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“Killing time”

Quarry Hill Nature Center
Ranked #2 of 47 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 Rochester State Hospital Cemetary, and a 3 acre pond. The Nature Center offers interactive displays and exhibits of the area's wildlife and natural beauty including a 1,700 gallon native-fish aquarium. Public programs on Sunday's at 1:30 pm include cave tours, live animal programs and bird banding. Cross-country ski, snow shoe, and geocache rentals available.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 28 June 2018

A nice place to kill time between Mayo appointments. My hiking days are over but the wildlife center is nice and we enjoyed watching and identifying the birds.

Thank bej59
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"cross country"
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"great for kids"
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"local wildlife"
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"great trails"
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"nice pond"
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

We LOVE Quarry Hill! There are great hiking trails including different types of landscapes from meadow to rocks to the quarry. Hike up to the quarry to look for fossils. Hike around the meadows for butterflies, plants, and other critters. Explore the pond for fish and other living things. (Winter is great for skiing or snow shoeing too.) The newly renovated nature center is a fun place to see animals and learn while playing... what a fantastic remodel! The summer kid classes where parents stay too are great! We only wish they had these classes for 5 year olds as we are not interested in day camps yet.

Thank Kelly S
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Great experience for both old and young. Go here when you want to explore nature and learn more about the creatures that share our world.

Thank Oakleykeesh
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Great walking paths and a good hike to the top of bluff for a nice view of the city.. it's a good spot for hiking especially if a little out of shape but want to improve!

Thank Sweetcheeks S
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

This park and nature center is a MUST see. Love the time spent in the park. It is pet friendly and a great place ot just get away.

Thank kpt20162301
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