Rochester, Minnesota has always been associated with the world-famous Mayo Clinic and home to IBM employees and their families. But Rochester has a lot more to offer and could be a great venue for adventure and recreational opportunities. With all the things to do, charming one-off shops to visit, places to see and food to taste, I bet you one or two days of stay will be sorely lacking. Even if you are in Rochester, Minnesota for medical concerns, this picturesque city will be great to enjoy as well.
Check out some of these sightseeing ideas and exciting things to do in Rochester, Minnesota:
1. Historic Sites
- Forestville/Mystery caves – experience and enjoy the natural beauty of preserved wooded valley and 1800 historical town site. It offers picnic site, trout fishing, ski and snowmobile trails and camping.
2. Rochester Castles
- Mayowood Mansion – This elegant residence housed three generations of the Mayo family. It has 38 comfortably and elegantly appointed rooms filled with, antiques and other memorabilia of the Mayo family. The beautiful and spacious gardens are a sight to behold.
3. Parks and Gardens
-Silver Lake Park – most ideal for summer activities such as rollerblading and biking. You can also rent canoes to paddle around Silver Lake. Outdoor pools, picnic tables, and other outdoor facilities are also available at Silver Lake Park.
4. Dinner Theatre
Rochester Dinner Theatre – Enjoy a night of musicals, comedies and live theatre productions while partaking of a sumptuous dinner or dessert.
5. Special Attractions
The Rochester Carillon – You can find a 56-bell carillon (the most complete in North America) housed at the topmost floor of the Plummer Building. The carillon is a collection of chromatically tuned bells which is played through hammers run from a keyboard. 25-minute regular concerts are held three times a week.