Explore Rochester

A world of art, theater, music, history, nature and play!

From Rochester’s wide ranging culinary scene to listening to great jazz on the streets, Rochester is filled with museums, attractions, music, theater, festivals, sports and more. There is always something to see and do in entertaining Rochester. Join us next June 20 – June 23 for a week to remember!

Convenient location

Rochester is a 6 hour drive from New York City, 3 ½ hours from Toronto and 90 minutes from Niagara Falls.

Rochester sits at the center of 100 Must-See Miles of the Erie Canal which when opened in 1825, made Rochester the country’s first “boomtown.” Today, the historic canal thrives as an active recreational waterway with towpaths, shops and charming towns telling America’s story of “how the west began!”

History Lives Here

George Eastman

George Eastman invented the first film camera that made cameras and photography available for the masses. You may be familiar with his company, Kodak which is based in Rochester. George Eastman’s mansion home is now a museum where you will see his beautiful gardens, his interest in architecture, technology and music. Visit the life of and accomplishments of George Eastman as you go back in time in the world of photography.

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was a leading champion for women’s rights in the United States, well known for her passionate speeches and sharp wit. Susan fought for women’s right to vote, own property, access to education and a fare wage. She lived and worked in Rochester, NY and in 1872, she was arrested in her home for voting in that year’s presidential election. Today, visitors can see her home on Madison Street and hear her inspiring stories.

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave and abolitionist who spent 25 of his most productive years in Rochester. Douglass published the abolitionist newspaper, The North Star and assisted Harriet Tubman in the dangerous work of helping slaves escape via the Underground Railroad. Today, you can see tributes to Douglass’ life work around Rochester including the Let’s Have Tea statue at Susan B. Anthony Park, stops along the Rochester Heritage Trail and his statue at Highland Park.

 

Wine Lovers’ Paradise 

 

Photo of people holding wine glasses
Photo Courtesy of Finger Lakes Wine Country

The Finger Lakes and the area surrounding it are known for producing excellent wine, particularly for world-renowned Rieslings. Breathtaking views, exceptional wine… what more could you want? Pick out a few of the many wineries to visit while you’re in town:

That being said, the region also boasts a number of breweries, distilleries and hard-cider producers.