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Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester

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#2 of 36 in Things to do in Rochester
Hiking Trail · Educational Site
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The Nature Center is admission free and features many exhibits that are sure to engage both children and adults.

Inside the Nature Center features:

Exploration Hall with natural science touch tables

1,700 gallon Minnesota fish aquarium

Live reptiles, birds and amphibians

Indoor observation beehive

Bird-watching room

Children & Natural Science Library

Life-size T-Rex skull replica

Ski & Snowshoe rentals

Classroom and event space

Outside the park features paved bike & dirt hiking trails, a 3 acre pond that's great for fishing & wildlife viewing, restored oak savanna, an historical man-made sandstone cave and a Limestone fossil quarry.
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  • I love this place. Great for families with small children, nice trails, fun educational center with animals we generally overlook or are afraid of. Nice bird watching area. 
    I love this place. Great for families with small children, nice trails, fun educational center with animals we generally overlook or are afraid of. Nice bird watching area.  more »
  • Gorgeous trails… many flowers and butterflies! It’s a bit crowded in areas, but that is to be expected with the proximIty to the city. 
    Gorgeous trails… many flowers and butterflies! It’s a bit crowded in areas, but that is to be expected with the proximIty to the city.  more »
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  • This is a wonderful place especially if you have children! So many things to do inside the little center. Lots of hands on for the children. I have no children but I certainly enjoyed it as well! The grounds are beautiful even though it's early Spring and nothing is green yet. But it's lovely hiking you just have to watch out because some of the trails are kind of mushy yet. It would be a fun activity for a family or people who just like to hike and see nature
  • This place is huge and a lot of fun! They have great trails in the nature for hiking and/or biking. There’s a cave, river, and you can see different biospheres depending on where you are in the park. A lot of people were here with their family and it looked like there was a school field trip happening here as we visited.

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