Things to do in Rochester

Upstate New York is known for its natural beauty, but it’s also home to some truly special cities. Rochester is the third biggest city in the state and is known for its role in America’s industrialization period and for being home to world-renowned research programs.

Vinnie Van GO knows more than anyone that when you want to escape the mad hustle and bustle of New York City but don’t want to escape to the mountains, Rochester is a great alternative, with its own unique culture. Here are Vinnie’s favorite places to visit when he’s in town!

Rochester Annual Events

Lakeside Winter Festival

Every February, join the locals at the lakefront for wintry festivities, including food vendors, Chilly Chili Contests, art exhibitions, ice sculptures, the Polar Plunge, and so much more!

Maplewood Rose Celebration

If you’re in Rochester for June, you won’t want to miss the celebration of the gorgeous local Maplewood Rose Garden and Genesee River Gorge. From guided hikes to arts and crafts, this day has fun for the whole family in store.

River Romance

Still don’t have enough of the great outdoors? Check out October’s annual River Romance festival, which celebrates the Genesee River with cruises, parties, live music, and more!

Capelli Sport Stadium

This outdoor stadium is home to the United Soccer League’s Rochester Rhinos and Major League Lacrosse’s Rochester Rattlers. It’s also sometimes used for football and field hockey games, and concerts.

460 Oak Street
Rochester, NY 14608

Frontier Field

This baseball stadium in downtown Rochester hosts several minor league and local baseball games throughout the year.

333 Plymouth Avenue N
Rochester, NY 14608

Blue Cross Arena

This multi-purpose indoor arena in Rochester hosts hockey and lacrosse games throughout the season.

100 Exchange Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14614

Mount Hope Cemetery

Not to sound morbid, but this cemetery is worth a visit. Not only does it provide a peaceful respite from the bustling city, but there are also a few notable names buried here – Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony to name a couple.

1133 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Durand Eastman Park

This lakeside park has everything you could want – wildlife, hiking, golfing, fishing, and plenty of beautiful fields to picnic in with friends and family.

1500 Lake Shore Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14617

National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

Celebrate one of the biggest names in women’s history and an early founder of the suffragette movement with a visit to Susan B. Anthony’s own home.

17 Madison Street
Rochester, NY 14608

Some Things Afoot offers some of the best walking tours of Rochester, New York. Landmark Walking Tours also offers informative guided experiences around the area. Looking for something a bit slower pace? Rochester Food Tours will take you to the city’s best culinary spots.

The Owl House

For a contemporary American menu and cozy restaurant interior, this restaurant is one of Rochester’s best. Housed in a rustic wooden house, The Owl House serves up hot and freshly roasted pork shoulders, ricotta meatballs, and seared sea scallops to hungry audiences every night.

71 Marshall Street
Rochester, NY 14607


This farm-to-table eatery uses local and seasonal produce to craft some of the best dishes in town. There is also an excellent local wine list, and knowledgable and attentive staff that will ensure you have a wonderful dining experience.

Village Gate Square
274 North Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607


For some delicious traditional Italian fare, Rocco is known to have some of the most delicious pizza in town. This spot is small – only 13 tables – so make sure to call ahead!

165 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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