Rochester MN Ultimate Guide to Winter Fun


This guide is sponsored by First Alliance Credit Union

The holidays might be over and the long, cold days of winter are setting in but that doesn’t mean that there is a lack of things to do!  Minnesota really shines in the winter…so many unique things to do that are only available in our cold and snowy climate! First winter here?  We recommend finding something you LOVE to do outside and making it your winter passion or hobby!

Use the guide below to click through to our most popular winter posts.  Have fun!

Note: PLEASE check hours and times before you go.  COVID-19 has meant that many of these businesses linked to in this guide have restrictions and closures that change from week to week. Many have removed free play features but may be able to add them back this winter.  

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Rochester MN Guide to Winter Fun | Rochester Mom

We’ve got a bad case of cabin fever! How about you? Minnesota winters can be cold, dark, and long. We need to warm things up with some winter fun! Here are our favorite Rochester MN winter activities to get you through to spring!

Rochester MN Guide to Winter Fun | Rochester Mom

Where can you find the best rinks?  Fortunately, Rochester MN has many to choose from.  Some have warming houses, others have lights to skate by at night, and others are great for hockey players looking for a pick up game! 

Rochester MN Guide to Winter Fun | Rochester Mom

Too cold?  Just need a boredom buster?  Check out all the places in Rochester MN for indoor play! If you have a favorite place to play but don’t see it on our list, simply email and we’ll get it added! Due to frequently updated restrictions and closures, please check times and hours before visiting.  

Rochester MN Guide to Winter Fun | Rochester Mom

Nothing beats sledding after a fresh snow!  Grab your sled and head to one of a few sledding hills in Rochester, MN.  There aren’t many to choose from, so if you have a favorite spot, let us know! *Scroll to the middle of the post for locations!

Rochester MN Guide to Winter Fun | Rochester Mom

Minnesota Moms are a hardy crew.  We bundle up our kids and send them out to play without a second thought.  But we got to thinking…there are things that Minnesota Moms say that might be a bit unique!  Here’s our list…what would you add?

Rochester MN Guide to Winter Fun | Rochester Mom

Welcome to January 2021…a fresh, clean start.  The month holds many things to do as you ease back into a routine post holiday hustle and bustle!  You’re certain to find things to keep everyone in the family from getting cabin fever!

Rochester MN Guide to Winter Fun | Rochester Mom

Is there anything better than warming up with a cup of cozy hot chocolate after an afternoon of playing outside in the winter?  Here’s our guide to to hot chocolate in Rochester MN!

Rochester MN Guide to Winter Fun | Rochester Mom

We have a guide packed with places to snowshoe, cross-country ski, sled, ski, play outdoor hockey or even curling!

Rochester MN Guide to Winter Fun | Rochester Mom

Rochester MN has so many great opportunities for indoor activities to help blow off some steam. Check out this list of ways to help alleviate pent-up energy while making lasting memories with your family!

Rochester MN Guide to Winter Fun | Rochester Mom

As the weather turns colder, this mama of 3 has to get creative to keep those little ones busy without overusing screen time.

No Such Thing as Bad Weather: Dressing for a Minnesota Winter | Rochester Mom

Rochester Mom contributors share our very favorite winter clothing options. If this is your first Minnesota winter…we’ve got you covered!

A Quick Start Guide to Ice Fishing in Rochester MN | Rochester Mom

Ice Fishing is a popular winter activity for a lot of Minnesotans. No, really! Read on for everything you need to know to give ice fishing a try!

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