Welcome to Rochester

Situated in the scenic Monroe County, Rochester is New York State's third largest city. Rochester offers a wide variety of interesting attractions, and there are dozens of different events that take place every year throughout the entire city. With so much to offer, it's no wonder that Rochester is one of the most popular destinations in upstate New York. Whether you love to spend time outdoors or prefer shopping and touring museums, you can find plenty of unforgettable activities in the Rochester area.

For people who love to run and hike, Rochester's Erie Canal Towpath is a must-do attraction. The path is located away from car traffic and can be easily accessed from several different parks. Rochester's many parks are a big draw for visitors. The Highland Park is a well-known tree garden that features dozens of beautiful plants and trees including 35 magnolia varieties, dwarf evergreen and Japanese Maples.

Another attraction worth seeing is the picturesque Mt. Hope Cemetery. Guests can enjoy the well-maintained Victorian-era gardens or pay their respects to notable historical figures like George B. Seldon, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. If you have time, finish off your park sightseeing tour by exploring Durand-Eastman Park. The beautiful park is home to several lakes, numerous hiking trails and a golf course.

To experience Rochester's vibrant nightlife scene, head downtown. The city's East End area is home to a wide range of clubs, restaurants, bars, stores and cafes. The nearby Eastman Theatre is a great place to catch a show or a performance by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The facility features state-of-the-art equipment and over 3,000 seats.

Guests who are interested in art and culture can visit several museums and galleries that are found throughout the city. The National Museum of Play's impressive collection of toys and games is the perfect destination for families. The Strasenburgh Planetarium is another good option for families or people who want to see the sky in a whole new way. If you want to immerse yourself in the local art scene, check out the University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery.

Rochester hosts many different festivals throughout the year, so don't forget to check the city calendar for current events when you arrive or before booking your trip. Accommodations are available in the city and in the surrounding areas. Regardless of where you stay, mass transit and several major highways make traveling to and around Rochester simple and convenient.