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The City of Rochester

Rochester seen from river

Multimedia tour of Rochester

In 2010, USA Today named Rochester one of the the top-ten college towns among mid-sized metropolitan areas. A number of sources rate Rochester highly in terms of technological climate, including:

  • Among top metro regions for number of patents (Brookings Institute, 2013)
  • One of the"Ten Most Unexpected Cities for High-Tech Innovation" in U.S. (, 2013)
  • Named the 7th "brainiest" large metro in the nation (Lumosity, 2013)
Driving Distances to Rochester
Boston 390 miles 6 hrs 15 min
Chicago 600 miles 9 hrs 45 min
Cleveland 260 miles 4 hrs 10 min
New York City 330 miles 5 hrs 35 min
Philadelphia 340 miles 5 hrs 30 min
Toronto 170 miles 3 hrs
Washington, DC 400 miles 7 hrs

Snow is certainly a fact of life here; Rochester averages about 93 inches of snow a year. Winter sports enthusiasts can try their hand at cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing at Bristol Mountain, even curling. There are also plenty of places to escape from the winter weather: take shelter in the city's coffee shops, restaurants, book stores, movie theaters, and museums. For music lovers, Rochester is home to a surprising number of concert venues for a medium-sized city, from grand theaters to a thriving club scene.

Once the snow melts, Rochesterians head out to the city's parks and area lakes for some well-earned spring time recreation. Located on the historic Erie Canal and the Genesee River, and just five miles south of Lake Ontario, Rochester offers plenty of sailing, canoeing, and hiking opportunities.

During the spring and summer months, Rochester's neighborhoods come alive with festivals and arts fairs, including the Lilac Festival in Highland Park, the Park Avenue Festival, the Corn Hill Arts Festival, and the Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery.

Rochester has professional baseball (Red Wings), hockey (Amerks), and soccer (Rhinos) teams. And did we mention—there's a waterfall in the heart of downtown. Regional Transit Service buses, the University shuttle bus, and the UR Special all serve the campus, making the City of Rochester—and all it has to offer—available for students to explore.

Greater Rochester Visitors Association
Includes detailed descriptions, maps, directions, and streaming videos of the Rochester area's experiences. Whether you're in the mood for museum hopping or antique shopping, cultural pleasures or sporting adventures, scenic cruising or bargain choosing, history, mystery, artistry...when you visit Rochester you'll discover an exceptional place to indulge all your senses!

Democrat & Chronicle
Daily newspaper for the city of Rochester and the surrounding area contains local news, sports, weather, entertainment guides, and classified ads.

City Newspaper
Rochester's alternative news weekly offers coverage of local politics, film reviews, and guides and calendars for the local music and arts scene.

Your comprehensive Internet guide to food and entertainment for the Greater Rochester, NY area. You can browse restaurants, search for Clubs, Pubs, and Bars, find out what movies are playing around town and take a peek at the local events and happenings.

Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester
Information about cultural events—including exhibits, concerts, lectures, and dance--throughout the Rochester area (available by type, date, organization), as well as general information arts and cultural resources for the local community.

Rochester City Government
Fun Stuff, Services/Programs, From the Mayor, City Search, About Rochester, Rochester Sights, Rochester Public Library

City-Data: Rochester
An independent compilation of data on Rochester, including demographic and income data, housing data, photos, weather, and maps.