arial photo of downtown Mankato across the river from North Mankato

Mankato Community

Bethany is located in the heart of Mankato, Minnesota.  Here you will find a welcoming, friendly, and safe community with around 60,000 residents, and many others traveling in from nearby towns. While at Bethany, be sure to take advantage of Mankato’s many features, such as a variety of shopping options from smaller boutique shops, to a large mall with stores like Target, Scheels, and one of the city’s movie theatres. A plethora of coffee shops, restaurants, and vintage stores also add a unique flavor to the downtown area. 

Nestled in the Minnesota river valley, Mankato is also full of recreational opportunities– from kayaking down the Minnesota river, to exploring the city’s many lakes, rivers, trails, parks, golf courses, and ski areas. Some popular destinations include Riverfront Park, which is only a short distance from campus and is home to a large outdoor concert space, as well as state trail access. Minneopa State Park is another frequented destination, featuring beautiful waterfalls and trails. 

To top it off, the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, just one mile from Bethany, hosts concerts, entertainment acts, and sporting events– while being near to other restaurant opportunities and a movie theatre as well. Additionally, the excitement of Minneapolis-St. Paul is just 1 ½ hours to the northeast, and Rochester is about 80 minutes to the east.