Skip to main content

Wisconsin Parent

Drive A Tank in Kasota, Minnesota

Sep 02, 2014 08:00AM ● Published by Julie Henning

A minivan driving mom of three, sometimes it feels like I should be wearing combat boots and making my kids "drop and give me twenty" every time they sass back. But when I was on a girlfriends-getaway to Mankato, Minnesota earlier this summer, I was presented with the opportunity to put these skills to the test—driving a demilitarized Abbot SPG open hatch British military tank.

Driving the Abbot SPG through a densely wooded course—complete with giant mud puddle—is the highlight of the 3-Star ($399) experience at Drive A Tank in Kasota, Minnesota, a family-owned business that owns over two dozen authentic military tanks and military vehicles from around the world.

IMG_8134Upon arriving at Drive A Tank, all patrons must sit through a safety training presentation that ends with a history of tanks, their uses, common misconceptions, and the various positions in the crew (from the driver to the gunner, commander, and loader). Heading out onto the course, you learn that while driving a tank is relatively easy (the Abbot uses two levers and two pedals) the conditions of a real-life combat situation are not.

IMG_8167Having navigated through the course with relatively minor damage to the forest, and a muddy pair of jeans*, we headed indoors to fire an authentic fully-automatic STEN machine gun. My heart was pounding after this experience, and while it was somewhat of a total rush, the real takeaway here is never to mess with my friend Amanda.

IMG_9510While it's becoming a popular Midwest attraction, Drive A Tank has drawn customers from across the United States an around the world. A relatively short (1 hour and 15 minute) drive from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, nearby Mankato has a regional airport that services non-commercial airlines.

IMG_8132With more expensive 4-Star and 5-Star experiences and add-ons that that include driving additional tanks, firing more guns, crushing cars and mobile homes, and operating heavy equipment used for combat engineering, it's worth your time to follow the Drive A Tank Facebook page for occasional specials (you can also check Groupon for bulk deals). Ideal for corporate team building events, special celebrations (birthdays and bachelor parties), and even retired military personnel, the Drive a Tank experience if one you won't ever forget.

IMG_9496*Note: As it turns out, some tanks have openings in the floor for the purposes of air circulation. If you drive like a bat out of hell through the mud puddle, plan to get soaked.

http://youtu.be/KxlDeJThkcM?list=UUhfFN1SJOWW6VU27DQr8TMA

Travel minnesota midwest travel Attraction drive a tank mankato kasota
  • Tour de Marsh

    10/20/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Community Art Project Exhibit

    10/20/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Community Art Project is intended to raise awareness of the visual arts by reaching out to th...


  • BDACT: Lombardi, the play

    10/20/2017
    07:30PM

    October 11 at 7:30 (Final dress rehearsal and preview night) $5.00 October 13 at 7:30pm Octob...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/21/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Dementia Care and Concerns Workshop

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    Parish Nurse Coordinator Bob Gionet, RN, and St. Mary’s Health Ministry Board invite you to join ...


  • International Archaeology Day

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    Step into an archaeologist’s boots to explore how these professionals piece together history. Dig...


  • Harvest Fest

    10/21/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    Bring your family and friends to Peace Lutheran's 5th annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 21...


  • BDACT: Lombardi, the play

    10/21/2017
    07:30PM

    October 11 at 7:30 (Final dress rehearsal and preview night) $5.00 October 13 at 7:30pm Octob...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/22/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Community Art Project Exhibit

    10/22/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Community Art Project is intended to raise awareness of the visual arts by reaching out to th...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/23/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/24/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Hospitality Training 101

    10/24/2017
    07:30AM — 09:00AM

    Hospitality Training 101 Send your front line staff, receptionists, sales associates and other...


  • Mom's Unite Evening Meet Up

    10/24/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Join us for a Mom's Group! Bring your kids or bring yourself! The choice is yours! Our Mom's g...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/25/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Mom's Unite Morning Meet Up

    10/25/2017
    08:30AM — 09:30AM

    Join us for a Mom's Group! Bring your kids or bring yourself! The choice is yours! Our Mom's g...


  • Community Art Project Exhibit

    10/25/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Community Art Project is intended to raise awareness of the visual arts by reaching out to th...


  • Downtown Madison Family Halloween

    10/25/2017
    03:00PM — 06:00PM

    Join us for an afternoon of spooky fun at the Museum! Explore our haunted cabin, meet our hodag, ...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/26/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Mom's Unite Active Play Meet Up

    10/26/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Join us for a Mom's Group! Bring your kids or bring yourself! The choice is yours! Our Mom's g...


  • Community Art Project Exhibit

    10/26/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Community Art Project is intended to raise awareness of the visual arts by reaching out to th...


  • A DBDI After-Hours Social and Update will take place on Thursday October 26th from 4:30 - 6:30 at...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/20/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Community Art Project Exhibit

    10/20/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Community Art Project is intended to raise awareness of the visual arts by reaching out to th...


  • BDACT: Lombardi, the play

    10/20/2017
    07:30PM

    October 11 at 7:30 (Final dress rehearsal and preview night) $5.00 October 13 at 7:30pm Octob...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/21/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Dementia Care and Concerns Workshop

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    Parish Nurse Coordinator Bob Gionet, RN, and St. Mary’s Health Ministry Board invite you to join ...


  • International Archaeology Day

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    Step into an archaeologist’s boots to explore how these professionals piece together history. Dig...


  • Harvest Fest

    10/21/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    Bring your family and friends to Peace Lutheran's 5th annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 21...


  • BDACT: Lombardi, the play

    10/21/2017
    07:30PM

    October 11 at 7:30 (Final dress rehearsal and preview night) $5.00 October 13 at 7:30pm Octob...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/22/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Community Art Project Exhibit

    10/22/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Community Art Project is intended to raise awareness of the visual arts by reaching out to th...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/23/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/24/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Hospitality Training 101

    10/24/2017
    07:30AM — 09:00AM

    Hospitality Training 101 Send your front line staff, receptionists, sales associates and other...


  • Mom's Unite Evening Meet Up

    10/24/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Join us for a Mom's Group! Bring your kids or bring yourself! The choice is yours! Our Mom's g...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/25/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Mom's Unite Morning Meet Up

    10/25/2017
    08:30AM — 09:30AM

    Join us for a Mom's Group! Bring your kids or bring yourself! The choice is yours! Our Mom's g...


  • Community Art Project Exhibit

    10/25/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Community Art Project is intended to raise awareness of the visual arts by reaching out to th...


  • Downtown Madison Family Halloween

    10/25/2017
    03:00PM — 06:00PM

    Join us for an afternoon of spooky fun at the Museum! Explore our haunted cabin, meet our hodag, ...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/26/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Mom's Unite Active Play Meet Up

    10/26/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Join us for a Mom's Group! Bring your kids or bring yourself! The choice is yours! Our Mom's g...


  • Community Art Project Exhibit

    10/26/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Community Art Project is intended to raise awareness of the visual arts by reaching out to th...


  • A DBDI After-Hours Social and Update will take place on Thursday October 26th from 4:30 - 6:30 at...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/27/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Community Art Project Exhibit

    10/27/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Community Art Project is intended to raise awareness of the visual arts by reaching out to th...


  • Family Night

    10/27/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Sponsored by Tony Pochowski with Midwest Financial, this month's Family Night will consist of a D...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/28/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Grief Awareness Workshop

    10/28/2017
    08:30AM — 11:00AM

    Father Mike Erwin and Parish Nurse Ya-Fen Szczesny, of St. Katharine Drexel Paris...


  • Geocache Class & Hunt

    10/28/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    Looking for an adventure? Want to explore your community? Join us in learning all the details you...


  • Purpose Workshop

    10/28/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Research shows that people who know their purpose and can clearly articulate it can add up to sev...


  • BDACT:Halloween Spooktacular Party

    10/28/2017
    08:00PM — 12:00AM

    Featuring an Escape Room, Music, Costume Contests, and showings of THE PIT (filmed in Beaver Dam)...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/29/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Trick or Treat in Beaver Dam

    10/29/2017
    04:00PM — 06:00PM

    The annual City of Beaver Dam "official" Trick or Treat event is always held the Sunday closest t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/30/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    10/31/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/01/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Senior Movie Matinee

    11/01/2017
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

    Introducing something new for our WISER friends (60 yrs +)! Every 1st Wednesday of every month, w...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/02/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Leadership Luncheon

    11/02/2017
    12:00PM — 12:45PM

    Join us on Thursday November 2nd from Noon to 12:45 pm in the Chamber Conference Room for an educ...


  • Kids in the Kitchen & Movie Night

    11/02/2017
    05:00PM — 09:00PM

    Attention Moms and Dads! Here’s a great opportunity to have some fun with your kids and help them...


  • Books & Beer with Author Sara Dahmen

    11/02/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us as we talk with author Sara Dahmen about her historical fiction series which begins with ...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/03/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Scrapbooking

    11/03/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    Love to Scrapbook? Looking for some time with friends? Join us for a ladies scrapbooking evening ...


  • Songs We Love (Not Necessarily Love Songs) Featuring four part vocal harmony, the group has pick...


  • Arsenic and Old Lace

    11/03/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Arsenic and Old Lace is a farcical black comedy by Joseph Kesselring made popular through a film ...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/04/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Volunteer with Us

    11/04/2017
    09:00AM — 03:00PM

    Volunteers live longer and have greater well-being. That is why Blue Zones Project Dodge County i...


  • Story Saturday: Wisconsin Book Festival

    11/04/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    The Wisconsin Historical Museum is proud to partner with the Wisconsin Book Festival and the Madi...


  • Songs We Love (Not Necessarily Love Songs) Featuring four part vocal harmony, the group has pick...


  • Arsenic and Old Lace

    11/04/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Arsenic and Old Lace is a farcical black comedy by Joseph Kesselring made popular through a film ...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/05/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Songs We Love (Not Necessarily Love Songs) Featuring four part vocal harmony, the group has pick...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/06/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/07/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • A musical retrospective of the 1960’s is presented with the acclaimed Five by Design, known for t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/08/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/09/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/10/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Songs We Love (Not Necessarily Love Songs) Featuring four part vocal harmony, the group has pick...



Special Thanks to These Relaunch Partners


Woodman's Markets - Employee Owned
Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau