Rochester, Minnesota, is perhaps most famous as the home of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, but it’s also an artistic enclave and historic farming community. The city boasts trolley tours, delicious dining experiences, excellent shopping, art exhibits, and other attractions that are sure to delight groups.
Historic homes, including the Heritage House and Plummer House, give groups a unique perspective on life in Rochester during the 1800s and 1900s. Prominent landmarks like the Mayowood Historic Home showcase the lives and impact of well-known figures of the past, including Dr. Charles H. Mayo, a co-founder of the Mayo Clinic.
The History Center of Olmsted County documents the region’s history over thousands of years across its diverse mix of rotating and permanent exhibits. Explore art collections and artifacts at Rochester Art Center or world-renowned bronze sculptures at the Charles E. Gagnon Museum & Sculpture Garden.
Conveniently connected to the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Civic Center by subway and skyway, Galleria at University Square offers nearly 30 storefronts for shopping fun. Browse home goods and gifts at Counterpoint, cultural clothing and Scandinavian collectibles at The Nordic Shop, and delectable sweets at Knight’s Chamber and Hers.
Refuel post-shopping at local favorites Workshop Food Hall & Bar and Bitter & Pour, which serve home-cooked cuisine and handcrafted cocktails.
Rochester-based Mayo Clinic has a global reputation for medical excellence and life-saving research. Book a tour with Rochester Trolley & Tour Co. to learn about the history and legacy of the Mayo Clinic and other historical sites throughout the region.
Peer up at the 151-foot Ear of Corn Water Tower near Graham Park. Built by hand in 1931, the larger-than-life crop honors Minnesota’s agricultural legacy. Afterward, visit the nearby Rochester Farmers Market.
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