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“Good trails”

Quarry Hill Nature Center
Ranked #1 of 51 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Level Contributor
62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good trails”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

There is a small interpretive bldg. there with hands on artifacts available and live creatures too. There were lots of families enjoying the place and a fishing pond is available with lots of turtles in it too. There is a map for the trails and they take one around the area that has explanatory cards about what u see. Place is peaceful and accessible. The center could use a good cleaning so hope volunteers step up to spruce up the place.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank SDSkies
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great place for a hike and learning about nature”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Our family frequently visits Quarry Hill for a great outdoor experience. The Nature Center has exhibits that the kids enjoy and they love feeding the big fish and bird watching. They have many activities you can get the whole family involved in, such as bird banding and the butterfly garden. We love exploring at Quarry Hill and sitting by the pond to watch the ducks. Great place for all!!

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Jennifer S
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