Sites Along the Byway: New Ulm to Mankato

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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

Evacuation of New Ulm to Mankato Route Marker

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This interpretive panel marks the route of the evacuation 2,000 New Ulm residents during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

47572 State Highway 68
New Ulm, MN 56073
Discovery Site, Interpretation, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Flandrau State Park

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Flandrau State Park-people by pool

The gentle flowing Big Cottonwood River meanders through this state park park. The park features a sand-bottom swimming pond, picnic area, campgrounds and group center.

Birding/Wildlife, Camping, Destination, Fishing/Hunting, Geocaching, Hiking/Skiing, Interpretation, Natural History, Paddling, Playground, Swimming

New Ulm Historic District

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New Ulm historic buildings downtown

New Ulm is a German city on the Minnesota River.

Eating, Geocaching, Historic Town, Interpretation, Playground, Shopping, U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Glockenspiel

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New-Ulm-Glock01-by-Kate-Grabosky

This is a unique 45-foot, free-standing clock tower with animated figures that depict the city’s history in New Ulm, MN

4th N and Minnesota Street
New Ulm, MN 56087
507-233-4300 or 888-463-9856
Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation

Wanda Gág House Interpretive Center and Museum

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The childhood home turned museum of Wanda Hazel Gag, author of classic children’s books.

226 N. Washington Street
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-359-2632
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

The John Lind House

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Built by Minnesota’s 14th governor in 1899, the John Lind house has been restored in the style in which it was originally built and is open for tours.

Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

August Schell Brewery Museum, New Ulm

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Visit Minnesota’s oldest brewery, the August Schell Brewing Company.

18th St. S & Schell St.
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-354-5528
Brewery, Discovery Site, Geocaching, Interpretation, Museum, Shopping

Brown County Historical Museum

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Brown County Historical Museum-front

This notable building was built in 1910 in an eye-catching Northern German Renaissance-style, as the town’s Post Office; becoming the County Museum in 1984. Inside are three floors of rotating exhibits, featuring an award-winning exhibit of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. It contains over 5,000 family history files to help researchers. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 to 4 pm, May 1 to Oct. 31, reduced hours in the off-season. $5 admittance.

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

Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

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Minnesota’s museum that honors musicians who have significantly contributed to the Minnesota Music scene.

27 N. Broadway
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-354-7305
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum

Regional River History Center & Info Center

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This learning center displays on the value of the river with a pirate ship playground

Riverside Park, 101 S. Front St.
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-354-8367
Discovery Site, Interpretation, Museum, Natural History, Playground

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

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
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