Located in the southeast corner of the state, not far from the Wisconsin border, Rochester has won the hearts of tens of thousands of residents and visitors! Money magazine named Rochester “Best Small City” and explained, “One thing to remember about Rochester is that it has the sophistication of a larger metro area, but not the congestion or the complications.”
Rochester has all of the world-class attractions of a big city, from popular nightspots to top-notch arts and culture. Rochester is also home to large organizations and institutions, such as the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and IBM's biggest complex. The Mayo Clinic even offers behind-the-scenes tours and art tours of its premier health care facility. History buffs can also visit the Mayowood Mansion, the five-story home of three generations of the Mayo family, or Heritage House, an exhibit of Midwestern family life 100 years ago.
After exploring historic Rochester, visitors and residents can check out the city's diverse shopping options, including commercial merchandise at Apache Mall or eclectic items at Blondell Antiques. While walking downtown, one can also visit numerous art galleries, cafes and city parks. In terms of nightlife, choosing among over 165 restaurants may be a challenge, as might deciding between the city's many bars, ballrooms, comedy clubs and lounges. Those with an artistic bent may better enjoy the Rochester Repertory Theatre or the Rochester Orchestra and Chorale.
Natural beauty is also a benefit of living and working in Rochester. With its proximity to natural wooded areas, meadows and lakes, the outdoors has never been more appealing. Silver Lake Park offers visitors opportunities to do anything from feeding Giant Canadian geese to picnicking to canoeing on the lake. The beautiful Quarry Hill Nature Center provides a window into the natural landscape of this area, with five miles of trails venturing through meadows, flood plains and upland forests. Whether you are hiking and biking here in the summer or snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter, you are sure to make memories to cherish! Golf is also popular in the area, with many gorgeous and challenging courses.
To maintain its small-town feel, the city of Rochester plays host to numerous community events, making an effort to involve everyone in this international city. Independent short film festivals, Fourth of July celebrations, craft shows and charity races all occur throughout the year.
With thousands of things to do on any given day, entertainment is never at a premium in Rochester. This “Most Livable City” would love to become your family's home for years to come!