Things to Do in Rochester, NY

The Greater Rochester, NY region is chock-full of recreational activities, vibrant culture, fun exhibits, hidden gems, and more!

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George Eastman Museum

The George Eastman Museum contains one of the best and oldest cinematic collections in the world. Trace the impact film has had on the world’s cultures from the heart of the Kodak founder’s estate.

Memorial Art Gallery

The Memorial Art Gallery, home to the best-balanced art collection in Upstate New York, also hosts traveling exhibits from around the world. Recent exhibitions include the works of Maxfield Parrish, sculptures of Edgar Degas, and a vibrant Andy Warhol exhibit.

Rochester Museum & Science Center

The Rochester Museum and Science Center — home to the Strasenburgh Planetarium — offers a wide range of hands-on activities for children and adults.

Strong Museum of Play

The Strong Museum showcases the National Toy Hall of Fame and the world’s most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, and play-related artifacts. It’s also listed as one of the top ten children’s museums in the U.S. (Child Magazine).

Susan B. Anthony House

The Susan B. Anthony House is 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.


Parks & Recreation

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Rochester lies along the “Best 100 Miles” of the Erie Canal, known as the Heritage Trail.

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There are a total of 25 state parks and 132 state forests throughout the Finger Lakes Region — perfect for nature lovers with a taste for adventure.

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From Bristol Mountain to Holiday Valley, Swain, and Hunt Hollow, the region boasts more than 100 snow trails.

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For family fun, visit the Seneca Park Zoo.

Rochester’s Oak Hill Country Club, site of the PGA Championship 2023.


Hochstein School of Music and Dance

The 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 International Jazz Festival

The nine-day Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is one of the nation’s largest music festivals, drawing more than 200,000 people from around the world. It features 1,000-plus artists from legendary Grammy-winners to emerging stars. They perform at more than 320 concerts including 100 free events. It all takes place in Rochester’s East End Cultural District at 17 different venues, all within walking distance.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, founded by Eastman Kodak’s George Eastman in 1922, performs for nearly 350,000 people (about half the population of Vermont) annually.

Other excellent representations of Rochester history are found at the National Women’s Hall of Fame; Women’s Rights National Historical Park; the New York Museum of Transportation; the Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum; the Sodus Bay Historical Society Lighthouse Museum; and the Genesee Country Village and Museum.

Wine Not?

Beauty isn’t the only thing the ever-changing seasons in the Rochester, NY region is good for. The area’s cool climate yields wines with lower alcohol, higher acidity, and better all-around balance. These factors are why Rochester’s Finger Lakes Region is able to produce so many world-class Rieslings.



Home to the 2023 PGA championship. Golfers in Rochester, NY play like pros. Named one of the Top 10 Best Golf Cities in America by, Rochester offers a year-round quality of life that’s second to none. And how’s this for a hole-in-one? Courses in Rochester have hosted countless big-name tournaments since the early 1900s, including the PGA, LPGA and the Ryder Cup.


The Rochester Americans are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. The team, nicknamed the Amerks, is an owned-and operated affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.


The Rochester Red Wings are a Minor League Baseball team. As of the 2021 season, they are the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.


The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in Buffalo, NY. They compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference East division. The team plays its home games at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, just an hour from Rochester.


Garth Fagan Dance

Garth Fagan Dance is 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

Rochester’s Broadway Theater League brings  traveling Broadway shows to local theaters for everyone in the region to enjoy.

Rochester City Ballet

The Rochester City Ballet performs traditional favorites as well as challenging new works before thousands each year.

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