Rochester, NY

Travel Guide
Pont de Rennes Bridge showing a city, a sunset and a bridge
This upstate New York city features top-rated cultural attractions, beautiful natural areas and a very special supermarket.

See everything from toys to lilacs to a grand canyon in the Rochester region of Central New York. Near downtown, go to the National Museum of Play at the Strong to marvel at childhood delights from the 1900s and beyond. Find the Rochester Museum & Science Center, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Memorial Art Gallery nearby.

The George Eastman House features an important photographic museum with theater, gardens, and varied still and film collections. Eastman, who founded Eastman Kodak, also created an architectural gem, the Eastman Theatre. Attend a symphony or theater performance or perhaps a recital from the Rochester City Ballet or the renowned Eastman School of Music.

Watch the Rochester Red Wings play baseball at Frontier Field and the Rochester Americans play hockey downtown. Enjoy golf and cross-country skiing at Durand Eastman Park on the city’s north side along Lake Ontario. Highland Park celebrates spring during the Lilac Festival with over 1,200 aromatic plants.

Take advantage of numerous upstate New York waterways. The Genesee River has etched the “Grand Canyon of the East” at Letchworth Park south of Rochester. Follow the river through Rochester to the downtown High Falls area before it ends at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte, pronounced sha-LOT. Ride the carousel, swim, walk the pier to the lighthouse or simply enjoy the sun and sand. Have a hamburger and famous Abbott’s frozen custard before you leave the area. To the east is popular Seabreeze Amusement Park with rides and water slides.

Visit the Finger Lakes area southeast of Rochester. These 11 narrow lakes offer boating, swimming and pristine beauty. Canandaigua is a quaint city with numerous festivals. Nearby is Bristol Mountain for winter skiing and summer hiking. Take a wine tour around Keuka Lake to sample some of New York State’s award-winning riesling varietals.

Fly into Rochester’s international airport or come by bus, train or rented car. Once in the city, purchase supplies for your visit at Wegmans, frequently identified as the nation’s finest supermarket chain. Visit the flagship Pittsford store to see why it’s one of Rochester’s most popular attractions.

Where to stay in Rochester

Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
70 State St, Rochester, NY, 14614
The price is ¥14,873 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Rochester. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
3.7/5 Good! (622 reviews)
"The hotel is well located in Downtown and the rooms are ok and spacious the price"

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown, an IHG Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Rochester
DoubleTree by Hilton Rochester
4 out of 5
1111 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY, 14623
The price is ¥20,417 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Rochester. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (971 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel!! Rooms are just average room but the property is stunning!"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Rochester
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Rochester - Marketplace, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Rochester - Marketplace, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
800 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY, 14623
The price is ¥15,975 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Rochester. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (985 reviews)
"Quiet, convenient with plenty of shopping nearby. Close to Rochester airport."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Rochester - Marketplace, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cozy 1 Bedroom Apartment Minutes from Downtown
Cozy 1 Bedroom Apartment Minutes from Downtown
Rochester, NY
The price is ¥9,465 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this property in Rochester. Enjoy WiFi, 1 bedroom, and air conditioning. Popular attractions Rochester Auditorium Theater and Main Street Armory are ...
Cozy 1 Bedroom Apartment Minutes from Downtown
Idyllic Rochester Apartment: 2 Miles to Downtown!
Idyllic Rochester Apartment: 2 Miles to Downtown!
Rochester, NY
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Rochester. Enjoy free WiFi, private pools, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Main Street Armory and Rochester ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (9 reviews)
Great stay
"The host was kind enough to let our family of 11 stay here for three nights. It was a little cozy for our larger group, but that's to be expected with as many as we had! The host was communicative, helpful, and positively delightful. The house is in a great location for access to anything in Rochester. ..."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Idyllic Rochester Apartment: 2 Miles to Downtown!
3 Bedroom Suite in Victorian Mansion
3 Bedroom Suite in Victorian Mansion
Rochester, NY
The price is ¥10,141 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this vacation home in Rochester. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Rochester Auditorium Theater and Main Street ...
3.6/5 Good! (5 reviews)
Cozy apartment with spacious bathroom
"When we arrived checking in a was breeze. The street parking was a little tricky but the host left a helpful note about it on the dresser. The apartment was clean and spacious."

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2020

3 Bedroom Suite in Victorian Mansion
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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