Adventure AwaitsVisit Mankato
Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes, and here in Mankato we have them all. With so many fun winter activities, you’ll have a hard time choosing your favorite! Fortunately, we’ve organized some of ours to help you decide.
Things to Do
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
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>
Grab a sled or tube and head to the legendary Sibley Park (360° virtual tour) 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.
Each winter fans swarm indoors to cheer on their Minnesota State University, Mankato (360° virtual tour) Men’s and Women’s Division I Hockey at the Verizon Center (360° virtual tour) . During period intermissions partake in the games and cheers with the crowd. Go>
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.
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.
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>
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) .
Come to Mankato to climb the largest indoor rock wall in Southern Minnesota! Go>
Winter Events in Mankato
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