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Ranked #1 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Children's Museums; Museums
Owner description: Come over to play at the only museum in the world devoted solely to the importance of play. The museum blends the best... more » Owner description: Come over to play at the only museum in the world devoted solely to the importance of play. The museum blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections and children’s museums (high interactivity). At 282,000 square feet, the National Museum of Play at The Strong is the largest regional year-round family attraction, and the second largest “children’s” museum in the nation. The museum takes play very seriously. Its philosophy—that play is essential to learning and human development—is reflected everywhere you look beginning with its uniquely whimsical architecture (including a butterfly house built to look like the world’s largest butterfly, an undulating two-story caterpillar-shaped atrium, and a structure resembling a pile of gigantic children’s building blocks). Engaging hands-on exhibits invite you to attend Super Powers School, meet the Berenstain Bears, play your way through the history of video games, enter a giant kaleidoscope, board a whaling ship, see the world’s oldest Monopoly games, step into Sesame Street, walk into the pages of a giant pop-up book, and so much more! The museum is home to the region’s only indoor butterfly garden; the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of dolls, toys, and games; and the prestigious National Toy Hall of Fame®. Amenities include a food court, indoor train and carousel, two museum shops, and an outdoor Discovery Garden.Admission Fees: General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®):2 and older $13.50, Children under age 2 are free, Museum members free.Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers; children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations. « less
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Ranked #2 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Scenic Drives; Wineries
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Ranked #3 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Historic Sites; Art Museums
Owner description: The man behind Kodak endowed many Rochester philanthropic interests, and his 50-room mansion is now a photography and film... more » Owner description: The man behind Kodak endowed many Rochester philanthropic interests, and his 50-room mansion is now a photography and film museum. « less
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Ranked #4 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Cemeteries; Landmarks
Owner description: Mount Hope, dedicated in 1838, is America's first municipal Victorian Cemetery. Set in a picturesque landscape shaped by... more » Owner description: Mount Hope, dedicated in 1838, is America's first municipal Victorian Cemetery. Set in a picturesque landscape shaped by retreating glaciers, the cemetery contains priceless pieces of art and rare horticultural specimens. It is the final resting place of many dignified and internationally known individuals, including Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, and is on the National Park Services National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Mount Hope is listed in the New York State Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places, featuring 82 mausoleums, soaring Egyptian obelisks, a Florentine cast-iron fountain, two stone chapels in the Gothic Revival style, a Moorish gazebo, a Victorian Gothic gatehouse, and infinitely varied tombstones marking 350,000 graves across 196 acres. « less
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Ranked #5 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
The house in which Susan B. Anthony resided.
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Ranked #6 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #7 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Seabreeze, the fourth oldest park in America, is located on the scenic bluffs overlooking Lake Ontario north of Rochester.... more » Owner description: Seabreeze, the fourth oldest park in America, is located on the scenic bluffs overlooking Lake Ontario north of Rochester. Enjoy the excitement of four roller coasters, a classic wooden carousel, thrill rides, family and kiddie rides, a midway of food and games and live shows daily. There's also a full water park with wave pool, tube slides, body flumes, lazy river, kiddie slides and more. The 1920 Jack Rabbit wooden roller coaster is listed as the oldest continuously operating coaster in America. The park is a classic combination of traditional amusement park and modern water park. Open daily mid-June through Labor Day; also open weekends in May, early June and early September. « less
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Ranked #8 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Nature and Parks
The annual Lilac Festival is the most popular event on the calendar here, one of the country's oldest city arboretums.
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Ranked #9 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
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Ranked #10 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Art Museums; Museums
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Ranked #11 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Museums
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Ranked #12 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: History Museums; Science Museums; Museums
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Ranked #13 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #14 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #15 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Zoos
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Ranked #16 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
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Ranked #17 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Jogging Paths/ Tracks; Biking Trails; Hiking Trails
Owner description: Popular with bicyclists, roller-bladers, joggers and walkers, this scenic trail stretches thirteen miles along the Genesee... more » Owner description: Popular with bicyclists, roller-bladers, joggers and walkers, this scenic trail stretches thirteen miles along the Genesee River. « less
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Ranked #18 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Observatories/ Planetariums; Museums
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Ranked #19 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #20 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #21 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #22 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #23 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #24 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Bridges; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #25 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Sports Complexes; Landmarks
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Ranked #26 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #27 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Parks; Sports Complexes
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Ranked #28 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #29 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Playgrounds
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Ranked #30 of 43 attractions in Rochester
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: We are pleased to announce the first show of the year -- our always popular juried show, The Magic of Light 2015. With 83... more » Owner description: We are pleased to announce the first show of the year -- our always popular juried show, The Magic of Light 2015. With 83 photographers exhibiting more than 160 photographs juried into the show, you will find the exhibit to be a strong demonstration of the photographic talents and diverse photographic themes that we have come to expect from participating artists. This is the eighth year we have invited photographers to submit their photographs for the exhibition. Each year it is better and better. Adding to the strength of the exhibit, Artists-in-Residence, David Perlman and Jim Patton, will exhibit in the East Gallery. We very much appreciate the participation and support by all of the photographers exhibiting with us in The Magic of Light 2015. Opening Receptions: Jan. 2, 5-9 And Jan. 3, 3-5 « less
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