Tips on What To Do while at Mayo Clinic Rochester

Posted by savinggrace16 @savinggrace16, May 24 1:11pm

I'll be visiting Mayo in Rochester for the first time this week, and am wondering what tips folks have when visiting the campus. I've got the app downloaded and know when & where all my appointments are. Would be helpful to know of places to eat on or around the Mayo campus, as well as places to visit on or close to campus during the downtime I have between appointments. Any other general tips for visiting Mayo are welcome! Thanks! 😊


I had an apppointment(s) in Rochester recently, and here's what I did to pass the time in between them, I enjoyed myself:

Bought a pair of comfortable shoes
Enjoyed a Dairy Queen treat
Had a big burger at Newt's
Sat in the park outside the Mayo building (it's summer!)
Enjoyed an ice tea from the Grand Kahler's Starbucks

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I like to listen to the music in the Gonda building atrium when someone is there playing the piano. When I was at Mayo last summer for ankle surgery, I had a special concert just for me (and anyone who was listening) from nurse Genaida Benson. Aside from her Mayo duties, she brings peace and inspiration through her music. I visited with her on my followup visits and took great pride in showing her my progress in walking after months in a cast.


This maybe a very common thing to do, but I find a chair and catch up on my reading. The place I found that I like the best is subway level in the Charlton North Building near the elevators. It is a smaller area and feels secluded to me.

I hope I gave the right direction to where it is. Now that I know where I going on campus I now navigate using landmarks, just like when I drive. 😂 Annual checkups with the same doctors and tests each time makes it easy to navigate with landmarks. 😊

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I have my "activity bag" as my husband calls it. E-book reader, journal, portable crochet project, portable Zentangle kit. Pick and choose which fits my fancy at the time. Being able to decompress in middle of a round of appointments is critical to my well-being!

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