Social media has revolutionised travel; not least vacations. When once you snapped shot after shot on your travels and had to wait days – if not weeks – for all your pics to be developed into photos, nowadays you can keep your friends, family and (yes) followers in the know of what you’re up to and where you are instantly, thanks to the likes of Instagram.
And, don’t doubt it, any time spent in the diverse, delightful city of Rochester is perfect for Instagram moments and memories – not least because so many of its pic-friendly sights are to be found downtown, near any number of the hotels in Rochester NY…
A truly spectacular sight, this waterfall sees the city’s Genesee River tumble from a height of 96 feet before it flows into Rochester proper. The site was once home to a major flour mill but, now, decades and decades later, it’s become a significant tourist attraction – for pretty obvious reasons. Tip: head to the Genesee Brew House’s roof for the best view.
Corn Hill Landing
After you’ve done the falls, why not pick up the river as it flows through downtown Rochester? The Genesee River Trail, to be found at Corn Hill Landing, allows you to stroll along the river’s banks, which is not only very pleasant but also affords you fantastic panoramas of the Rochester skyline, not least of the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge. Perfect to complete a day’s adventure before heading back for dinner at the Rochester Riverside Hotel.
Centennial Sculpture Garden
The Memorial Art Gallery’s Centennial Sculpture Garden is a fine spot to get snap-happy, given it’s – as you may well have guessed – packed full of statues big and small and of all kinds, while also peppered with many an attractive smattering of flowers and trees. Moreover, whatever the time of year, you’ll luck out here – because as the seasons the change the look and feel of the garden alters and it takes on a different atmos.
Susan B. Anthony Park
Practically at the top of the list when it comes to Rochester’s most famous sons and daughters are the civil rights champions of yesteryear that were Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. A charming – and fitting – statue in the park that bears Ms Anthony’s name depicts the two of them in (what, surely, would have been a fascinating) discussion over a cup of tea – they were great friends, after all. Note that the monument’s just a block away from the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House where you can discover all about their lives and the causes in which they were involved.
This isn’t exactly a photo op suitable for selfie-lovers yet it makes for a fantastic photo op. How so? Well, how does standing in a cage (a Faraday cage; named after the inventor of the electric motor) while you’re surrounded by enormous Tesla coils producing magnificent music with electricity sound? In fact, you might fancy upgrading from a photo to a video for this one! Located in the Rochester Museum & Science Centre (RMSC), it’s just one of its many terrific hands-on exhibits to see and give a go.
Rochester’s Strong Museum of Play is exactly the place for kids (big and small; frankly, whatever their age) to pay a visit and, well… play. Here, you’ll come across many examples of toys and games of times past – as well as a gigantic game of Tetris, a Hall of Super Heroes and the enchanting Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden – in addition to a section dedicated to all things Sesame Street. Frankly, who could resist taking a selfie on one of the most famous and friendly streets in all America?
‘I’d Rather Be In Rochester’ mura
Finally, a spot that could have been created simply to fulfil an Instagram post, this postcard-themed mural emblazoned with the legend ‘I’d Rather Be in Rochester’ would make for a marvellous selfie/ group shot to top off your time in the city. You’ll find it a few steps outside the Parkleigh shop, which is located in the Park Avenue neighborhood.