Attending Feel the Beat? Here are some things you’ll want to know.

Sep 29, 2017 | Suzanne Ferguson | @suzannerferguson

If you are attending Feel the Beat on October 14, you’ll want to know what to expect when you arrive in Rochester, MN. We’ve got you covered to help with your planning!


Centerstone plaza hotel                                                                              Centerstone Plaza Hotel

The CenterStone Plaza Hotel has a special rate for Feel the Beat attendees. You’ll want to act quickly, though, as the deal is only valid until tomorrow. The discounted rate is $89 a night. To book a room, call the hotel directly at 1-800-366-2067 and mention “Feel the Beat”.



So far, we have been seeing above average temperatures but that has been known to change without a moment’s notice. Make sure to bring a jacket in case it starts to get cold.



There are many things to do in and around Rochester. Some of the highlights include:

Take a tour of Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic offers tours Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. for patients and their guests. In addition to the regular tours, Mayo also offers a daily art tour Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Explore the downtown area including Peace Plaza and Historic Third Street. For a complete list of activities and events, visit Rochester’s Visitors Bureau site.

Get outside to visit one of the numerous parks and nature centers around Rochester. There’s Quarry Hill Nature Center, Soldiers Field, and Silver Lake, to name just a few.

Local restaurants

Rochester’s restaurant scene continues to grow year after year. The top restaurants can be found online but there are also great restaurants within walking distance of Mayo Clinic.



Over the last few years, Rochester’s downtown area has really expanded and now even includes a few shops. If you are looking for a wider selection, take a trip to Apache Mall located a few miles south of Mayo Clinic. For those interested in the full shopping experience and more, head to the Mall of America, one of the largest shopping malls in the U.S., complete with an amusement park and an aquarium. Mall of America is approximately 80 miles north of Rochester.


There are a few different parking options around Mayo Clinic. If you want to park on the street, metered street parking is always an option, but be sure to carry change to feed the meters. There are also many parking garages located throughout Rochester. Street parking is typically free on the weekends. For more information, visit here.

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