Guidebook for Rochester

Marcia
Guidebook for Rochester

Parks & Nature

One of three Olmsted designed parks in Rochester (He's the guy who designed Central Park in NYC). Home of the famous Lilac Festival. Miles of hiking trails. Open air movies, plays, and live music during warm weather.
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Highland Park
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One of three Olmsted designed parks in Rochester (He's the guy who designed Central Park in NYC). Home of the famous Lilac Festival. Miles of hiking trails. Open air movies, plays, and live music during warm weather.
Historic park that is a frequent gathering place for protests.
Washington Square Park
10 St Marys Pl
Historic park that is a frequent gathering place for protests.
Directly across the street from my home. Named for the last principle of the former school turned condos next door, you can find yoga in the park, kids on the playground, a family reunion and softball game all in the same day.
Marie Daley Park
160 Gregory Street
Directly across the street from my home. Named for the last principle of the former school turned condos next door, you can find yoga in the park, kids on the playground, a family reunion and softball game all in the same day.

Sightseeing

Originally covered by a glacier it became the Seneca Nation's trail from the Finger Lakes to Lake Ontario. Famous final resting places of Fredrick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Great hiking.
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Mount Hope Cemetery
1133 Mount Hope Avenue
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Originally covered by a glacier it became the Seneca Nation's trail from the Finger Lakes to Lake Ontario. Famous final resting places of Fredrick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Great hiking.
This is the real subway tunnel, not the poster. The abandoned subway tunnel is now the home to graffiti by well known (and not so well known) artists from around the world. See it before they fill it in to build yet another upscale, high priced downtown apartment building. Ask for directions because it isn't on the map.
Rochester Subway Posters
1 W Main St
This is the real subway tunnel, not the poster. The abandoned subway tunnel is now the home to graffiti by well known (and not so well known) artists from around the world. See it before they fill it in to build yet another upscale, high priced downtown apartment building. Ask for directions because it isn't on the map.
One of the iconic first women of Rochester. Well worth the time to take the tour if you enjoy history and/or politics.
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Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
17 Madison Street
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One of the iconic first women of Rochester. Well worth the time to take the tour if you enjoy history and/or politics.

Entertainment & Activities

Five offerings of independent films that you won't see at the big box theaters. Come early for a meal at the Little Cafe or bypass the popcorn and get fresh brewed coffee with home made deserts
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The Little Theatre
240 East Avenue
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Five offerings of independent films that you won't see at the big box theaters. Come early for a meal at the Little Cafe or bypass the popcorn and get fresh brewed coffee with home made deserts
Part of the George Eastman House/Museum they specialize in showing films you aren't going to find at the chain theaters, or even the independent theaters. Check out their listings and go see something different.
Dryden Theatre
900 East Avenue
Part of the George Eastman House/Museum they specialize in showing films you aren't going to find at the chain theaters, or even the independent theaters. Check out their listings and go see something different.
Jazz, Food, Jazz, Fun, Jazz. It there more to say?
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Rochester International Jazz
250 East Avenue
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Jazz, Food, Jazz, Fun, Jazz. It there more to say?
Dinner with live music and six theaters showing a wide variety of movies you don't find at the chain theaters. Fill your evening with culture and good food all in one place.
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The Little Theatre
240 East Avenue
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Dinner with live music and six theaters showing a wide variety of movies you don't find at the chain theaters. Fill your evening with culture and good food all in one place.
The Spiegel Garden is the main gathering spot for the Rochester Fringe Festival. The name says it all. Check it out if you are in Rochester while the festival is happening. Many free events available.
Spiegel Garden
77 Gibbs St
The Spiegel Garden is the main gathering spot for the Rochester Fringe Festival. The name says it all. Check it out if you are in Rochester while the festival is happening. Many free events available.

Essentials

The Mother Ship of the Wegmans stores. If you haven't been it is worth the trip even if you don't see Danny Wegman that day.
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Wegmans
3195 Monroe Avenue
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The Mother Ship of the Wegmans stores. If you haven't been it is worth the trip even if you don't see Danny Wegman that day.
The best for healthy eating. Excellent selection of locally sourced natural and organic foods. In store prepared items available daily. Cook with the food less traveled. Now less than two blocks away.
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Abundance Cooperative Market
571 South Avenue
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The best for healthy eating. Excellent selection of locally sourced natural and organic foods. In store prepared items available daily. Cook with the food less traveled. Now less than two blocks away.

Arts & Culture

Independently owned theatre featuring double features most night and REAL popcorn, not the stale stuff the chains sell you.
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The Cinema Theater
957 South Clinton Avenue
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Independently owned theatre featuring double features most night and REAL popcorn, not the stale stuff the chains sell you.

Everything Else

It's all here in the South Wedge, Leave your car behind and walk to: Farmer's Market Shopping Personal Services Dining Bars Entertainment Historical Homes Special Events See you on South Ave!
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South Wedge
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It's all here in the South Wedge, Leave your car behind and walk to: Farmer's Market Shopping Personal Services Dining Bars Entertainment Historical Homes Special Events See you on South Ave!

Drinks & Nightlife

Speakeasy type bar with drinks from the 1930's. You can't find this on a map and there's no sign out front. It's at the end of my street upstairs from Solera Wine Bar.
Not a beer drinker myself, but reviews from my neighbors and previous guests are that this is a place to check out if you do drink beer or hard cider. They also have a food menu that is better than your usual bar food. The outdoor beer garden is always full during the weekend afternoons and weeknights when the weather is nice.
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Swiftwater Brewing Company
378 Mount Hope Avenue
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Not a beer drinker myself, but reviews from my neighbors and previous guests are that this is a place to check out if you do drink beer or hard cider. They also have a food menu that is better than your usual bar food. The outdoor beer garden is always full during the weekend afternoons and weeknights when the weather is nice.
Cheshire
647 South Ave
Great wine bar offering wine and cheese pairings and flights.
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Solera Wine Bar
647 South Avenue
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Great wine bar offering wine and cheese pairings and flights.