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    Play volleyball in the National Volleyball Center

    by dragowill Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    For a $4 entrance fee during the open gym time (usually Friday from 6-9pm or Sunday from 6-10pm), you will get a fun volleyball exercise.
    I am an avid volleyball player and this is the best town where you can find any level of players playing volleyball during open gym time.

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    Assisi Heights

    by Jehcekah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Assisi Heights

    Rochester’s Assisi Heights Convent, a 3-story Italian Romanesque building at 1001 14th Street, is home to the sisters of St. Francis. The structure bears a striking resemblance to the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy. The convent has a unique red tile roof, slate floors, a Romanesque ceiling, and beautiful hand-blown stained glass windows from Germany.

    We have attended the Catholic mass at the convent, which is done by priests who come in from other parishes. The mass could be classified as very "old school" Catholic, which I like.

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    Rochester Honkers Game

    by Jehcekah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Rochester Honkers

    The Rochester Honkers baseball team is an amateur team that plays cities like Duluth, St. Cloud, and LaCrosse, WI. Their opening day for 2004 is June 2nd and they play through August.

    Individual Tickets
    Box Seats Grandstand Reserved
    Adult : Box Seats - $6.00
    Adult: Grandstand Reserved - $5.00
    Child/Senior: Box Seats - $6.00
    Child/Senior: Grandstand Reserved - $3.00

    The games and cheap and fun! There is a sports deck for anyone who wants to hang out and drink a lot of beer, but drinks are also served in the general seating area.

    The patio is located high atop the visitor's dugout. You can get an all-you-can-eat meal along with having the best seat in the house. For only $30.00 per person.

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    Visit the Carillon Bells

    by ciaobellamici Updated Jan 30, 2011
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    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/25/rochester-bells/

    Please view the video at this link if you consider 4-ton bells a curiosity!

    Sit outside and listen if the weather is nice...
    There are 56 bells which makes it "one of the larger instruments of its kind."

    "The bells are always cast in Bronze and precisely tuned for harmonious effect."
    Cast in foundrys in England...

    The largest bell weighs 7,840 pounds!

    Inaugurated in 1928 - September 16th (just before the Crash)
    Brochure from the entrance

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    Sky-scrapers, Believe it or Not

    by Seabiscuit Written Apr 22, 2007

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    What the hell?
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    Take a walk around Rochester's downtown. You cannot miss the high-rise that pokes through the atmosphere like a nosebleed. It is SO out of place here. Locals say that the building was built by the Arabic so they would have easy access to the Mayo Clinic. Lower floors of this structure are apartments, that, if you have the bucks to rent the units, you *must* be doing awfully well. (Or, you're sicker n' hell).

    I'll have to look into this.

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  • Magnificent Canada geese at Silver Lake, Rochester

    by iluvbirds Written Jan 11, 2007

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    Canada gese at Silver Lake, Rochester, Minnesota

    I loved feeding the giant Canada Geese at Silver Lake. There were thousands of them when I visited in December 2006.

    The best thing about Silver Lake is the geese food bins at the parking lot so visitors can purchase cups of corn for 75 cents. There are about 200 Official Greeters at the park. They're geese, of course! And they waddle right up to you and eat from your hand! They're the BEST thing about Rochester and Minnesota! Who wants to go shopping when you can be so close to these lovely birds? They're so curious and intelligent. Sadly, I saw a lot of injured geese that couldn't fly. They had broken wings, maybe from hunting injuries. So when I was feeding them, I felt that I was helping them, too, so it was just great! There were two geese that had missing right feet. They hopped from one spot to the next but they were so brave.

    I learned recently that the city is planning to drastically change Silver Lake. They're going to remove those wonderful geese food bins I was talking about, create a 30-foot wide buffer zone around the lake so the geese can't get on to the grass and put up no feeding signs! Ouch! There goes the only thing worthwhile doing in Rochester, unless you plan on showing up at the Mayo Clinic everyday Monday to Friday!! It's sad that Silver Lake is going the same direction as the dinosaurs! Leave it to Man to destroy what's beautiful! And the injured geese that cannot fly? How are they going to survive if the city of Rochester goes ahead with its plans? No one to feed them, can't get on to the grass to feed ...they're doomed. It's tragic.

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    Silver Lake

    by Jehcekah Updated Apr 13, 2004

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    Silver Lake

    Silver Lake is quite a local phenomenon. The power plant which is adjacent to the lake supplys enough heat for the lake to never freeze during the winter. Therefore, it has become a warm haven for the thousands...yes, THOUSANDS of Canadan Geese that flock in this direction every year. It is an amazing site to behold when the entire lake and surrounding land are both covered with the geese and their...um, excrement.

    In the summer months, the lake is a great place to hang out or exercise around. The Rochesterfest celebration provides for some entertainment opportunities in the area like the lumberjack shows and an occasional water ski demonstration. There is a children's playground next to the lake and across the street is the Silver Lake Public Pool. Another feature near the pool is the new skate park.

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    Mayo Foundation House

    by Jehcekah Updated Apr 13, 2004

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    Mayo Foundation House

    Dr. William J. Mayo, the second son of pioneering physician Dr. William W. Mayo, received 31 honorary degrees during his illustrious medical career, served as president of the American Medical Association and, with his brother, Charles, is credited with developing the private clinic concept. In 1938 Mayo donated his impressive stone mansion with five-story tower to the Mayo Foundation to serve as “a meeting place where men of medicine may exchange ideas for the good of mankind.”

    The mansion is not open to the public, but you can drive by and see the grounds at any time.

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    Mayowood Mansion

    by Jehcekah Updated Apr 13, 2004

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    Mayowood Mansion

    Mayowood Tour Schedule

    Weekends
    May 15th - October 17th
    Saturdays at 11am & 12,1, 2 pm
    Sundays at 12, 1, 2 pm

    Weekdays
    June 15th - August 31th
    Tuesdays at 11 am, 12, 1, 2 pm
    Thursdays at 11 am, 12, 1, 2 pm

    Admission:
    Adults - $10.00
    Children under 15 - $5.00
    Purchase tickets at the Mayowood Gate twenty minutes prior to the tour time.


    Tours are cancelled for private events. Please call for tour availability.
    The Mansion is closed on all major holidays.

    This comfortably elegant residence was home to three generations of the Mayo family. The 38 rooms are filled with furniture, antiques and other mementos collected by the Mayo family. The spacious grounds and beautiful gardens are an added attraction to the site.

    Special Tours run during the Christmas season and also in the spring/summer, check with the Historical Center for more information.

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    Mayo Clinic Historical Suite

    by Jehcekah Updated Apr 13, 2004

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    Mayo Clinic Historical Suite

    The Mayo Historical Suite on Plummer 3 is open for all Mayo staff, patients, and visitors weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

    The suite includes the restored offices of Drs. William J. and Charles H. Mayo and the original Board of Governors Room. Historical documents, photographs, and artifacts are on display in this area. These include the Doctors Mayo's honorary degrees and awards, academic regalia, photographic galleries of their friends and professional colleagues, the Emeritus Staff profiles, 19th century medical and surgical equipment, and the exhibit, "A History of Mayo Nurses in Times of Conflict and Disaster."

    General Service offers tours of the Mayo Historical Suite. Tours begin in Judd Hall, subway level of the Mayo Building, at 10:00 am weekdays. You may also take self-guided tours at your convenience.

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  • Silver Lake Park

    by trainy68 Written Aug 19, 2003

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    Silver Lake Park is a great place to take kids who need to burn off some energy. The park has a multiple jungle gym connected by bridges and slides. For smaller kids there is a huge sandbox area with a large train to climb on. There are plenty of places for parents to sit and relax. Bring a lunch and spend several hours enjoying the sunshine.

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  • Should really try to be out...

    by newtooth Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Should really try to be out and about to hear the carillon concert from the Plummer building tower in the evenings in downtown.

    A long walk down to Silver Lake in the Fall of the year to feed the HUGE ( up to 30k+) flock of Canadian Geese. About ten Blocks from downtown.

    The farmers market on Saturday mornings in the old public library parking lot across from the Galleria

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    The Riverwalk

    by Seabiscuit Written Apr 22, 2007

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    Skyway over the 'body of water' in question
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    I'm not too sure what river this is, it's Bear Creek from the MapQuest folks. Looks a little big to be a creek.

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