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Downtown Rochester
Rochester

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This lively downtown is full of opportunities for recreation and relaxation and is the best place to connect with the unique history of the city.

Downtown Rochester, cut through by the Genesee River, is the heart of this upstate New York city. Filled with museums, parks and historic sites, it’s the perfect place to understand this fascinating region. Walk through exhibits, splash in park fountains or sit on a rooftop and watch the Genesee River’s High Falls crash into the river below.

Follow the Heritage Trail, a 1.25-mile (2-kilometer) path, marked with granite or blue paint and winding through the city’s downtown. It stops at a number of historically significant spots from Rochester’s industrial past as well as sites commemorating the activism of local heroes Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.

Cross the Pont de Rennes Bridge. This pedestrian suspension bridge traverses the cliffs over which the waterfall splashes, bathing everything in a cool mist, the perfect refresher on a hot summer day.

Wander through old industrial neighborhoods on the way to Susan B. Anthony House, once the famous suffragette’s home and the place from which she launched her first attempt to vote.

Go back over the bridge and visit The Strong National Museum of Play, an enormous multi-level museum and amusement park featuring a miniature Wegmans supermarket, pinball arcade and immense toy collections.

Emerge into nearby Manhattan Square Park and Ice Rink. Glide across the ice or relax in the shady garden in summer.

Play with fossils or watch a star show at nearby Rochester Museum and Science Center, learning all about the Great Lakes region.

Downtown Rochester straddles the banks of the Genesee River, upstream from Lake Ontario. Drive here in 90 minutes from Niagara Falls or 3.5 hours from Albany, New York. Train service is available to New York City and other regional destinations including Canada. Downtown Rochester has an extensive bus service and is quite walkable.

There’s no better way to spend your last night in Downtown Rochester than at a free or close-to-free concert at Eastman School of Music, one of the country’s top music schools.


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Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
70 State St, Rochester, NY
The price is AU$159 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in Downtown Rochester, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Blue Cross Arena and Eastman School of Music. Strong and Rochester Auditorium Theater ...
3.8/5Good! (388 reviews)
"I had to make a last minute reservation here to attend my niece's graduation after the Marriott screwed up my reservation. The parking area was a bit of an obstacle course and the pool was closed (whatever) but it looked terrible from my room. The staff was consistently friendly and helpful and my ..."

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Hyatt Regency Rochester
Hyatt Regency Rochester
3.5 out of 5
125 East Main Street, Rochester, NY
The price is AU$227 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in Downtown Rochester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Blue Cross Arena and Eastman School of Music. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (423 reviews)

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

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The Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa- A DoubleTree by Hilton
The Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa- A DoubleTree by Hilton
4 out of 5
550 East Ave, Rochester, NY
The price is AU$259 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in East Avenue, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester Auditorium Theater and Main Street Armory. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (502 reviews)
"I liked everything about it. I'll be booking again soon."

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2021

The Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa- A DoubleTree by Hilton
Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown
3 out of 5
155 E Main St, Rochester, NY
The price is AU$247 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Located in Downtown Rochester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Blue Cross Arena and Eastman School of Music. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (391 reviews)
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Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown
School 31 Lofts at Colors Studios
School 31 Lofts at Colors Studios
2.5 out of 5
208 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY
The price is AU$227 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Located in Neighborhood of the Arts, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Village Gate, Main Street Armory and Rochester Auditorium Theater. Eastman School ...
4.2/5Very Good! (113 reviews)
"Very special place. What a great find. So much space, great light and features. Wonderful location, close to many restaurants, easy walking, many museums."

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

School 31 Lofts at Colors Studios
Inn on Broadway
Inn on Broadway
3.5 out of 5
26 Broadway, Rochester, NY
The price is AU$314 per night from 23 Jun. to 23 Jun.
Located in Downtown Rochester, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rochester Contemporary Art Center and Eastman School of Music. Strong and Rochester ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (311 reviews)
"Excellent dining with room service, which is always welcome after a long drive on the highway."

Reviewed on 2 Jun. 2021

Inn on Broadway
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