What is Rochester NY like?

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    Life in Rochester

    Rochester Attractions

    Shopping Malls in Rochester

    Shopping Districts in Rochester

    Sports and Recreation in Rochester

    Rochester Attractions

    Rochester is the 3rd largest urban area in New York state and also one of America’s friendliest cities. Whether you are interested in incredible museums, arts and music festivals, world-renowned food markets, independent theatres, or beautiful outdoor opportunities, you’ll find it in Rochester. Culture in Rochester has a rich and varied history. If the history, nature and culture of Rochester don’t keep you completely occupied, then there are other New York state wonders just a short drive away. The Finger Lakes wine region (2nd largest wine producing area in the U.S.) is 45 minutes from Rochester, and Niagara Falls, one of the 7 wonders of the world, is 90 minutes to the Northwest.

    Here are a few suggestions for activities and attractions while you are in Rochester:

    Rochester Museum and Science Center - offers a look at local and Native American history as well as significant science exhibits

    657 East Avenue

    (585) 271-1880

    www.rmsc.org

    Memorial Art Gallery - one of the few university-affiliated art museums in the country that also serves as a city art museum, with gallery exhibit space larger than that of the Whitney or the Guggenheim

    500 University Avenue

    (585) 473-7720

    http://mag.rochester.edu/

    Strong Museum-National Muesum of Play- a hands-on museum and science center for families and children, it features a number of world-famous displays for youngsters and adults alike

    One Manhattan Square

    (585) 263-2700

    www.strongmuseum.org/

    George Eastman House - originally the home of the founder of Eastman Kodak Company, it now houses the International Museum of Photography, with contemporary and classic films also shown in the Dryden Theater

    900 East Avenue

    (585) 271-3361

    www.eastmanhouse.org/

    Mt. Hope Cemetery - a true Victorian cemetery near the University’s River Campus

    791 Mt. Hope Avenue

    (585) 461-3494

    www.fomh.org/

    Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra - performances held from September to May in the Eastman School of Music’s Eastman Theatre and in July at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, New York

    (585) 454-2620

    www.rpo.org/

    Eastman School of Music - is a top-ranked graduate school of music providing year-round performances at reduced rates to University of Rochester students

    Box office - 108 East Avenue

    (585) 274-1100

    www.rochester.edu/Eastman/concerts

    Historic Pittsford Village - an upstate treasure noted for its unique 19th-century architecture, village shops and location along the Erie Canal at Routes 31 and 96

    www.villageofpittsford.org/

    Genesee Country Village and Museum - New York’s largest living history museum and the largest collection of historic buildings in the East, fully restored and furnished with period antiques.

    Flint Hill Road , Mumford

    (585) 538-6822

    www.gcv.org/

    Are you interested in learning more about Rochester? The Greater Rochester Visitors Association is your source for information at www.visitrochester.com.

    Restaurants in Rochester

    We take food seriously. You’ll find an incredible array of restaurants in Rochester serving up everything from international cuisine to our world-famous "garbage plates" and BBQ, in every venue from eateries to sidewalk cafes to up-scale restaurants. Rochester offers a variety of restaurants that compete with even the most eclectic and diverse cities nationwide. You can try Ethiopian, Philipino, Vegetarian, and gourmet foods without walking more than three blocks!

    If in-home cooking is more your style, you too can test your culinary abilities as Rochester is home of the famous Wegmans Supermarkets (which include in-store cafes as well as an exquisite shopping experience). While visiting Rochester, leave some time to sample our cuisine, either on- or off-campus. If you’re not sure where to go, feel free to take some of these suggestions to round out your epicurean experience:

    Restaurant Cuisine Min. Away

    Cost

    Aja Noodle Contemporary Asian cuisine 10 $

    Aladdin’s Greek, perfect for lunch 10 $

    Dinosaur BBQ Famous for everything BBQ 10 $$

    The Macaroni Grill Family-style Italian 10 $$$

    Pellegrino’s Delicious subs, salads, and custard 5 $

    Pomodoro Trendy Italian, great drinks 10 $$

    The Spot Cafe Chevy-showroom-turned-cafe, great for lunch 10 $

    Tapa’s Latin-themed upscale appetizers and meals 10 $$$

    Shopping in Rochester

    Rochester has more than 200 million square feet of indoor mall space, as well as several neighborhoods that boast a plethora of independent shops selling designer and ethnic clothing, jewelry, art, and much more. Two of the most popular areas are Park Avenue and Monroe Avenue, which also are noted for many cafes and restaurants with plenty of great food.

    Eastview Mall

    Located about 25 minutes southeast of campus in Victor, Eastview contains many popular stores, including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coach, Guess, J. Crew, Nine West, Pottery Barn, and Williams-Sonoma. After shopping, stop by Biaggi’s, Champs, or P.F. Chang’s for some great food. Nearby stores include Borders Books & Music, Circuit City, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Home Depot, Kmart, Linens ’n’ Things, Michael’s, Old Navy, Pier 1 Imports, Staples, and Target.

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    The Marketplace Mall

    Located only 10 minutes south of campus in Henrietta, Marketplace Mall includes stores such as Kaufmann’s, Bon Ton, JC Penny, Sears, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, Pac Sun, Express for Men, and Victoria’s Secret. Nearby restaurants include Don Pablo’s, IHOP, Macaroni Grille, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday, and Uno Chicago Grille. Nearby stores include Babies ’R Us, Borders Books & Music, Burlington Coat Factory, Chase-Pitkin, Circuit City, Dick’s Sporting Goods, DSW, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Michael’s, Old Navy, Petco, Pier 1 Imports, Sam’s Club, Target, Wal-Mart, and Wegman’s.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you like endless cloudy days, over 100 inches of snow a year, and staying indoors 9 months out of the year then CONGRATS you found a new home! I couldnt wait to get out!!! I moved and still marvel at how blue the sky is-since I never saw it growing up--

    Source(s): me-i lived there for 23 years!---
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