Quality place to relax and take pictures if you like. Big man made lake in the middle. Many people come to swim in the pond during the summer and X-Country Ski in the winter. Mendon Ponds park has some nice XC skiing trails that are well marked and also have races throughout the year. Mendon Ponds also host some winter festivals that are popular during the cold season.
The Genesee Riverway Trail (GRT) is an off-road trail for walking, running and bicycling along the Genesee River. At Turning Point Park you can take the new pedestrian bridge (some 3572 ft long) and view nature along the Genessee River. Recently built and opened in 2006.
Located in the Charlotte neighborhood nearby to Lake Ontario on Rochester's northwest side, Turning Point Park covers 275 wooded acres along ...the banks of the Genesee River. Hiking and biking trails will help you discover the park's distinct areas, from the wooded oak forest called "Bullock's Woods" to the cattail lined shores of the river. Enjoy the nature watching and beautiful river views from its trails.
If you love roses come and enjoy the beauty and scent of the large variety of roses. Enjoy crafts, local bands (this year Dady Brothers playing Irish and Folk music) Bring a picnic basket or enjoy some of the festival foods (hots, sausage, soda, fresh lemonade or my favorite festival food "fried dough" Take a tour of the gorge and see the Lower Falls of the Genesee River. You can walk or take your bike down the trails.
"Held during the peak of the rose blooming season, this rose-colored celebration focuses on the beauty of over 300 rose varieties located at the historic Maplewood Rose Garden. Besides the beauty of over 5,000 roses, the event will include two days filled with horticultural workshops and demonstrations by Rochesterís top gardeners and landscape professionals and hands-on gardening/landscaping activities for adults and kids. Other activities include a Party on the Driving Park Bridge, and a Father's Day Picnic. Rose Weekend is sponsored by the Maplewood Neighborhood Association, and the City of Rochester." quoted from Maplewood Rose Garden site.
High Falls Brewing Company purchased Genesee Brewing Company about 15 years ago. They still operate the Genesee brand which is Genny Light, regular and Cream Ale.
High Falls has their own line of beer called JW Dundees which is the producer of Honey Brown which has won many awards. Go to High Falls or some of the bridges off Broad Street downtown and you will see the big brewery with GENESEE written across.
The company has finally opened the brewery to the public for tours and a look at their gift shop. They even had some concerts at the brewery which is a big step for them! Take some time and visit the brewery. The brewery dates back to 1880's so you will see some serious history in the brewery business.
Genny Light and Cream Ale is made fun of by Rochesterians, but it really is a good brand of beer that deserves a second chance by a lot of people. The beer is on par if not better than Labatts, Bud Light, Coors Light and other macro beers of the same genre. The Dundee brand also gives them a good entrance into the craft brewery market which continues to grow.
Rochester is hosting a summer-long laser light show every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night for one hour starting at 9:30pm. The best viewing is the Platt Street area with best parking at the State Street Parking and High Falls Garage.
see the calendar on the website below for the exact dates and rain-dates
the shows look like fire-works without the big bang. Colors are sprayed on the Genesee River falls and along the river bank to produce a myriad of images.
The crowds are the greatest in the first week and Friday nights and holiday weekends.
After you have seen it twice, the grandeur and excitement are pretty much gone; but you owe it to yourself to catch the light show at least once while your are visiting the Rochester area.
The first weekend in June and its time for the Rochester Harbor Fest.
Tall ships with sails are docked in the mouth of the Genesee River and open for tours.
Three of the area lighthouses sponsor tours also.
Live entertainment is setup in the Ontario Beach Park along with arts and crafts tents and plenty of food vendors. You can watch or join the 10K race along the River Trail.
This popular festival attracts over 100,000 visitors with a spectacular RG&E "Energy in the Sky" fireworks on the last evening. For details on the three day event see the website below.
How many people can say their high school never had a football field(just a paved parking lot) and YET you won the city football league 2x when you played football.
My "alma mater". It only graduated students untill the 80s...even before that there was so much violence they made it(along with Charlotte High) a middle school for a few years inbetween while they decided what to do with it.
Here it sits in 2003, forlorn...like an abused child.
I had a friend Peter from Russia call me at a pay phone accross the street at Alexander/Monroe because he had gotten lost on a trip to visit Rochfriends. He described the area he was in as scary, dilapidated and with a warehouse accross the street. When I figured out where he was...I said,,,see that "warehouse" accross the street?,,,THAT IS my high school...to which he said,,,"NO WAYYYYY!"
Located at near the entrance to the Strong Museum of Play. Great place to stop and rest to smell the roses (well no roses) ummm flowers and enjoy some nature. See Strong National Museum of Play for addn'l info.
Today I played tourist and went to see the recently revised museum but mostly for the "Dancing Wings" butterfly garden. One of the newest additions. A timed 20 minute entry with groups of no more than 20. It is a very humid place (85*F) and lush with folliage ans some interesting flowers/plants. Also very tight quarters. The butterflies are spooked easily so walk slowly and quietly for them and they just might decide to land on you.
First level as you enter you will see a carousel and a dining car converted into a Bill Gray's Restaurant (hambergers and hots). Just past that is where you will find many play areas of all kinds. A mini Wegmans for kids to play store. Games, Sesame Street , butterfly garden and much more.
The second level holds most of your favorite toys from long long ago. Doll, Doll houses, Bears and all types of playthings from long ago.
I was very brave a took a walk in Powder Mills Park in Pittsford after a big snow storm. There was hardly another soul to be seen just white untouched snow and peace and quiet.
There were a number of trails to take through the park and at a guess we probably took the shortest as it was hard work trudging through the snow. There appeared to be some good hills for sledding too.
For what I could see of the park it appeared to be very picturesque, with various lodges, streams running through it and marshy wetlands. I would guess it would be a lovely place to go to in the summer.
It's a museum dedicated to play and toys and is absolutley perfect for the kids.
I went here with some friends to visit the butterfly reservations where you can walk with them fluttering around your head. It is worth a visit on its own. I wasn't expecting much from the rest of the museum just some dusty old dolls but they've really done something with the place. There's so many activities and interazctive games for children AND adults that you could spend all day there wondering around.
It's around $10 for adults and $8 for kids but you can become a member where it's free to get in.
A must see in Rochester!
Monroe Ave really start at the Upper Monroe neighborhood which is the corner of Culver St and Monroe or Cobbs Hill park or on the other end which is the end of Chestnut St (look for route 31 - stay left.
Monroe Ave is filled with fun and interesting bars some of which are real local and others are for college students. All the local stores are open during the day. Don't forget to look up and notice a lot of the older, detailed architecture ranging from 1890-1930. If you start from the city (Chestnut St) take a left onto any of the side streets (go down the larger streets) and you will run into Park Ave which is a different neighborhood. Starting at Cobbs hill and going towards the city take a right.
Monroe Ave is a grittier street than Park or East Ave, but in a cool way. Some of the bars are punk or hard rock and the Ave has some tatoo parlors and poster shops. Can be a little challenging at night, but really is safe for the most part as busy and a lot of people out going to the bars.
Visit the High Falls District. This is the entertainment district downtown with several clubs, bars, and a couple breweries. High Falls Brewing is the fifth largest brewery in the nation. Some of it's beers are Genny Light, 12 Horse Ale, Honey Brown, and several JW Dundee Beers.
This is a great area to walk around whether it is at night or during the day.
You can walk on the bridge and see the actual High Falls and the Genesee Brewery in the distance. Several places to have lunch or dinner. Go to the main lookout by Trip Hammer Grille to get a great look at the falls. This area is where Rochester got the name "Flour City" as the Trip Hammers would grind up the flour. Some nice old buildings in this area.
Main Street Rochester is quite interesting. A good walk is start on East Ave and continue a little past Plymouth. Really don't go any further than Nick Tahoes. On the walk you will pass a lot of old buildings and some new ones. A favorite building to look at is the Powers Building (http://www.powersbuilding.com/index2.asp?page=building.asp).
Another cool site is the Main Street Bridge which has some plaques and information about the area - I believe on both sides, but definitely on the Clarion Riverside Hotel side.
Parts of Main Street are nice and other parts not so nice. All in all the street is safe and really has a lot to see. A good amount of Rochester history can be found on this street.
Visiting the George Eastman House (founder of Kodak).
George Eastman lived in the house from 1905-1932. Beautiful old mansion to visit.
The museum includes the restored house and gardens. The site also contains a archives building, research center, galleries, two theatres, and an education center. The museum displays the importance of photography and motion pictures over the past 150 years. George Eastman's life is interpreted as an influential industrialist and plilanthropist.
Beside the museum, take the tour of the house and the gardens. A lot of celebrities stop by to see the photography and the house.
Great collection of photos and general photography.