Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We visited Rochester just before Christmas and got there just in time for their first major snow storm of the winter. To save room in my back pack I had left my snow boots behind and wish I hadn't! My Uggs got ruined. Although you can never rely on the weather, but I suggest taking some or at least buying some when you're there.
A street map of Rochester makes it pretty easy to get around the city and the adjacent suburbs. The map should show the one way streets so that you can wind your way around downtown without getting too frustrated.
An example of a good map to have with you is the Rand McNally paper map (available at books stores like Barnes and Noble). Nowadays there are also good street finders and maps on personal GPS systems but I have not advanced beyond the paper and pencil stage myself so I do not feel comfortable with the newfangled gadgetry yet.
A good walking guide for the city and nearby parks is Freeman's Walking Guide for Rochester. It has over 30 places to spend time out of doors seeing sights in Rochester by foot or bike.
Also check the "warnings" section of the VT travel guide for Rochester and mark the places on the map that can be dangerous for naive visitors (especially at night).
Pack rainwear and a parka. Very few days are as nice as this picture;-)
Miscellaneous: This is a shot of CHARLOTTE PIER jutting out into Lake Ontario. Despite some tough economic challanges , the Flower City has a many things of that are sure to make you like the place: Highland Park , Xerox , Genesee Vally Park , Don and Bobs , Seabreeze, Mendon Ponds , Nicks Hots and Potatos , U of R , MCC , Monroe High School , Abbotts Custard , Cobbs Hill , Swillburg(my old nieghborhood) , Campi's, Genesee Beer and white hots.
Despite having 7+ feet of snow annually and possibly the worst weather in America, Rochester somehow marches briskly on. You have to be tough to live in Rochester.
Now go to my Florida pages to get warm and happy.
Very warm clothes in the winter. A lot of snow falls in Rochester and the temperature is below freezing a lot of time, especially at night. Moderate and comfortable in the summer, but can get hot & humid.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Rain gear and warm clothes.
Miscellaneous: Hiking/mountain boots. Most people wear hiking boots in winter to work and going out.