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Things to do in Mankato

If you’re looking for exciting and unique activities in Mankato, Minnesota, we’ve got a list of fun for the whole family! Whether you’re visiting for the weekend or a resident looking for something new to do with friends or family, there’s something for everyone in Mankato.


Attractions for Adventure Lovers

Are you someone who craves adventure and natural beauty? If so, you’re in luck! We all could enjoy more nature and a reset from the rush of daily life.


In Mankato, there are stunning parks that are a perfect way to spend the day. Hike the trail at Minneopa State Park and stop to revel in the stunning beauty of the waterfalls. This park has a bison viewing option where you can drive through 325 acres of bison range! See the bison roaming the open land to feel truly in tune with the animals.


Are you a runner, biker, or hiker? The Red Jacket Trail might be just what you’re looking for. This trail is 6.3 miles long and begins at the restored depot along the Minnesota River and goes to the village of Rapidan. Much of the trail is in a heavily wooded forest, so you are sheltered from the sun and can enjoy the trail at your leisure. Stop at Red Jacket Trail Park for a picnic under the shelter, canoe launch, and stunning views of the converted railroad trestles.


Activities for Little Ones

Do you want to make your trip extra memorable for the kids? Bring them to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota where they can explore and play in an awe-inspiring environment. They’ll love the interactive exhibits centered on water, financial literacy, engineering, and much more! Bring the kids here if they love to test, think, and create their way through activities. This spot is so fun and interactive, they won’t even realize they’re learning at a museum!


Do your kiddos have a love for animals? We’ve got just the spot! The Sibley Farm is a popular destination for all ages where visitors can walk through the barns to see farm animals up close! At Sibley Farm, you’ll typically find all types of animals like horses, lambs, calves, goats, peacocks, chicks, and alpacas.


Fun For The Whole Family

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Looking for a fun activity that the whole family will love? Look no further than The Pond on Madison! Whether you’re a seasoned ice skater or a beginner, the rink offers various activities that will surely delight you. The Pond on Madison is a 130-foot by 60-foot ice rink that will host tournaments, local games, practices, and open skating that the whole family can participate in. There are also several party and meeting rooms to host a birthday party or private event.


You will have the unique opportunity to sit back and enjoy a beer and a fantastic meal while you watch the action from the second-floor mezzanine at the new The Crooked Pint – opening in summer of 2023. Hockey lovers will love eating a Juicy Lucy while they watch some puck!


Are you looking for a combination of elevated pub grub, comfort food, and unique regional menu items? Crooked Pint Ale House is waiting for you. After all, what good is “eatertainment” without a delicious menu?


Fortunately, you’ll have no trouble finding your next favorite dish on Crooked Pint’s extensive menu. From our award-winning Juicy Lucy to our Totchos and Bourbon Molasses Wings, our guests always go home full and satisfied.


Of course, you won’t be disappointed in our extensive beer list, either! We feature a rotating, seasonal list of quality beers, including Ambers, Stouts, IPA, Blonde Ale, and more. We’ll always have a good variety of beer on tap, so settle in with your favorite burgers and wings, and enjoy an ice-cold brew while you watch the game or just enjoy the company of friends.


Make new family memories together playing duck pin bowling, hit the links at our golf simulators, or get the high score on our arcade games! Head out the patio doors to find the pickle ball courts and ample outdoor seating at one of the largest outdoor patios in Southern Minnesota.


Crooked Pint Ale House knows good food and beer and also believes that mealtime should be a fun time! That’s why we love our new Mankato, Minnesota location. The opportunities for “eatertainment” are plentiful, with plenty of outdoor and indoor activities, a beautiful event space, a skating rink, a wide variety of delicious dishes, refreshing beers, fantastic service, and plenty of fun.


Enjoy All Mankato Has To Offer

When you are looking for things to do, look no further than Mankato, MN! There are so many options for the whole family to enjoy from the parks to the museum, the farm animals to the upcoming new Crooked Pint Ale House and The Pond on Madison!


Stay tuned for the grand opening of The Crooked Pint and The Pond on Madison in Mankato so you can make plans to bring your friends, family, or a date for an incredible time. Contact us to learn more, and check our website for information about our specials, happy hour, and more. We can’t wait to see you!


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