If you’re looking for a great vacation destination, try Rochester, NY. Sometimes called the ‘Young Lion of the West,’ Rochester played a significant role in U.S. history. Known as the home of photography pioneer George Eastman, the city also offers breathtaking scenery and warm hospitality. Don’t miss these attractions when you visit:
1. Seneca Park Zoo
With an eye toward conservation, this zoo holds enticements for the whole family. The zoo is divided into habitats that feature animals from different geographical areas. For example, the Cold Asia habitat offers red pandas and snow leopards, while the Savannah extension features a white rhino and Masai giraffes. Part of the price of each zoo ticket is donated to international animal conservation efforts.
2. Seabreeze Amusement Park
Seabreeze is the fourth-oldest park in the United States. It overlooks Lake Ontario and serves as home to four roller coasters and a wooden merry-go-round. It also features a water park and a special area for kids’ rides. Your family can bravely try adventure rides or chill out in the Lazy River.
3. Rocventures Climbing Gym
Kids and teens will enjoy the many opportunities for adventure at this gym. Its biggest draw is a rock wall, suitable for climbers of all skill levels. Visitors can enjoy the high ropes course or try the rock wall with belay techniques. They offer classes if you don’t know how to climb or use the belay method. They also offer group rates and party packages.
4. Memorial Art Gallery
Although the art displayed here is worth the visit, this is much more than a typical art gallery. There are paintings and sculptures from around the world and from multiple periods. In addition to its permanent collection, the Gallery holds year-round art classes and art-related activities for all ages. Temporary exhibits are offered weekly, so every visit is a different experience.
5. George Eastman Photo Museum
In an exhibit named for one of the pioneers of photography, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this museum is full of great pictures. One of its famous exhibitions is called Colorama. The exhibit originated as an advertising campaign for Kodak cameras. It’s a series of large color transparencies depicting the breathtaking scenery of our Nation’s parks.
6. Genesee Valley Golf Course
Golf is a popular game, as evidenced by the 24 million Americans who play 465 rounds of golf annually. Some of those golf rounds are played at Genesee Golf Course, a 36-hole public course popular with residents and tourists. The South Course is designed for novice golfers or those who want a more leisurely round.
7. Durand Eastman Golf Course
Eastman is known for its tree-filled landscape. The 18-hole picturesque course suits all levels, including lessons, leagues, and tournaments. Founded in 1907 by George Eastman, its land was once home to the Seneca Indians. Newcomers to golf may be interested to know that a golf player can only carry up to 14 clubs in their bag at one time.
8. Strasenburgh Planetarium
Did you ever wonder if other cultures explore the sky in the same ways we do? Explore programs about outer space and constellations and learn about the history of optic lenses. Since optics is one of the industries that originated In Rochester, you can learn a lot about it here. The whole family will enjoy a visit here.
If this list of activities has intrigued you, try searching online for more things to do in Rochester. If you decide on Rochester as your vacation destination, preparing a ‘to-see’ list before you visit will prepare you to see Rochester your way. According to High Rock Studios, the most dedicated people will spend over 75% more on products advertised online. If you book your motel and event tickets online, keep this in mind, and you’ll surely have the time of your life.
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