Rochester Things to Do

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    Discovery Garden

    by rdywenur Written Jul 29, 2009

    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.

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    Walk on Main Street

    by nuker Written Aug 28, 2008

    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.

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    Eclectic Monroe Ave

    by nuker Written Nov 20, 2008

    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.

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  • Sightseeing: George Eastman...

    by lmci Written Aug 24, 2002

    Sightseeing: George Eastman Home - worthwhile on its own as one of America's 'gracious homes' and for insight into founder of Eastman Kodak; Margaret Strong Museum - for collection of toys and dolls particularly, collection generally in 'fun' setting

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  • See the Laser Show at Brown's...

    by joanned Updated Aug 24, 2002

    See the Laser Show at Brown's Race (near downtown and shown in the Genesee River Gorge --- an awesome experience. and FREE. Get there early to get a spot on the railing (You stand on a bridge to watch it) Great for kids, also.

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    Lilac Festival at Highland Park

    by rdywenur Written May 23, 2004

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    Magnolia Blossoms

    Rochester is also known for its beautiful flowers and for Highland Park. Here is where the Lilac Festival is held in May of each year.

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    Artwalk

    by rdywenur Written Aug 9, 2007

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    This is not far from the Museum district. Many little shops, galleries. A fun place to visit. And a few blocks away from Park Avenue, Rochesters' own Soho district.

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    View of Sears from Monroe High 2003

    by Michael_D Written Jul 31, 2003

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    no students...just boarded windows and memories

    This is the view of the parking lot at the defunct and boarded up SEARS where fellow MHSer Mike VanOrsdale and I agree we honed our shoplifting skills in the "old days". LOL

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    Used to be FIRESIDE LOUNGE...now Hunan Wok

    by Michael_D Updated Jul 31, 2003

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    memories of disco dancing and bar fights LOL

    This used to be the Fireside...the local bar we all snuck into in our teens and didnt leave untill our 20s.

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    The Lilac Festival

    by Maples01 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    ....ahhh can you smell then already? This is the best event to attend in the Spring! From the vendors to the food to the lilacs, it is a fun time. See the web site for current dates and events.

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    Summer = Festivals

    by rdywenur Updated Aug 20, 2011
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    Rochester has many festivals and two of my most favorite are Cornhiil Arts Festival and Park Ave Festival

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