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City Guide: Rochester

Pristine parks, lively arts and nightlife combine with epic festivals and family-friendly fun.

From world-renowned attractions and historic museums to internationally recognized festivals and prime proximity to Finger Lakes wine country, Rochester reveals everything a major metro city has to offer from a cultural perspective, with all the fun and beauty that comes with an all-season adventure destination.

Rochester is known as "Festival City", with festivals almost every weekend of the year! Check out some of the most exciting annual events: Rochester Lilac Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Rochester Fringe Festival, Roc Holiday Village, and Corn Hill Arts Festival.


University of Rochester

  • Rochester is the birthplace of Kodak film, created by George Eastman in 1888. Learn more at the George Eastman Museum.
  • The city is known for its "Garbage Plate", which consists of a plate piled high with various combinations of meats, chili, baked beans, macaroni salad, fried potatoes, sauces, and more. Chow down at local hot spots, Nick Tahou Hots or Dogtown Hots.
  • Every year in June, Rochester hosts one of the world's leading Jazz festivals.
  • Rochester is home to "The Strong", the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play boasting the National Toy Hall of Fame and the world's largest Donkey Kong arcade game.

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getting there

By Train

Take Amtrak to Rochester station (ROC) at 320 Central Ave. Taxi and rideshare services are available to downtown shopping district and city attractions. 

By Car

By car, Rochester is just over 1 hour from Buffalo, 3 hours from Toronto, 3.5 hours from Albany, 5 hours from Montreal and Philadelphia, and 5.5 hours from NYC.

By Bus

New York Trailways offers New Yorkers a safe and modern charter bus option that serves all major New York cities and hundreds of small towns, offering several drop-off points within Rochester. You can also travel to Rochester via Megabus, which has departure stations all throughout the country.


Getting Around

By Bus

The Rochester Transit Center—located on Mortimer St. between North Clinton Ave. and St. Paul St—offers a comfortable hub for bus travelers starting at just $1 a ride. The enclosed, climate-controlled transit center provides convenience, comfort, and safety for customers as well as visitors to downtown Rochester. The center’s 30 bus bays accommodate 100 buses an hour, ensuring passengers are able to arrive on time to their destinations.

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Check out Visit Rochester for more information.