Rochester is the darling of upstate New York with a number of claims to fame. Cyclists love the bike-friendly atmosphere and beautiful green trails, while activists and academics alike flock to museums and sites of historical significance. Some of Rochester’s coolest destinations are a short trip away from several cheap Rochester hotels.
1. Learn & Play At The Rochester Museum And Science Center
The Rochester Museum and Science Center is one of those rare attractions that is perfect for children and adults alike. The museum is home to a variety of permanent and rotating exhibitions including the Cumming Nature Center and the Strasenburgh Planetarium. Try to catch one of their year-round special events after-hours.
2. Explore Historic Art At The George Eastman House
Voted Rochester’s “Best Historical Site” in 2013, the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film holds enormous collections of 19th-century French and American photography. It is only one of three places in the country visitors can view nitrate film by way of its Dryden Theatre. Roger Ebert counted it “among the holy places of cinema.”
3. Catch A Local Show At Water Street Music Hall
Big and small names all pass through Water Street Music Hall. Spend a night in the exciting entertainment district of St. Paul Quarter and you won’t miss this music hall’s large vertical neon sign. The 7000-square-foot venue features two large rooms and balcony seating. If you want a more intimate experience, see a local band or film showing in the hall’s smaller Club at Water Street, equipped with projectors and a full PA.
4. Admire the Women of Seneca at the State Historic Site
The State Historic Site at Ganondagan offers an exclusive perspective from the eyes of Seneca culture. The site is significant for academics exploring the history of women’s rights in North America, as Seneca women owned property and made prominent clan decisions long before their colonial counterparts.
Come in the summer to take part in the award-winning Native American Dance and Music Festival in July, or avoid the heat entirely at the Native American Winter Games and Sports Festival.
5. Hike, Bike & Paddle At Highland Park
Rochester visitors regularly remark about how green the city is. Those who love the outdoors will enjoy the “hike, bike, paddle” motto of Rochester’s park and trail scene. Highland Park is both a local and tourist favourite for its beautiful hiking and cycling trails.
6. Ride and Splash At Seabreeze Amusement Park
If you find yourself exploring Rochester in the heat of the summer, you have to set aside a day for the Seabreeze Amusement Park. The park has 65 attractions for children and adults and even toddler-friendly kiddie rides. Seabreeze is also a regular host of local live shows, so check out an events calendar when you decide to visit.
Rochester has a magical blend of city class and culture with small-town friendliness. “Kodak Town” draws artists and photographers from around the world. Stunning Lake Ontario borders beautiful cycling trails and fine lakefront dining. Check out as much as you can while visiting this one-of-a-kind city.
About The Guest Blogger
Carolyn Moritz is a travel editor and writer living and working in St. Petersburg, Florida.