Things to Do in Rochester, NY

You’re already on your way to Rochester, NY for a conference. Extend your stay one day or maybe two. There is just so much to explore!

Explore Rochester

After a conference ends, attendees often tell us, “I had no idea”, “I didn’t have enough time” or “I have to come back again soon”.

Exploring Rochester is a delight, with so much to discover. Whether sampling our diverse culinary scene, visiting one of our many festivals, or enjoying a family-friendly attraction, you’re sure to find something to love! Rochester is a region with a cultural abundance. Dance, theater, music, art, photography and film all thrive in this creative environment. The area is home to over 100 wineries, breweries and distilleries. Whatever your interest, you will find it in Rochester, NY, where the opportunities are LIMITLESS.

We encourage you to explore Rochester for yourself and you will see that if you extend your stay, the hardest part will be deciding what to do next.

The good news is that you can’t go wrong – you’ll have a great time no matter what you decide.

The Strong Museum

Come play all day at upstate New York’s largest year-round family attraction and the only museum in the world devoted solely to the study of play. More than 150,000 square feet of extraordinary exhibits. The museum is home to the National Toy Hall of Fame® and the world’s most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, games, and other play-related artifacts. Enjoy a spacious food court, operating indoor train and 1918 carousel, and two museum shops.

George Eastman Museum

The world’s leading museum of photography and motion pictures, and the National Historic Landmark mansion and gardens of Kodak founder George Eastman, the father of popular photography and motion picture film.

Memorial Art Gallery

A journey through more than 5,000 years of art history – from the relics of antiquity to works in the vanguard of contemporary movements, the Gallery offers a permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects and has been called the best balanced in the state outside of New York City.

Casa Larga Vineyards

An estate winery producing high quality, award winning wines, and one of the leading wine producers in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Casa Larga is the first stop on two Finger Lakes wine trails.

National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

The National Historic Landmark where the great women’s rights activist and reformer, Susan B. Anthony, lived for 40 of her most politically active years. The museum collects and exhibits artifacts related to her life and work.

Seabreeze Amusement Park

The 4th oldest amusement park in America.  Enjoy the excitement of four roller coasters, a classic wooden carousel, thrill rides, plenty of stuff just for the younger kids, a midway of food and games, outstanding live entertainment, plus a waterpark complete with the Hydro Racer, a wave pool, tube slides, body flumes, a special kiddie section and more.

Rochester Museum & Science Center

A museum/science center with hands-on, interactive exhibits in science & technology, natural science and regional cultural heritage.

ARTISANWORKS

40,000 square ft. of a renovated factory building integrates arts of all kinds; promotes regional artists through an art incubator program. The collection includes more than half a million items.

Erie Canal

The Rochester area boasts 100 Must See Miles of this historic waterway, also called a “National Heritage Corridor.” Walking trails, quaint villages, shopping, restaurants, and tour boats are available along the canal.

The Genesee Brew House

A beer destination, featuring interactive exhibits, multimedia content, gift shop, pilot brewery and pub-style restaurant. It captures and shares the long history of The Genesee Brewery – one of the largest and oldest continually operating breweries in America.

96ft waterfall in the heart of Rochester, NY's downtown

High Falls

An archeological forge site with an impressive 96 ft. waterfall in the heart of downtown Rochester.

Seneca Park Zoo

The Seneca Park Zoo is home to  African lions, olive baboons and African elephants, the playful North American river otter, a polar bear, sea lions and African penguins, Bornean orangutans, a white rhino, a curious mob of meerkats, a pair of ring-tailed lemurs and a pair of snow leopards and much more. The Zoo is open all year long. Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.