Spend Your Spring Break in Mankato
Caribbean, schm-aribbean! You don’t have to travel to exotic lands to have a great vacation this spring break. Mankato is brimming with events and activities. We have something fun for everyone this spring, whether your family loves games, the arts, or getting active in the great outdoors. So unpack your suitcase, cancel that flight, and stay and see what Mankato has to offer this March.
Grab your family and head outdoors to one of our pristine area parks. Take in the waterfalls or visit the bison at Minneopa State Park or explore the trails of Land of Memories Park. Sibley Park (360° virtual tour) , one of Mankato’s most popular destinations, features beautiful walking trails, outdoor exercise equipment, and a playground recognized as one of the coolest playgrounds in the state by NewsCastic in 2015. If winter is still sticking around for spring break, hit the slopes at Mount Kato for some downhill skiing, snowboarding or tubing. Weather a bit too chilly? Head indoors to Minnesota State University, Mankato’s indoor rock climbing wall (360° virtual tour) . Considered the largest indoor rock-climbing center in southern Minnesota, the rock wall offers kids and adults alike courses of varying degrees of difficulty year-round. Older kids and adults can join in on the fun of Mankato Area Table Tennis, held at Bethel Baptist Church and get some indoor exercise.
Enjoy the Arts
Start your spring break off right by going on a self-guided CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour. On the tour, you’ll see 27 unique sculptures made by local artists and placed along the tour for one year. But hurry and see them now before they are rotated out in April! New to Mankato is ARTifact, a paint-your-own pottery studio which provides hours of creative entertainment for kids and adults. Visitors can choose a piece of pottery and spend all day in the studio using a selection of paints and brushes to turn it into a personalized masterpiece. Ready to relax? MSU’s Ted Paul Theatre presents Talley’s Folly, a charming production centered around a 20th century southern couple. With affordable ticket prices and comfortable seating, you and your family can sit back and enjoy the show
March weather can be unpredictable, so don’t risk a major vacation upset like an unexpected blizzard. Wow! Zone Family Entertainment Center in Mankato is full of endless indoor fun for the whole family. Between bowling, laser tag, and a massive arcade, you and the kids will be entertained for hours on end. The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (360° virtual tour) is another place the whole family will love. It features hands-on learning and exciting interactive exhibits; just because school is out doesn’t mean you can’t learn!
Spring Shopping & Dining
Get ready to shop ‘til you drop this spring break. First, head to the River Hills Mall and check out the 100+ stores, ride the indoor carousel or take in a movie at its multi-screen theater. Next, head downtown and shop our charming array of local boutiques and small businesses in Old Town (360° virtual tour) or on Front Street (360° virtual tour) . Search out stylish apparel at Sticks & Stones boutique, leaf through pages of a good book at Once Read Used Book Store, and find a hidden treasure at Broad Street Antiques. With all of that shopping, you’re bound to get hungry. Choose from our variety of delicious restaurants; stop by The Coffee Hag for a caffeinated pick-me-up, or visit Pub 500 for a more filling meal. On a health kick? Stop by WYSIWYG, a juice and smoothie bar in downtown Mankato. Need some comfort food? Pagliai’s Pizza, the oldest pizzeria in Mankato, offers tasty food made with quality ingredients. Last but not least, top off your week with a delicious dessert from Bluebird Cakery.
Start planning your spring break in Mankato by requesting a visitor guide.