North Mankato, MN

Stage #5: North Mankato road race, Saturday

What to Do:

Bike our local, county, and state trails nestled in the scenic river valley for cyclists and runners; visit one of our many quality parks and recreation areas featuring playgrounds, scenic trails, ponds for fishing and swimming; get close with nature by exploring Benson Park, Bluff Park, or Minnemishinona Falls open from dusk until dawn located on the Judson Bottom Road; take a guided trip down the Minnesota, Blue Earth, or Le Sueur River with a local area outfitter, Bent River; Experience local flavor at the first production brewery in the community since 1967, the Mankato Brewery, located at 1119 Center Street.

Where to Eat:

Hit a local Lower North favorite: Nakato Bar & Grill, Spinners Bar & Grill, Circle Inn, and Dino’s Gourmet Pizzeria, located along Belgrade Avenue. Other restaurants include Benderz Bar & Grill, Hunan Garden, Best Webster’s Restaurant & Lounge, Perkins, Subway, and Roadhouse 169. In Upper North near Commerce Drive you’ll find Big Dog Sports Cafe, Garden of Eat’n, New Great Wall, Erberts and Gerberts, Culvers, and Taco John’s.

About North Mankato:

Located just over an hour south of the Twin Cities, North Mankato is centrally located at the bend of the Minnesota River where it turns and flows north, where nature added the beauty of bluffs and provided our area with rich farmland. For centuries, this once sacred land was home to Native American settlements.

European Settlers first laid out the town in 1857, consisting of two ferryboat landings, North Mankato continued to grow as river traffic increased and as the rich farm land of Southern Minnesota was settled. The brick industry was a prominent feature in these early days. The last brickyard to operate in the Mankato-North Mankato area was located in present day Wheeler Park where the annual Fun Day’s event is held.

We are known for our annual Belgrade Avenue events such as the Blues on Belgrade Jazz Festival, which is a community celebration to promote, enhance and preserve beautiful, unique and historic Lower North Mankato as a diverse business, cultural and residential destination.

North Mankato is a growing and safe community with outstanding recreational assets, well maintained infrastructure, vibrant business districts and neighborhoods, and provides residents with an excellent quality of life. Our nearby lakes, hiking and biking trails and many quality parks offer leisure and recreational opportunities for those visiting and residing in North Mankato.

North Mankato is home to the Caswell Park softball complex which has hosted community, state, regional and national events and the recent incorporation of Caswell North Soccer complex has added to the opportunity for youth sports in the area.

For additional information on lodging, restaurants, and shopping visit www.citycentermankato.com.