Rochester Travel Guide

  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MI, USA
    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MI, USA
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  • Rochester, MI, USA
    Rochester, MI, USA
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Rochester Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great air 

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     Where are all the young people?? 

  • In a nutshell
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     Home Sweet Home!!! 

Rochester Things to Do

  • Play volleyball in the National...

    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

    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...

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  • Rochester Honkers Game

    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...

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  • Visit the Carillon Bells

    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...

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  • The Riverwalk

    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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  • Sky-scrapers, Believe it or Not

    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,...

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Rochester Restaurants

  • Great wings and beer!

    Buffalo Wild Wings is a chain of sports bar/ restaurants throughout the U.S. Our local BW2's is a fun place for people of all ages to enjoy. The bar is separate from the restaurant area, but you can get service from the bar in the restaurant area all night. There are large screen televisions throughout and you can play online trivia with people in...

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  • A Sweet Spot...

    I needed a break...needed to clear my head. Leave behind the questions about my son's health and future and find comfort food. As Rochester Mayo Clinic sees thousands of patients and their families, I am sure that I not alone in the quest for peaceful solitude and nourishment.The Clinic has a multitude of fast food offerings in their various subway...

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  • American Food

    This is a restaurant that is connected to Goonie's Comedy club in downtown Rochester. It had very good food, and friendly people there for a lunch hour. Food there was good, like any other pub and grill. I had the Buffalo Chicken Wrap. It was very good.

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  • Redwood, not Redrum

    Hmmm, pros and cons...Well Redroom certainly has a certain ambience that many would love. Dark, candlelit, lots of brick and great music that still allows for conversation. The staff was friendly, but I think we had an off night as a new waitress was training and service was a bit sketchy (no worries, they informed us right away the waitress was...

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  • Give it a Try

    I had a nice meal here. The service was excellent and the food was good.However, I don't consider the Redwood Room a special restaurant. The next time that I'm in Rochester, I want to try the restaurant upstairs.

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  • Good but not Great

    Sontes is a nice Tapis restaurant. However, you need a "bunch" of these small portions to make up a "full meal" -- which is quite expensive. The service was outstanding, the wine list is extensive and you are allowed to taste wines before selecting a glass or bottle. I'm glad that I dined here but probably will not go back when I am in Rochester...

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Rochester Nightlife

  • Kathy's Pub

    Kathy's PubKathy's is a very comfortable, laid-back, relaxing bar. The drinks are cheap and there are multiple pool tables...What more could you ask for! On the weekends, they have live music, someetimes good, sometimes bad, but it's always packed regardless....I prefer the weekday nights myself... casual

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  • North Star

    North StarThe Star used to be quite a rough biker bar, but it's mellowed in its old age...Has live rock bands every weekend and they are generally excellent very casual

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  • Rochester Hotels

    47 Hotels in Rochester

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Rochester Transportation

  • The bus

    Rochester City Lines is the provider of public bus transportation. Bus stops are easily identified by the red and yellow signs located at all bus stops. These signs are located where it is safe for the bus to stop. If there is no stop nearby, halt the bus at a street corner by waving to the driver. Each bus route is clearly indicated on the...

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  • Small airport

    Rochester has a small airport for commercial domestic flights and international charter flights.It is very small but nice, surrounded by fields of corn, in a rural environment.American Airlines has several daily flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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  • Incredible pedestrian paths

    Rochester has two fantastic communication paths: Pedestrian Subways & SkywaysRochester's downtown skyway and underground walkways give you accessibility to more than 1,700 hotel rooms, Mayo Civic Center, over 3,900 parking spaces, shopping and entertainment... all without going outside. The downtown skyways are open to the public during the...

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Rochester Shopping

  • Barnes and Noble Booksellers in...

    The Barnes and Noble book store near the Mayo Clinic is the coolest book shop i've been in. The shop is located in an old theater and looks like a castle inside. The store has 2 floors of books with an escalator in the middle and a Starbucks on the 2nd floor. Books. Just as much as any other Barnes and Nobles.

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  • The Small Mall

    The Galleria Mall is going down hill and the city isn't intervening at all to help the downtown business centers to survive.The movie theatre closed two years ago and the major stores (The Gap and Footlocker) have moved. Right now the only stores in the mall are: Laura Ashley, Talbots, Nordic Shop, Games by James and Pearl Vision.Because the...

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  • The Big Mall

    Apache Mall is the largest of two enclosed shopping malls in Rochester. It is flanked by four major department stores: Sears, JC Penney, Marshall Fields, and Herbergers. Some of the other major stores which are in the mall are: The Gap, Abercrombie and Fitch, American Eagle, Lerner's, Victoria's Secret, Footlocker, Payless Shoes, Rogers and...

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Rochester Local Customs

  • Rochesterfest Food Alley

    Rochesterfest Food Alley Vendors for 2004:TOMMY’S CONCESSIONS Buffalo burger, Bratwurst, Hot Dog, RibletSNAK FAIR FOOD/LIL ORBITSMini donuts, corn dogs, smoothies, chocolate covered cheesecake on a stickCHARLIE’S CONCESSIONSCheese curds, Onion Rings, CorndogsOLMSTED CO. AMERICAN DAIRY ASSN.Malts & ShakesOLE & LENA’SKrumkake, Uffda Treats, Dessert...

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  • Rochesterfest

    Rochesterfest is a highlight of the year for the city. It is a week-long celebration which includes a parade, fireworks, food venors, street dances, and many other fun activities.Beginning the first Monday of the festival, Civic Center Drive is converted into "food alley," where you can get loads of great fair food. This location is also the center...

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  • If theres a fair going on...

    If theres a fair going on while you're here, make sure to go, Minnesotans love food on a stick! There's corn on a stick, corn dogs, pork chops on a stick, ribs on a stick, cotton candy on a stick...no if they could only put Tom Thumb donuts on a stick...Tom Thumb donuts are the BEST!!! Have some!...don't forget the beer garden!FYI!!!!!! I just...

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Rochester Warnings and Dangers

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    by photobf Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I would not worry about walking down the streets alone at any hour...The town is wonderfully safe.
    That said, don't do anything stupid like walk down a dark alley at 3 am. I might be wrong. =)

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Rochester What to Pack

  • by trainy68 Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather in Rochester can go to either extreme; humid and hot in the summer to freezing (30 below zero) in the winter. It usually doesn't get really cold until November or December. Keep in mind, cold to the natives is below freezing. Anything warmer than 32 degrees you will still find people running around with just a sweatshirt on.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you forget something, chances are you can find it here. Rochester has all the modern conveniences...Target, Walmart, Shopko, Marshall Fields, Sears, etc.

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Rochester Off The Beaten Path

  • When it Snows, it REALLY Snows

    We've had bupkus inclement weather. However, when it comes, it comes by the meter-full. 16" of snow in one weekend. This is *not* good (but, it's not all bad). We need the water.

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  • Probably some of the most...

    Probably some of the most interesting Christian churches in America! Not in terms of meeting location, by any means, but rather culture. Mt. Zion Christian Center is a full gospel church which is well known for incredibly dynamic worship bands. The Wind and Fire Christian Center is a very small church founded by, and very influenced by, Africans....

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  • What do you do when friend...

    What do you do when friend from LA visits and has never seen snow? Why, go sledding of course!!!

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Rochester Favorites

  • Subways and Skyways

    Rochester's downtown and the Mayo Clinic building are all connected by a series of subways and skyways so that vistors do not need to venture out into our extremely cold winters.The subway of the US Bank Building is full of restaurants and little shops for the convenience of Mayo Clinic visitors and patients. There is a Caribou Coffee, Subway,...

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  • Some thing to do

    Check out a baseball game. Rochester Honkers play here in town. Summer baseball league team composed of top college players from the Midwest and across the nation. All games played at Mayo Field, June-August. Get a deck pass, it costs a little more but all you can eat and drink! (507) 289-1170

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  • Let's be honest, if you are...

    Let's be honest, if you are here it is either because you live and work here or because you are here for the Mayo Clinic. However, if I would recommend a few things they would be visiting Mt. Zion Christian Center's Saturday night service, and visiting the Barnes and Noble renovated theatre/bookstore/coffeeshop. Or, the parks are...

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