Rochester, Minnesota hosts multiple attractions for is residents and tourists. Check out the largest event center in southern Minnesota – Mayo Civic Center where you can find the Taylor Arena, The Auditorium, and an Exhibit Hall. Towards the south of the center, is the Rochester Art Center that has world-class exhibitions and programs.
Jean and Carl Frank Canine Park is a leash free dog park located at Pinewood Road SE and 26th Avenue SE. Make sure to be extra cautious with your dog as the area is not completely fenced in. Licensed and fully vaccinated dogs are allowed, and pet owners should always pick up after their dogs. Make sure to be familiar with the park rules as they are for strict compliance in the park.
As the jewel of Rochester Park System, Quarry Hill Nature Center features educational and recreational exhibits enticing to children and adults. Admission is free in the 329-acre park with paved bike & dirt hiking trails, a 3-acre pond for fishing and wildlife viewing, restored oak savanna, man-made sandstone cave, a Limestone fossil quarry and a lot more. Don’t forget to bring your dog, they’re allowed in the park for as long as they’re leashed.
Take your dog down the river with Silver Lake Boat and Bike Rentals or stare at the beautiful night sky while camping at Rochester/Marion KOA and Chester Woods Campgrounds. There are many other attractions in Rochester, Minnesota. What’s best is you can enjoy it with our fuzzy dogs!
River Road and Essex Park Off-Leash Dog Area is a mouthful, but to your dog it’s a mouthful of of freedom. This large designated area of Essex Park is fenced and ready for romping. Your dog has a variety of spaces, from open grasslands to woodchip trails, to keep them happy and take care of their paws. The other park in the neighborhood is Buckridge Park. Your dog can enjoy leashed walks on trails or lunch at the multi-use picnic tables. It’s a hit with pets and pet-parents both.
Cooke Park, next to Cascade Creek, is an oasis in the heavily built up City Center neighborhood of Rochester. Leashed dogs can walk the trails, enjoy the picnic tables, or drink from a few dog-friendly fountains. If you take your dog down to the water in the summer months, he’s allowed off-leash for swimming--just be sure you can get him back on leash before heading back to the rest of the park! Then get a snack at Forager Brewery, where dogs are always welcome on the patio, and the drinks and pub food are flowing.
Smetka Park and Meadow Park are two on-leash parks in Chester/Marion that are great for exercising your dog. Do loops of the park to burn off energy or work up stamina. They’re solid five tail wag parks. Jean & Carl Frank Canine Park is simply off the wag-o-meter, however. This large, fenced, off-leash romp zone is the best park in the neighborhood, and maybe all of Rochester. It has open areas and wooded areas, and opens into walking paths for leashed dogs. This popular park is open year-round and almost always has visitors ready to run and play.