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Quarry Hill Nature Center

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Closed Now: 09:00 - 17:00
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A gem around every corner.

This place has so much to do. The cross country skiing is excellent, the hiking is invigorating... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kathy T
Child friendly

We’ve been to the Quarry Hill Nature Center many times over the years we have lived in Rochester... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ed F
Rochester, Minnesota
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“all ages”(16 reviews)
“hiking trails”(8 reviews)
Enjoy the beauty and habitat of southeastern Minnesota by hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing the meadows, flood plain and upland forests on the 5 miles of trails covering 320 acres. Park land features a former working quarry, the...more
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701 Silver Creek Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906-4504
+1 507-328-3950
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This place has so much to do. The cross country skiing is excellent, the hiking is invigorating and there is a surprise around every corner.

Thank Kathy T
Reviewed 6 days ago

We’ve been to the Quarry Hill Nature Center many times over the years we have lived in Rochester. Both with and without children and grandchildren. The place is interesting either way. And close to town. For the kids there is a big fish tank with...More

Thank Ed F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a fun and interesting learning experience we were able to do with my daughter and grandchildren! The participants were in character and kept us all interested! It wasn’t too long of a hike for little and older... legs. The staff was knowledgeable and made...More

Thank Sherpa722916
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The nature center itself is so well done, with tons of animals to see. The hike to find fossils was easy enough for our 2.5 year old and the center staff had great tips. We actually found a few to bring home! A lovely morning....More

Thank Onlyzuul
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Great hiking trails leading up to the visitor center. Huge aquarium, bee hive and bird viewing area. Really unexpected but a nice getaway.

Thank bendupree00
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Very nice and helpful people there. Many great exhibits and walking trails with ponds for young people to practice fishing. Saw a young fellow catch several small bluegills.

Thank Lloyd C
Reviewed 7 August 2018

what a great place to get outdoors and learn of all things nature. our boys love it. I even walked away learning more than I thought. great educational programs and camp options, too!

Thank wannabevacati0ner
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We enjoy walking the nature trail around the pond and along the river. There is also a wide paved trail for walkers, runners and bikes. Take time to enjoy the ducks, birds and butterflies. If you are inclined there are several trails with a challenge....More

Thank P N
Reviewed 6 August 2018

All of the educational programs for children, adolescents and adults are amazing. I especially enjoy the adult educational opportunities presented by educators from colleges and universities in the southern Minnesota area. My understanding of the special environments found in the driftless zone and in the...More

Thank 244candacem
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

So we came here for about an hour. This attraction is free and well worth the 15 minute drive from our hotel. The only reason we didn’t stay longer was because we had an appointment to get to and it also started raining. There is...More

Thank sunshinesandy32
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Tim L
4 September 2016|
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Response from Linda G | Reviewed this property |
Your question sounds like you intended to send it to the Quarry Hill Nature Center. You actually sent it to me, an ordinary citizen who offered some comments about Quarry Hill. As it turns out Quarry Hill is definitely... More