21 Ways to Spend Two Hours in Rochester MN

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Have you ever found yourself with approximately two hours to spare while in Rochester, MN? Whether you’re between appointments, tournament games, sporting events, or concert times, Rochester is home to a plethora of activities for the whole family. So – grab your sense of adventure and check out some of the amazing opportunities available to everyone! 

Burn Off Energy

Roca Climbing & Fitness
Roca Climbing and & Fitness offers numerous amenities, which include: indoor climbing, climbing instruction and training, yoga studio, fitness deck, retail shop, special group events and a spectator area. Located at 6071 Rome Circle NW with ample parking onsite! 
 
Air Insanity
Rochester’s first indoor trampoline park is a state-of-the-art family fun facility that will energize and excite the kid at heart in everyone! Air Insanity attractions include: open jump arena, insane air bag, warrior battle beam, fidget ladder, insane dodgeball, toddler zone, warrior obstacle course, extreme warp wall, slam dunk courts, traverse climbing wall, insanity nerf zone, vault escape laser maze, and a virtual reality zone. Located at 1607 Hwy 14 E with ample parking onsite! 
 
Bike & Boat Rentals at Silver Lake
Ready to hit the water or bike around the city? Stop at Silver Lake’s Bike & Boat rental to explore the city from a different angle. Located at 800 West Silverlake Dr. NE. with ample parking onsite.
 
Walk around Silver Lake
At 1.8 miles around the lake, a couple laps may easily fill your time and help you reconnect with nature on one of the gorgeous spring, summer or fall days in Rochester. With plenty to see at Silver Lake Park and several scenic bridges and places to play, it may take awhile to make it all the way around!
 
Bowlocity Entertainment Center
Bowlocity offers activities include laser tag, arcade games and of course bowling! There’s something for the whole family, including a sports bar to fuel up after a competitive game. Located at 2810 North Broadway with ample parking onsite!
 
Archery Addiction
“We know fun” is their motto for a reason! Whether you’re ready to try archery combat or a nerf war, Archery Addiction is a place for you! Archery combat is similar to dodgeball, however, rubber balls are replaced with foam-tipped arrows. Rules are similar to dodgeball and bunkers are added to provide cover. Located at 3020 N. Broadway Ave, Suite 200 with ample parking onsite. 
 
Bounce World
Need to burn off some energy? Visit Bounce World’s 15,000 square foot building filled with inflatables bounce houses, inflatable slides, and other interactive inflatables. Located at 4430 19th St NW with ample parking onsite.
 

Arts & Culture

Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester
An interactive atmosphere that is sure to spark children’s curiosity and interest in learning. The Children’s Museum is full of uniquely designed and stimulating hands on activities and exhibits. Programs change frequently, so be sure to check out their website. Located at 1643 N Broadway with ample parking onsite.
 
Rochester Art Center
Contemporary art showcases innovation and creativity through world-class exhibits and programs. The Rochester Art Center encourages creative and critical thinking. Located at 40 Civic Center Drive SE, the Art Center is attached to Mayo Civic Center and is a great place to enjoy the beauty of Downtown Rochester cityscape, the Zumbro River, and Mayo Memorial Park. Parking is free after 5PM weekdays and on weekends. 
 
SEMVA Art Gallery
The Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists (SEMVA) started in 1991 as an opportunity for regional artists to network, better their craft, and market their creations. Over 70 local artists are featured at SEMVA to offer this one of a kind art gallery. The artwork encompasses jewelry, photography, pottery, glass, woodworking, sculpture, wearable art, and much more. Stop by to take a look and when you find something you cannot pass up, remember that all artwork is available for purchase. Located at 320 South Broadway with free parking after 5PM on weekdays and on weekends. 
 
Mayo Clinic Art Tour
Learn about the artwork found across the Mayo Clinic Campus on a Mayo Clinic Art Tour. Many of the pieces have been donated and come with unique stories. The tours are for patients and their guests on the day(s) of medical appointments. Tours begin in Judd Auditorium, on the pedestrian Subway Level of the Mayo Building, and run Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm. Self-guided tour brochures are also available at the information desks. Located at 200 1st Street SW, traditional parking rates apply Monday – Friday. 
 
Soldier’s Field Veterans Memorial
Soldier’s Field Veterans Memorial is a solitary get-away in the heart of Downtown Rochester. Take a break from your day and honor the men and women who fought for our freedom. The memorial is designed in three distinct parts. (1) A granite, circular “Wall of Remembrance” contains the names of over 3,000 service men and women from Southeastern Minnesota that gave their lives in service to their country. (2) Brick pavers comprise the “Walk of Remembrance,” and honors 6,500 Veterans and Allies for their service. (3) “Trees of Remembrance” represent every state in the United States. Located at 300 7th Street SW with parking onsite. 
 
Rochester Public Library
When you are in the need of a reprieve from tournament games or medical appointments, the Rochester Public Library (RPL) is a place you can find a wide variety of programs and services for all ages throughout the week. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the library and pick up a temporary library card or gain internet access. Located in the heart of Downtown Rochester, RPL is connected via the pedestrian skyway/subway system from Mayo Civic Center and Mayo Clinic Campus. Parking is free after 5PM and on weekends. 
 

Indulgences

Visit a close-by Brewery or Winery
Rochester is home to a variety of excellent breweries and wineries. Grand Rounds Brew Pub is within walking distance from the Mayo Civic Center and is located at 4 3rd Street SW. There is free parking after 5PM weekdays and on weekends. Forager Brewing Company, Kinney Creek Brewery, LTS Brewing Company, Post Town Winery, and Salem Glen Vineyard & Winery are only a short drive and all have ample parking. If you’re looking for a happy hour, you can find all the details in our Guide to Downtown Happy Hours
 
Carroll’s Corn
Are you a popcorn fan?! Carroll’s Corn is the home of hand-crafted, delicious popcorn and offers a variety of flavors and sizes. Located at 20 2nd Avenue Southwest Suite B12 (Underneath Starbucks in the Kahler Grand Hotel), and within walking distance from Mayo Civic Center. 
 
Chocolate Twist
If you’re in the mood for sweets and unable to leave downtown, have no fear…the Chocolate Twist is the perfect place for you! They feature 24 flavors of Chocolate Shoppe ice cream from Wisconsin and an abundance of candy! Located at 311 South Broadway and within walking distance to Mayo Civic Center or Mayo Clinic. Parking is free after 5pm or on weekends. **Chocolate Twist is a social entrepreneurial venture owned by Boys & Girls Club of Rochester.**
 
Flapdoodles
Rochester is home to TWO Flapdoodles Ice Cream locations: North and South. From ice cream flights to homemade ice cream cakes or delicious hand packaged pints, Flapdoodles has something for every ice cream fan. Flavors change frequently, so stop in often! Both locations offer on-site parking. North: 3525 22nd Ave. NW or South: 1710 Broadway Avenue South.
 
Chocolaterie Stam
Dutch traditions creatively craft handmade white, milk or dark chocolate bonbons and other indulgent confections. Coupled with Italian Gelato, Chocolaterie Stam is located at the Shops at University Square (111 South Broadway) and a quick walk from Mayo Civic Center or Mayo Clinic Campus.
 

Shopping

Shops at University Square
The Shops at University Square offer world-class shopping, dining and personal services. Unique stores include Counterpoint, The Nordic Shop, Knight’s Chamber, Chicos, Soma, Talbots and many more. University Square is also home to wonderful restaurants, which include Pescara, Chester’s, B.B.’s Pizzeria, Salad Brothers, or Bravo Espresso to name a few. University Square is located at 111 South Broadway and connected to Mayo Civic Center and Mayo Clinic via the skyway/subway system. Parking is free weekdays after 5PM and on weekends.
 
Apache Mall
Find the brands you love under one roof! The Apache Mall is home to more than 100 stores including JC Penney, Macy’s, SCHEELS, H&M, American Eagle, Victoria’s Secret, Tradehome Shoes, Build-a-Bear, and many more. The Apache Mall has retail therapy available for everyone in your family! If you’re looking to recharge, there are great restaurants available at the mall, which include HuHot, Applebee’s, and Red Lobster. Located at 333 Apache Mall, 1201 12th Street SW with ample parking. 
 
John Krusel’s General Merchandise
From American antiques to estate treasures you can peruse John Krusel’s General Merchandise.  Located at 22 3rd Street SW and within walking distance from Mayo Civic Center or Mayo Clinic’s Downtown Campus. 
 
If you’re attending a convention or event at Mayo Civic Center, check out an extensive list of things to do, nightlife, and restaurants within easy walking distance of the center.

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