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Drive a Tank

If you have just one weekend to experience the highlights of Mankato, what would you pick? Let us help you out with that dilemma. We have some suggestions that will leave you wishing you had more time to escape from the everyday in Mankato. These experiences are truly unique to Mankato.

Day One

8 a.m. – Start your day at the Wagon Wheel Café in Mankato. Blend in with the locals as you eat your choice of eggs or pancakes as big as your plate.

10 a.m. – Hit the trails. Mankato has over 50 miles of paved local, county and state trails nestled in a scenic river valley for cyclists and runners. Our trail system offers a spectacular view of areas that may not always be explored, especially if you stick to the roads. Trail users will follow streams and cross upland and wetland areas, where one may see all kinds of wildlife. You never know what is around the next bend.

12 p.m. – Guenther’s Café has been flipping burgers since 1949. This is another spot many travelers might overlook, but the locals who pack the place will tell you it’s the best burger for the price.

1 p.m. – Take a trip on the Blue Earth River with Bent River Outfitter. Blue Earth County has more miles of riverbeds than any other county in Minnesota. Bent River knows the ins and outs of our rivers and offers a variety of ways to see them. Make sure to tell the crew at Bent River you want to see Big Moe and Triple Falls and you want to take a drink from a fresh water spring.

6 p.m. – Begin your local winery tour. We have three beautiful wineries to choose from, all within 20 miles of Mankato. Each winery has a unique flair to offer its guest including flavorful wines, luscious views and mouthwatering food. Learn about our local wineries. Go>

Day Two

8 a.m. – Today starts with a Bloody Mary like you’ve never experienced at Number 4. The Bloody Mary is almost a meal on its own, but their weekend breakfast is not to be missed.

9 a.m. – Talk a walking Betsy-Tacy Tour. Sitting quietly on top of Center Street Hill in Mankato you’ll find the childhood home of Maud Hart Lovelace, beloved author of the Betsy-Tacy series of children’s books. As you are visiting the many significant Betsy-Tacy sites on this tour try to erase the view of modern advances and imagine a simpler time of the early 1900s when horse and buggies filled the streets.

11 a.m. – Head out to Drive a Tank in Kasota for a day like you’ve never experienced. Drive a Tank is the only non-government entity in the world where you can drive a military tank and shoot a fully automatic machine gun under one roof. And to top it off, you can also take that tank and drive it over a car or through a mobile home. Make sure to contact Drive a Tank to set up your day.

5 p.m. – You will be hungry after the adrenaline rush of Drive a Tank. Grab a bite to eat and a local craft beer at Pub 500. Pub 500 has the largest selection of local craft beers in town, including Schell’s beer and Mankato Brewery beer.

6:30 p.m. – You can walk off your sloppy joes and craft beers during the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour. The unique tour includes sculptures of varying mediums from artists around the country. Cast your vote on your favorite sculpture.   The winning sculpture is purchased by the city. Come back again next year for a whole new walk of brand new sculptures.

8 p.m. – Mankato is a regional center for arts, entertainment, shopping and nightlife. Take your pick of entertainment options at including an outdoor concert at Riverfront Park, a theater production at Minnesota State University, Mankato or a headliner act at the Mankato Civic Center.