East Rochester Travel Guide

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East Rochester Things to Do

  • see the Bills train

    (this is also placed in the Rochester travel tips where it is more likely to be seen).Buffalo Bills Professional Football team has training camp at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY beginning in July every year.You can come and watch them practice; scout out the new talent and see how they size up; get autographs and pictures of your...

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  • Spring Lake Park

    This is a quiet park in the northeast part of East Rochester. The park has a nice playground for the kids and some walking paths for the adults. It is mostly wooded with some tables and benches in the grassy areas.It is fairly secluded and a nice place to relax while the kids use some of their pent-up energy.

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East Rochester Restaurants

  • yuppy restaurant

    This is a place my daughter likes because the atmosphere and customers are normally yuppies in her age group (30's-40's). It is a very nice restaurant with bar and dining areas all done in dark woods: mahogany and purples with accent white. Friday and Saturday nights there is a pianist who plays dinner music. Dinners and late evening dining are...

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  • Italian everything

    Salami and capicola with oil and provolone, some lettuce and condiments and nice soft Italian bread.... that is one of my favorite Rubino sandwiches.This delicatessant offers everything Italian: cheeses, sauces, sausages, sliced meats, imported vegetables, homemade breads. The smells in the store are mouth watering.You can walk into the store,...

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East Rochester Transportation

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    by davecallahan Written Jun 10, 2007

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    Rochester Transit Authority provides a bus from Midtown Plaza in Rochester out to East Rochester and then onto Fairport.
    http://www.rgrta.org/Data/RouteDocs/21_Fairport.pdf
    The cost is $1.25 per ride or $3 for day pass. Other rates are available for longer periods or senior/disability discounts.

    Lift Line (585-224-8330) also provide special handicap access dial-a-bus service from Rochester to East Rochester.

    The closest taxi service is Eastern Suburbs Service (585-455-5445) in Penfield or Mr. Dependable (585-264-0925) north of Oakhill Country Club.

    Enterprise Car Rental has an office on Linden Avenue (585-264-9990) which is near East Rochester.

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East Rochester Shopping

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    by davecallahan Updated May 2, 2007

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    For several decades, the buildings of the Piano Works Mall were the manufacturing plant for the American Piano Company. Then the buildings were vacant for a long time and in the late 1990s, an entrepeneur saw the possibility of creating a money-making enterprise on the west side of East Rochester.

    The Mall is easily accessible by the I-490 expressway or route 96 (via route 153) or route 441 (also via route 153). There are many local businesses (arts and crafts and sundries) as well as JCPenney and now a new piano store (the first one since the renovation of the old factory).
    There are three eateries in the mall so you can reset your energy level for another round of shopping.

    Come on over and spend a pleasant couple of hours browsing.

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East Rochester Local Customs

  • Despatch Days

    Despatch is the name of a town that used to be in the East Rochester area.In the middle of August, one weekend is set aside to honor that town; the festival is called Despatch Days. Edmund Lyon Park is filled with vehicles, spectators, tents for entertainers and booths of wares to buy and food to eat/drink. The park is open from 10am to 9pm.There...

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  • Firemen's Carnival

    The East Rochester Firemen's Carnival is at the end of July at the East Rochester High School parking area again this year. (see the phone number below for exact date and time).Evenings for four days (Thursday to Sunday) there will be carnival rides and live entertainment. On Saturday during the day, the kids rides will be open at noon at a...

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East Rochester Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 23, 2007

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    East Rochester is "low risk" according to the crime statistics in every category but Larceny; it is well above average risk in thefts (property,auto,scams). Most of the incidences in the theft category do not affect tourists. Also there are only 2 registered sex offenders in the area.

    My daughter lived in the area for many years and never had any incidents of criminal activity.
    (about the only excitement they had there was when the train derailed near route 153).
    So, you can feel safe when you visit East Rochester. But I would still lock my doors and put away the valuables where they won't tempt anyone. Just to be sure.

    luckily no one was badly injured
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East Rochester Off The Beaten Path

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    by davecallahan Written Apr 22, 2007

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    This park in the center of East Rochester is a "green space" for the enjoyment of residents and tourists alike. It has walk paths and fountains and memorial plaques and statuary commerating local heros. There is a gazebo for band music in the summer months.
    The park is dedicated to the Lyon family, especially Edmund who was a noted Rochester inventor, humanitarian, philanthropist, and manufacturer.

    The park is nicely landscaped with trees and lawn areas. There are flowers beds by the gazebo and rotary fountain. It is a nice place just to be quiet when you have had a hectic day of vacationing with the kids.

    to get there:
    I-490 exit onto Fairport Road (route 31F). take route 31F east to Main Street then take Main Street north to the park

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East Rochester Sports & Outdoors

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 22, 2007

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    This cute 9-hole course can be played for as little as $15 with cart depending on discounts available. (see website below).
    The holes are wide open (made for duffers like me) and the course can play as short as 2400 yards or only as long as 3100 yards.

    The fairways are not well-defined and the rough on the perimeter is terrible. But if you can keep the ball in play you can get yourself a decent score because the approaches are not hazardous and the greens are not difficult.

    No tournaments are played here so advance reservations for tee times are not necessary; first come, first served.

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