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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.


5 Things to Do in Rochester, MN


1. Little Thistle Brewing

Beer at Little Thistle Brewing

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


2. Cascade Meadow Wetlands

Cascade Meadow Wetlands

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


3. Rochester Art Center

Rochester Art Center in MN

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
(507) 282-8629


4. Rochesterfest

Rochesterfest in MN

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
(937) 306-8820

5. Douglas State Trail

Douglas State Trail

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


Best Chinese Food 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.


China Star

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.



Wong's Cafe

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.



Asia Fusion

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.



China King

Chinese, Restaurant

Located in Northwest Plaza, China King is a Chinese restaurant in the Rochester, MN neighborhood. They serve a mix of dishes from Hunan and Szechuan provinces. If you’re okay eating with a foam plates and plastic utensils, China King is a great choice. They also have a lunch buffet.



Hunan Garden

Chinese, Hunan, Restaurant

Hunan Garden is one of the highest rated Chinese restaurants in the city, and they have almost 400 reviews on Google Business. Established in 1989, it is the second oldest restaurant on this list. Hunan Garden serves Chinese dishes from fried rice to Hunan lamb. Stop by to get some delicious food!



Schools in Rochester, MN

Rochester Public Schools
(507) 328-3000