Monday, June 1, 2015

Springtime in Rochester, Minnesota

The weather is warming up and the kids are done with school, which means one thing- spring and summer have arrived in Rochester!  Rochester is home to many fun outdoor activities for you and your family. Take a look at our list of our favorite warm-weather activities in the Rochester area:

Quarry Hill Nature Center: The nature center has a little something for everybody. You can hike or bike the beautiful 320 acres that cover the old quarry, Rochester State Hospital cemetery, and a scenic pond.  Once you explore the outdoors, stop by the nature center, which features interactive displays and live animals.

-Douglas Trail: Hit the trails this spring! The Douglas Trail is a paved path to walk, bike, or run alongside picturesque views. This trail runs through the city and out into the country for a variety of atmosphere. If you are looking for some outdoor exercise, the Douglas Trail is a great option!

-Maple Valley Golf & Country Club: If you love to golf, this is definitely a course worth checking out. This course offers a beautiful scenic tour of the grounds and many challenging holes. Tip: unless you don’t mind walking the hills, you might want to rent a golf cart for this one.

Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial: The beautiful outdoor memorial opened in 2000 in remembrance of all American Veterans from South Minnesota who have helped protect America’s freedom. Here you can learn about the veterans in the area. Take a moment to recognize the men and women of the armed forced at this beautiful memorial.

-Silver Lake: Pack up a picnic and take the family out for an enjoyable afternoon at Silver Lake!  Pick your favorite spot and enjoy your picnic while taking in the beautiful scenery. Afterward, take a walk around the lake or feed the ducks. You can also rent paddle boats to explore the lake a bit closer.

Whichever of these activities you plan to do, you are sure to have a great day spending time with friends or family in the great outdoors. What is your favorite outdoor activity to do in the Rochester area?