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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Nationally acclaimed. Check out the website to see all the creative play areas for kids. It is an incredible place!”
  • 61 locals recommend
Museum
“Special exhibits at every season. International Museum of Photography! Enjoy a light lunch or coffee in the cafe. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Museum
“Favorite place for adults & kids to play, explore, and learn. Very hands-on & experiential. Our family favorite! Also, next door is the Planetarium which has frequent shows explaining the cosmos. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Art Museum
“If you want to know more about the culture and spirit of a city, always visit their art galleries! The Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester will certainly be a rewarding place to visit. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Frederick Law Olmstead, famous landscape designer of Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City, Arnold Arboretum in Boston and eleven parks in Rochester also designed this park famous for its Lilacs, Magnolias and Arboretum, Vietnam Memorial, Highland Bowl, fantastic childrens' playground and historic Warner Castle. Dogs allowed. Easy walk on paved paths or venture up the hills. The Lilac Festival, held in May, attracts over 500,000 people from around the world. It also features live music, food trucks and art exhibits.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Movie Theater
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“An independent movie theater with three screens showing popular films, documentaries and art films. Home to many film festivals throughout the year.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Voted the best barbecue in Rochester. This venue also has great blues bands and views of the city!”
  • 19 locals recommend
History Museum
“Highland Park, Genesee Valley Park, Cobbs Hill Park, Charlotte Beach.... and so much more”
  • 19 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Historic, fun filled day of outdoor activities, rides, games, Good and the beach.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Wonderful theater and a great place to see a show! Performances are high quality and not a bad seat in the theater!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Visit the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra!! Also one of the sites for the Rochester International Jazz Festival!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent dinner / bar atmosphere. The steak is amazing, menu is constantly changing. Only open Wednesday-Saturday’s ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Museum
“The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House shares the story of Susan B. Anthony's lifelong struggle to gain voting rights for women and equal rights for all. 17 Madison St, Rochester, NY 14608-1928”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Lux is a local bar in the South Wedge. They don’t have food but they do have a great back patio. This is from their website. “In case you haven't heard, Lux is a kick ass bar in Rochester's South Wedge Neighborhood. Come eat some Chex mix, sit by the outdoor fire, look at some cool art, all while enjoying a delicious cocktail. We don't have a TV. We have a huge backyard (with a fire pit for those chilly Rochester nights), a kickin' Juke Box, lots of silly board games and a swanky pool table. At Lux, EVERYONE IS WELCOME! We don't care about the color of your skin or your hair. We don't care if you are gay, straight, (or both). We don't care if you love Allah, Buddha, Jesus, Or none of the above. We don't care what you wear (or decide not to wear). We don't care if you are fat or skinny, bald or sasquatch, young (well...at least 21) or a walking corpse. We just want you to be kind, open minded, non-thieving, good people. All you haters can stay at home. Everyone else....LET YOUR FREAK FLAG FLY” HOURS: Mon-Thur: 5pm - 2am | Fri: 4:30pm - 2am | Sat: 4pm - 2am | Sun: 4pm - 2am HAPPY HOURS: Mon-Thur: 5pm - 9pm | Fri: 4:30pm - 9pm | Sat & Sun: 4pm - 9pm”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Voted Best Beer Place in Rochester, this has a great atmosphere, TONS of beers on tap, and great vegetarian and vegan options. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Saturday Public Market is a gem!!! Beside the abundance of fresh produce you can find artisan cheeses & breads, local honey, exotic spices, organic meats and much more! There are fabulous restaurants and eateries there as well.....must go! ”
  • 20 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Voted the best barbecue in Rochester. This venue also has great blues bands and views of the city!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent dinner / bar atmosphere. The steak is amazing, menu is constantly changing. Only open Wednesday-Saturday’s ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“A family-owned, upscale diner featuring American, Greek, Vegetarian and Gluten-free options. Dine inside or out. The views of this vibrant Park Avenue neighborhood are worth the price of admission. Breakfast is served all day. The restaurant offers beer, including micro brews, wine and a great Mimosa.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Features nightly specials, soups, salads and small plates--all locally sourced. My favorite is the Buffalo Cauliflower. They also offer a large selection of craft brews, artisan wines, locally roasted coffee and desserts from nearby bakeries. Most menu items can be prepared gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian upon request.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Arcade
“Swillburger and The Playhouse is a awesome Barcade that features craft cocktails and beer. A great place to grab a burger, fries/tots and milkshakes. Perfect for a rainy afternoon or late night out. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“This is voted the best craft cocktail in Rochester. It also has a great bartending staff. I recommend Trans 84 if you like a spicy drink!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Pub
“Incredible views of the gorge waterfalls. Exceptional museum of the beer brewed here. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Diners are an east coast staple and The Highland Park Diner a staple for Rochester. Their website states. “Highland Park Diner is a famous diner on the corner of Clinton and Goodman. The American Diner Cookbook and other books feature the Highland Park Diner. It is a 1940’s stainless steal long narrow train car like diner. It was manufactured by the Orleans Diner company of Albion, NY in the late 1940's. It would have been pre-built in their factory and moved to the site via rail car and truck, which is why diners of this type are always long and narrow. This diner may be the only surviving diner from this manufacturer (they only made 2 or 3 units total).”
  • 13 locals recommend

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