Find Fun at Nearby Indoor and Outdoor Attractions
Whether you want to paddle a canoe on the Minnesota River or browse artistic masterpieces at the Carnegie Art Center, you’ll find those opportunities close to the Country Inn & Suites in Mankato. Take your clients out for a round of golf at Minneopa Golf Club before heading to a local vineyard for a wine tasting. In the area to see the Vikings get ready for the season? Head to the Mankato campus of Minnesota State University for the team’s annual training camp.History and Culture
- Carnegie Art Center (4.3 miles)
As one of the area’s largest exhibition spaces, the Carnegie Art Center displays a wide range of paintings, sculptures and other works of art, created by regional artists as well as MSU students. Take a peek at the center’s class schedule to see if something interests you, like papermaking, book binding or watercolor painting.
Phone: +1 (507) 625-2730
- City Art Walking Sculpture Tour (4.3 miles)
Spend time in Mankato and North Mankato on a self-guided tour of 27 sculptures from artists across the United States. You can even vote for your favorite sculpture to win a permanent spot in Mankato’s City Center.
Phone: +1 (507) 388-1062
- Mankato Symphony Orchestra (4.6 miles)
Spend an evening with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and listen to classical music, jazz performances or family concerts that even the youngest will enjoy.
Phone: +1 (507) 625-8880
- Merely Players Community Theatre (5 miles)
Catch musicals, comedies and children’s performances on the stage of Merely Players Community Theatre, a landmark in Mankato since 1982.
Phone: +1 (507) 388-5483
- Minnesota State University–Mankato (5.4 miles)
Visit the Mankato campus of MSU, one of the state’s largest public universities, where you can cheer on the Mavericks or tap your toes to a musical at the Performing Arts Center. The university is noted for its groundbreaking programs in psychology and education and is home to the Minnesota State Mavericks.
Phone: +1 (800) 722-0544
Sports and Recreation
- Bent River Outfitter (3.7 miles)
Hike, swim, kayak, snowshoe and picnic your way through the Minnesota River area with a guided adventure from Bent River Outfitter, offering year-round excursions.
Phone: +1 (507) 388-BENT (2368)
- Minneopa Golf Club (9.7 miles)
For an afternoon on the greens, head to Minneopa Golf Club for a round of golf or some practice swings at the driving range. Want to celebrate your hole-in-one? Order a drink and raise your glass at the clubhouse’s sports bar.
Phone: +1 (507) 625-5777
- Minnesota Vikings Training Camp (5.4 miles)
Get a glimpse of the Minnesota Vikings as they prepare for the upcoming NFL season at their training camp known as the Viking Village, located on the campus of MSU in Mankato. The festivities also spill into downtown Mankato to get everyone ready for an exciting, hard-hitting season.
- Terrace View Golf Course (5.8 miles)
Enjoy nine holes of scenic fairways at Terrace View Golf Course, which also features a par-three course, a driving range and a pro shop.
Phone: +1 (507) 625-7665
- WOW! Zone (1.4 miles)
Find entertainment for the whole family at the WOW! Zone, offering bowling, laser tag, mini golf and the largest arcade in southern Minnesota. After a game, enjoy live music as you chow down on a pizza or a burger.
Phone: +1 (507) 625-2695
Local Wineries and Breweries
- August Schell Brewery Company (29.5 miles)
The second oldest, family-owned brewery in the United States, Schell’s specializes in crafting award-winning lager beers. Visit during Bock Fest or Oktoberfest to experience traditional German holidays.
Phone: +1 (507) 354 -5528
- Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery (8.3 miles)
From harvesting plump grapes in summer to aging the wine in oak barrels, Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery produces award-winning vintages and hors d’oeuvres that you can sample amid the beauty of the Minnesota River Valley.
Phone: +1 (507) 931-0089
- Indian Island Winery (15.3 miles)
Built on the site of a former Native American hunting camp that was once completely surrounded by water, Indian Island Winery is now a destination location for wine enthusiasts. During your visit, be sure to browse their many artifacts while enjoying an array of wines.
Phone: +1 (507) 234-6222
- Mankato Brewery (5.5 miles)
Mankato Brewery is the first production brewery in the Mankato community since 1967. Focused on creating authentic beers that reflect the heritage of the region and its people, the crew at Mankato Brewery invites you to try their beer and to experience local flavor.
Phone: +1 (507) 386-2337
- Morgan Creek Vineyards (26 miles)
Tour the underground cellars of Morgan Creek Vineyards, the only winery of its kind in Minnesota. You can sip a fine wine or craft beer paired with the wood-fired cuisine that the winery serves. Be sure to visit during the unique and highly popular Great Grape Stomp.
Phone: +1 (507) 947-3547