Things to do in ROCHESTER with kids

The starting point of the mighty Mississippi, Minnesota has stunning prairie lands, beautiful national forests, and cities that are filled with art, culture and entertainment - it really is one big giant playground for kids!

Fancy a walk across the Mississippi? We’re serious! Itasca State Park marks the beginning of that infamous river and the place to do it! (Look out for the bald eagles!) Your water journey can continue with Voyageurs National Park - the only water-based park in the entire country!

The cities and towns are just as entertaining for kids. Hands-on experiences such as The Works and Minnesota Children’s Museum are great for kids creativity and imagination, whilst adventure is waiting at family friendly activities such as Character Challenge Course and Vertical Endeavours Minneapolis!

Don’t forget the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest with Valleyfair, or the thrilling Nickelodeon Universe - (parents you know you want to as well!)

And of course, Minnesota is great for those winter snow activities.  There are plenty of places to hit the slopes, from Giants Ridge Ski Resort, Lutsen Mountains and Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area.

Unspoilt wilderness, vibrant cities, pristine lakes and white-capped mountains…Minnesota is almost right out of a fairytale!

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  • Silver Lake Boat and Bike Rentals

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    (1 miles) Rochester

    Silver Lake Boat & Bike Rentals is complete with Electric Paddleboat, Bike, Kayak, and Canoe Rentals. Located on the shore of beautiful Silver Lake in downtown Rochester, Mn.

  • Pipsqueaks Indoor Playground

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    (1 miles) Rochester

    Pipsqueaks, Rochester's INDOOR play zone, is designed for children kindergarten-age and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking ...

  • Bounce World

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    (4 miles) Rochester

    15,000 sq feet of Minnesota bounce playland! Kids can bounce their heart away for the day in a fun and colorful environment!

  • Northwoods Orchard

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    (9 miles) Oronoco

    offers a seasonal family day out with pumpkin patch, corn maze, backwoods golf, wagon rides and domesticated animals to visit.

  • Shades Of Sherwood

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    (24 miles) Zumbrota

    A family campground with a water park in Minnesota, conveniently located on the Zumbro River on 77 acres of woods, rivers and creeks.

  • Coffee Mill Ski Area

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    (32 miles) Wabasha

    Skiing and snowboarding with lessons for all ages, with 33% green runs, plus tubing 2 terrain training parks.

  • Coffee Mill Ski and Snowboard Resort

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    (32 miles) Wabasha

    Coffee Mill, named after a historic navigational point along the mighty Mississippi, offers the best of coulee skiing with a unique "bowl" arrangement for convenient lift accessibility and protection ...

  • Museum Of Spam

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    (35 miles) Austin

    The SPAM Museum. See it for yourself in all its 16500 square feet of majestic glory. The SPAM learning inside is immense. Prepare your mind and your station wagon! One of the many fun family places ...

  • Welch Village Ski Resort

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    (40 miles) Welch

    Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, offering 15 green runs, plus 3 terrain training parks.

  • Niagara Cave

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    (41 miles) Harmony

    Experience adventure underground at this amazing natural wonder, with tours, mini golf and panning for gemstones too!

  • Chimney Rock Campground

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    (50 miles) Cresco

    Located along the scenic Upper Iowa River in extreme Northeast Iowa, Chimney Rock Campground are perfect for all family adventures out in nature! They also specialise in Canoe Rental as they are ...

  • Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center

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    (54 miles) Hastings

    At Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, we believe in fostering appreciation and inspiring stewardship of the natural world through quality environmental education, conservation practices, and ...

  • Kamp Del

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    (56 miles) Waterville

    Featuring pools with slides and play zones, petting zoo, playgrounds, mini golf, sports courts plus local boat hire and fishing.

  • Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center

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    (58 miles) Waseca

    he Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center (Farmamerica) was commissioned in 1978 by the legislature to preserve and promote the strong heritage of Minnesota agriculture. This is done through ...

  • Afton Alps

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    (60 miles) Hastings

    Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, offering 20% green runs and 60% blue, plus lift serviced tubing hill and terrain park.

  • Childrens Museum of La Crosse

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    (62 miles) La Crosse

    Learning and fun rolled into one! Three floors of hands-on exhibits, birthday parties, gift shop, field trips, summer day camps, special programs, and more. For ages 1-12 with adult companions.

  • Minnesota Zoo

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    (63 miles) Apple Valley

    Our mission is to connect people, animals and the natural world., which means we're dedicated to inspiring people to act on behalf of the environment. To accomplish this, we provide award-winning ...

  • Buck Hill Ski Resort

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    (63 miles) Burnsville

    Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, with terrain split between green and blue runs, plus covered lift serviced tubing hill and several terrain training features.

  • Red Cedar Trail and Hoffman Hills

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    (64 miles) Menomonie

    Two of Dunn County’s premier natural and recreational destinations. Whether bicycling, skiing, hiking, walking or canoeing, you will discover miles of spectacular natural beauty.

  • Cascade Bay

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    (65 miles) Eagan

    Check out one of the most popular water parks in Minnesota! From slides, lazy rivers, to shipwrecks, this is one water park ready to make a SPLASH!

  • Good Times Park

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    (66 miles) Eagan

    Vast range of indoor fun from classic playground and bouncy house to sports, construction play, moving playground, reading and art zone and a terrific hologram game.

  • Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground

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    (66 miles) Woodbury

    A state of the art indoor playground in Central Park in Minnesota for kids under 12 years!

  • The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center

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    (68 miles) West Saint Paul

    With farm animals, birds of prey and a mass of natural local wildlife, they have been teaching and enthralling kids for over forty years. Plus orchard, bee apiary and special events.

  • The Works

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    (69 miles) Bloomington

    Ideal for kids aged 5 - 12, this very fun and hands-on museum features 40 interactive, kid-powered exhibits that highlight mechanisms and simple machines, where they can try, build and play as they ...

  • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park St Paul

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    (69 miles) Oakdale

    Their patented style of fun with trampoline covered floors and walls provided high level angular bounces kids can't get enough of. Session types include open jump, 3D Dodgeball and SkyRobics fitness ...

  • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

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    (69 miles) Bloomington

    Previously Underwater Adventures Aquarium, this fun Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium has over 10,000 sea creatures that the whole family can experience!

  • Nickelodeon Universe

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    (69 miles) Bloomington

    One of the country's leading family theme parks, offering 27 rides and attractions for ALL ages, as well as adventure golf and the highest Sky Trails rope course in the world!

  • Water Park of America

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    (70 miles) Bloomington

    Located inside the Radisson Hotel Bloomington, near Mall of America and soaring 90 feet above the Twin Cities' skyline, Water Park of America entertains both the young and young at heart. Surf on ...

  • Kids Club At MacNider Museum

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    (71 miles) Mason City

    Kids' Club is an activity-based exploration of the visual arts and the treasures of the MacNider Museum for children ages 5 through 12 ! The Charles H. MacNider Museum is a non-profit, municipally ...

  • Minnesota Museum of American Art

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    (71 miles) St Paul

    The MMAA was founded as an art school in 1927, when it formally incorporated as The Saint Paul School of Art. Collecting works of art, for instructional purposes, began in the late 1930's. Over time, ...

  • Science Museum of Minnesota

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    (71 miles) Saint Paul

    The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. One of the many fun family places to go if ...

  • Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

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    (71 miles) St Paul

    Devious Displays of Quackery, Fraud, Deceit and Deception -- the largest collection of medical chicanery and mayhem ever assembled under one roof. Step right up !!

  • The Mississippi

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    (71 miles) Saint Paul

    Established in 1988, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area includes 72 miles of the Mississippi River stretching from the cities of Dayton and Ramsey to just south of Hastings. One of ...

  • Action City Family Fun Center

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    (71 miles) Eau Claire

    Action City Family Fun Center has more than 100 of the most popular video and redemption games. It's also home to fast-paced attractions, including the largest indoor go-kart track in the Midwest, an ...

  • Chaos Indoor Water Park

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    (71 miles) Eau Claire

    Chaos Water Park, inside the resort, is packed with ways to thrill, explore and find your ultra human strengths. This award-winning comic book park is filled with more than typical slides and rivers; ...