Summer break is right around the corner. Doing something fun with the kiddos doesn't have to be expensive! Here are 5 things you can do in Rochester this summer for FREE! 

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    SkiDox Ski Shows

    Every Wednesday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Lake Zumbro at Fishermann's Inn. They also do special shows at Foster Arend. SkiDox is a non-profit with a goal of becoming a premier source of entertainment in Southeast Minnesota, and "give our community something to be proud of."

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    TSM Rochester

    Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo

    We are very fortunate to have this beautiful chunk of land with animals, hiking, camping and more that is just 5 miles from Rochester, and absolutely free.

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    Thursdays on First

    Every Thursday throughout the summer in Downtown Rochester, you'll find live music, vendors and fun. Whether you're new to Rochester, or have been here forever, it's definitely worth checking out.


    Foster Arend Beach

    Sadly, we don't have many lakes in this area that we can take advantage of. Fortunately, Foster Arend is available and FREE! Go swimming, lay out in the sun and read, or play some sand volleyball. It'll make for a great day!

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    Google Maps

    Feed the Geese at Silver Lake

    My kiddo is 8 and still very much so enjoys feeding the geese. Grab a bag of bread and head to Silver Lake. There's a park and plenty of geese to feed. Riding a bike, walking or running the trails is also fun for all ages.

    This isn't free, but totally fun! When I was a kid, my grandma, my cousin and I all used to rent peddle boats and hang on the lake all day!

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