Six Things to Do in Rochester, New York

Rochester is a mid-sized city located on the coast of Lake Ontario, which combines the large-city culture with the small city charm. The city has long been known as Kodak Town, but its fame surely came well before amateur photography. Combining historical treasures with modern family-friendly attractions, Rochester is a lovely choice for a vacation.

Here are some of the things you can do while visiting Rochester, NY.

A day at the National Museum of Play

Rochester is home the only museum in the world dedicated to play. This is a can’t miss attraction if you travel with kids. It offers extensive exhibits as well as high interactivity attractions. Among the highlights of the museum are: a working carousel from 1918, the Strong Express passenger train and upstate New York’s only year-round, indoor butterfly garden. General admission is $11 for adults and free for children (aged 2 to 15).

Learn about the struggle to gain voting rights for women at the Susan B. Anthony House

This important historical location shares Susan B. Anthony’s struggle to gain voting rights for women and equal rights for all. The house comprises artifacts and research materials directly related to her life and work. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Several tours are available.

Enjoy the world of photography and film at the George Eastman House

George Eastman House is also known as the International Museum of Photography and Film. The museum comprises the historical house and the gardens. Audio tours are available. General admission is $10 for adults and $4 for children (aged 4 to 12). Several exhibitions will keep the visitors engaged. There are also permanent photography collections to visit.

Kayak to the Genesee River Gorge

The lower section of Genesee River offers a lovely paddle upstream to the spectacular falls. The tour can be easily tackled during morning. The best time to try this tour is from spring until fall.

Spend an afternoon at the Seneca Park Zoo

If you travel with kids, do plan to spend an afternoon at the zoo. It is nested in the Seneca Park and also it’s quite small, there are a lot of animals to see. Admission is affordable ($7-$9 for adults, depending on the season). Events are planned during the entire year.

Visit New York City

The driving distance between Rochester and New York City is little over 5 hours and 30 minutes. It’s definitely worth your time to plan a short getaway in the Big Apple. Most do things include: walking in the Central Park, taking a photo of the Statue of Liberty and enjoying a brunch with the gals. Of course, a day exploring the museum is a good choice, especially if the weather is not very pleasant.

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  • Tinkie-Winkie Teletubby said at 2011-08-21T16:35:36+0000: 6 things to do in Rochester and one of them...is to leave. As a Rochesterian I am amused and disappointed.