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Rochester, MN Things to Do

Rochester, MN Things to Do

Rochester, MN is a growing and thriving hub. Our city is the home of the famed Mayo Clinic and also the IBM Rochester Campus. There are plenty of things to do in town. If you’re a golfer, our area has Eastwood Golf Course, Northern Hills Golf Course, Soldiers Field Golf Course, and Rochester Golf and Country Club. Below is a list of things to do and places to eat in Rochester, MN.



This brewery is a Rochester-based, family-owned craft brewery and taproom that focuses on high-quality craft beer, ranging from approachable, easy-drinking beers to special and unconventional beers. There’s a little bit of something for everybody.

Little Thistle Brewing opened in August 2018. They have a game room with tabletop and board games, shuffleboard table, and arcade cabinets. The Scottish ale on the menu is a nod to Owner Steve Finnie’s heritage.

 2031 14th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center is located on 100 acres along Cascade Creek in northwest Rochester. The center provides formal and informal learning for the public.

The trails at the wetlands are open to the public during the daytime. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota oversees the Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center.

 2900 19th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901

The Rochester Art Center was created in 1946 and holds local art and art from around the world. The main gallery is named after Judy Onofrio who is a Rochester-based artist. Judy Onofrio is a multi-talented artist who has created sculptures out of bone.

Located in Downtown, the Rochester Art Center is a 10 minute from our community. The art center is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

 30 Civic Center Dr SE STE 120, Rochester, MN 55904

Rochesterfest is a tradition that started in 1983. It is an annual festival in June with food, concerts, a triathlon, a parade, and a treasure hunt. The summer festival is a wonderful community event.

The festival is a great showcase of the vibrancy of Rochester. Grab your sunscreen and we’ll see you at the next Rochesterfest!

 Rochester, MN

The Douglas State Trail is a paved 12.5-mile track between Rochester and Pine Island. It is great for hikers, cyclists, and in-line skaters. The multi-use trail was built on an abandoned Chicago Great Western Railway track.

We are a mile from the Douglas State Trail, and a trailhead is located on Valleyhigh Drive NW. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash.

 Trailhead on Valleyhigh Drive NW in Rochester, MN



Rochester has had a Chinese restaurant since 1952. North Rochester, MN has a plethora of eateries that serve Chinese food. Continue reading to learn more about 5 great Chinese restaurants in town.


Chinese, Restaurant

China Star is a family-owned restaurant in North Rochester, MN. In 2014, it was voted Best Chinese Place in Rochester Magazine. (The category was removed in subsequent years.) It is great for take-out and delivery.


Chinese, Restaurant

In 1952, Wong’s Café became the first Chinese restaurant to open in Rochester, MN. They serve traditional Chinese dishes including lo mein and lemon chicken. In 2020, they were a finalist for Best Asian Restaurant in Rochester Magazine. Wong’s Café is a staple of the community.


Chinese, Asian, Restaurant

This restaurant serves Asian fusion food including Chinese dishes. Asia Fusion has dim sum, Szechuan spicy chicken, chicken lo mein, and many more Chinese dishes. They use fresh ingredients cooked with passion. Asia Fusion was a finalist for Best Asian Place in 2020 for Rochester Magazine.


Mexican, Salsa Bar

El Carambas offers great-tasting Mexican food for all types of occasions! With entrees costing less than $10, you’ll surely get your money's worth. Their menu has a vast selection of every authentic Mexican dish you can think of, plus they also cater! Unlike other restaurants on this list, El Crambas also has an endless salsa bar, so you can dip until your heart's content.


Mexican, Tex-Mex, Restaurant

Stretching back to 1981, Carlos O’Kelly’s is dedicated to doing more than making you unhungry. They strive to bring a little joy to your day by helping you connect with friends and family over delicious food. They make their Tex-Mex remarkable food and signature sauces from scratch and take the time to bring you affordable and crave-able food with every visit.