Winter Fun in Rochester


Visiting Rochester and its luxury hotels can be a holiday in and of itself. Whether you’re visiting on business or you’re there with the family, you might be tempted to stay inside during the cold New York winter and enjoy the copious amenities at the Riverside Hotel Rochester NY. Whilst that would be thoroughly cosy and comforting, you’d be missing out on all that the city has to offer this winter. Below are some of the best events taking place over the winter period in Rochester and New York, alongside some of the best spots to visit during the beautiful snowy season.

Warm up to the silver screen at the Dryden Theatre

The Dryden Theatre in Rochester is one of the best places to find the best in classic, foreign and art house cinema. With a large collection of old films and restorations, you’ll be able to enjoy question and answer sessions and movie premieres. Dating back to 1951, this high-profile cinema is located within the George Eastman Museum, one of the must-see cultural attractions in Rochester.

And take a mental picture of the George Eastman Museum

Upper areas of the Eastman house museum in Rochester, New York

And if you’re visiting the cinema, you might as well visit the museum whilst you’re at it! The George Eastman Museum is one of the oldest photography museums in the world and is known for its great range of photography and film, often shown in the adjoining Dryden Theatre. Created from the estate of philanthropist George Eastman, the museum is dedicated to the businessman who co-founded the Kodak company.

Get your skates on at the MLK memorial park ice rink

New York snowy park

Once known as Manhattan Park, this Rochester urban park becomes the home of a great ice rink during the winter months. With a wide range of activities to make the most of in the area, there is plenty to keep you coming back week after week, whether it be for a leisurely skate or a sit down for some hot cocoa at the nearby cafes.

Get crafty at the Memorial Art Gallery

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery beside Wills Memorial Building by night

As one of the main focal points for the region’s art scene, the Memorial Art Gallery is one of the most popular galleries in Rochester. Hosting the annual Clothesline Festival and Finger Lakes Exhibitions, the museum dates to 1913 and is open to all members of the public. With a wide range of international and local artists on display, this is a must visit for art lovers everywhere.

Hit the high note at the Eastman School of Music

The beautiful Kodak Hall in the Eastman School of Music is one of the best music venues in the city. With the prestigious Rochester University Music School often playing free gigs, you’ll be able to see some of the next hot musicians taking centre stage, whether it be an orchestral piece or solo performances.

Strong Museum of Play

The Strong Museum of Play is one of the only museums in the world which is dedicated to the study of “play”. Encompassing a range of exhibitions which explore the relationships between humans, animals and play, this museum was opened in 1969 and is one of the most unique museums in the USA. With hundreds of thousands of items on display, the museum is an expansive addition to the five partners of play, along with the National Toy Hall of Fame and the International Centre of the History of Electronic Games, among others.