Many recognize Mankato, Minnesota, from the Little House on the Prairie television series. Today, Mankato is home to the Minnesota State University and diverse music scene, making it a Rolling Stone Magazine top college town destination. In addition, Mankato is a destination for outdoor sports and recreation like kayaking in the Minnesota State Park. Hotel visitors may stay in inexpensive Mankato hotels like the Marriott, bed and breakfasts like the Butler House, or beautiful resorts.
The City Convention Center has over 50,000 square feet of space and can host up to 5,000 hotel visitors. The Verizon Wireless Center regularly hosts trade shows, expos, and major concerts.
Whether looking for pizza or for fine dining, Mankato has a diverse restaurant scene close to many hotels Mankato. The Neighbor's Italian Bistro on South Riverfront Drive is a local favorite featuring award-winning made from scratch pasta.
Visit the childhood home of Maud Hart Lovelace, author of the Betsy-Tacy book series. Located on Center Street, the home is open to the public and the Betsy-Tacy Society organizes daily tours.
Mankato has three major shopping centers that house familiar stores like Target and Sears. However, Old Town Mankato is lined with smaller boutique shops like The Enchanted Forrest Gift Shop and the unique Mary Lue's Yarn and Ewe, where visitors may sit and knit.
Visitors at hotels in Mankato may enjoy year-round skiing and snowboarding Mount Kato, or enjoy the paved biking trails and the scenic hiking paths at the Minnesota State Park.