If hitting the road sounds like a plan, we have suggestions. Mankato’s surrounding communities offer an eclectic menu of fun, from ethnic festivals to historic sites; pop-up shops to brewpubs. A 75-mile trek north to the Minneapolis-St. Paul is a gateway to national sporting events and a diverse cultural, retail and dining scene; and there, board a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to go even farther.
Looking for year-round adventures? You’ll find them here. Enjoy a hand-tossed pizza while listening to musicians at Waseca’s Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm. Camp under the stars at Lake Washington Regional Park. Grab your Lederhosen for New Ulm’s Oktoberfest. And hear from nationally acclaimed writers and poets each spring during the neighboring Good Thunder Reading Series.
A short drive west transports you back in time – to New Ulm, a community steeped in German heritage. Tour the August Schell Brewing Company and its Museum of Brewing. And make time for beer tasting: You’ll want to sample at least a few of Schell’s more than 100 German craft beers. Minnesota Monthly magazine made Schell’s its 2017 Top Pick among Minnesota’s Breweries.