You may think that Rogers is just the little town on the way to your cabin, but if you spend some time exploring this growing city of almost 13,000, you will see that there is a lot to experience! Here are the top 5 things to do in Rogers MN.
1. Main Street
In 1880, John Rogers sold land to the Great Northern Railroad to build a depot, located next to Main Street. Soon after, St Martin Church was built and many businesses followed. While the depot is no longer standing, many of the original buildings remain and are still housing businesses, including several antique shops, salons, a doughnut shop and dog groomer. There are several restaurants within walking distance of Main Street including Clive’s Road House, Guadalajara’s Mexican Restaurant, Bobo’s Taste of Asia, Hong Thai and Dimagio’s Pizza!
Cabela’s is definitely a destination for the outdoors enthusiast, and the Rogers location does not disappoint. In addition to selling about everything you can think of for outdoor recreation, Cabela’s has an aquarium featuring local fish species, a restaurant and fudge shop, archery test range, and a huge display of taxidermy – including an elephant!
3. Henry’s Woods
Henrys Woods Rogers MN is a rare stand of over 50 acres of the original 2,000 acres of Big Woods that used to cover central Minnesota. Only about 2% of these Big Woods remain, and this is one of the few large enough to be considered a forest. The park is located on Brockton Lane just north of Cty Rd 81 and is about 1 block east of Cabela’s.
4. Crow Hassan Park Reserve
If you need to stretch your legs, check out the trails at the Crow Hassan Park Reserve. The 2600 acre park has over 17 miles of trails for horse riding, and hiking. There is also an off-leash dog park, although dogs are allowed on leash on many of the trails.
5. The Round Barn
Possibly the most recognized symbol of Rogers, the red round barn was built by a family of barrel makers in the early 1900’s, using the same design principles. The round barn is best seen from Hassan Parkway near Park Drive
Bonus – The highest point in Hennepin County is located near the Weber Farm off of Territorial Road – this is private land, but if you look to the South while driving by the view goes on for miles!