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Rochester is a city in Monroe County, New York, south of Lake Ontario in the United States.

Culture and recreation

The city of Rochester is home to numerous cultural institutions. These include the Garth Fagan Dance, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Strong National Museum of Play, the Strasenburgh Planetarium, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, and numerous arts organizations. Geva Theatre Center is the city's largest professional theatre.


Rochester's East End, within downtown, is well known as a center of late-night activity. It is the stopping point for East Avenue, which with the surrounding streets is crowded with nightclubs, coffee shops, bars, and high-end restaurants. The Eastman School of Music, one of the top musical institutes in the nation, and its auditorium are also located within the neighborhood. The Eastman Theatre now plays host to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and other musical/drama events.

Other areas with concentrated restaurants, bars and nightclubs include the South Wedge, St. Paul Quarter and Monroe Avenue. The Village Gate is a well-known multi-use building/plaza near University Avenue, within which several restaurants and bars are located. Music venues are scattered all around the city, and live music is important to the nightlife.

Park lands

Rochester is known for its parks, including Highland, Cobb's Hill, Durand-Eastman, Genesee Valley, Maplewood, Edgerton, Seneca, and Ontario Beach; four of these were designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The city's Victorian-era Mt. Hope Cemetery includes the final resting places of Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and George B. Selden. Other scenic sites are Holy Sepulchre and neighboring Riverside Cemetery.

The city has 13 full-time recreation centers, 19 swimming programs, 3 artificial ice rinks, 66 softball/baseball fields, 47 tennis courts, 5 football fields, 7 soccer fields, and 43 outdoor basketball courts. As a legacy of its time as "The Flower City", Rochester hosts a Lilac Festival for ten days every May, when nearly 400 varieties of lilacs bloom, and 100,000 visitors arrive.


Rochester has many festivals in late spring and summer, including the Rochester International Jazz Festival established in 2002, the Corn Hill Festival[61] (arts, crafts, and food in this Third Ward neighborhood), the Rochester-High Falls International Film Festival held at the George Eastman House's Dryden Theatre and the Little Theatre downtown), ImageOut, The Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival held at the Little Theatre, Clothesline Art Festival (artists from the region display their works on the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery), Park Avenue Merchants Festival, Lilac Festival at Highland Park, St. Patrick's Day parade (March), Rose Festival at Maplewood Park, Irish festival (September), two Greek festivals - one on East Avenue (in June) and one on South Avenue (in September), Gay Pride Festival (July), Puerto Rican Festival(August), Rochester Music Festival, and the Cold Rush Winter Celebration (celebrating winter sports in the Rochester area). In the summer, especially on the Fourth of July, downtown after dark is lit with fireworks and a laser show at the High Falls venue. The most popular of these is undoubtably the Lilac Festival, which attracts many from areas outside of Rochester and draws on average 500,000 people every year.

Points of interest

Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial
Cobbs Hill Park and Reservoir
Eastman Business Park
Ellwanger Garden
Frederick Douglass Monument
Frontier Field
George Eastman House
Geva Theatre Center
High Falls and the High Falls Entertainment District
Highland Park
Liberty Pole
Little Theatre, one of the oldest art-house movie theaters in the country
Maplewood Park Rose Garden
Midtown Plaza, the nation's first downtown shopping mall
Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, the nation's first Victorian cemetery
Nick Tahou Hots featuring the Garbage Plate and a charity run in its name
Ontario Beach Park and the Port of Rochester at Charlotte
The Public Market
The Rochester Auditorium
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
St. Joseph's Church and Rectory (Rochester, New York)
Seneca Park Zoo, one of the top three family attractions in the area
Strong National Museum of Play, nation's second-largest children's museum housing the National Toy Hall of Fame
Strasenburgh Planetarium, part of the Rochester Museum & Science Center
Susan B. Anthony House
Times Square Building, noted for its "Wings of Victory" statue.
University Avenue and Park Avenue Artistic Districts
University of Rochester
University of Rochester Arboretum
University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and Eastman Theatre
Water Street Music Hall

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