-site restaurants; game rooms and swimming pools and more!
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Where to Dine

Where to Eat

Mankato has a strong local food scene where restaurants in the City Center and nearby neighborhoods serve everything from New York style pizza to creative burger creations and local craft beer.
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Where to Play

Where to Play

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 is your getaway destination in southern Minnesota!
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Visitor Guides

Visitor Guides

Read through the Travel Guides and Explore all there is to do in Greater Mankato including maps of the CityArt Sculpture Tour and Southern Minnesota biking trails and hiking paths along the countryside.
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