Things to Do in Rochester
The Greater Rochester, NY region is chalked full of culture, recreational activities, fun exhibits, and more! Check out all of the great things to do in Rochester, NY below.
George Eastman House International Museum - George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film houses one of the best and oldest cinematic collections in the world.
The Strong is home of the National Toy Hall of Fame and the world's most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, and play-related artifacts. It's also as one of the top ten children's museums in the country (Child Magazine).
The Memorial Art Gallery - provides the best-balanced collection in Upstate New York and hosts traveling exhibits from around the world. Recent exhibitions include the works of Maxfield Parrish and sculptures of Edgar Degas.
The Rochester Museum and Science Center - provides a wide range of hands-on activities for children and adults and is also home to the Strasenburgh Planetarium.
The Susan B. Anthony House - a museum with National Historic Landmark status. It was the home of the legendary American women's rights leader during the most politically active period of her life, and the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872.
Other excellent representations of Rochester history are found at: National Women's Hall of Fame; Women's Rights National Historical Park; New York Museum of Transportation; Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum; Sodus Bay Historical Society Lighthouse Museum; Genesee Country Village and Museum.
Annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival - The nine-day Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is one of the nation's largest music festivals, drawing more than 163,000 people from around the world. It features 1,000-plus artists from legendary Grammy-winners to emerging stars. They perform at more than 285 concerts including 60 free events. It all takes place in Rochester's East End Cultural District at 17 different venues, all within walking distance.
Eastman School of Music - Eastman School of Music enjoys an international reputation and a top rank among music schools in the U.S.; graduates include several Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winners.
Hochstein School of Music and Dance - Hochstein School of Music and Dance, an 83 year-old community school, offers lessons and performances by local and visiting artists in its renovated concert hall.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra - founded by Eastman Kodak Company's George Eastman in 1922, performs for nearly 350,000 people annually.
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ARTWalk - Rochester is home to the unique and creative ARTWalk, a 2,375 foot-long interactive urban art trail in the Neighborhood of the Arts.
Rochester lies at the heart of the "Best 100 Miles" of the Erie Canal, known as the Heritage Trail.
Monroe County parks - Monroe County has 21 parks covering 12,000 acres. Rochester's outstanding 3,500 urban acre parks and recreation system is nationally recognized. There are a total of 25 state parks and 132 state forests throughout the Finger Lakes Region.
More than 100 snow trails - Bristol Mountain, Holiday Valley, Swain, & Hunt Hollow.
Seneca Park Zoo - For family fun, visit the Seneca Park Zoo.
Rochester has Championship teams – Rochester Amerks (ice hockey); Rochester Red Wings (baseball); Buffalo Bills AFC football team within one hour's drive – 33% of Bills home game tickets are purchased in Rochester and summer training camp takes place at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.
Garth Fagan Dance - one of the premier modern dance troupes in the world. Garth Fagan is the Tony Award-winning choreographer of Broadway's "The Lion King."
Geva Theater - Geva Theater, located in the historic Naval Armory building, is the most attended theater in Upstate New York.
Rochester's Broadway Theater League - makes traveling Broadway shows available for everyone in the region to enjoy.
The Rochester City Ballet - performs traditional favorites as well as challenging new works before thousands each year.