RochesterUnited States of America

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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.

Top Hotels in Rochester

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
CA $95
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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

3.9/5Good! (2,015 reviews)

"Good breakfast, pool is open til midnight. Good location from airport."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Rochester-University Area, NY
Hyatt Regency Rochester
Hyatt Regency Rochester
3.5 out of 5
125 East Main Street, Rochester, NY
CA $154
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Downtown Rochester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Blue Cross Arena and Eastman School of Music. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (264 reviews)

"A very nice property right in the heart of town. The room was comfortable and fair sized. I would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 14, 2020

Hyatt Regency Rochester
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Rochester-Pittsford/Brighton, NY
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Rochester-Pittsford/Brighton, NY
3 out of 5
2835 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY
CA $96
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Pittsford Plaza and within 3 miles (5 km) of Nazareth College and Nazareth College Arts Center. Kings ...

4.4/5Excellent! (875 reviews)

"It was very quiet. You barely heard your neighbors at all."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Rochester-Pittsford/Brighton, NY

Top activities in Rochester

Admission to the Strong National Museum of Play
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Admission to the Strong National Museum of Play

CA $21

Visit some of the world's most interactive exhibitions at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester. Get lost in the museum's dynamic, hands-on displays and steep yourself in the world's largest treasure trove of toys, dolls, and games during this experience that appeals to both the young and the young at heart.

Farms, Flights: Finger Lakes Brewery Tour
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Farms, Flights: Finger Lakes Brewery Tour

CA $167

A tour guide will lead you through a curated selection of breweries while highlighting some of the rich history of why Finger Lakes is a perfect place to grow hops and generate great growlers of beer. You will receive a tasting beer glass from at least one of the breweries as a souvenir.

Rochester Puzzling Adventure
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Rochester Puzzling Adventure

CA $5

• Choose your own start time and embark on your adventure. With your smartphone as your guide, go on a brain-teasing and educational walking tour of your chosen neighborhood. Visit a series of locations and answer the questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction.

1 Hour Walk In Axe Throwing Experience Rochester
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1 Hour Walk In Axe Throwing Experience Rochester

CA $31

We’re excited to introduce you to the sport of axe throwing! This thrilling traditional Canadian backyard pastime is now bigger than ever in urban communities. Enjoy a one hour axe throwing session with a dedicated axe throwing coach.

Corning Museum of Glass Admission
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Corning Museum of Glass Admission

CA $26

Visit: Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830-2253 Showcasing more than 3,500 years of glassmaking history, the Corning Museum of Glass features nearly 50,000 pieces of classic and contemporary glass art and objects.

Operation City Quest of Rochester, NY
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Operation City Quest of Rochester, NY

CA $13

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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