Rochester is well-known as one of the most popular cities in New York State. With its luscious national parks, its proximity to Lake Ontario and a long spanning history of innovation and culture, Rochester is the perfect spot for a family vacation.
With a range of great hotels in Rochester New York that cater to families and their specific needs, there’s no better place to visit, whether for the day or for a week. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best family-friendly things to do in Rochester, whether that be outdoor activities for the summer sunshine or all-age accessible refuge from the rain.
As the most up and coming city in the state, there are loads of attractions in Rochester, with many more to come!
Strong Museum of Play
Based in Downtown Rochester, this unique museum is dedicated to the study of child’s play.
Showcasing many toys and exhibits from across the world and ages, the Strong Museum of Play is one of the best museums for interactive and accessible exhibits. With play areas and sensory installations, the Strong Museum of Play is one of the only museums where kids and adults can experience comic book heroes, Sesame Street and the Bernstein Bears all in one place!
Genesee River Trail
Located close to some of the best Hotels in Rochester, the Genesee River Trail spans the full 157 miles of the river. Whilst we don’t expect you to hike all that way, the beautiful woodland around the river gives you a chance to see some of the historic beginnings of the city and promises a vast range of wildlife, right on the edges of the city.
Rochester Museum and Science Centre
The Rochester Museum and Science Centre is an educational institution dedicated to science and technology. It gives young and old alike a chance to explore interactive exhibitions which will get you to climb, lift and even mix liquids in your own experiments. Made up of three floors, this is an expansive museum based on East Avenue and is open between 9am and 8pm except for on Thursday, when it stays open till 8pm.
Afterward, you’ll have worked up an appetite. Why not stop by one of the many hotel restaurants in Rochester?
Seabreeze Amusement Park
Known to be one of the oldest amusement parks in the USA, the Seabreeze Amusement Park offers classic funfair frolics for the whole family. Dating back to 1879, this amusement park has over 70 attractions and finds the perfect mid-size for a day out.
Genesee Country Village and Museum
The Genesee Country Village and Museum is based just outside of Rochester in the village of Mumford. Here you can find a whole host of 19th-century replica buildings and features, all tended to by actors and historical experts. As the largest historic village in New York State, you’ll be faced with plush woodland and friendly faces as you take a step back into the past.
Eastman House Museum of Film and Photography
For the cinephiles and photo fanatics, this is the oldest running museum of film and photography in the world and offers up a whole host of antiques and photographs. With over 400,000 photos scattered throughout the house, the George Eastman museum was founded by one of the biggest philanthropists in the city. Whilst not a hands-on interactive museum, the house has its own kids center, where they can learn about photography and film making, giving them a unique and intimate introduction to the craft.