We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Beautiful Restoration

As a fan of the Betsy-Tacy books, I was excited to visit the houses where the author and her best... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
via mobile
Great tour

The detail and time spent by tour guide Ann was amazing and the houses were amazing. She related... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Saint Paul
Read all 16 reviews
All photos (1)
All photos (1)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent88%
  • Very good12%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“best friend”(2 reviews)
“guided tour”(2 reviews)
“stories”(2 reviews)
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
332 and 333 Center Street, Mankato, MN
Improve This Listing
Reviews (16)
Filter reviews
16 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews best friend guided tour stories books author
Selected filters
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 16 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a fan of the Betsy-Tacy books, I was excited to visit the houses where the author and her best friend grew up. They have been beautifully and lovingly restored to show life in the early 1900s. The guided tour was only $5, and the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank jmparry74
Reviewed October 14, 2018

The detail and time spent by tour guide Ann was amazing and the houses were amazing. She related numerous details tying them to stories in the books. Her attention also to other historical details were fascinating.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank diane_StPaul
Reviewed October 5, 2017

The tour guides are outstanding in their storytelling and knowledge of historical facts. they are especially good with children but any age person will enjoy this little piece of Mankato, MN history.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank SharonT1682
Reviewed November 2, 2016

Even if you aren't a fan of the children's books you will be impressed by the period furniture and the history of the home. I had seen the home once before and enjoyed seeing it again.

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Carole L
Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

My family and I have visited this place before, and it has always been a learning and fun experience, but this was a special event: A Victorian Christmas. They had adults and children wearing Victorian costumes portraying the characters in Maud Hart Lovelace's children's book...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank EnriqueMankato_MN
Reviewed December 10, 2015

These homes are historically accurate and well-maintained. They would be the highlight of any fan's trip to Mankato (Deep Valley). There is a small admission fee to the homes, but the gift shop is free. Located in the historic area of Mankato known as Lincoln...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank 110kitty
Reviewed August 22, 2015

I am huge fan of the Betsy, Tacy & Tib book series and loved visiting this charming house. It is a fairly small space but very charming. The people working at the house were extremely knowledgeable and kind. Wonderful selection of items in the gift...More

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank MGale25
Reviewed August 17, 2015

We had arranged to have a private tour of the Betsy-Tacy houses and we hit the jackpot. Our guide, Kathryn, knew the author, Maud Hart Lovelace. She was able to context the books and compare the author's actual experiences to those of the characters in...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank kls925
Reviewed August 10, 2015

I've loved the Betsy-Tacy books since I was a young girl and have read and reread them many times. One of the places I've always wanted to go was Mankato to see where Betsy, Tacy, and Tib lived! The houses are restored to the way...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank htsteacher
Reviewed June 3, 2015

Costumed characters brought it all to life. Plan to go back during their Deep Valley Homecoming June 26-30, 2015. There are supposed to be many things going on around the town during that time.

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Susan H
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 17 nearby hotels
Mankato City Center Hotel
144 reviews
.82 miles away
AmericInn by Wyndham Mankato - Event Center
468 reviews
1.06 miles away
Norwood Inn & Suite Mankato
325 reviews
1.82 miles away
Budget Host Inn Mankato
25 reviews
2.17 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 167 nearby restaurants
Pagliai's Pizza
320 reviews
.51 miles away
Pub 500
175 reviews
.55 miles away
Wagon Wheel Cafe
94 reviews
.47 miles away
Kato Cue Club
14 reviews
.51 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 37 nearby attractions
Sibley Park Zoo
136 reviews
.88 miles away
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
41 reviews
.53 miles away
Carnegie Art Center
17 reviews
.75 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Betsy & Tacy's House Tours & Gift Shop staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines