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22 Gift Experiences in Rochester MN

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Mural inside the Rochester Art Center on the way to the galleries


Gift-giving during the holiday season can be a lot… of STUFF. Looking for great gifts that support local businesses, but without accumulating more things? Give gift experiences instead! Our Guide to Rochester MN Gift Experiences has great ideas for gift experiences for kids and adults on your list. Don’t add to the post-holiday clutter, and give gift experiences instead!


Classes, Education, & Memberships


Art Heads Emporium

Gift Cards Available

Leah Joy Bee, owner – Art Heads Emporium

Give the artist or art-lover in your life a gift card for creating class! Art Heads Emporium offers a wide variety of classes and workshops: painting, acrylic pour-on ceramic coasters, pressed florals, wreath making, candle pouring, woven tapestries, and so much more. gift experiences

Bleu Duck Kitchen — Sunday School

Sunday School Tickets  | Gift Cards Available

Treat the culinary enthusiast in your life to Bleu Duck Kitchen’s Sunday School classes! Bleu Duck offers a variety of Sunday instruction courses from building a charcuterie board, cookie making/decorating, special-occasion meals, and more.



Daily Play Passes, Monthly and Yearly Memberships, and Gift Cards

Boundless is an incredible 40,000-square-foot facility that provides year-round indoor play, activity, and social space for kids and adults of all abilities.

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Boundless Indoor Playground | photo credit Rochester Local 

Pure Rock Studios

$140- 4 30-minute Private Lessons | $260 – 4 60-minute Private Lessons | Gift Cards

People of all ages will love music lessons from Pure Rock Studios! Whether a beginner, a performer, or anything in between, Pure Rock offers lessons for a variety of instruments and skill levels.

Red Barn Learning Farm

$35- Season Pass | Ages 1 to Adult. Good for all public events

Gift Cards available in various amounts

Red Barn Learning Farm, located in Hayfield, MN, is a real, working farm where kids and adults can learn about and interact with a large variety of barnyard animals. Jump in the corn pit, pet the goats, feed the rabbits, donkeys, and cows, and more. gift experiences

Rochester Art Center

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Rochester Art Center – Open Studio, Fridays and Saturdays 11 AM – 2 PM

$5- General Admission | Ages 21 and under- FREE

$40- Single Yearly Membership | $65- Yearly Membership for Two

Support our local Arts scene with tickets or a membership to Rochester Arts Center. Participate in creating new art during Open Studio, every Friday and Saturday from 11 am-2 pm.

SPARK Children’s Museum

$12- Single Day Tickets |  Ages 1 to Adult. Tickets can be used any day SPARK is open

$159 – Family Package | 1-year membership. 2 Adults and up to 4 Children

SPARK Children’s Museum offers hands-on experience with exhibits where kids learn through play. Learn about how water moves, how electricity powers a city, climb the helix, and build and tinker.


Outdoor & Indoor Active

Chip Shots

Gift Cards Available

Help keep those outdoor game skills fresh all winter long! With Golf Simulators, 3 indoor pickleball courts, indoor cornhole on astroturf, and multisport simulators PLUS a full kitchen and bar, Chip Shots offers a wide range of experiences for all ages and skills.gift experiences

Ironwood Springs

$15- Tubing Hill Pass

Gift Cards Available

Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch offers a wide range of activities for all seasons. In the winter, zoom down their tubing hill and use a rope pull to get back to the top. Warm weather means that their zip lines (including adaptive zip lines), slingshot and shooting range, bouldering, and so much more are open. A wide variety of Horse Programs are available as well.

Minnesota State Parks

Gift Cards Available

For outdoor and nature enthusiasts, give a gift card to Minnesota State Parks! Gift cards can be used for park passes, camping, tours, canoe/paddleboard/kayak rentals, and so much more. With **74** State Parks throughout the state of Minnesota, the adventurer in your life will LOVE this gift!

Radiant Sōl Yoga Studio

$20 Drop-in Class | $170 – 10 Class Pass | $130 – 1 Month Unlimited Yoga | Gift Cards

Give your favorite yogi classes at a local yoga studio! Radiant Sōl offers a variety of yoga and hot yoga with infrared heat classes for all experience levels and abilities. Private yoga sessions are available for small groups as well!

Roca Climbing & Fitness

$17- Day Pass (no gear) |  $23- Day Pass (with gear rental)

$80 – 5 Visit Punch Card (no gear) | $105 – 5 Visit Punch Card (with gear rental)

Additional punch cards and gift cards are available

Roca Climbing & Fitness is an indoor climbing gym that offers a large number of auto-belays, as well as top rope, lead climbing, and bouldering. Roca’s facility also has a fitness center, yoga studio, and climbing training area with a Kilter board. Climbing classes and yoga classes are offered.

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Roca Climbing and Fitness

Rochester Recreation Center

Daily/ Monthly/ Yearly Adult, Youth, and Family Passes available

The Rochester Rec Center offers a variety of year-round indoor activities. Passes are good for open gym, open swim, open skate, and some for pickleball. Stay active all year round!

Rochester City Golf Courses

Season Passes for Youth, Young Adult, Adult, Couples, and Seniors

Give the golfer in your life a year on the links! Passes good at all 4 Rochester City courses.

Steeplechase Snow Tubing

$15 – 1 hour |  $24 – 2 hours  | $40 – 4 hours  Tickets can be used any day Steeplechase is open

This tubing park is open for the 2022-23 season! Featuring multiple tubing runs plus a ski lift to get back to the top, this gift is sure to be a hit. Fridays and Saturdays are extreme snow tubing, with lights and music on the mountain!


Live Sports, Shows & Entertainment

Hyperspace Starcade

Pricing varies depending on the package and length of time.

Hyperspace Starcade is a high-tech mobile gaming truck that provides video game parties, laser tag, and virtual reality.  This amazing truck has ten HUGE 4k screens and can accommodate up to 34 people playing at one time.  This is an amazing experience and would be a perfect gift experience for gamers and thrill-seekers in your life!

Escape Challenge

Pricing varies depending on size of group | Gift Cards Available

Instead of exchanging gift cards with the other adults in your life, why not book an escape room? The perfect activity for families, friends, or co-workers, this interactive challenge is fun experience for the whole group.

Goonie’s Comedy Club

$19 (most nights) advance ticket | $25 at the door | All shows 18+

Laughter- what a gift! Purchase tickets to a comedy show and treat someone to an evening of laughs and fun.

The Machine Shed

$10 for All-Day Arcade Play

This local arcade and vintage game store is packed full of classic arcade games, including racing games, pinball, and everything else you spent every last quarter on in the 80s and 90s! This time, no quarters– $10 gets you ALL DAY play!


Mayo Civic Center Events

Ticket prices vary

With a wide variety of shows, concerts, and events every month, there’s sure to be something for everyone! From classic rock to country, comedy, ballet, and WWE Wrestling, you’re sure to find a show for someone on your list.

Rochester Grizzlies Hockey

Single Game tickets: $11 Adults | $8 Student/Senior | $6: First Responder /Military /Children 4-12, 4 and under are free

$80- 10 Game Pack

NA3HL team the Rochester Grizzlies bring all the excitement of live hockey all winter long! Support our local teams and players while enjoying the experience of the crowd live, right here in Rochester.

Rochester Honkers Baseball

$125 – 12 Game Flex Pass General Admission | $150 – 12 Game Flex Pass Box Seats

Cheer on the Rochester Honkers baseball team all summer long with one of these great holiday flex pass bundles! Summer and baseball just go together, and this is a gift that they will look forward to.

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Mayo Field – Honkers Baseball Home Stadium


For more gift ideas, check out our guides to gift giving for Foodies, and consider supporting local artists, makers, and producers at one of these Holiday Shopping Events.

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