11 things to see and do near St. Peter and Mankato

waterfall near Mankato#WeAreWaterMN:  August 13 – Sept. 25, 2016, the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street will be at the Treaty Site History Center. The Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit will open alongside We Are Water MN, a companion exhibit that was developed with statewide partners. We Are Water MN is an interactive exhibit that focuses on individuals’ relationships with and responsibilities to water. The exhibit includes stories from people reflecting on the meaning and experience of water in Minnesota and interviews from local people. For a full schedule check out http://www.mnhum.org/waterways/nicollet.

Nicollet County Historical Society at the Treaty Site History Center, St. Peter: The Treaty Site History Center is the headquarters of the Nicollet County Historical Society. A county museum and more, the site’s exhibits explore the fascinating history of Nicollet County and Minnesota’s territorial expansion. You can explore the stories of the Nicollet counties first inhabitant — the Dakota people, explorers, traders and settlers.

Sibley Park and Farm, Mankato: Since 1893, Sibley Park has been a recreation spot. Now it’s also Sibley Farm and you can see many animals, including alpacas, calves, goats, peacocks, horses, pigs, lambs, chicks, ducklings, and koi fish. Sibley Farm is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (mid-spring, summer and early fall). https://www.mankatomn.gov/city-services-a-z/city-services-n-z/parks/sibley-farm

Big Yellow Barn, Minnesota’s largest candy store, Jordan: Selling over 3,000 candy varieties from all over the world, you will enjoy checking out classic candy, soda pops and anything candy related. They also sell local honey, pies, pasta, salsas, pumpkins and syrup. Bring cash as they don’t take cards or checks.

Minneopa State Park, Mankato: Minnesota's third oldest state park is home to a newly re-established American Bison herd. Enjoy a fun day of exploring Minneopa State Park filled with natural and historical features, including Southern Minnesota's largest waterfall.

Arts Center of Saint Peter, Saint Peter: The Arts Center of Saint Peter is an active hub of the arts in the community. The free, open-to-the-public center hosts a variety of exhibitions from nationally and internationally recognized artists and hosts a gallery shop with local art. The Arts Center's performing arts programming features musical performances, poetry readings, theatre, and more — on stage throughout the year.  www.ArtsCenterSP.org

Hillstrom Museum of Art, Saint Peter: Located on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, the Hillstrom Museum of Art hosts exhibitions from renowned local, national, and international collections. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Visit Gustavus.edu/finearts/hillstrom for additional information.

August Schell Brewery, New Ulm: Schell's is the second oldest family-owned brewery in the country. See deer, roaming peacock,s and of course where beer is made.

Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery, Kasota: Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery is a Minnesota vineyard and winery located in the heart of the Minnesota River Valley. The winery is home to a seven-acre vineyard, tasting room and a scenic tasting deck.  Stop by for some Minnesota wine. http://www.chankaskawines.com/

Kerfoot Canopy Tours, Henderson: See the Minnesota River Valley from the trees or the water. Enjoy beautiful views from our platforms, deep ravines, and mature forests on over one mile in length of ziplines. Kayak rental also available.  http://www.ziplinemn.com/

Farmamerica, Waseca: Farms in Minnesota have fed the nation and the world. At Farm America, you can see how Minnesota farms work up close. Tour the 360-acre site to see animals, a large collection of antique tractors, historical buildings, and a pond and prairie restoration. http://www.farmamerica.org/

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail: Bike the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. Located on a converted rail-trail, the trail offers 39 miles of paved trail. The trail begins at Lime Valley Road near State Highway 14, joins the Minnesota River Trail in Mankato, follows a signed route on city streets through Waterville, passes through three miles of Sakatah Lake State Park, and ends east of Interstate 35 in Faribault. It is generally level and wheelchair accessible. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/sakatah_lake/index.html