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Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester

#2 of 33 in Things to do in Rochester
Educational Site · Tourist Spot
The Nature Center is admission free and features many exhibits that are sure to engage both children and adults.

Inside the Nature Center features:

Exploration Hall with natural science touch tables

1,700 gallon Minnesota fish aquarium

Live reptiles, birds and amphibians

Indoor observation beehive

Bird-watching room

Children & Natural Science Library

Life-size T-Rex skull replica

Ski & Snowshoe rentals

Classroom and event space

Outside the park features paved bike & dirt hiking trails, a 3 acre pond that's great for fishing & wildlife viewing, restored oak savanna, an historical man-made sandstone cave and a Limestone fossil quarry.
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  • We were in Rochester for a couple of Mayo visits. My husband and I like to find quiet park spaces where he can nap in the shade while I read poetry and journal! Mission accomplished here! We set up...  more »
  • very family friendly has lot of animals full of fun thare are trails and in the fall theare is the fall festavel  more »
  • Pretty neat place. Enjoyed the cave tour. Signing could have been a little better for those of us not familiar with the park. The sign pointing the direction to the cave should have been at the fork in the road instead of a little ways down the path. Also need signs showing the way back to the parking lot. Otherwise we really enjoyed it.
  • Love this place! The center itself was a big hit with kids. They loved the snakes and turtles. They have really neat programs and tons of things to learn and see. The park itself is really fun to explore. We've already decided we're going fossil hunting our next visit.
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