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Quarry Hill Nature Center

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701 Silver Creek Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906-4504
+1 507-328-3950
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exploration abound

what a great place to get outdoors and learn of all things nature. our boys love it. I even walked... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
wannabevacati0ner
Enjoying Nature

We enjoy walking the nature trail around the pond and along the river. There is also a wide paved... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
P N
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Enjoy the beauty and habitat of southeastern Minnesota by hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing the meadows, flood plain and upland forests on the 5 miles of trails covering 320 acres. Park land features a former working quarry, the Rochester State Hospital Cemetary, and a 3 acre pond. The Nature Center offers interactive displays and exhibits of the area's wildlife and natural beauty including a 1,700 gallon native-fish aquarium. Public programs on Sunday's at 1:30 pm include cave tours, live animal programs and bird banding. Cross-country ski, snow shoe, and geocache rentals available.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“all ages” (16 reviews)
“hiking trails” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
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701 Silver Creek Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906-4504
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+1 507-328-3950
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Reviewed 1 week ago

what a great place to get outdoors and learn of all things nature. our boys love it. I even walked away learning more than I thought. great educational programs and camp options, too!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoy walking the nature trail around the pond and along the river. There is also a wide paved trail for walkers, runners and bikes. Take time to enjoy the ducks, birds and butterflies. If you are inclined there are several trails with a challenge....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

All of the educational programs for children, adolescents and adults are amazing. I especially enjoy the adult educational opportunities presented by educators from colleges and universities in the southern Minnesota area. My understanding of the special environments found in the driftless zone and in the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So we came here for about an hour. This attraction is free and well worth the 15 minute drive from our hotel. The only reason we didn’t stay longer was because we had an appointment to get to and it also started raining. There is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the first time we have been to the Nature Center since they have updated it. They did a wonderful job and the grand children enjoyed it very much. It is not real big so it does not take a long time go through...More

Thank RedflagDan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I used to go on field trips here and think it is a great place. The nature center offers various animal exhibits and the outdoor area has a large pond, hiking trails, rock quarry where you can look for fossils, and a cemetery they did...More

Thank baseballslage
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love hiking here different times of the year. Tadpoles in the spring up in the quarry are awesome to see!

Thank Amy S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After spending days at the Mayo clinic it was nice to hike and be outdoors and feel like you are in the country. Only had an hour to spend, but was able to complete one trail. Nice variety of meadows, tree lined trails, inclines and...More

Thank Americantravel17
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

A nice place to kill time between Mayo appointments. My hiking days are over but the wildlife center is nice and we enjoyed watching and identifying the birds.

Thank bej59
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

We LOVE Quarry Hill! There are great hiking trails including different types of landscapes from meadow to rocks to the quarry. Hike up to the quarry to look for fossils. Hike around the meadows for butterflies, plants, and other critters. Explore the pond for fish...More

Thank Kelly S
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Your question sounds like you intended to send it to the Quarry Hill Nature Center. You actually sent it to me, an ordinary citizen who offered some comments about Quarry Hill. As it turns out Quarry Hill is definitely... More
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