Things to Do in Rochester, Minnesota in 2021

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The third-largest city in Minnesota and the county seat of Olmsted County, Rochester should be included in your travel plans. This city can be an amazing opportunity for a day trip or a vacation.

Rochester History

The city of Rochester was founded by George Head in 1854, who named it after his hometown. Doctor William Worrall Mayo and his two sons are some of the most prominent names in this area. After a terrifying tornado, he established the first medical facility here, named St.Mary’s Hospital. This hospital later expanded with new laboratories, equipment, and medical personal, and today we know it as the Mayo Clinic.

Rochester Attractions

The Mayowood Mansion was built by the Mayo family in 1911, offering a chance to explore 38 rooms filled with antiques and paintings, a grand terrace, and a wonderful garden. Rochester is not only the home of the top medical facility in the country. It is also called the “City of a Hundred Parks.” From Douglas State Park and Fox Trails Park to Silver Lake Park and Quarry Hill Park, the list is endless. With restaurants and bars at every corner and festivals all year round, this city offers abundant entertainment for all ages. An interesting way to experience the city is on a trolley. Rochester Trolley and Tour Company offers tours around the area, including the noteworthy historic and cultural sites, monuments, and more.

Rochester Activities

The Rochester Art Center - open in 1946, with a view on the Zumbro River, this center offers world-class exhibitions, as well as summer camps for kids and classes and courses for adults. This contemporary arts center is a favorite among locals and tourists.

Silver Lake Park - an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. Rent a boat or a canoe and explore the lake where you can find flocks of Canadian geese. And make sure you visit the Children’s Adventure Playground if you are traveling with your young ones.

Quarry Hill Nature Center - from different animal species, sandstone caves, and a pond to hiking and biking trails, this facility offers an abundant amount of fun and education. Bring your kids here to get acquainted with the native birds and observe an indoor hive.

Rochester Entertainment

There are more than enough festivals, fairs, and other festive events in this city. The “Down by the Riverside” is an annual, outdoor festival held in Mayo Park. Additional festivals such as the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Corn Hill Arts Festival, the ImageOut Film Festival, bring entertainment to both locals and tourists.

Rochester Lodging

The hotels in Rochester offer the usual amenities. La Quinta Inn & Suites Rochester is an affordable hotel with a pool, fitness center, and a hot tub that will help you recharge after a day of exploration. And if you want to find accommodations in the downtown area, make sure you book a room at the Kahler Inn and Suites.

Rochester Dining

Some of the best restaurants, from fancy, luxurious ones to local diners, can be found in this charming city. Dunn Brothers Coffee can welcome you to some traditional burgers in a 1950s atmosphere. And, at Terza’s, you can relish yourself in an astonishing Italian kitchen and a personal sommelier to help you go through their extensive wine list.

Rochester Shopping

Don’t leave the city empty-handed! Apache Mall awaits you with all the shops, restaurants, salons, and spas. And in the center of the city, University Square offers a variety of shopping and dining options.

Take time to visit Rochester for its natural landscapes, historical sites, and popular restaurants. It is a great place to make memories and learn new things.

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