Rochester MN Guide to Adaptive Recreation



The Rochester MN area is home to adaptive recreational activities for people of all abilities. Inclusive recreation provides a means for communities to strengthen diverse social interactions and physical wellness for all members. The goal of adaptive recreation is to provide activities and support for individuals who have a range of diverse physical and intellectual needs. These special programs are designed to meet individual needs and help the participants thrive.


The following are some ways you and your family can become involved in accessible recreation in Rochester MN:


Rochester MN Park & Recreation Department: Adaptive Recreation Division

201 4th Street SE #150 // (507) 328-2539

The Rochester Parks & Recreation program offers a variety of activities year-round. Register for their seasonal programs online or in person. The activities offered range from swimming lessons to martial arts, bingo to dance classes. Find a complete list of offerings with specific details in their program guide online.


Bear Creek Services

(507) 288-7195 // // 3108 Hwy 52 N, Rochester MN

Bear Creek Services provides a variety of programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Some of the programs they host include an After-School Program for children with developmental disabilities, Adaptive Girl Scouts, Music Therapy, and Youth Karate. For a complete list of offerings, visit their website.


Rochester Flyers Special Olympics Team

(507) 421-5862 //

The Rochester Flyers Special Olympics Team is open to athletes ages 8 and older with an intellectual disability or closely related developmental disability. A variety of sports and training are offered throughout the year such as aquatics, basketball, flag football, and golf. You can find more information on offerings, answers to frequently asked questions, and a registration page on their website.


Rochester Raiders Adaptive Athletics Programs

The Rochester Raiders Adaptive Athletics Programs provides youth with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a high school sports program that is officially sanctioned by the Minnesota State High School League. The programs are open Rochester Public Schools students in grades 7 to 12 who meet the medical documented criteria. Students can participate in seasonal, co-ed sports throughout the school year such as adapted soccer, adapted floor hockey, and adapted softball. Students who are eligible can be registered through their designated Rochester public school.



(507) 356-8154 // // PO Box 995, Pine Island, MN 55963

RideAbility provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children and adults with special needs. They offer youth sessions in June and July, adult sessions in the spring and fall, and private lessons. Visit their website for more details.



(507) 208-6248 // Rochester Area Family YMCA, 709 1st Avenue SW, Rochester MN 55902

PossAbilities serves children and adults with disabilities and creates opportunities for community connection and contribution. Their Youth Rec program is comprised of various inclusive activities for children with developmental disabilities. Some activities offered within their programs include swimming lessons, crafts, cooking, and summer camps. Visit their website or contact directly for more information.



(507) 259-7570 // // 2530 North Broadway, Rochester MN, 55906

ExercisABILITIES offers an Adaptive Recreation Fitness Program called Forever Strong. In addition to this program, they also offer Youth Adaptive Fitness for children and teens. Visit their website for more details on their programs and offerings.


Rochester Area Family YMCA

(507) 287-2260 //  709 1st Avenue SW, Rochester MN, 55902

The Rochester Area Family YMCA Adaptive Swim Program offers swimming lessons for children between the ages of 3-12 with special needs. Within a small group setting, children can learn water safety skills and develop endurance. Classes are offered in sessions and can be found online.


Bowlocity Entertainment Center

(507) 288-2601 // // 2810 North Broadway, Rochester MN, 55906

Bowlocity Entertainment Center offers a fall and spring Rec Adaptive Athletes Program and an ongoing Monday Bumper program. To find out which program best suits the needs of the individual, contact Bowlocity via email or telephone. The facilities at Bowlocity are handicap-accessible and includes ball ramps for all abilities.


Air Insanity Trampoline Park

(507) 322-6197 // // 1607 Hwy 14 E, Rochester MN, 55904

Air Insanity Indoor Trampoline Park offers a sensory and special needs hour every first Monday of the month from 7 pm to 8 pm. Some of the attractions you will find there include an open jump arena of interconnected trampolines, an obstacle course, and a toddler zone. Visit their website for more information on hours and pricing.


Thank you to our guest contributor and past Rochester MN Moms Blog contributor Amy Krause for providing this helpful resource.