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Greater Mankato has experienced tremendous growth over the past 20 years. This growth has not been by chance, but rather the result of careful planning and progressive ideas. Greater Mankato, which includes Mankato, North Mankato and the surrounding region, is a hub for a wide variety of activities and events in Southern Minnesota.



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Top 10 Reasons Greater Mankato is the Way to GrowGreater Mankato Economic HighlightsGreater Mankato at a Glance


Visit. Explore. Meet. Compete.

Escape from the everyday in Mankato. Discover Mankato’s extensive cycling trails, open country roads, downhill slopes and river rapids. While you’re here, you’ll also find just the right combination of small town feel and thriving regional center. Mankato is a hub for arts, entertainment, shopping and nightlife. And it’s all so close. Just a short 75 miles from Minneapolis, Mankato is an easily accessible Minnesota destination of choice.

Mankato and North Mankato have been designated a “Bronze” Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, Washington, D.C.Visitors can drive through the enclosed 330 acres of the Minneopa State Park to catch a glimpse at a herd of bison, which have genetics descending from the type of bison Lewis and Clark gazed upon in the 1830s.Minneopa State Park is famous for its waterfalls which are some of the largest in the state. The park has been called one of the best places to see waterfalls within a short drive from Minneapolis.Nestled between the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers, Sibley Park is one of the oldest parks in Greater Mankato and is recognized as having one of the coolest playgrounds in the state by NewsCastic.

Mankato Marathon

October 15 - 16, 2016

The Mankato Marathon is the Midwest’s boldest race, showcasing a dynamic course and determined runners. This exceptional course features a vast countryside run at the beginning and culminates in the beautiful, yet challenging Minnesota River Valley with Cheer Zones to help you stay motivated.

There’s a race for every runner—a full marathon, relay, half, 10K, 5K, KidsK, Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash. A host of accompanying weekend activities abounds for the whole family. The Mankato Marathon is a certified course, making it a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Be bold. REGISTER NOW for this exceptional race!



CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour

May 14, 2016 - April 8, 2017

See and enjoy art out in the open on the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour. In this annual year long tour, you’ll find twenty-seven sculptures by artists from around the world in mediums ranging from re-purposed vehicular traffic signs to bronze throughout City Center Mankato.

CityArt is a program of the City Center Partnership and Twin Rivers Council for the Arts. Our mission is to provide public art for our community. For more info contact info@citycentermankato.com



CLICK HERE to see all the 2016 Sculptures and VOTE online!
Song of the Flying Dutchman by Kyle FokkenBlustery Day by Gregory JohnsonThe Blue Rider by William Snyder IIIBeetle the Bear by Cedar MuellerThe King of Spades by Heather Wall
Way to GrowGuide to Greater Mankato
Way to Grow
Greater Mankato - The Way to Grow is an annual publication highlighting the livability and economic vitality of the Greater Mankato region.
Guide to Greater Mankato

Visit Mankato and Greater Mankato Growth team up to produce the Guide to Visiting & Living in Greater Mankato, a publication filled with useful information those who live or work in or visit Greater Mankato.

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership