Rochester, New York
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Rochester NY - Overview
Rochester has a history as a
haven for the arts. Internationally recognized Eastman School of Music has made
its home in Rochester since 1921. With the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra,
Geva Theatre, Strong Museum, Eastman Theatre, Strasenburgh Planetarium, Memorial
Art Gallery and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House,
Rochester’s level of sophistication is evident.
Located just over six hours from
New York City on the western edge of the Finger Lakes region, Rochester is the
third largest city in New York State. More than 1,000 restaurants in the
Rochester area prepare food to please any palate.
The beautiful Rochester
Riverside Convention Center, is scenically positioned over the Genesee River.
Many of the hotels throughout downtown are linked to area businesses,
restaurants, Midtown Plaza and more than 100 specialty shops by the
climate-controlled, enclosed Rochester Skyway system.
Downtown's High Falls district, a restored 1800s
industrial neighborhood, features views of the falls from the Pont de
Rennes Bridge. The Center at High Falls museum offers an overview of
Rochester history, including the role the Erie Canal played in making Rochester
one of America's first boom towns.
Rochester's 100 year old Public
Market is located in the heart of the city. Bargains abound on Market Days,
which are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Vendors offer fresh foods, locally
grown produce, ethnic delicacies, and specialty items. Special events throughout
the year such as Sundays "Greatest Garage Sales Ever", "Flower City Days" and
"Homegrown at the Market" add to the excitement.
Some of the local parks
preserve historical sites and others were created especially for recreation.
Cobb's Hill Park between Highland Avenue and Culver Road contains Lake Riley,
the old Erie Canal turning basin. The city can be viewed from its hilltop.
Upper Falls Park, on the Genesee River off St. Paul Street, has a 100-foot
waterfall. Originally used to power the city's flour mills, the falls continue
to generate electricity. Monroe County Park at Clover Street and Pond Road is a
2,500-acre park with a natural preserve and self-guided trails.
Rochester's contribution to
education and technology is evident at the University of Rochester's Laboratory
of Laser Energetics, where nuclear fusion research takes place.
The Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra performs at the Eastman Theater. The historic Geva Theatre Centre and other
local theater, musical companies, and touring Broadway troupes offer productions
throughout the year. The Eastman School of Music is said to produce more
professional musicians than any other conservatory in the country.
One of the most popular
recreational pursuits in the Rochester area is fishing. Lake Ontario and its
tributaries offer both ice fishing and warm-water angling in season. Species
include coho and giant chinook salmon, smelt, bass, pike and steelhead, rainbow
and brown trout. Other water sports include swimming, boating, and sailing in
Lake Ontario in the summer, and in the winter, ice boating and skating. Hiking and biking are popular along the historic, beautifully
maintained Erie Canal Trail.
Sports fans eagerly follow the progress of the
Knighthawks in lacrosse, the Brigade arena football, Rochester Americans ice
hockey, and Rochester Redwings baseball. The summer training camp of the
Buffalo Bills is in Rochester.
The Spirit of Ontario, a
high-speed ferry that holds up to 220 vehicles and 750 passengers, moves rapidly
across Lake Ontario to Toronto, Ontario, Canada at 50 miles per hour, arriving in just
over two hours! Nicknamed “The Breeze,” the boat departs from the Rochester
Terminal on North River Street.
Rochester is centrally
located as a hub for day trips throughout the area. Visit the Corning
Glass Museum, the Finger Lakes Wine Region, and nearby Niagara Falls. Get ready for hours of fun
and adventure in historic Rochester.