Introduce Your Kids to the Great Outdoors!

Summer in Minnesota is beautiful, with bright, sunny days and warm nights. What better way to introduce your family to the great outdoors than by enjoying some of the wonderful outdoor attractions in and around Rochester? Pack the sunscreen, grab a camera, and get ready to make some lifelong memories while touring these three exciting and educational outdoor destinations.

Red Barn Learning Farm

Just southwest of Rochester, you’ll find the Red Barn Learning Farm, a functional farm and agricultural learning center. Owned and operated by the Scanlan family, Red Barn Learning Farm provides that perfectly kid-friendly combination of learning by exploring. Guests can learn about agriculture while enjoying a climb in the silo, a trip to the petting zoo, a pick-your-own-vegetable patch, and a wide range of other activities. Visit their site for more information.

Whitewater State Park

Whitewater State Park is a go-to destination for parents looking to introduce their children to the natural wonders of our beautiful state, without having to get too far from the comforts of home. Featuring a sanded swimming beach, “easy” rated hiking trails, a modern group center, visitor’s center, and restrooms (with showers, if you decide to stay the night). Entrance permits are only $7 and the park is very close to St. Charles, if you need to grab some supplies on the way in.

Niagara Cave

Get ready to experience one of the most interesting natural features our state has to offer. It takes a little less than an hour to get to Niagara Cave from Rochester, and the trip is well worth it! During the hour-long guided cave tour, you’ll see a breath-taking underground waterfall, rock formations like stalagmites and stalactites of all shapes and sizes, fossils, and a functioning subterranean wedding chapel. Niagara Cave also features a gem mining facility, a mini golf course, and plenty of picnic and playground areas. Visit their site to learn more.


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