73 Fun Things To Do In Rochester

Rochester is consistently mentioned as a great place to live in the United States, and it’s also a fantastic place to visit in Minnesota. You’ll find plenty of fun things to do and see in this beautiful city from historic theatres, to lush green parks and golf courses, to many miles of paved bike trails. Stop on in and make sure to check out these 75 awesome things to try out while you’re there.

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Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Delight children or the child in you at Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

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Mayo Clinic

Discover the Mayo Clinic’s history and art collections

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Quarry Hill Nature Center

Enjoy the outdoors in all seasons with miles of biking trails, cross-country skiing at Quarry Hill Nature Center

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Skyline Raceway

Race around an exhilarating 9 hp engine Shaller go-karts’ track at Skyline Raceway

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Rochester Art Center

Take in the first class exhibits at the Rochester Art Center

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Maple Valley Golf & Country Club

Play a round of Golf at Maple Valley Golf & Country Club

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Rochester Trolley & Tour Company

Hop on the Rochester Trolley for a tour of the city

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Ironman Paintball

Take your team to glory in Ironman Paintball’s most thrilling paintball challenge!

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Silver Lake

Jog around Silver Lake

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Apache Mall

Shop, dine or see a movie at Apache Mall

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Mayo Field

Cheer on the Rochester Honkers baseball team at Mayo Field

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Rochester Food Tours

Get yourself full from belly to brain with a fun walking tour with Rochester Food Tours

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Whitewater State Park

Go for an overnight camping adventure at Whitewater State Park

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The Tap House

Grab a cocktail or two at The Tap House

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Color Me Mine

Create your own masterpiece at Color Me Mine

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LTS Brewing

Chill out in the tap room and sample the wide variety of beers at LTS Brewing

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Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

Visit Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park to see natural wonders above and below ground

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Silver Lake Swimming Pool

Jump off the pier into the outdoor Silver Lake Swimming Pool

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Goonie's Comedy Club

Attend a comedy show at Goonie’s Comedy Club

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Escape Challenge

See if you and your date have what it takes to escape from the locked room at Escape Challange

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RochesterFest

Watch the hot air balloons light up the sky at RochesterFest

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Semva Art Gallery

Feed your art enthusiasm at Semva Art Gallery

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Red Barn Learning Farm

Feed or touch the animals at Red Barn Learning Farm

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Pilgrim Paddles LLC

Rent a Kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard from Pilgrim Paddles LLC

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Recreation Center

Go swimming, ice skating or play basketball at the Recreation Center

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Peace Plaza Downtown Rochester

Stop by for quick-bite-to-eat or for a relaxing-sit-down-dinner at Peace Plaza

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Plummer House

Have your romantic photo-session taken in Picturesque surroundings at Plummer House

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Mel Brownell Aquatic Center

Shoot down a slide into the plunge pool below at Mel Brownell Aquatic Center

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Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch

Experience the joys of horseback riding at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch

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Kaplan's Woods Parkway

Go swimming, canoeing or hiking at Kaplan’s Woods Parkway

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Prairie Walls Climbing Gym

Peak your climbing enthusiasm at Prairie Walls Climbing Gym

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Myre Island Big State Park

Get a close look at birds and wildlife in their natural habitat at Myre Island Big State Park

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Silver Lake Boat & Bike Rental

Enjoy paddling around Silver Lake, canoeing or kayaking down the Zumbro River, or biking through the city for an unforgettable sightseeing experience with Silver Lake Boat & Bike Rental

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Sorin's Bluff

Take in spectacular views of the river valley from the top of Sorin’s Bluff

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Bowlocity

Knock down the pins at Bowlocity

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Paragon Chateau 14

Catch a flick on a reclining chair at Paragon Chateau 14

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Salem Glen Vineyard and Winery

Go bonkers over the wine at Salem Glen Vineyard and Winery

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Rochester Tennis Connection

Get ready for some tennis action at Rochester Tennis Connection

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Chester Woods Park

Bring your horse to enjoy the many trails and trails just for hikers at Chester Woods Park

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Northwoods Orchards

Feed the goats, see if the hen laid an egg, pet a bunny or visit the pig pen at Northwoods Orchards

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Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial

Travel back to the gilded age of Rochester’s past at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial

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Rochester Public Library

Participate in one of the many interesting events at Rochester Public Library

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Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center

See interactive exhibits on water & energy at Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center

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GEM Sailing

Experience a romantic sunset sailing cruise with GEM Sailing

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Bounce World

Flip into a foam pit at Bounce World

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Rusty's Red Wing River Rides

Get amazed by the number of eagles and nests you’ll able to see and get up close to, with Rusty’s Red Wing River Rides

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Eagle Hang Gliding

Experience the thrill of flying thousands of feet over the ground with Eagle Hang Gliding

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Rochester's WinterFest

Participate in the “Youth Ice Fishing Contest” at Rochester’s WinterFest

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Niagara Cave

Check out the underground waterfall at Niagara Cave

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Wild Bill's Sports Saloon

Do some dancing and have some beers at Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon

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Tweite's Pumpkin Patch

Enjoy over 20 acres of amusements, including a corn maze, live entertainment, gem mining, specialty foods and more at Tweite’s Pumpkin Patch

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Northgate Park

Let the little ones climb, run and play games at Northgate Park

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Minnesota Children's Museum of Rochester

Wear the kids out at Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester

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Bud King Ice Arena

Enjoy outdoor, recreational skating at Bud King Ice Arena

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Soldiers Field Pool

Try out the awesome 112-foot Water Slide at Soldiers Field Pool

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Table-side Magic

Witness a live Magic performance and exciting illusion show with magician Bob Miller every Thursday at Los Dos Amigos

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Assisi Heights

Check out the Italian architecture in Rochester at Assisi Heights

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Bear Creek Park

Rent a Shelter for a picnic, family reunion or other event at Bear Creek Park

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Hiawatha Homes Festival of Trees

Take in the approximately 100 beautifully decorated trees, get the kids’ picture taken with Santa, more at Hiawatha Homes Festival of Trees

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Heritage House

See how life was lived in the 1800s at Heritage House

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The Doggery

Enjoy a glass of wine in a romantic setting & Live music at The Doggery

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Treasure Island Resort & Casino

Hit the Jackpot at Treasure Island Resort & Casino

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History Center of Olmsted County

Learn about rural history in Rochester at History Center of Olmsted County

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Cannon Valley Trail

Go hiking, biking, or rollerblading at scenic Cannon Valley Trail

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Bay Point Park

Sit back and watch the beautiful sunset sight at Bay Point Park

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The Plummer Building

Praise the architecture & history of The Plummer Building

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Northern Hills Golf Course

Entertain & Challenge your friends at Northern Hills Golf Course

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Mayo Civic Center

Witness the exciting “Youth State Wrestling Tournament” at Mayo Civic Center

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Barn Bluff

Take a hike & make it to the top of Barn Bluff

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Colonial Lanes Inc

Get grooving with dancing lights, hot new music, and glow-in-the-dark bowling lanes at Colonial Lanes

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Rochester Area Family YMCA

Take a free swim lesson at Rochester Area Family YMCA

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Kinney Creek Brewery

Pull up a barstool & choose from tantalizingly unique beers at Kinney Creek Brewery

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Douglas Trail

Meander through 12.5 miles of trails at Douglas Trail

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Mayowood Mansion

Enjoy seeing the beautiful Mayowood Mansion and learning the history of Mayo family

The beautiful city of Rochester, MN provides so many things to see and do. Make sure to let us know if we missed any so we can deem them worth of the top 75 list! While you’re in the state of Minnesota, check out all of the things to do in the Twin Cities and head up to see the scenery in Duluth!