Things to Do
Best Things to do in Rochester
Experience the vibrant city of Rochester in southeast Minnesota. Discover the city's beautiful architecture, bustling downtown, iconic landmarks, and a diverse shopping and dining scene. Blending historic charm with modern energy, Rochester is home to the prestigious Mayo Clinic and IBM.
The Kahler Grand Hotel is within minutes of popular attractions, a thriving arts scene, historic sites, and beautiful parks for outdoor recreation. Kayak down the Zumbro River and take in the gorgeous scenery at Silver Lake Park. Hike the trails at the Quarry Hill Nature Center and stroll the gardens at Mayowood Mansion. Discover all the unique things to do in Rochester, MN, when you stay at the Kahler Grand.
Mayo Civic Center
Downtown Rochester's multi-purpose event center is the place to catch the hottest shows, concerts, sports, and performing arts.
Decorated in bronze and marble, tour this building named after Henry S. Plummer, M.D., who designed it and created systems and procedures still in use at the Mayo Clinic.
Silver Lake Park
Discover outdoor recreation at this gorgeous park in Rochester. Walk or run the scenic trail, swim at the beach and pool, or paddle down the Zumbro River.
Soldiers field veteran’s memorial
Stroll the grassy pastures of this Rochester Memorial to honor, reflect, and remember all Americans who valiantly fought for our country's freedom from the past, present, and future.
Quarry hill nature center
See 50 animal species, a 1,700-gallon fish tank, and a bird-watching aviary at this nature center. Spend the day exploring nature trails, caves, and ponds.
Tour this historic Italianate Victorian home adorned with period antique furnishings and artifacts dedicated to preserving Rochester's early heritage.
The Grand Shops of Kahler
Enjoy shopping and dining in downtown Rochester with 65 stores and restaurants. Browse the shops along underground, street level, and skyway promenades.
SEMVA Art Gallery
Celebrate local Rochester artists by viewing their work in a collaborative setting. Explore unique works of art ranging from paintings and photography to jewelry and pottery.
Tour the spiritual center, education space, beautiful grounds, and the Italian architecture. This sacred institution for all faiths is designed for prayer and reflection.
Declared a Minnesota Historic Site, this beautiful estate was built by the co-founder of the Mayo Clinic. Explore lush gardens and the doctor's impressive art collection.
Ranked #1 in the country for being pioneers in medicine and research, this medical complex delivers the best healthcare and doctors across the street from us, 25 steps away.