The Rochester MN Ultimate Guide to Summer + Bucket List

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Summer has finally arrived!  You know what that means…endless activity out about in our city to make up for the time spent indoors. The SE Minnesota area has so many activities and events for you and your family. Use our Rochester MN Ultimate Guide to Summer and free printable Bucket List to choose your own adventure. Print out the checklist below and you can fill in what you’d like to do to truly customize your summer!  Have fun, friends.  Cheers to the best summer yet!

The Great Outdoors

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Festival & Concerts

There are so many local festivals and concerts to attend in and around Rochester.  These events are listed by date for easy reference!

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Local Love

Rochester has so much to offer during the summer months. Why not become a tourist in your own city!  Consider exploring places and things you’ve never seen or done before.  Here’s a list to get you started!

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Around the Neighborhood

  • Join a Neighborhood Group to meet other moms and families near you!
  • Have a camp out in the backyard
  • S’mores Bar (Try Reese’s Peanut Butter cups,  salted caramel chocolate squares, use Nutella instead of chocolate, etc)
  • Build a giant slip-n-slide and get crazy with foam or shaving cream
  • Water Balloon wars…maybe time to invest in one of these and make it EASY
  • Have a big neighborhood party for National Night Out (August 1st)
  • Family Game Night! 
  • Play Giant Jenga or another awesome DIY Backyard Game!
  • Plan a neighborhood squirt gun war!  Winner picks the show for the next neighborhood movie night!
  • Create a neighborhood Scavenger Hunt (get inspiration here and here)
  • Ultimate Summer Beverage Contest: who can create the ultimate summer refresher?
  • Find all your amazing summer produce at the Rochester Downtown Farmer’s Market
  • Host an Outdoor Movie Night
  • Make special treats and deliver them to neighbors
  • Have a neighborhood sidewalk chalk art contest
  • Organize a Neighborhood Garage Sale

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Food

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Fun Family Activities

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SE Minnesota Love

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Sports Enthusiasts

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Staying Cool

Trying to beat the heat?  Check out these great ideas and destinations to stay cool this summer!

  • Visit the Rochester Art Center on a Free Family Day
  • Check out a Scheel’s Kids Klub event
  • Take in a Kid’s Story-Time
  • Read, explore, create and connect at the Rochester Public Library with their Summer Playlist
  • Visit your childhood with vintage arcade games at The Machine Shed
  • Take in a Free Kid’s Movie at 9 AM on Saturday mornings at CineMagic!
  • Visit the Minnesota Children’s Museum – Rochester for their newest exhibit!
  • Try the latest arcade games at Chuck E. Cheese
  • Head to the grocery store and pick out a new fruit or vegetable
  • Explore the subway downtown…can you find Carroll’s Corn?
  • Hang out at the mall play area right outside Scheels
  • Rent some skates and go ice skating at the Rec Center!

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Swimming

There are so many area pools, beaches and other ways to stay cool in the water in our area! Check out our Complete Guide to Swimming in SE Minnesota by clicking the image!

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June Events

Looking for a fun family event or maybe something just for you?  Check out our Guide to June Events!

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Printable Summer Bucket List

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Still Need More Ideas?

Why not take the opportunity of the beautiful weather and summer sunshine to get an updated family photo?

Take a coffee tour around Rochester to all our great coffee spots!

All of our favorite Mexican restaurants…including taco trucks!

Our comprehensive list of all Rochester MN patios and outside dining options. Bring on al fresco!

Need something new to read? Find the Little Library closest to you!

A fun Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt with free printable!

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