And if you're into shopping,...
And if you're into shopping, don't miss the Waterloo Factory Outlet (45 minutes from Rochester via I-90E->I-318E) and the Niagara Falls Factory Outlet (very near to the Niagara Falls) where famous brand name stores (Polo Ralph, Levis, Nautica, DKNY, Calvin Klein, TimberLand) can be found. You're sure to pack your cars with loads of items after the day.
So what are you going to do if you're here in winter? Tough question huh, especially where the temperature is freaking cold. Well there's the Bristol Mountain (96S->444E->5S->64W) where I picked up skiing and snowboarding. A good ground for breathtaking vistas of the Bristol Valley, and to spot a deer or two while meandering down the snow trails.
Hiking on Crescent trails. ...
Hiking on Crescent trails. Fun trails to roam around on. I think the whole trail system is about 20+ miles. Very quiet and easy to find your way. The trails are found in Perinton and Fairport. My favorite trail is the one that takes you to where Woodcliff is. At this point, you get a beautiful view of the Genesee Valley and the farmland that surrounds it.
Many parts of the trails have nice views in certain areas. None of the trails have really high summits, but it is nice to be outside where you can't hear any traffic.
High Falls Film Fest
Annually, in the first week of November, Rochester honors new film (cinema or digital) directors, producers and special effects artists. The venue is either the Dryden Theatre, The George Eastman House or the Little Theatre.
Recent awards recipients have been the claymation artists for Chicken Run, artwork director for Boy in the Bubble, 3D animation and lighting technicians for The Matrix. There is an awards ceremony with honors conferred. There also are several short films to be viewed by the artists and/or their companies as well as new works of artists for the next year.
All of the people being honored are women.
to get there:
Dryden Theatre... 900 East Avenue
Little Thetre... 240 East Avenue
George Eastmen House... East Avenue
Party in the Park
The annual "Party in the Park" festival returns to Rochester for the city's 175th anniversary. The venue has been moved to a larger, more accessible location at Exchange and Court, right across from the BCBS Arena. It is tauted as "the most exciting summer festival in Rochester" and hosts generally between 30000 and 40000 people.
For eight consecutive Thursday in June, July and August, professional musicians will entertain the crowds for 5 hours (starts about 5pm). The bands are national (Average White Band) and local (Buddhahood) favorites and each nite has two bands performing.
Besides the bands, there are food tents (local favorite is Zweigles) and street vendors hawking their wares. Local TV stations regularly send in camera crews to get highlights of the musicians and the crowd reactions.
See the website below for information on which bands play on which evenings and also to find a contact telephone number for information on parking.
And best of all it is free.
Watch the Birdie.....
With camera in hand and binoculars hanging at your side, you quietly (should I say steathily) walk the path towards the chirping/cawing/tweetering you hear.
If this sounds familiar then you are into bird watching like I am.
Rochester is a great place to do this; not so much right in the city but in the nearby suburbs.
As a hobby, bird watching has two things going for it: its cheap and its great exercise.
Some of the best areas near Rochester to ornivisualize are:
Hamlin Beach State Park
Mendon Ponds Park
Cranberry, Long and Buck Ponds
Island Cottage Woods
Durand Eastman Park
The city of Rochester also has a birdcam focused on their adopted family of Peregrin Falcons at http://www.kodak.com/go/birdcam Falcons.
A good source for general birding in western NY is: http://www.camacdonald.com/birding/usnewyork.htm Upstate Birding
Go to my Rochester Page to see the weblinks for this page if they are hidden by the VT software.