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Things to do in The ROC

When you think there is nothing to do in Rochester, think again.

Rochester, New York is a home to many and a home away from home for a lot. The city is host to seven local colleges within a 15 mile radius of downtown Rochester. Many people become bored while on campus or at home and need something to do. So, what is there to do in Rochester? More than you think.

1. First and foremost, have a GARBAGE PLATE

Practically on any corner you can find a plate. It sounds disgusting. “Garbage? You eat that?” Is the first thing people say. No, it is half hash browns, half mac salad with your choice of two (cheese)burgers or two white or red hots… hot dogs… or you can mix and match. Then top it off with the classic meat hot sauce. The original place to get a plate is Nick Tahou's and it is right on Main Street, but if you can’t make it there any place that is a burger joint will most likely have their own spin on a plate.

2. Get a little culture

Culture? You're probably like what? Here in Rochester there are many museums to visit to see whatever your heart desires. These include The George Eastman Museum with the Dryden Theatre, Rochester Museum and Science Center with the Stransburgh Planetarium, and the Memorial Art Gallery. Also, the ROC is known for its theaters. See a show or listen to some music. There is always something to do at the Eastman Theatre, home of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Geva Theatre, Rochester Auditorium Theatre, or Main Street Armory.

3. Go be a kid again

Here in Rochester you’re lucky enough to actually be a kid again for a day. Rochester is home to the Strong National Museum of Play and the National Toy Hall of Fame right in the museum. Here you can explore exhibits like Reading Adventures which is a story book land, Sesame Street, Wegmans Mini Supermarket, and much more. Check out their website: for more info.

4. Take a dip

Rochester is surround by water. No, it’s not an island, but it is home to the Finger Lakes, and Lake Ontario. Visit one of the local beach parks or head down to the Finger Lakes!

5. Summer of Fun? YES, PLEASE!

Rochester is lucky enough to have a summer full of festivals. The season kicks off in May with the Lilac Festival. Xerox International Jazz Festival in June. Corn Hill Arts Festival in July. Park Ave Festival in August. Each festival is unique to Rochester in their own way. But, we are not done yet! No infomercial here, but we do have to say if you’re not at a festival you should visit the Seneca Park Zoo, Seabreeze Amusement Park, or walk one of the local Erie Canal Paths.

6. Did someone say food?

Rochester has it’s very own public market right in the heart of the city. If you're bored on a Saturday morning, visit the Rochester Public Market and get all your fresh fruit and veggies. Can’t make it there? All the local towns surrounding the city usually have a local farmer's market. Check the towns closest to you to see when they are held.

7. Take me out to the… WHAT?

Rochester is more than just a baseball game. We are home to seven sports teams! Rochester Redwings Baseball (MiLB); Rochester Rhinos Men’s Soccer (USL); Rochester RazorSharks Men’s Basketball (PLB); Rochester Americans Hockey (AHL); Western New York Flash Soccer (NWSL); Rochester Rattlers Outdoor Lacrosse (MLL); Rochester Knight Hawks Indoor Lacrosse (NLL).

Check out their websites for game schedules and ticket information!

8. Oh, it’s raining what to do now?

Go see a movie! Rochester has a rich past in movie theaters. You can visit the Cinema Theatre, which has been around since 1914, and see the only double feature in town! If popular movies aren’t your thing the Little Theatre that opened in 1928 host popular movies and independent films as well. Check out either website to see showings: or

9. Repeat after me: B-B-Q

We aren’t the south, but these Yankees know how to BBQ. Rochester has many BBQ joints and food trucks that serve it as well. But, hit up the local favorites if you have a chance: Dinosaur BBQ and Sticky Lips BBQ! Ask for some extra wet naps because you’ll need them for this deliciousness.

10. Pop. Clink. Fizz.

Rochester is now becoming more known for craft brewing. Yes, beers! Rochester is also home to Genesee Brewing Company. They offer tours and tastings daily, you can visit their website for more information at With the Finger Lakes being so close the wine snobs are booming in Rochester. Not literally, but people love their wine here and their wine tours. It has become a very popular thing among the locals. Visit for more information on tours and the wine trails.

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