Caves and Mines in ROCHESTER with kids

Who said family fun had to be ABOVE ground! If you are looking for pretty awesome things to do with kids in Rochester, Minnesota, then let’s dig deep…literally!

Underground adventures are so much fun with children. It’s an experience that will introduce them to some of the most incredible wonders on earth, and formations they have never seen before.

Some underground experiences are perfect for family members of all ages and ability, but some require more active families as there are often steps involved.  Whatever you choose in The North Star State you will experience something magical.

Underground experiences require you to join a tour, which is perfect for kids to learn all the fun facts about what they are seeing as they make their through the earth.  Sounds super fun!

Why have an above ground adventure in Rochester…when you can go UNDERGROUND! An exciting family day out for all!

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  • 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!

  • Spook Cave

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    (90 miles) McGregor

    Explore an ancient flooded cave where you can take a safe but slightly spooky boat trip through! Not a whole day out but a terrific stop the kids will really remember.

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  • 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!

  • Valleyfair

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    (73 miles) Shakopee

    A family fun theme park with more than 75 rides and attractions on 90 acres, and is the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest! Impressive!

  • 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!

  • 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 ...

  • 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; ...

  • Bear Foot Bay Indoor Waterpark

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    (93 miles) Prairie du Chien

    Come check out our body slide, waterfall spa, activity pool with water basketball, children's pool with water geysers, kids' slide, prehistoric fish and much more!

  • Minnesota Zoo

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    (63 miles) Apple Valley

    Over 480 acres of outdoor trails, and the largest indoor interconnected zoo exhibits in the USA at this incredible zoo, with over 5,300 animals to experience!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

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    (74 miles) Saint Paul

    The attractions located here include the zoo, the conservatory, an amusement park, a carousel, Lake Como, a golf course, a pool and more. The park receives more than 2.5 million visitors annually. ...

  • Pipsqueaks Indoor Playground

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    (1 miles) Rochester

    Indoor fun for little ones up to 5 years, with slides, rides, toddler zone and ways to let that imagination soar! Open seasonally over winter

  • Good Times Park

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    (66 miles) Eagan

    Fun indoor play where the outside is enjoyed inside! With inflatables, basketball, jumpers, and adventure playgrounds, it's perfect for those active kids!

  • 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!

  • Jumps and Downs

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    (75 miles) Shakopee

    A day of bouncing fun for kids of all ages!

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Minnesota Childrens Museum

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    (71 miles) Saint Paul

    A fun and interactive children's museum which offers a vast range of open ended, hands on experiments and experiences for kids of all ages - learn through playing in Minnesota!

  • Chippewa Valley Museum

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    (71 miles) Eau Claire

    the exciting and intertwining stories of Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley is to visit the nationally recognized Chippewa Valley Museum, located in Eau Claire. We offer award-winning exhibits, ...

  • American Swedish Institute

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    (76 miles) Minneapolis

    Explore a fascinating slice of historic Swedish America! This historic 33 room house is filled with exhibit galleries, an interesting day out in Minnesota!

  • Weisman Art Museum

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    (76 miles) Minneapolis

    An art filled day for those creative and museum loving families.

  • Bell Museum of Natural History

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    (76 miles) Minneapolis

    The Bell Museum of Natural History is a portal to experiences that bring people closer to the natural world. It is a small, personable place with big ideas, an historic state treasure, and a landmark ...

  • Bakken Library and Museum

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    (76 miles) Minneapolis

    The Bakken is a center for education and learning that furthers the understanding of the history, cultural context, and applications of electricity and magnetism. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry and Technology

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    (82 miles) Chippewa Falls

    Welcome to CFMIT! We interpret a rich, varied history of manufacturing and processing that began here in the 1840\'s and continues today. As we relate the story of industry, we teach about the area ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • Minnehaha Regional Park

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    (72 miles) Minneapolis

    Visit one of the first state parks created in the USA in Minneapolis, with historical sites, gardens, waterfalls, and fun activities!

  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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    (81 miles) Chaska

    A nature playground for the whole family with over 1,100 acres of gardens, woods and trails.

  • Effigy Mounds National Monument

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    (87 miles) Harpers Ferry

    There are numerous opportunities for you to enjoy a self-guided tour or join a ranger for a hike, walk, talk or historic demonstration. Most trails are moderately strenuous, however, there are some ...

  • Silver Lake Boat and Bike Rentals

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    (1 miles) Rochester

    Explore the Silver Lake area in style with boat and bike rentals! Outdoor fun in Rochester for those active kids!