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.
Located near the Zumbro River in Downtown Rochester, the Soldiers Field Golf Course is a beautifully crafted course that has been catering to golf enthusiasts in the city since 1927. The course has public access, but also witnesses several leagues and tournaments in the peak game season. Golf training sessions are also available for kids and adults alike.
Honoring the sacrifices made by American soldiers who fought and lost their lives for their country, the memorial stands as a reminder of their sacrifice as well as a reminder of everything that can be achieved with courage, determination and fortitude. A place for retrospection and reflection, it is an important landmark for the city, a walk along the walls features murals, reliefs, script and history illuminating the incredible endurance of the people.
Plummer House of the Arts features a beautiful event venue in the form of a historic Tudor-style house, as well as landscaped gardens and a fascinating water tower. The house is registered in the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds, spread out over 11 acres are open to visitors. A lovely place to explore, especially in the summer when the flowers are in bloom, the gardens are a picturesque sight.
Rochester Public Library, which covers a vast area, is the pride of the city. Apart from stocking a humongous collection of books, the library also has collections of music CDs, movies and audio books. Members can use Wifi and computers at this place. There are even computers available for children to play games on. Drop by and get lost in an engaging book in one of their cozy corners.
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.
Since the Prohibition era, brewing beer was only done unofficially till the Kinney Creek Brewery opened. The brewery uses traditional methods to create hand-crafted ales and brews with locally sourced ingredients and a responsible attitude towards the environment. The taphouse is open to visitors, and serves a selection of their ales and beers from light blonde ales to heavier stouts. Try locally inspired brews like the Grappler, while Lady Liberty and Opener are some other popular options.
Apart from their picturesque golf course, you can also book Willow Creek for an intimate wedding ceremony or for banquet. Golf outings can also be held here for any group size. You can even sign up for a golf training session with their efficient instructors. Sessions are available to train children as well.
Lincolnshire Park is a charming park located in Minnesota. Come here and unwind after a long day of work on one of their benches or get your kids on the weekend to have a fun time in the park's play area. The park even has a baseball field where you can practice the game with your buddies. It also has an indoor rink for skating.
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.