Rochester might not grab as much attention as the state capital, but it can still make a lot of noise. From having the best universities in the country, being the home of some of the greatest revolutionary icons in American history, and representing a great diversity, there’s plenty of reasons to visit Rochester.
George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company and the man who brought photography into the lives of everyday people, lived in Rochester. Today, his incredible Colonial Revival mansion is a museum and gallery, where visitors can learn about the history of photography, visit galleries, and tour the beautiful home and gardens. A variety of galleries on the history of photography will be of interest to photographers. But even non-photographers will enjoy listening to staff members recount interesting stories of Eastman and his development and marketing of film and cameras.
Finger Lakes Wine Country
Rochester is the perfect base for exploring the Finger Lakes wine country which produces some of the tastiest wines in the U.S. The Finger Lakes are eleven long, narrow, finger-like lakes in central New York with breathtakingly beautiful nature and a particular climate. The great depth of some of the lakes creates a lake effect, protecting the grapes from the worst of the area winters. As a result, more than 100 wineries cropped up in the region, producing some spectacular Chardonnays, Rieslings, pinot noirs, and many others, attracting wine lovers from all over the world.
One of Rochester’s most beautiful public parks, Highland Park is set on 19.6 acres of rolling hills, with massive oak, pine, and maple trees; walking trails; and open spaces. It’s a wonderful place to go for a walk on the wooded and winding trails, or simply soak up the serenity. In fall, when the leaves are changing color, it’s spectacular. One of the highlights of the park is the Lamberton Conservatory. The original building with its beautiful glass dome and windows was built in 1911.
Rochester City Ballet
Since its inception in 1987, the Rochester City Ballet has been performing award-winning contemporary ballets. One of the company aims is to enrich the quality of life in the Rochester City community by providing performances for a broad range of people. The Sensory-Friendly performance for children, which was originally performed in May 2015 and was the first of its kind, allows children on the Autism spectrum to enjoy artistic performances.