DescriptionOriginally called the “Flour City” because of its milling industries, Rochester also became known as the “Flower City” because of its nurseries, parks and fruit and garden areas. Rochester leads in the manufacture of optical, surgical, dental, check-protecting and gear-cutting goods.
Some of the local parks preserve historical sites; others were created especially for recreation. Cobbs Hill Park between Highland Avenue and Culver Road contains Lake Riley, the old Erie Canal turning basin; phone (585) 428-6755. The city can be viewed from the hilltop. Along the Genesee River, High Falls Terrace Park, off St. Paul Street, and Lower Falls Park, off Lake Avenue, feature waterfalls and access to the 24-mile Genesee Riverway Trail. At Lower Falls Park the 100-foot waterfall, originally used to power the city's flour mill, continues to generate electricity.
Mendon Ponds Park, 6 mi. s.e. at 3914 CR 65 in Honeoye Falls, is a 2,500-acre park with a natural preserve and self-guiding trails. Ride the menagerie on a restored 1905 carousel, swim in Lake Ontario or go fishing on the pier at Ontario Beach Park at Lake and Beach avenues; the park also contains sand volleyball courts, a playground, picnic tables and a boat launch. For additional information phone (585) 753-7275.
City Hall at Church and Fitzhugh streets presents exhibits in its Link Gallery; phone (585) 428-6690. Another landmark is Mount Hope Cemetery on Mount Hope Avenue. One of the oldest Victorian-era cemeteries in the nation, it contains the graves of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass; phone (585) 428-7999. The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery offers guided tours; phone (585) 461-3494.
Rochester's contribution to education and technology is evident at the University of Rochester's Laboratory of Laser Energetics, where nuclear fusion research takes place. The Rochester Institute of Technology has the School for American Crafts and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performs at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater; phone (585) 454-2100. The GEVA Theatre Centre, 75 Woodbury Blvd., offers performances throughout the year; phone (585) 232-4382. Local theater and musical companies and touring Broadway troupes also offer productions. The Eastman School of Music is said to produce more professional musicians than any other conservatory in the country; phone (585) 274-1000.
One of the most popular recreational pursuits is fishing. Lake Ontario and its tributaries offer ice fishing in winter and warm-water angling in summer. Abundant species include coho and giant chinook salmon, smelt, bass, pike and steelhead, rainbow and brown trout. Hiking and biking are popular along the Erie Canal Trail.
Visitor InfoVisit Rochester 45 East Ave. Suite 400 ROCHESTER, NY 14604. Phone:(585)279-8300 or (800)677-7282
Self-guiding toursBrochures detailing self-guiding walking tours of the downtown historic district and other areas are available from the visitors association.
ShoppingSeveral major enclosed malls serve the Rochester area. Near Greece in Rochester's northwest suburbs is The Mall at Greece Ridge, 1 mile west of I-390 at West Ridge Road. The mall's 100 stores include anchors JCPenney, Macy's and Sears.
Eastview Mall, on SR 96 near I-490 in Victor, counts JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Sears and von Maur among its 180 stores. The Marketplace Mall, at W. Henrietta and Jefferson roads in Henrietta, has a JCPenney, Sears and 147 other stores.
Discounted merchandise can be found at the South Town Plaza, 3333 W. Henrietta Rd. at Jefferson Road, and the 27 stores at the Panorama Mall and Plaza, 3 miles east of I-490 on Penfield Road in Penfield.
Tree-lined Park Avenue has jewelry, art, wine, candy, flower and other specialty shops tucked in a quaint neighborhood. Village Gate Square, housed in a renovated 1800s printing factory at 274 N. Goodman St., offers antique shops, art galleries and specialty stores. Fine handicrafts are the specialty at Craft Company No. 6, 785 University Ave.
Things to SeeDurand-Eastman Park
Genesee Country Village & Museum