This post is sponsored by Experience Rochester MN
Have you ever heard this line at home? “There’s nothing to do! I’m just going to watch Netflix with friends.” The next time you have a bored teenager on your hands, be prepared with this list. Luckily, Rochester MN has plenty to offer the teenagers in our lives!
21 Elton Hills Drive, Rochester MN, 55901 // (507) 328-2500
Open Skate Times:
Fridays: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturdays: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM and 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Sundays: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Hit the rink with friends and polish up on your skating skills at the Rochester Recreation Center. Admission to the Rec Center is $4 for ages 6-17 and $5 for 18 years of age and older. Skate rental is $2. Please be sure to check the website as open skate times are subject to change.
6071 Rome Circle NW, Rochester MN, 55901 // (507) 218-1500
On the first Saturday of every month, Roca Climbing & Fitness offers the first 5 high schoolers that come in after 5pm a free Clip & Go Climbing pass to try indoor climbing! Then there’s a discount for high schoolers after that on Saturday evenings. For more information check out the High School Climbing Club.
Have fun at a video gamer party with your friends! The MegaWatt luxury video game trailer is high-tech and state-of-the art for ultimate video game fun. With 7 stations, great video games and consoles, stadium style seating and more, teens will have a blast with their friends. The MegaWatt Video Game Party Trailer is available for birthdays and special occasions. Watch their Facebook page for pop-up gaming nights all over Rochester!
3160 Wellner Drive NE, Suite 102, Rochester MN 55906 // (507) 322-0132
D6 Games is Rochester MN’s latest entertainment spot! Buy and play board games as well as tabletop games at the newly opened business. D6 games provides a clean and safe space to play, learn, and purchase games. Check out D6’s event calendar for an extensive list of scheduled open and league play events. Enjoy a great selection of snacks, pizza, and sodas while gaming. Don’t miss the complimentary popcorn!
1607 Highway 14 East, Rochester MN, 55904 // (507) 322-6197
Fridays: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturdays: 10 AM – 11:00 PM
Sundays: 10 AM – 8:00 PM
Complete hours can be found here.
Air Insanity is Rochester MN’s Premier indoor trampoline park! This 32,000 square foot facility is fun for the entire family and teens will especially have a great time with their friends. Here are some of the activities they can do at Air Insanity: jump on 130+ interconnected trampolines, challenge your friends to a Nerf War, play an extreme game of dodge ball, defeat the Ninja Warrior style obstacle course and more! There are several important things to keep in mind when you visit:
- If a jumper is under 18, a waiver MUST be signed by an adult
- A jumper must wear a special pair of grip socks. These are available for $2.50 a pair at Air Insanity.
- It is $14.99/hour to jump. Additional 1/2 hour time increments can be added for $4.99 to any jump time.
2810 North Broadway, Rochester MN, 55906 // (507) 288-2601
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Bowlocity is an exciting entertainment center in Rochester, MN. In 2014, Bowlocity completed a $4 million expansion to modernize the facility. This expansion included a suites bowling area with eight blue lanes that include couches. They also added a 45-game redemption arcade and a 20-vest, state-of-the-art, two-story laser tag arena. Prices vary for bowling, the arcade and laser tag. Find complete pricing information on the website. If you are bowling, you may call to make reservations. Shoes can be rented for $3.49. No reservations are taken for laser tag.
3020 North Broadway, Rochester MN, 55906 // (507) 722-2386
Tuesday – Sunday: Call to book!
Have a NERF war with friends! Archery Addiction provides an indoor pay arena, the NERF guns, inflatables, party lights and (bonus!) even supplies NERF ammo and picks up all of the darts after the game is done! Adults (over 12) are $20/hour. Complete pricing and gaming details can be found here. A waiver MUST be signed to play for anyone 18 years of age or younger.
The Rochester Public Library located in downtown Rochester MN provides programming and things to do for all ages, including teens! Parking is available in the attached ramp and is free after 5:00 PM on weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Here are some teen specific things to do at the Rochester Public Library:
This is a social gathering for teens who love to talk about and create graphic novels.
Play games, make art, color, build a puzzle – something different is happening every Monday!
Anyone age 9 or older and interested in playing chess is invited to meet each week. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, all are welcome.
Hang out with friends at Rochester MN’s weekly summer festival located in the heart of downtown on 1st Avenue SW and 3rd Street SW. With food vendors, live music, special events, shopping and more, there is always something to do. If relaxing and people-watching is the goal, spend some time in the Peace Plaza in front of the fountain. Thursdays on 1st and 3rd occurs every Thursday from 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM June – August.
1/2 Price Appetizers at Applebee’s
Applebee’s is an extremely popular weeknight and weekend hang-out for Rochester area teenagers. All menu appetizers are 1/2 off the listed price after 9 PM on weekdays and 10 PM on weekends. Applebee’s is a restaurant chain with two Rochester locations. The atmosphere focuses on casual dining while serving up mainstream American fare.
1010 Apache Mall, 1201 12th Street SW, Rochester MN, 55902 // (507) 206-6330
Like the arcades of old, only better! Instead of using tokens or coins, guests pay one flat fee based on age: 13 and above is $10 for all-day play, 8-12 is $5 for all-day play, and children 7 and under are free! Enjoy classic arcade games such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede and more. Private party bookings and machine rental is also available.