Rochester Travel Guide

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Rochester Highlights

  • Pro
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     Friendly people, sports, great food! 

  • Con
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     People say that it is winter there for 10 of 12 months. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Embrace the cold and the rest of the year is wonderful. 

Rochester Things to Do

  • Hiking and relaxing.

    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...

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  • Summer = Festivals

    Rochester has many festivals and two of my most favorite are Cornhiil Arts Festival and Park Ave Festival

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  • Turning Point Park

    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...

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Rochester Restaurants

  • Classic Sports Bar

    Good place to grab some grub and a few beers. This is right in the nightlife section of Monroe Ave so others places to eat as well or bar hop. Wings!

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  • Good BBQ and Blues

    Dino is a great place in the middle of Rochester to get some food. They have a great selection of local beers such as Roc Brewing, Customer Brew, and Rhorbachs along with many others. Specialty of course is pork. The Big Ass Pork Plate with sides of baked beans, Mac and Cheese and corn bread.

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  • Surf and Turf!

    Just went here for dinner the other night and had a great meal. The menu is not overly extensive, but they did a great job with everyone's meal. 17 of us went out and everyone throroughly enjoyed their meal. Plenty of cocktails, wine, and beer to choose from as well. Right when you walk in you see their display of desserts. Hmmm hmmm.Not an overly...

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Rochester Nightlife

  • The Distillery. Not just a...

    The Distillery. This is a great place to grab dinner at or drink some beers at the bar. Sports heaven with T.V.'s everywhere.Fantastic Wings and chicken sandwiches. They have a great beer selection to choose from. I don't believe they ever brewed their own beer, but maybe they did in the 80's. Regardless, both locations are nice places to get lunch...

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  • Frontier Field. Go to a Red...

    Frontier Field. Go to a Red Wings (Minor league baseball AAA team) which is the farm team for the Minnesota Twins (used to be for the Baltimore Orioles and St Louis Cardinals when the team played at Silver Stadium). This is a state of the art field that was built for $35 million in 1999. On a nice summer evening, nothing beats watching some good...

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  • scheduled performances

    Nazareth College has a permanent schedule of Friday and Saturday night theatre and music performances at its arts center on campus. The performances include choral singing groups, ballets, operas, dance companies, local versions of famous off-Broadway hits and solo performances by internationally known entertainers.To see the current list of...

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Rochester Transportation

  • The "LATE" "Fast Ferry"

    The Rochester Fast Ferry is no longer available. The grandiose idea was washed away by a pile of debt. The ship has been sold, but the Port of Rochester still remains. The port is not worth visiting. You have been warned.NOTE: This is a very expensive example of what happens when an incompetent politician, with no practical business experience, has...

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  • Train from New York City

    We decided it would be nice to get a train to Rochester from New York rather than the hour flight. The journey takes you along the banks of the Hudson River, which is quite picturesque, as far as Albany. It takes you past West Point (a US Military Academy), a number of bridges and small light houses. It is worth doing but it does take a long time -...

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  • live traffic cameras

    to see live traffic reports and real-time cameras on Rochester (and other NY cities) highways:http://www3.travelinfony.com/carsgoogle/also athttp://www.trafficland.com/#city/ROC/

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Rochester Shopping

  • only one left

    Back in the 1960s, this was the nations first completely enclosed mall. It was a tribute to the economic strength of Rochester.Now it is a struggling mall with about forty stores (they keep changing) that are trying to make a go of it in hard times in Rochester. There are no big name stores in the mall, only local specialty stores and a few...

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  • Chocolate heaven

    I came across this chocolate shop called Stevers Candies on Park Ave and it's possibly some of the nicest chocolate I've ever tasted, shame the don't deliver to the UK. They do everything in there, chocolate covered twinkies, mixed boxes, jelly beans and every kind of chocolate you could wish for! Chocolate chocolate chocolate

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  • Best Polish Deli

    Cute little deli with a small restaurant for a quick lunch. Smacznego!!!!! Typical Polish food items we are used to in US...pierogi, farmers cheese for nalesnieki (Polish crepes)

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Rochester Local Customs

  • Park Avenue Festival

    Artisans from the Rochester/Monroe-County area will be showing their arts and crafts again this year. The first weekend in August celebrates Rochester's contribution to the world of art with a festival that goes from Alexander Street and Park Avenue all the way down to Culver Road and Park Avenue. There are more than 300 craftsmen lining the road...

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  • Party in the Park

    The annual "Party in the Park" festival returns to Rochester for the city's 175th anniversary. The venue has been moved to a larger, more accessible location at Exchange and Court, right across from the BCBS Arena. It is tauted as "the most exciting summer festival in Rochester" and hosts generally between 30000 and 40000 people.For eight...

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  • Maplewood Rose Celebrations

    The two-day, annual Rose Celebration in Maplewood area begins June 20th this year (2009).The main venue is Maplewood Park at Driving Park and Lake Avenue. Besides the tents holding commercial garden vendors and local experts, there will be gardening demonstrations given during the event that are appropriate for green-thumbs of all ages and...

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Rochester Warnings and Dangers

  • During the winter months...

    During the winter months (November-March) be very careful of the winter weather. It is very easy to be caught in a snow squall or lake effect snow. Lake effect snow is dangerous becuase it is hard to predict who it will effect and how much will fall. Quite often one part of the city will receive 12' and another part of the city will receive 1'....

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  • Safe vs. unsafe

    Downtown Rochester itself is considered one of the safest districts in the city, similarly the south east side of the city being anywhere south of main street and east of the genesee river are too. But areas north, northeast, west, and southwest of downtown are rundown and there's really no points of interest in those area. Use caution just like...

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  • downtown rochester

    Downtown Rochester is not a safe place to just roam around after 11pm. On average, the city has one murder per week lately. Rapes occur twice a week; 6 robberies or assaults per night.There were an average of 2000 car thefts per year.So use caution. Stay in groups and stay out of certain sections after midnight (your hotel's staff can identify...

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Rochester Tourist Traps

  • Lilac Festival

    Each year our city has the Lilac Festival. People come from all over the world to see our lilacs, which many years havent bloomed yet or have already came and went. They do have craft booths and some music acts (usually high school and dance school performances). Buy kettle corn. Its delicious. Park Ave Festival

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  • As I said Rochester is not a ...

    As I said Rochester is not a tourist trap. Rochester is the 3rd largest city in New York State and has about 1.2 million people in the greater metropolitan area. But one thing it has is ALOT of parks...Genesee Valley Park, Powdermill Park, Mendon Ponds Park, Highland Park, Cobbs Hill Park, Seneca Park(zoo), Ellison Park, Ontario Beach Park, Durand...

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Rochester What to Pack

  • Warm clothes

    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.

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  • street map and guide

    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...

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  • Packing List

    Pack rainwear and a parka. Very few days are as nice as this picture;-) 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...

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Rochester Off The Beaten Path

  • Cobbs Hill Park

    Cobbs Hill Park is a large Urban Park with softball, basketball, hiking, running, and everything in between. This is a high elevation point in the park where one gets great views from any point. To the North is the city and Lake Ontario on the horizon and to the South is the Bristol Hills. A lot of people go here to exercise and relax. Very common...

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  • Check out the Aquaducts

    Rochester had a subway for about 10-20 years that ran under the city with its heyday in the sixites. Also the Erie Canal ran through parts of the city, but long ago was moved. This has left some interesting aquaducts around the city that date back about 120 years. You can look at them from the outside when you are on the Broad Street and Court...

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  • for all you hikers... Riverway Trail

    The Rochester Riverway Trail links 11 parks in Monroe County and the Genesee River and the Erie Canal and the Port of Rochester. It ranges from a foot-path to gravel off-road track to paved bike path. Identification markers and wayside signs are posted often enough so that finding your way and your current position are relatively easy.The total...

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Rochester Sports & Outdoors

  • Rochester Raiders

    For years, Rochester has taken a backseat in football because of the prominence of the Buffalo Bills. Well, Rochester now has its own football team, The Rochester Raiders.The team doesn't play in the NFL but rather plays indoors for the IFL (similar to the Arena Football League seen on TV). The home games are played in The Armory building on Main...

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  • LPGA

    Wegmans SuperMarket sponsors the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament in Rochester every year. It is six days of golfing with 2 days set aside for Pro-Am play to include Rochester vicinity amateurs. The rest of the schedule is set for the LPGA tournament with one rain day and one-half day of ceremonies.The event is huge in Rochester and...

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  • Rochester Razorsharks

    The Rochester Razorsharks were the 2006 American Basketball Association champions.The home court for the team is the Blue Cross Arena in the Community War Memorial building on the corner of Exchange and Broad.For the team schedule for home games in Rochester, see the team website below.All Home Game tickets are available at the Blue Cross Arena Box...

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Rochester Favorites

  • Nothing beats a cold Genesee...

    Nothing beats a cold Genesee Light beer on a hot day!The only Genny brewery is in Rochester, leading to it's slogan 'One Brewery, One Great Taste'. The brewery was founded in 1878. This was the first beer for a lot of people. The beer is inexpensive (JW Dundee is more expensive) compared to other brands so when the budget is tight Genny is a good...

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  • norms

    The winter months in Rochester are generally cold (near freezing) with winds off the lake that push the wind chill index into the teens. (High-Low-Average for Dec 39°F 23°F 30°F, Jan 33°F 17°F 25°F, Feb 36°F 18°F 27°F , Mar 45°F 26°F 35°F)Spring is very pleasant with warming temperatures and a lot of gray skies and a fair amount of rain and local...

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  • overlooking the city

    this camera is situated on top of the Hyatt Hotel right in the center of Rochester. You can get a nice view west down the Genesee River or east up Main Street.http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&camera_group=1&animate=1&enlarge=1&camera_id=RCHHR&lid=CENANTthe camera operates 24 hours a day and is randomly...

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