Rochester Quick Guide
Rochester is the third largest metropolitan area in the state of New York. The city's vision is to "be the best mid-sized city in the U.S. in which to live, raise a family, visit and grow a business." And if placing sixth among 379 of the top metropolitan areas to live in the latest edition of the Places Rated Almanac is any indication, Rochester is well on its way to achieving its goal.
Rochester's economy is driven by education, health, imaging and optics, manufacturing and social service industries. Photo imaging giant Eastman Kodak is headquartered here, as is eye health company Bausch & Lomb.
The Rochester City Hall is located at 30 Church St. The city's Office of Customer Satisfaction can be reached by phone by calling (585) 428-5990.
Getting Around or Getting Away
Map driving directions from Rochester to a number of popular destinations, including Brighton, Irondequoit or Webster.
Making Rochester Your Home
Rochester Shopping and Services
Where to Go in Rochester
When you consider Rochester's location along Lake Ontario and the fact that the Genesee River runs through the center of town, opportunities for water sports and related activities seem endless.
Take a cruise along the Erie Canal on the Colonial Belle, a big, beautiful boat that offers everything from a lunch or dinner cruise to a fall-foliage or murder-mystery tour along the waters of upstate New York.
If the historic narration of the boat tour whets your appetite for more of yesteryear, spend a day in the village of Historic Pittsford, first settled in 1789, with character that has endured to the present day. Embark on a walking tour and step back through time as you witness firsthand the village's many antiquities, historic homes and other structures.
Looking for something a little less laid back? The Roc City has a nice selection of nightspots where you can enjoy a night of dinner, drinks and dancing, from the colorful and eclectic Bug Jar to the trendy Tapas One Seventy Seven Lounge.
Things to Do in Rochester
One of the many reasons Rochester gets high marks as a desirable place to live, work and play is its rich variety of cultural activities. The area is steeped in history, harking back to the days when Rochester earned the name "Flour City" for the heavy concentration of flour mills located here.
Susan B. Anthony's home is located in Rochester at 17 Madison Street and is open year-round for tours. You can also tour the George Eastman House and International Museum of Photography and Film. This is where inventor George Eastman, the founder of Eastman Kodak, lived and did much of the work that led to the invention of roll film.
For more contemporary offerings, take in a performance of the Rochester City Ballet, which offers both contemporary and classical dance performances. Or attend a performance of the Mercury Opera Rochester, among the newest of the city's cultural groups.
Whether you try a new cuisine, find a new hangout or take up a new hobby, Rochester's varied neighborhoods and entertainment venues make it easy to find new things to do and places to go.
Popular Rochester Attractions
- House of Guitars
- Humane Society of Lollypop Farms
- Mount Hope Cemetery
- Rochester Museum and Science Center