Rochester NY Visitor’s Guide

Are you planning a visit to Rochester NY? Whether you’re looking for entertainment, dining, nightlife, or just somewhere to sleep, then you are in the right place. In our Rochester NY Visitors Guide, we have provided the most popular places to visit when in the Rochester area, as well as a host of other things to do when you get here.

1. The Strong National Museum Of Play

The Strong Museum is one of the most popular places to visit in Rochester and it’s easy to see why. With over 120 interactive exhibits, there is always lots to do here. The museum is home to the World Video Game Hall Of Fame and has a number of exhibits that focus on different aspects of play from vintage arcade games, handheld electronic games to traditional board games. The museum also houses one of the world’s largest collections of dolls and doll furniture with over 60,000 items in their collection. There is also a variety of exhibits that focus on different aspects of popular culture in the USA including a history of comic books, action figures, and television show-related toys.

2. Mount Hope Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery was opened in 1838 and is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world due to the high number of famous people who are buried here. This is because Rochester was an important center for 19th-century medicine and home to several now-famous medical procedures such as the world’s first appendectomy which was performed by Dr. Susan Smith in 1848.

3. The Woodbury Clock Shop

If you are interested in clockwork, then you need to visit this place. The Woodbury Clock Shop is said to be the largest clock store in the world with over 200 clocks on display at any one time. Visitors are able to watch skilled clockmakers work on restoring old and repairing new clocks every day of the week. The Woodbury Clock Shop has been in business for 5 generations and claims to have supplied clocks to 32 out of the USA’s first 44 presidents.

4. Garbage Plates (Rochester)

Although not strictly a ‘tourist’ site, if you like hotdogs, hamburgers, and french fries covered with chili cheese sauce and piled high with onions and various other toppings, then you need to visit a local Garbage Plate restaurant. Garbage Plates are the invention of Nick Tahou who opened his first cafe in 1918 and although there is no one way to serve these delicious plates, they always include two hamburger patties or hotdogs, and fries and are topped with chili, cheese and onions.

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5. Susan B Anthony House

Susan B Anthony was a well-known suffragette who was best known for her campaign to secure women the right to vote in all states of America. The house where she lived from 1826 – to 1906 is now a museum that tells the story of her life. The museum has a number of exhibits including letters, historic documents, and photographs that have been used in movies about Susan B Anthony’s life.

6. Erie Canal Cruise

Take an hour-long cruise along the canal which runs through downtown Rochester on board the Seneca Chief Trolley Boat. This is a wonderful way to see and learn about downtown and you’ll also get a great view of the Rochester skyline.

7. Seabreeze Amusement Park

Seabreeze is one of the most famous amusement parks in America and has been family-run since it first opened its door in 1879. There are over 30 different rides and attractions here that will keep all ages entertained including the famous Thunderbolt roller coaster.

There is plenty to see and do in Rochester NY so whether you are a history buff, love amusement parks, or enjoy visiting museums, you will find something that interests you. Our list of the top places to visit and to do while in Rochester should give you a good starting point for planning your trip here.

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