A city with a bright personality, Rochester has access to enough bodies of water for even the most fervent nature-lover. Don’t forget its more unique offerings as well, from the annual Lilac Festival to its famed white hots, a German-American take on hot dogs. Those who want a higher-end hotel experience should check out the options downtown. Budget-friendly chains are located in the suburbs, though most have easy access to expressways as well as the airport.
Get In Touch With The Outdoors
- High Falls is a sight rarely seen: An 80-foot waterfall right in the middle of town, specifically the historic mill area. Across the street from this urban oasis, take in a bit of history about the district at the High Falls Center and Interpretive Museum.
- If you’re craving a bit more space, head to the 977-acre Durand Eastman Park, which borders Lake Ontario. The comprehensive geography means you can spend a few hours strolling or biking the plentiful wooded trails and rest your legs on the small but lovely stretch of beach.
Indoor Attractions Of Cultural Importance
- Fun for kids and adults alike, the Strong National Museum of Play is dedicated to “the history and exploration of play.” That translates to what’s basically an enormous interactive playground for kids and an engrossing nostalgia trip for grown-up visitors.
- The George Eastman House is a stately mansion-turned-museum featuring a fascinating gallery of photography-related items as well as the well-preserved home of the inventor of the Kodak camera. In warmer weather, the gorgeous gardens are also worth a look.