- Our list of the best things to do in Rochester, New York, features the top 45 nearby activities — including 23 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Rochester, NY has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Food & Drink, Outdoor Places, Museums & Galleries, and Entertainment & Shows.
- The results below include the top 32 things to do within the city of Rochester, NY , followed by 14 popular activities in nearby cities, including Canandaigua, Henrietta, Penfield, Brighton, Rochester and Bloomfield
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One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607 MoreLess Info
Hundreds of thousands of toy-related items are found in the collection at the National Museum of Play at The Strong, including in here the largest collection of dolls in the world. Among the attractions in here, there can mentioned the Discovery Garden, the aquarium reef tanks, and the Reading Adventureland.
Covering 150 acres, the Highland Park is best known for hosting the Lilac Festival. In here there are found a conservatory, memorials, gardens, and other amenities and facilities. Some of these can be rented for private events, such as weddings.
Lead by a knowledgeable tour guide, Crush Beer & Wine Tours offers guests the opportunity to tour a number of local breweries/wineries. Visitors on the tours also get to experience the picturesque scenery of the Finger Lakes area.
The Geva Theatre Center is hosted by the former building of the Naval-Armory Convention Hall, a building listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The first productions were staged in 1973, and since then famous actors held shows in here, such as Samuel L. Jackson.
The Little Theatre is considered to be the premier cultural center in the United States for the presentation of independent and foreign films. The venue also features visual arts and music for the greater Rochester community.
Serving the community since 1905, the Rochester Public Market is held 52 weeks a year on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Fresh produce, specialty items, and ethic delicacies are available at the numerous vendors.
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180 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester, NY MoreLess Info
As an indoor botanical garden, Highland Botanical Park & Lamberton Conservatory features a mix of tropical and desert plants ranging from cacti to ferns. Visitors are welcome to walk through the garden, which has heating in the winter.