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Exploring Rochester: the City for All Seasons

posted by Teresa Farrell at 2019-11-02 20:53:00

  For a vibrant, fun, and exciting fall getaway, take the entire family or head out with friends to Rochester The City truly offers something for everyone no matter what the season, and as fall gives way to winter, it's an ideal opportunity to explore the thriving Great Lakes metropolis both inside and out.

Rochester’s abundant history and heritage and its vibrant arts and culture scene combine to create a stunning variety of must-see museums and centers, many of which are nationally and even internationally known and celebrated for their displays and exhibits. The National Museum of Play at the Strong is a celebrated favorite for kids of all ages, including the adult ones; the museum is home to the International Toy Hall of Fame.

The Rochester Museum and Science Center offers up exhibits on local interests and scientific pursuits as well as a planetarium and nature center. Kids will also love a trip to the Seneca Park Zoo, which is open all year round.

The George Eastman House Museum celebrates the history of photography and film with the most comprehensive display of photos, films, and historical artifacts you’re likely to find in one place, plus gardens and Eastman’s historic home. The Susan B. Anthony Museum and House offers a glimpse into the early life of the celebrated leader of the Women’s Rights Movement.

In the nearby town of Mumford, the Genesee Country Village and Museum provides a chance to stroll straight into the past, with historical re-enactors in period costumes interpreting an authentic 19th century village. Smaller museums, exhibits and attractions can be found seemingly around each corner, providing an ongoing opportunity to explore and discover even more. The arts also thrive in this vibrant city: galleries dot the streets, and the hardest thing about catching a performance of a live band or theater group is choosing which one to attend.

All the excitement will have you working up an appetite, which is great, because your taste buds will enjoy Rochester as much as you do. The food scene is phenomenal, with new restaurants opening all the time and classic favorites like the Black & Blue Steak & Crab  dishing up their signature specialties on the Southeast side of Town. Wine and craft beer can also be found in abundance here; there are multiple breweries in town, plus easy access to wineries along Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes. The shopping scene in Rochester is second to none; this city is chock full of interesting stops, from boutiques to antiques to locally-owned shops to sprawling shopping malls.

While you’re in town, don’t miss a visit to the Rochester Public Market, which has been a community favorite for over 100 years. This 300-vendor market, open year round, offers up some of the region’s best locally-grown, specially-made, artisan and unique items to fill your stomach, delight your senses and take home to savor later on. The outdoor stalls are covered, and one is fully indoors, so weather shouldn’t be a problem. There are also a plethora of surrounding shops to browse in the Market District.

Don’t let the winter blues creep up on you—even if the weather outside is frightful, a getaway in Rochester is sure to be delightful. And for information on special events and more details on attractions, check out visitrochester.com.  

Photo Credits
Downtown Rochester photo credit Patrick Ashley
Strong Museum photo credit Dave Pape
T Rex skull at Rochester Museum and Science Center photo credit Anthony Sokolik
George Eastman House interior photo credit Barbara Puorro Galasso
Black & Blue Steak & Crab
Rochester Public Market photo credit Brian Boucheron

posted at: 2019-11-02 20:53:00, last updated: 2019-11-14 06:49:34

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