The great thing about visiting any city is finding unique attractions that cannot be found elsewhere. Rochester, NY has some of the best natural trails for biking and hiking along with the most striking scenery in North America. That combined with great dining options, arts and cultural events, sports activities etc. make it a popular tourist spot to visit. Rochester’s USP is its perfect combination of a large metro area with the vibes of a small town.
There is no shortage of things to do in Rochester making a fabulous place to enjoy a weekend getaway. There are plenty of Rochester accommodation options ranging from Airbnb to luxury hotels in town. Some of the best hotels in Rochester are in the downtown area of the city.
Visitors looking to spend an evening out in town will find the entertainment district with its trendy restaurants and bars great places to wine and dine. The Water Street Music Hall is a great place to enjoy some post-meal salsa dancing. The East End is synonymous with theatre and music. Some of the venues in the area include the Eastman Theatre, Kodak Hall, Eastman School of Music and a host of jazz clubs. It is also where some of the best restaurants in town can be found.
The spots where Alexander Street and East Avenue intersect is home to some of the best pubs and nightclubs in Rochester. The oldest neighbourhood in town is Corn Hill that has a lover wine bar along the banks of the river. Village Gate is the arts hub and was a former factory that was converted to shops, eateries, art studios and restaurants.
Monroe Avenue is another spot worth hanging out at its lively sports bars frequented by the millennial crowd. For the best in al fresco dining head to Park Avenue that also is home to some wonderfully restored properties. For the best of gourmet speciality, the South Wedge is the area to visit. Food lovers will enjoy the happening food scene in the city. The cuisine is eclectic to say the very least and spans every corner of the globe. This includes German, Thai, India, Japanese, French and Italian cuisines to name a select few dining options.
Thriving arts scene
Music is the life and blood of the city and is at the focal point of cultural offerings in the city. There is everything from jazz to opera with every night of the week being music night across Rochester. The East End is anchored by the well-known Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School. June is when the Rochester International Jazz Festival is celebrated every year in the city and thousands of jazz enthusiasts from all over the world attend.
For the best live theatre shows there is the Geva Theatre Centre, which has among the highest attendance of theatregoers in New York. The Auditorium Theatre host Broadway shows travelling across the nation. Other prominent theatres include the Jewish Community Theatre, Blackfriars Theatre and the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre etc.