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 an experience gift instead! Our Guide to Rochester MN Experience Gifts has great ideas for experience gifts for kids and adults on your list. Don’t add to the post-holiday clutter, and give the gift of an experience!
Classes, Education, & Memberships
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.
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.
Nana Gogo Toybrary is Rochester’s first TOY library! Children can check out and return toys, just like a library! The ultimate solution to toy clutter, Nana Gogo Toybrary membership is the perfect gift for littles with constantly-changing interests in toys.
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.
$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.
$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 11am-2pm.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Give the golfer in your life a year on the links! Passes good at all 4 Rochester City courses.
$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
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.
$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.
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.
Single Game tickets: $11 Adults | $8 Student/Senior | $6: First Responder /Military /Children 4-12, 4 and under are free
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.
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.