1850 S. Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: (507) 282-9905
Fax: (507) 282-1813
Water towers are generally built for a purely practical purpose, but the Libby Food Plant executives had a different idea. Built and installed in 1931, it served as an entertaining as well as functional structure during one of the most difficult periods of American history, the Great Depression. Anatomically accurate, the water tower is built as an enormous ear of corn, and attracts curious visitors and tourists. The tower is now a part of the Seneca Foods Complex and is now a historic relic towering at 60 feet (18.288 meters) over the skyline and serving as a distinct landmark for the town. Lit up during the night, the tower is hard to miss and is a fun detour if you're looking for off beat local attractions to visit.
This five story house is the former home of Henry S. Plummer, who was a member of the Mayo Clinic Staff in 1901; the house features forty nine rooms and eleven acres of landscaped grounds that include roses, a flower garden, and a water tower.
This historic hospital was supported by the Sisters of Saint Francis and became a leading care facility under the leadership of Doctor William W. Mayo; self guided tours and special tours are available.
This was one of the most elaborate theatres built in Rochester in the early 1900s, and features a unique French village d
North Broadway is an arterial road that connects the North River Court neighborhood to the center of Rochester. The southern part of the road is lined with a number of hotels, cafes, bars and shops, and is a popular haunt for tourists. The end of the road that lies closer to the city center hosts a few street festivals and events related to music, theater and other performing arts during the summer months. Apart from this, well-known attractions like First Presbyterian Church, Minnesota Children's Museum and Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial are located within a short walking distance from North Broadway. For more information about events and other activities, call the tourist information center.
Silver Lake Park offers visitors a range of recreational opportunities including jogging, rollerblading, biking and canoeing. Take a pleasant stroll around the park and watch Giant Canada geese wander about merrily. The park also remains a popular picnic spot with a separate playground for children and an outdoor pool.
Cooke Park in Rochester offers visitors a tranquil environment to spend a relaxed evening with their friends or family. With large open spaces, the park is an ideal picnic spot for kids.
Nestled within three hundred acres of park land, this nature centre houses over one hundred mounted animals, a one-thousand-seven-hundred-gallon fish tank, live animals, an indoor bee hive, and a bird watching room.
This historic mansion, featuring original furnishings, is the former home of Doctor Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of the world renowned Mayo Clinic; one hour guided walking tours are available.
This historic home exhibits the way of life of middle-class families from one hundred twenty five years ago, and is authentically furnished with antiques, quilts, dolls, and china, as well as featuring a beautifully manicured garden.
Rochester Balloon Company offers exciting hot air balloon rides that include guided tours that provide information on the Rochester and South East Minnesota area.
Dr. Paul E. Zollman Zoo is more than just a space exhibiting animals. This zoological park protects wild animals that are indigenous to Minnesota. Majority of the animals suffer from physical wounds that have hampered their movements. Adequate care is given to these creatures, while visitors can interact with them. The zoo is home to over 30 species of animals; they include White-Tailed Deer, porcupines, coyotes, bobcats, foxes and more. The zoo is part of the Oxbow Park, and has pioneered environmental education here.