76 Fun Things To Do In Rochester

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In the western part of the great state of New York lies Rochester, a thriving city full of arts, culture, and culinary tastes that will want you coming back for more. If you’re looking for plenty of fun things to do in Rochester, we’ve got you covered for a while.

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The Strong National Museum of Play

Take a selfie with Superman, Spiderman, The Hulk or Ironman at The Strong National Museum of Play

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George Eastman Museum

Visit George Eastman Museum; A beacon for film and photography enthusiasts

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Highland Park

See the flowers in bloom at “The annual Lilac Festival” in Highland Park

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Geva Theatre Center

Watch & enjoy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Geva Theatre Center

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Frontier Field

Spend an amazing summer night out with other baseball fans at Frontier Field

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Rochester Museum & Science Center

Let your kids dig for “Dinosaur Bones” at Rochester Museum & Science Center

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Highland Botanical Park and Lamberton Conservatory

Smell the flowers, through the summer or year round, at Highland Botanical Park and Lamberton Conservatory

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Crush Beer & Wine Tours

Take a guided tour of Breweries and Wineries with Crush Beer & Wine Tours

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Black Button Distilling

Try out “Bourbon Cream” at Black Button Distilling

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Strasenburgh Planetarium

Take a journey across the universe at Strasenburgh Planetarium via giant-screen films, star shows, and laser shows

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Mount Hope Cemetery

See the History at Your Feet at Mount Hope Cemetery

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Seabreeze Amusement Park

Ride “Jack Black” the oldest continuously operated roller coaster in America at Seabreeze Amusement Park

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Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

Climb up a ladder to get to the top of Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse to experience a beautiful panorama view of the surrounding area. Cameras are a MUST!

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Blue Cross Arena

Get in & support your favorite hockey team at Blue Cross Arena

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Casa Larga Vineyards

Tantalize your taste buds on a gourmet tasting tour of Casa Larga Vineyards

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The White Lady's Castle

Visit & Judge whether The White Lady’s Castle is really haunted or is it just another spooky story!

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Ontario Beach Park

Swim, lay on the beach or play volleyball in the sands at the beautiful Ontario Beach Park

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Norton Village Park

Visit the small Norton Village Park to escape from the noise of the city

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Cobbs Hill Park

Jog or walk at Cobbs Hill Park, while seeing the spectacular views of downtown Rochester

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The National Toy Hall of Fame

Let your kids spend “the time of their life” at The National Toy Hall of Fame

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National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

Learn a great deal about the history of an amazing woman who fought for women’s rights at National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

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Rochester Public Market

Head to Rochester Public Market to get the best deals on fresh produce, wildflower bouquets & magic coffee

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Genesee River's High Falls

Bask in the beauty of Genesee River’s High Falls, mixed with the views of the Rochester city

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Ellwanger Garden

Visit the small Ellwanger Garden which is open only during the Lilac Festival (May), Peony Weekend (June) or by appointment.

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Seneca Park Zoo

Meet a Polar Bear or a Sea-Lion at Seneca Park Zoo

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Eastman Theatre

Attend the Rochester International Jazz Festival at Eastman Theatre

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Durand Lake

Watch the baby swans in the spring at Durand Lake

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Main Street Armory

Grab your friends and spend a night out dancing in a concert at Main Street Armory

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Braddock Bay Raptor Research

With camera in hand and binoculars hanging at your side, walk the path towards the chirping you hear, and reach Braddock Bay Raptor Research

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Bill Gray's Iceplex

Try “Romantic” ice skating with your spouse at Bill Gray’s Iceplex

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Durand Eastman Park

Visit Durand Eastman Park for hiking and trail riding along the beautiful Lake Ontario’s waterfront

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Memorial Art Gallery

Have a romantic photo session taken in Picturesque surroundings at Memorial Art Gallery

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Genesee Riverway Trail

Run, bike, rollerblade, walk or simply relax on a bench along the Genesee River

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Rochester Auditorium Theatre

Get entertained seeing a hit broadway show at Rochester Auditorium Theatre

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Corbett's Glen Nature Park

Wade in the creek or hike a trail through the woods at Corbett’s Glen Nature Park

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Manhattan Square Park & Ice Rink

Show Off Your Skateboarding Skills at Manhattan Square Park & Ice Rink

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Pont de Rennes Bridge

Walk out onto the bridge and look right towards downtown for one of Rochester’s most spectacular sights: the Genesee River Gorge and the High Falls

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Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures

Scream your heart out in a spectacular zip lining adventure at Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures

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Charlotte Pier

Walk Charlotte Pier during a gorgeous sunset

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Manhattan Square Park and Ice Rink

Do some ice skating with gorgeous scenery at Manhattan Square Park and Ice Rink

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Joke Factory Comedy Club

“Laugh Out Loud” on a night out at Joke Factory Comedy Club

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Genesee Brew House

Stop by and grab a fresh growler of beer at Genesee Brew House

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The Academy building

Shop, eat & take in spectacular views of downtown Rochester at The Academy building

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Genesee Valley Park

Go fishing or canoeing on Genesee river at Genesee Valley Park

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Blue Toad Hard Cider

Stop in for a quick flight or an afternoon of sipping at Blue Toad Hard Cider

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Pittsford Plaza

Stop by for quick bite to eat or for a relaxing sit down dinner at Pittsford Plaza

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The Clubhouse Fun Center

Hop into one of Go-Karts at The Clubhouse Fun Center and feel like a kid again

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Artisanworks

Immerse yourself in the creativity at Artisanworks!, watching local artists converting their creativity on canvas live

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Blackfriars Theatre

Attend Rochester Fringe Festival at Blackfriars Theatre

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Dryden Theatre

Sit where George Eastman sat, at George’s house in Dryden Theatre

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Marge's Lakeside Inn

Sand in toes, drinks in hand, music in your ears at Marge’s Lakeside Inn

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Rochester Pedal Tours

Experience the ultimate group party bike with Rochester Pedal Tours

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Bounce It Out

Take your kids for hours of jumping, sliding and climbing fun at Bounce It Out

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Pole Position Raceway

Feel the adrenaline rush with Pole Position Raceway’s electric go-karts racing

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Regal Cinemas Henrietta 18

Enjoy a movie at Regal Cinemas Henrietta 18 Rochester

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Village Gate

Celebrate a summer evening out at Village gate, dining & enjoying a music event

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Image City Photography Gallery

Appreciate the local art at Image City Photography Gallery

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Adventure Landing

Slip and slide at Adventure Landing

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Charter fishing Lake Ontario

Catch a “Big Fish” for a dinner party at Charter fishing Lake Ontario

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Stone-Tolan House Historic Site

Observe a piece of history in the middle of modern life at Stone-Tolan House Historic Site

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Cinemark Movies 10

Have a movie night out at the entertaining Cinemark Movies 10

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Roc Brewing Co.

Visit Roc Brewing Co. during happy hour for discounts on all regular RBC pints

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Lakeshore Hockey Arena

Watch your kids playing a hockey game at Lakeshore Hockey Arena

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City Hall

Go through the historical architecture of the 1800s at City Hall

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Apogee Wine Bar

Have a drink in an NYC-ish environment at Apogee Wine Bar

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Frederick Douglass Statue

Know About Your African American Heritage at Frederick Douglass Statue

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Lux Bar

Eat some Chex mix, sit by the outdoor fire, look at some cool art, all while enjoying a delicious cocktail at Lux Bar

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Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Flip into a foam pit, Play dodge ball, or just jump & bounce all day long at Sky Zone Trampoline Park

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Sahlen's Stadium

Watch a big-time soccer game at Sahlen’s Stadium

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Little Theatre

Hear some wonderful original local music at Little Theatre

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Greece Canal Park

Play some pickleball at Greece Canal Park

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Finger Lakes Wine Country

Visit the “Wine Nirvana” along the lake at Finger Lakes Wine Country

There’s more to New York than NYC! This proves true with all of the amazing things to do in Rochester NY! While we tried to make this list as complete as possible, there’s some attractions we might have left out. Don’t hesitate to yell at our staff for that!

Need more to do in New York? Check out all of the things to do in Albany and see the sights of New York City!