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 5 things not to miss in Rogers MN. For more information about Rogers MN click here.
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. Take your time to visit several Antique Shops on Main Street. 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!
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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, 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 has a beautiful wooded trail featuring the original Sugar Shack from the Henry farm – popular as a local photography site. Henrys Woods is located on Brockton Lane just north of Cty Rd 81 and is about 1 block east of Cabela’s. Learn more about Henry’s Woods here.
4. Crow Hassan Park Reserve
If really want 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
On your way out of the Crow Hassan Park Reserve you can drive by possibly the most recognized symbol of Rogers; the round barn. The picturesque 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!