Where History Meets Innovation
Home of the Mayo Clinic, verdant parks, historic sites and friendly locals, Rochester offers an intriguing array of things to do. Belly up to an ice bar, stroll the halls of an opulent mansion and take in a spectacular performance, all in the heart of southern Minnesota's biggest city.
Top Things to Do
Rochester offers a fun lineup of events and activities all year long. Hop on a trolley for a tour of local history—and local breweries. Explore the vibrant arts scene at Rochester Art Center, plus enjoy great shopping, dining and more.Read More
Rochester’s innovative spirit shines during SocialICE, a multi-day event that transforms downtown into a cheery stretch of bars made from solid ice, each with a signature drink.Read more
A Lasting Legacy
Tour the sprawling 3,300-acre estate of Dr. Charles H. Mayo, cofounder of the revered Mayo Clinic. The 38-room mansion—the centerpiece of the property—was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.Read more
A Hub for the Arts
Host to hundreds of performances, special events and conferences each year, the 120,000-square-foot Mayo Civic Center is the region’s premier performing arts venue. Check out upcoming events and more.Read more
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