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“Historical, post industrial and scenic!”

Genesee River's High Falls
Ranked #21 of 143 things to do in Rochester
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Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Historical, post industrial and scenic!”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

I love post industrial sites mixed in urban environmetns. Here there is also the beautiful natural falls scene.
The thing that I like mosts that it is real. Not too touristic, not a lot of people, you don't have to fight to enjoy the view. Very nice...

Visited August 2014
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Skipton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Over Rated”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

Seems to be promoted as the jewel in Rochester's crown. Frankly is it boring and no scenic at all. It might have historic significance but ..... yawn

Visited July 2014
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Whitby,Canada
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163 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Who new?”
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 and there it was. It was a beautiful spring day and there was lots of water and we strolled across the pedestrian bridge which gave a great view. It was also nice that at the other side was another watering hole the Genesee Brewery. A great stop for lunch and thirst quenching!

Visited May 2014
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Rochester, New York
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103 reviews
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“Rochester's own mini-Niagara Falls”
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 spy in a 40's movie rendez-vousing along the bridge. At the eastern end of the bridge is a brewery with a visitor's center, if you have the time. An interesting fact about High Falls: It used to be 16 feet higher. It was cut down from its original 96 foot plummet to only 80 feet when they realligned the Genesee River which had been flooding the downtown about a hundred years ago. Another interesting fact: About 175 years ago or so, a daredevil jumped over the Niagara Falls in a barrel and survived the plunge, and then came over to Rochester to do the same thing at High Falls, which is only half the height of the Niagara Falls, but this time died.

Visited April 2014
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Pittsford, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Year-round attraction”
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.

Visited December 2013
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