Sites Along the Byway: Mankato to Belle Plaine

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Riverfront Park

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This park along the Minnesota River offers beautiful views.

310 Rock Street
Mankato, MN 56002
507-387-8600
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Fishing/Hunting, Natural History, Paddling

Sibley Park

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This park along the Minnesota River is rich in history, and offers a storybook farm zoo and playground, and many natural areas.

900 Mound Avenue
Mankato, MN 56265
507-397-8600
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Fishing/Hunting, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Reconciliation Park

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On the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history, the park was dedicated on September 19, 1997, as a collaboration of the Bdewakaŋtuŋwaŋ Dakota and Mankato communities in a spirit of reconciliation.

100 N Riverfront Dr
Mankato, MN 56220
507-387-8600
Biking, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Swan Lake Wildlife Management Area

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Located in south central Minnesota, this is one of the largest wetland complexes in North America. Spanning across 10,000 acres, the relatively undisturbed marsh wonderland is a great location to experience the beauty and diversity of the once existing prairie wetlands

Kasota, MN
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History

Minneopa State Park and Minneopa Falls

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Minneopa State Park-cascading waterfalls

A major waterfall in southwestern Minnesota tumbles through Minneopa State Park. An old stone mill and traces of Glacial River Warren can be found in the midst of the park’s native prairie that is filled with wildlife. The park offers camping, picnicking, and hiking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter.

Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Geocaching, Golfing, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

Minnemishinona Falls

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Minnemishinona Falls -summer

This county park is a scenic overlook, 42’ waterfalls located on the Judson Bottom Road.

40923 Judson Bottom Road
Mankato, MN 56003
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History

Mankato Historic Districts

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Old Train comes to the Mankato Depot

Mankato is home to two historic districts and 204 total properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

3 civic center Plaza
Suite 100
Mankato, MN 56001
507-345-5566
Eating, Historic Town, Interpretation, Shopping

R.D. Hubbard House Museum

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Hubbard House

Built in 1871, this historic house museum stands as one of the finest examples of French Second Empire Style architecture in Minnesota.

606 South Broad Street
Mankato, MN 56001
507-345-5566
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Betsy-Tacy House Museums

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Betsy Tacy House

Betsy's House is restored as a museum to look just as it did when author, Maud (Betsy), lived there from 1892-1906. Tacy's House is an interpretive center and gift shop.

332 Center Street
333 Center Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Blue Earth County History Center and Museum

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Blue Earth Heritage Center

Explore exhibits featuring people, places, and events that shaped Blue Earth County, Minnesota.

424 Warren Street
Mankato, MN 56001
507-345-5566
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Winter Warrior and Memorial Marker

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Reconciliation Park-sign

A bronze historic marker and limestone sculpture of a Dakota Warrior stands here in honor of the warriors.

209 N Riverfront Dr
Mankato, MN 56001
Biking, Destination, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour

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Mankato City Art Tour-sculpture of dancers

Explore these outdoor sculptures displayed year-round in the City Centers of Mankato and North Mankato, Minnesota.

3 civic center Plaza
Suite 100
Mankato, MN 56001
800-657-4733
Biking, Discovery Site, Eating, Shopping

Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

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This is Southern Minnesota’s most immersive and hands-on museum for kids.

224 Lamm Street
Mankato,, MN 56001
507-386-0279.
Destination, Eating, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History

Carnegie Art Center, Mankato

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Carnegie Art Center-art displayed

This renaissance revival-style architecture Carnegie Library now houses a gallery of local artists' work.

120 S. Broad St.
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 625-2730
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Fort LeHillier Marker and Landing

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A marker that commemorates the fort built by French explorer Pierre Charles Le Sueur in 1700.

Minnesota 66
Mankato, MN 56001
State Highway 66 and County Highway 90
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Akota Wokiksuye Makoce (Land of Memories) Park, Mahkato Wacipi (Pow Wow)

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This park offers camping, hiking, river access, fishing, and an annual Wacipi (Pow Wow).

100 Amos Owen Ln
Mankato, MN 56001
507-387-8600
Biking, Camping, Disc Golf, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Natural History, Paddling, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Kasota Prairie Scientific & Natural Area and Kasota Prairie Conservation Area

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Located on a rock terrace 70 feet above the Minnesota River Valley, the Kasota Prairie, meaning “cleared-off plac”, is named for its view. Tread lightly, as there are no walking paths here, but the walking is rated relatively easy and bird watching is good.

Township Road 140
Kasota, MN 56050
(651) 296-5484
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Discovery Site, Eating, Geocaching, Golfing, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History, Paddling, Shopping, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Rasmussen Woods and Elk's Nature Center

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555 Stoltzman Rd
Mankato, MN 56001
507-387-8600
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

St. Peter Historic District

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St. Peter Historic District- biking

Explore this historic district, which remains a dynamic walkable downtown full of unique shops, art center, and great eateries.

101 S. Front St.
St. Peter, MN 56082
1-800-473-3404
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Eating, Fishing/Hunting, Geocaching, Golfing, Hiking/Skiing, Historic Town, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, Paddling, Shopping, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Linnaeus Arboretum at Gustavus Adolphus Arboretum

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Visitors can enjoy 130 acres of prairie, woodlands, wetlands, gardens, Interpretive Center, and a variety of unique features.

800 W College Ave.
St. Peter, MN 56082
507-933-8000
Biking, Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

E. St. Julien Cox House

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St. Peter - Cox House

Home to one of the earliest settlers of St. Peter, Eugene Cox, the house was built in 1871, and is one of the few fully restored Italianate homes in Minnesota.

500 N Washington Ave.
St. Peter, MN 56082
507-934-2160
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Treaty Site History Center and Nicollet County Museum, Traverse des Sioux Historic Site

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Traverse des Sioux -history center building

On this site, the Dakota signed a treaty with the U.S. government, along with another treaty signed a few weeks later, that transferred to the government 24 million acres of Dakota land. The History Center features an exhibit on the 1851 Traverse des Sioux Treaty, displays on local history topics.

Destination, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

St. Peter Regional Treatment Center Museum

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The museum displays the history of Minnesota’s first and oldest state hospital.

100 Freeman Drive
St. Peter, MN 56082
507-931-7270 507-931-7182
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Ottawa Bluffs Preserve

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This is a Nature Conservancy site with tallgrass prairie, wildflowers and oak savanna.

Le Sueur, MN
Birding/Wildlife, Discovery Site, Natural History

Ottawa Village Historic District

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Ottawa Village -town hall

Step back in time in this quaint village.

Ottawa Village Historic District, MN 56058
507-665-2501
Historic Town, Interpretation, Shopping

W.W. Mayo House

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Mayo house

A small, Gothic-style house that was once home to the founders of the Mayo Clinic and Green Giant Company.

118 N. Main St.
LeSueur, MN 56058
507-665-3250
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Henderson Historic District

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Henderson Historic District-main street

Main Street in Henderson is a nationally registered historic district comprised of 13 vintage buildings all made from local red brick.

Main St. between 5th and 6th St.
Henderson, MN 56044
507-248-3434
Eating, Historic Town, Shopping

Ney Nature Center

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Ney Nature Center

This is a Nature Center on acres of native prairie and woodlands along the bluffs of the Minnesota River.

28238 Nature Center Ln
Henderson, MN 56044
507-248-3474
Birding/Wildlife, Destination, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History

Sibley County Historical Museum

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Sibley county historical Museum

This is a museum housed in an 1884 brick mansion.

700 Main Street
Henderson, MN 556044
507-248-3434
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Joseph R. Brown Heritage Society and Minnesota River Center

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Joseph R Brown MN River Center-building

Explore this interactive displays and exhibits tell the stories of the Minnesota River, the history of a 33-county area, the life and works of Joseph R. Brown.

600 Main Street
PO Box 25
Henderson, MN 56044
507-248-3234
Destination, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Belle Plaine Historic Buildings

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With rich history dating back to 1854, the Belle Plaine and Minnesota Valley State Recreational Area greets you as you enter one of the gateways to the Minnesota River Valley National Byway.

Belle Plaine, MN 56011
952-873-6109
Biking, Eating, Hiking/Skiing, Historic Town, Shopping
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