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Rochester
From family-friendly activities to professional sports teams, museums and galleries, Rochester has something for everyone. Enjoy the scenic Erie Canal, Genesee River and Lake Ontario. Don't miss the Strong National Museum of Play (America's second-largest children's museum) or the International Museum of Photography. Be sure to sample one of Rochester's famous "white hots," Rochester's version of the hotdog! And don't miss the nearby Finger Lakes region with its wine trails and gorges.

All things to do » Things to do

The Strong National Museum of Play
The Strong National Museum of Play
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... 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 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(R). 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(R)):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
Attraction type: Children's Museums
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Finger Lakes Wine Country
Finger Lakes Wine Country
Attraction type: Wineries & Vineyards; Scenic Drives; Visitor Centers
Mount Hope Cemetery
Mount Hope Cemetery
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... 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 as part of the Mt. Hope/Highland Preservation District, featuring 83 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
Attraction type: Cemeteries
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George Eastman House
George Eastman House
The man behind Kodak endowed many Rochester philanthropic interests, and his 50-room mansion is now a photography and film museum.
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Highland Park
Highland Park
The annual Lilac Festival is the most popular event on the calendar here, one of the country's oldest city arboretums.
Attraction type: Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Swan Market
Swan Market
Ranked #1 of 1,149 Restaurants in Rochester
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: German, Delicatessen, Eastern European
Dining options: Lunch
Cheesy Eddie's
Cheesy Eddie's
Ranked #2 of 1,149 Restaurants in Rochester
Savoia Pastry Shoppe
Savoia Pastry Shoppe
Ranked #3 of 1,149 Restaurants in Rochester
Price: $5 - $10
Dining options: Breakfast
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Leaf & Bean Coffee Co
Ranked #4 of 1,149 Restaurants in Rochester
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Cafe, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Soups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Abbott's Frozen Custard
Abbott's Frozen Custard
Ranked #5 of 1,149 Restaurants in Rochester
Cuisines: Japanese

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Reen's Bed and Breakfast
Reen's Bed and Breakfast
$60 - $120
Ranked #4 of 9 Rochester B&B and Inns
Econo Lodge
2.0 of 5
Econo Lodge
$57 - $113
Ranked #20 of 32 Hotels in Rochester
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chili/Rochester Airport
2.0 of 5
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chili/Rochester Airport
$58 - $125
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chili
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Rose Garden Bed and Breakfast
Rose Garden Bed and Breakfast
$108 - $125
Ranked #2 of 9 Rochester B&B and Inns
Hampton Inn Rochester North
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Rochester North
$128 - $186
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in Rochester
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Marriott Rochester Airport
3.5 of 5
Marriott Rochester Airport
$131 - $236
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in Rochester
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Woodcliff Hotel and Spa
4.0 of 5
Woodcliff Hotel and Spa
$112 - $210
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Fairport
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The Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5
The Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Hotel & Spa
$219 - $328
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Pittsford
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