Why do so many people love Rochester? Maybe it’s because everyone here seems to know some ultra-secret hip place that no one else knows about. Or maybe it’s the more well-known experiences we all share together: the culture, food, music, and film that make Rochester truly one-of-a-kind.
Rochester has a thriving music scene. The Eastman School of Music, one of the top musical institutes in America, is part of the University of Rochester and hosts nightly events open to students and the public. The Rochester International Jazz Festival is a popular downtown music event that The New York Times placed as one of the top four jazz festivals in the US.
Photography & Film
Rochester has been a first-choice destination for film and photography professionals for over a century. The city’s photographic legacy began with Eastman Kodak Company founder, George Eastman, who helped to bring photography to the masses.
Hiking, Golf, & Gardens
Despite northern winters and lake-effect snow, the City of Rochester has an exciting and celebrated outdoor scene. Hikers, bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy over 12,000 acres of parkland, over 100 miles of trails, and numerous rivers and lakes, including the historic Erie Canal. Rochester is also one of the Northeast’s premier golf destinations. Additionally, the city’s wealth of gardens, flower festivals, and reputation as an entrepreneurial center for horticultural excellence has earned Rochester the title of “the Flower City.”
Considered the birthplace of the women’s right movement, Seneca Falls, NY (about an hour out of Rochester) was the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention. Soon afterward, however, another convention was held in Rochester, and a new movement was born, led by Susan B. Anthony, originally from Rochester. The public can visit the Susan B. Anthony House, Rochester’s first national historic landmark.
Learn more at visitrochester.com.