Rochester, MN Tours

A wonderful way to see the sights and experience the history of Rochester is to take a local tour. Here are four tours to try:

1. Hop on a guided tour with the Rochester Trolley & Tour Company. Several tour options are available, including the Rochester City & Mayo Historical Trolley Tour, the Jolly Trolley Holiday Light Tour, the Wine Trail & Microbrewery Tours, and more.

2. Discover the Mayo family's fascinating history on a Historic Mayowood Mansion Tour. Guided tours of the mansion, which was built in 1911 and housed three generations of Mayos, are available from mid-April to mid-October. Then from early November until mid-December, the mansion is decked out for the holidays and offers holiday-themed tours.

3. Join an Assisi Heights Spirituality Center Tour to see the home of the Sisters of St. Francis, who were instrumental in establishing Saint Marys Hospital. Situated on 100 acres atop a wooded hill, the center features an ornate lobby with slate floors, Italian marble columns, and hand-blown stained glass windows. While entry into the Assisi Heights building is not permitted at this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Assisi Heights hosts virtual events year-round and outdoor events at Assisi Heights Canticle Park and surrounding grounds as weather permits. Find the latest information on visitors and events here.

4. Tour the 49-room, five-story Plummer House of the Arts, designed in 1917 by early Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Henry S. Plummer and featuring many innovations that were far advanced for the era. The Tudor-style mansion sits on 11 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, consisting of formal gardens and a bird trail. Self-guided tours are available June to August. Group tours may be arranged during the remainder of the year.

Rochester is a beautifulfriendly, and innovative city with many things to do. Check out ideas for seasonal fun in FallWinter, and Summer.  Visit our Experience Rochester, MN blog for more information on dining, attractions, and recreation.

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