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    Erie Canal

    by rdywenur Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    One fo the great ways to enjoy the canal is to stop at Schoen Place(located in Pittsford, NY) and take a boat ride or simply stroll down the pathway along the canal or ride your bike. Here there are many little shops close by to visit. There is also a boat you can take further up the canal in Fairport, NY. I prefer this one better to the one here at Schoen Place. You can choose either a dinner cruise or a 2 hr boat ride down the canal. It goes through one of the locks so you can experience and see for yourself how they work.

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    Corn Hill Festival

    by rdywenur Written Aug 17, 2004

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    Rochester has several Festivals but the 2 must go sees are Corn Hill Festival held in July and Park Ave. Festival held in August. Here you can find some of the best arts and crafts for sale from some very talented artists.

    It is a 2 day affair with music and food located right in the heart of Cornhill District in downtown Rochester just past the Blue Cross Arena. Many of the houses here are landmarks.

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    KODAK INC.

    by RACCOON1 Updated Aug 27, 2004

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    Rochester is the home of the Eastman Kodak campany .

    The picture is the home of George Eastman founder of Kodak who lived from 1854 to 1932. The house was built between 1902 and 1905 , 35000 sq. ft and with 50 rooms. It is a very nice house. George Eastman is heralded as the father of modern photography and the inventor of motion picture film.

    It now houses the International Museum of Photography and Film and is the worlds oldest photography museum.

    Kodak Inc.'s claim to fame , other than it was a very successful company, was the creation of cameras and films that made photography available to the general public .

    There is a house tour and both temporary and permanent exhibits are on display.

    GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE
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    Hiking and relaxing.

    by nuker Updated Sep 11, 2012

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    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.

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    Walk along and visit on the...

    by nuker Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Walk along and visit on the Erie Canal.
    The canal was built in 1825 and has been a major contributing factor to Rochester growth and expansion during this time. As the canal was being built, new roads had to be constructed to bring in new supplies. The canal stretches about 363 miles.

    When the canal was finished, it helped push the Western movement of American settlers. Just by looking at a map of New York State, one can see all the major cities that sprang up around it.

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    Erie Canal boat tour

    by davecallahan Updated Jun 28, 2007

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    The Erie Canal runs through Rochester and through Rochester's history.
    A non-profit organization, Corn Hill Navigation, provides guided tours on boats on the Erie Canal and Genesee River.
    On the tour, you will hear about the significance of the waterways in making Rochester the metropolis it is today. You will see where the canal and river still meet with Rochester buildings. The tours are endorsed by the Rochester Historians Office and the Museum and Science Center. So take a tour, have fun and learn something, all at the same time!

    The company provides group rates, special event tours (for weddings and anniversaries) and has special theme cruises on holidays.
    Rates are about $15 or less per person and the excursion lasts about 2 hours. Some of the tours provide meals at added cost.

    on the Erie Canal on the Genesee River
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    Downtown walking tour.... south end of city

    by davecallahan Updated Feb 16, 2007

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    This whole self-guided tour is about one mile.
    Start at the Times Square Building at the corner of Broad and Exchange streets and note the unique artichecture. Looking south you see the Gannett Newpaper Building which is done in a more-modern tradition.On the east side of Exchange and Broad is the War Memorial which is inside the Blue Cross Arena complex. Pay honor to Rochesterians who have served their country. Walk south on Exchange St. one block to Court St. Enjoy the view of the Genesee river as it flows under several of the Rochester bridges. At the northeast end of the Court St. bridge is the distinctive Rundell Library with its Greek facade and tall windows. Take a moment to go inside to see the fine details of the structure. The Lehigh Station is on the southeast side of Court and it spans the old Erie Canal network.
    Continuing east on Court St., you find Washington Square at the corner of Clinton Avenue (not named after the latest U.S. President). It is the city "green" where there are monuments to honor U.S. Civil War veterans. On the east corner of Court and Clinton is the headquarters of the Xerox company. It now incorporates an indoor business plaza and is called Xerox Square.
    You have reached the end of this tour and can either backtrack west on Court to Exchange and then north to the starting position or travel one block north on Clinton and then go west on Broad St. to where you started.

    Bausch and Lomb Gannett and Times buildings Rndell Library Xerox Tower Washington Square
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    Spend a Day at Niagara Falls

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    We just had half a day to visit Niagara Falls from Rochester. We took the Ridge Road to get there (see a separate travelogue about the Cobblestone Museum). It takes about 1.5-2.0 hours to get there by that route. Basically, we just had time to park on Goat Island and tour the attractions at the north end of the island. The views from the Canadian side are better but we did not know whether we would need a passport to get back, so we stayed on the American side.

    The picture shows Horseshoe Falls from the Terrapin Point overlook. They are the main falls. The sign said...
    Crestline 2500 ft (762 m)
    Height 167 ft (51 m)
    Summer daytime flow is 675,000 gal/sec (2,555,000 l/sec)

    You can also see one of the Maid of the Mist boats near the base of the falls. See also a separate travelogue on Niagara Falls.

    Horseshoe Falls from Terrapin Point
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    Map of Niagara Falls State Park

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 13, 2008

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    The Niagara Falls State Park is on the American side. It has an excellent website with a map (shown here) and what to do. The Niagara Scenic Trolley is a best buy. All day fare for an adult is $2.00. You can get on and off at different stops as you wish and re-board at your convenience. If you plan to do everything, save 30% with the Passport to the Falls. Parking at the Discovery Center and on Goat Island is $8.00. I assume the same in the other lots.

    Map of Niagara Falls State Park
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    Charlotte Beach

    by davecallahan Updated Feb 16, 2007

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    This is also in the Charlotte page but I thought more would likely see it here.

    Tourists call it Ontario Beach Park or Ontario State Park, but to us it is just plain old Charlotte beach. Since before my grandfather's time (late 19th century), the sandy area north of the Charlotte Lighthouse was "the beach". The land has been filled-in several times as the Lake Ontario water levels have changed and eroded the beach. There was a wooden Boardwalk running the width of the beach in the 1930' and 40's. A bath house was constructed which now also serves as a party room you can rent for special occasions.
    The water at the beach in recent years has been off limits many times with warnings posted by the Rochester Health Department. And when the water is clean enough to swim in, there just aren't that many hot days in Rochester. So beach-sitting is a big pastime but not swimming.

    But we keep up the myth (to draw in tourists) that we actually have a beach here.

    welcome to Charlotte the beach entrance
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    Memorial Art Gallery

    by davecallahan Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    The Rochester art gallery has several permanent collections of paintings, photos, glass works and sculptures and exhibits that change with season or popularity of the artist or art form.

    The building is comfortable in both winter and summer (many of the art forms are hurt more by temperature variations than humans are). There are large arcades and high ceiling rooms that echo and make you talk in soft voices. There are smaller rooms with benches and seats to rest or view the art from a new angle. The lighting is subdued for the most part to preserve the integrity of the paintings; special high-lighting effects are in a few of the rooms of glass work and sculptures.

    The gallery is generally open to the public from 11am to 5pm and is closed for general maintenance and special shows and auctions on Monday and Tuesday.
    Entrance fee is $5 (cheaper if you are not an adult or are a student).

    art by Jacksom Pollock art by Georgia O'Keefe art from the British collection (Holahan) sculpture by Wendell Castle sculpture from Egyptian collection (Gould Fund)
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    Rochester Museum and Science Center

    by KennyB Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    The Rochester Museum & Science Center creates inspiring, entertaining and educational experiences enabling visitors to explore science and technology, the natural environment and our region's cultural heritage.

    When you are finished visiting the museum, go next door and enjoy the planetarium.

    Monday- Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
    Sunday 12noon-5:00pm

    Admission
    Adults: $8.00
    College Students with ID: $7.00
    Senior Citizens: $7.00
    Children (3-18): $6.00
    Children under 3: Free
    RMSC Members: Free

    Pegasus at the RMSC
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    High falls

    by heitzenrater Updated May 9, 2005

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    Starting about 10,000 years ago, deposits from the retreat of the last glacier diverted the Genesee to its present course. From Rochester to Lake Ontario, the river drops about 300 feet. Waterfalls occurred as the river met rock resistant to erosion. This main cataract-the 96-foot High Falls - once called the Upper Falls - was considered one of the wonders of the American wilderness. The 67-foot Lower Falls is about one mile downstream, near Driving Park Avenue. The gorge was created by the upstream migration of these falls.

    Rochester schoolchildren know the story of Sam Patch, a 19th century daredevil, who had conquered Niagara Falls, but jumped from High Falls to his death on Friday the thirteenth of November, 1829.

    By the early 1800s, the Genesee River was supplying the power, initially via Browns Race, that made Rochester the flour capital of the world. Its commercial accessibility attracted millers, toolmakers and other settlers. At least nine of Rochester's two dozen mills were situated on Browns Race. Rochester remained a flour milling center until the 1880s, when wheat production followed the migration of farmers to the midwest. The last flour was milled at Browns Race in 1927.

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    Need to work off a few pounds?

    by davecallahan Updated Feb 17, 2007

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    Sometimes, on vacation, we tend to eat badly and skip exercising.
    You can use the gym equipment at the motel/hotel you are staying but that gets old quickly.
    If it is nice in Rochester (not a given at any time of year), then go up to Cobbs Hill Park and walk/jog a couple of laps around the resevoir..... the scenery is great, the air is fresh and you'll lose those 2 pounds you put on at lunch.

    Cobbs Hill is bounded by Interstate 490, Culver Road, Cobbs Hill Drive and Monroe Avenue (route 31). You should be able to easily find those junctions on Mapquest or Google maps.
    Once you enter the park you will see that the park road is one-way and you will take it towards the top. Parking lots are available at the top but a lot of joggers just park along the side of the road for convenience.
    (please use common sense: in any unfamiliar surroundings where you are likely to be all alone away from any aid, it is smart to buddy-up with a friend. problems in the park are highly unlikely but why tempt fate.)

    view from Cobbs Hill
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    Cinema Theater 2003 Its still there!

    by Michael_D Updated Jul 31, 2003

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    Still there in 2003. I was an usher here for over a year in high school(Bob Briggs, Gary Cannon and Al Zukoski all worked there too...MHSers all!) The entire year the only movie playing was TO SIR WITH LOVE. In fact, I think it may have played 2 years straight!

    Depressed yet? hehehehe

    ahh...surprise..SNOW!

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