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Rochester
Travel Guide

This upstate New York city features top-rated cultural attractions, beautiful natural areas and a very special supermarket.

See everything from toys to lilacs to a grand canyon in the Rochester region of Central New York. Near downtown, go to the National Museum of Play at the Strong to marvel at childhood delights from the 1900s and beyond. Find the Rochester Museum & Science Center, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Memorial Art Gallery nearby.

The George Eastman House features an important photographic museum with theater, gardens, and varied still and film collections. Eastman, who founded Eastman Kodak, also created an architectural gem, the Eastman Theatre. Attend a symphony or theater performance or perhaps a recital from the Rochester City Ballet or the renowned Eastman School of Music.

Watch the Rochester Red Wings play baseball at Frontier Field and the Rochester Americans play hockey downtown. Enjoy golf and cross-country skiing at Durand Eastman Park on the city’s north side along Lake Ontario. Highland Park celebrates spring during the Lilac Festival with over 1,200 aromatic plants.

Take advantage of numerous upstate New York waterways. The Genesee River has etched the “Grand Canyon of the East” at Letchworth Park south of Rochester. Follow the river through Rochester to the downtown High Falls area before it ends at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte, pronounced sha-LOT. Ride the carousel, swim, walk the pier to the lighthouse or simply enjoy the sun and sand. Have a hamburger and famous Abbott’s frozen custard before you leave the area. To the east is popular Seabreeze Amusement Park with rides and water slides.

Visit the Finger Lakes area southeast of Rochester. These 11 narrow lakes offer boating, swimming and pristine beauty. Canandaigua is a quaint city with numerous festivals. Nearby is Bristol Mountain for winter skiing and summer hiking. Take a wine tour around Keuka Lake to sample some of New York State’s award-winning riesling varietals.

Fly into Rochester’s international airport or come by bus, train or rented car. Once in the city, purchase supplies for your visit at Wegmans, frequently identified as the nation’s finest supermarket chain. Visit the flagship Pittsford store to see why it’s one of Rochester’s most popular attractions.

Where to stay in Rochester

Woodcliff Hotel and Spa
Woodcliff Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
199 Woodcliff Dr, Fairport, NY
The price is CA $160 per night from Apr 4 to Apr 5

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Eastview Mall, Powder Mills Park, and Casa Larga Vineyards. Valentown Museum is 2.2 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (981 reviews)

"The room was beautiful, very clean. The shower was an excellent size with shower items that smelled wonderful!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

Woodcliff Hotel and Spa
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Rochester-University Area, NY
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Rochester-University Area, NY
3 out of 5
797 E. Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $96 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Rochester and Strong Memorial ...

3.6/5Good! (1,232 reviews)

"Close to strong hosp.4 minutes away.thats all i have to say"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Rochester-University Area, NY
Red Roof Inn Rochester - Henrietta
Red Roof Inn Rochester - Henrietta
2 out of 5
4820 W Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY
The price is CA $59 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Situated in Henrietta, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Marketplace Mall, Veterans Memorial Park, and Fair and Expo Center. Tinker Nature Park and Rochester ...

3.6/5Good! (990 reviews)

"Staff very friendly. Kept parking clear of snow."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

Red Roof Inn Rochester - Henrietta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Staybridge Suites Rochester University
Staybridge Suites Rochester University
3 out of 5
1000 Genesee St, Rochester, NY
The price is CA $106 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Situated in Rochester, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Genesee Valley Park, University of Rochester, and Strong Memorial Hospital. Blue Cross Arena ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (863 reviews)

"It's a little bit off the highway, but worth the trip. Staff are very friendly, facility was clean, near a busy intersection but quiet. Room was big, as a suite should be, full size refrig, stove, plates and silverware. Climate control virtually silent, lots of TV channels, good internet. big desk ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 10, 2020

Staybridge Suites Rochester University
3 Bedroom Suite in Victorian Mansion
3 Bedroom Suite in Victorian Mansion
Rochester, NY
The price is CA $95 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Corn Hill, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mary Jemison Landing and Blue Cross Arena. Strong and Eastman School of Music are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (5 reviews)
Cozy apartment with spacious bathroom

"When we arrived checking in a was breeze. The street parking was a little tricky but the host left a helpful note about it on the dresser. The apartment was clean and spacious."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 21, 2020

3 Bedroom Suite in Victorian Mansion
Beachfront Home On Lake Ontario W/60 ft Of Private Beach
Beachfront Home On Lake Ontario W/60 ft Of Private Beach
Rochester, NY

Situated on the beach, this romantic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Ontario and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lakeshore Hockey Arena and Ontario Beach Park. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (32 reviews)
Gorgeous View

"The house was really beautiful and the wall of sliding glass doors was really amazing even in the winter, it was still beautiful. We requested an early check in, which we were granted; however upon arrival, there was a note from the housekeeper that the towels were in the washer and dryer, so we ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2021

Beachfront Home On Lake Ontario W/60 ft Of Private Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Rochester

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4/5 - Good

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Mar 5, 2020

We went to the Strong Children’s Museum. It was fantastic!!!!

4/5 - Good

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Feb 10, 2020

We were in the Rochester/Henrietta area for a cheerleading competition, so didn't have much time to explore the area other than to eat and a wee bit of shopping.

4/5 - Good

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Feb 7, 2020

First time in the city, was a beautiful place to explore with lots of history

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 19, 2020

Visiting the Strong Museum of Play was the reason for our trip, and we enjoyed the day spent there very much. Our kids had a blast, and we were glad to stay overnight to break up the busyness of the trip

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 8, 2019

It’s a shame the downtown isn’t more vibrant.

5/5 - Excellent

Dru

Dec 1, 2019

Great people, wonderfull service! We have been travelling from Ontario to Rochester for shopping trips for over 20 years.

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