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Genesee River's High Falls

60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614
716-325-2030
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Ranked #22 of 60 attractions in Rochester
Type: Waterfalls
Activities: Walking
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Whitby,Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Been coming to Rochester for many years but never took the time to explore the downtown. A recent article in the Toronto Star mentioned the High Falls. So after a visit to the Rochester Market (great), we tried our GPS but for some unknown reason it failed to locate it, then we just followed the Genesee River in the downtown... More

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Rochester, New York
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10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The view from the pedestrian bridge overlooking High Falls in downtown Rochester, NY is nothing less than spectacular. In addition to the 80 foot High Falls that spills out of downtown Rochester, there is the great view of the city skyline, and directly below, both the rapidly flowing Genesee River and an interesting isolated island. You may feel like a... More

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Pittsford, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Part of the walkway over the river is plowed so you can walk across and get great views and pictures of the falls even in winter. The Genesee Brewery is a great place to stop for a tour, tasting, shopping, exhibits, and lunch or dinner.

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Shippensburg, PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

It is amazing how you can find a beautiful waterfall in the middle of Rochester NY. Went to the visitor's center. Met by a very friendly knowledgeable young man who was very eager to answer our every question. When in Rochester this is a can't miss. Agree the surrounding area could use some sprucing up - garbage picked up, weeds... More

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Cortlandt Manor
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269 reviews 269 reviews
36 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

With some real city leadership, Rochester's High Falls could be a natural downtown attraction, and Mecca for new real estate investment. For ideas, look, for example, at what Greenville SC has done its downtown and river falls. Potential for a pedestrian catwalk over the falls, continuous walkways, colored lights at night, and clean up of the Genesee River, etc.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This area of Rochester is definitely worth a visit- with a walking tour and a wonderful bridge over the river. The history about the mills that were powered by Brown's Race is fascinating and there are historical markers around to give you an idea of what happened where. A giant waterwheel has been uncovered so you can get a sense... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

It was near dusk when we got there and museum was closed. No problem. Walk-way is easily accessible and takes you right out in front of the falls. Very picturesque, well worth seeing. Not Niagara, but way cool. 5 deer were grazing below the bridge along with three wild turkeys. We might have eaten at one of the two restaurants... More

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Somers, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We parked on the street near the bridge (1 hour parking) and walked out to see the waterfall. It's a nice view: the bridge is pretty high up, and the waterfall is pretty impressive. But the surroundings are a bit dilapidated, and could be spruced up a bit. Some walkways, a few small restaurants, tourist shops, maybe some greenery... would... More

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Enid, Oklahoma
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I agree with "jeshhh" on his title for the area. The Genesee brewery is right off the foot/cycling bridge. Needs and infusion of cash and some caring caretakers. This area is mildly difficult to get to if you aren't familiar with this part of Rochester. I would recommend the stop especially if you are going to the art museum and... More

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Great Views from the foot bridge. Nice area. Renovated warehouses, Bridge's northern view over looks waterfalls with Downtown in the background. Bridges southern view looks at the genesee river towards Lake Ontario. If you're a beer drinker, the Genesee brewery is across the bridge, and now has a restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking the falls and downtown.

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