Wildlife, water, outdoor adventure and recreation - plus shopping, nightlife, attractions and unique events, all beautifully nestled in the heart of the scenic Minnesota River Valley, Greater Mankato is close to metropolitan areas, yet has the beauty and character of the surrounding small towns. If you thought you had to sacrifice one for the other, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Think about Greater Mankato for your next getaway. Home of the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp and the Timberwolves Camp. Mankato hosts a variety of festivals and celebrations throughout the seasons including the Mankato Marathon. The spring offers multicultural experiences with the International Festival. Summer festivals and events include Summer Solstice, Thunder of Drums,continuing with North Mankato Fun Days and ending with the Annual Hickory Street Ribfest in August. Witness Native American tradition with the Mdewakanton, Mah-kato Traditional Powwow held every September. Experience History come alive with History Fest in October and Rivercrossings Arts Fair in Motion. During the Holiday Season enjoy the annual Christmas Lights Festival, Tea at Old Main Village and a variety of holiday musical and theatrical productions. Greater Mankato offers a wide variety of activities to entertain every type of enthusiast. Anyone from old classic cars and motorcycle enthusiast to a bus load of travelers can enjoy our scenic Highways and Byways and our numerous scenic trails and parks are perfect for any activity throughout the year, including cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Sparkling lakes and rivers surrounding the Mankato area offer boating, fishing, swimming and camping. Walk back in time through our historical downtown or tour one of our many historical sites. Whether it's Tacy's House or one of our 19th century mansions, you're certain to take home a piece of Mankato's history in your heart. Stay in one of our many lodging facilities while enjoying first rate entertainment at the Verizon Wireless Center or shopping at one of our choice malls, specialty shops or antique stores. Visitors will enjoy experiences ranging relaxing at a spa getaway, touring one of our three wineries or brewery, to exceptional dining at a unique restaurant. Greater Mankato features many of the amenities of the Twin Cities, with the beauty and charm of Minnesota. Greater Mankato's trail systems offers a spectacular scenic view of areas that may not always be explored.