Explore Rochester

By July 7, 2016 Blog Posts

Explore Rochester

Explore Rochester’s wide ranging culinary scene, festivals, shopping, and family friendly attractions. USA Today recently named Rochester one of the the top-ten college towns among mid-sized metropolitan areas.

In 2010 Forbes rated Rochester as the third best place to raise a family. In 2012 Kiplinger rated Rochester as the fifth best city for families, citing low cost of living, top public schools, and a low jobless rate.

One food product that Rochester calls its own is the “white hot“, a variant of the hot dog or smoked bratwurst made by the local Zweigle’s company and other companies. Another local specialty is the “Garbage Plate”, a trademark of Nick Tahou Hots that traditionally includes baked beans, home fries, and 2 hot dogs topped with mustard, onions, and their famous meat hot sauce. Many area restaurants feature copies or variations with the word “plate” commonly used as a general term. Rochester was home to French’s Mustard, whose address was 1 Mustard Street.

Genesee Brewing Company, maker of the Genesee beers, Honey Brown, Dundee Ales & Lagers and Labatt Blue Lime also calls Rochester home.

Explore Rochester

•  Artisanworks
•  Eastman School of Music
•  George Eastman Museum
•  Highland Botanical Park & Lamberton Conservatory
•  Memorial Art Gallery – FREE for UR Students
•  Village Gate, Rochester Brainery – Take a class!
•  Rochester City Ballet
•  Rochester Museum and Science Center
•  Rochester Public Market – Food Truck Rodeo
•  Seneca Park Zoo – ZooBrew
•  Strasenburgh Planetarium
•  The National Museum of Play – Classic Video Games!
•  Wegmans


•  Rochester Lilac Festival – May
•  Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival – June
•  Corn Hill Arts Festival – July
•  Park Ave Summer Art Fest – August
•  Clothesline Festival – September
•  First Niagara Fringe Festival – September
•  ImageOut Film Festival – October

Food & Beverage

•  Black Button Distilling
•  City Grill
•  Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
•  Genesee Brew House – Tours & Tastings
•  Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream – Try the Bacon Peanut!
•  Jines Restaurant – Local Favorite
•  Nick Tahou Hots “Garbage Plate”
•  The Old Toad – British style Pub and Restaurant
•  Ox and Stone
•  Roc Brewing Co.

Day Trips

•  Corning Museum of Glass – College Discount
•  Darien Lake Theme Park
•  Finger Lakes Winery Tour
•  Letchworth State Park “Grand Canyon of the East”
•  Niagara Falls