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Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of fun things to do in Rochester, MN! SocialICE is the city's premier winter event held Feb. 8, 9, and 10 on the Peace Plaza. This is one ice-bar festival you will not want to miss! “SocialICE Is a completely unique winter experience,” says Meghann Southwick, Community & Events Manager with the Rochester Downtown Alliance , which organizes the event. “It is designed to allow attendees to get Continue Reading »
One of the most fun things to do in Rochester, MN is our beloved WinterFest! WinterFest is an annual celebration of the Bold North and its high-spirited citizens. Whatever the temperatures during this month-long series of entertaining events and activities, WinterFest attendees will feel the warmth of a city known for its caring culture and good cheer. “WinterFest is a great way to break up winter with some fun family activities, both indoor and outdoor, that help nonprofit groups in Continue Reading »
When winter arrives in Minnesota, it’s time to bundle up and think like a Minnesotan. Embrace the beauty and diversity of the snow during this magical time of year. Try some outdoor activities at one of the best spots in Rochester, MN for some good old-fashioned winter fun : Quarry Hill Nature Center .  Designated as a “Park and Trail of Regional Significance” by the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails Commission, Quarry Hill boasts miles of trails, a limestone fossil Continue Reading »

Things to Do With Kids in Rochester, MN

Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:00 AM

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“Play time” is all the time in Rochester, MN! Ranked “the second best city for children in the U.S.,” Rochester is a kid-friendly destination that parents will appreciate for its caring ambience, relaxing pace, and convenient entertainment and attractions . Enjoy some family fun (and dial down the stress) in Rochester, MN with these 10 things to do with kids. 1.    All aboard! Catch a ride with the Rochester Trolley & Tour Company , the city’s Continue Reading »
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If walls could talk, Mayowood's might direct you to the white oak tree beneath which Dr. Charles H. Mayo designed the 48-room mansion. In 1911, the family moved in, and for the next nearly 60 years, three generations of Drs. Mayo lived in the stately home in the countryside near Rochester, MN. The Mayos furnished their mansion with treasures, many collected during travels abroad. Now Mayo Clinic owns the house and the History Center of Olmsted County the contents, and Mayowood is on display Continue Reading »

What's There to Do in Rochester, MN?

Thursday, June 15, 2017 11:00 AM

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The number one question area waiters, hotel concierges and other service folks get asked by Rochester, MN visitors is this: what’s there to do here? Luckily, we have the answer. Two supreme options for filling time between medical appointments, sports games, or during the weekends are Rochester Trolley & Tour Company and Scheels, a sporting goods store that also features a variety of entertainment venues.    At Scheels recently, one visitor remarked, “Big Continue Reading »
Rochesterfest
June 17-25, 2017 Rochester, Minnesota’s vibrancy and friendliness are on full display each June at Rochesterfest, one of the state’s most beloved summer festivals. Since the first Rochesterfest in 1983, the family-friendly festival has combined tradition and innovation to provide attendees with an “only in Rochester” experience. “We’re a friendly, welcoming community with diverse interests, and Rochesterfest is no different. We want to celebrate what Continue Reading »
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One of the most fun things to do in the spring and summer months in Rochester, Minnesota is to explore the city on a bright orange bike rented through the city's popular new Nice Ride program. Launched in 2016 as part of the city's efforts to promote health and wellness, the Nice Ride program is a good fit for visitors and residents of our sporty, active community . "If we want to be the healthiest city in the state and beyond, multi-modal transportation has to be an important Continue Reading »

Five Ways to Chill Out on a Hot Day

Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:00 PM by Megan Malugani

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In Rochester, Minnesota, we savor every precious second of summer. When the sun shines and the flowers bloom, it’s time to get out and play. While the opportunities for summer fun and relaxation in Rochester are infinite, these five recommendations can help you narrow your options. 1.     Take to the water. Summer recreation in Minnesota revolves around water, whether we’re gliding over it, splashing in it, or casting a fishing pole  into it.  For a Continue Reading »