Highland Park, one of the most popular parks of Rochester, is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Home to a diverse collection of flowers and plants, it includes 1200 lilac shrubs and a variety of more than 700 varieties of ododendron, azaleas, mountain laurel and Andromeda and is an absolutely wonderful sight to the sore eyes. Sprawled across 20 acres, it features picnic areas, benches, hiking trails and is an idyllic place for the perfect day out. It also houses the Lamberton Conservatory, Warner Castle, an outdoor amphitheater and a memorial for the Vietnam martyrs.
Mount Hope Cemetery has a vast, tranquil expanse of burial ground near Mount Hope Avenue. While winters cover the grounds in ice, the gravestones and monuments are shrouded with the calming shadows of lush green trees during summers. Built in 1938, the architectural style of the mausoleums and sepulchres is largely Victorian with Gothic elements. It is the last resting place for some of the eminent personalities like Frederick Douglass, John Jacob Bausch and Blanche Stuart Scott.
One of the best ways to get acquainted with Pittsford is aboard the Sam Patch. The boat is christened after the famous American thrill-seeker from the 1800s, who successfully leaped off the Niagara Falls and into the river, only to never return from his second attempt. The cabin is a replica of a yesteryear packet boat complete with an enclosed seating area and outdoor deck. The excursion route stretches from Schoen Place to Lock 32, with the friendly crew pointing out features of touristic significance. The picturesque city skyline forms a breathtaking backdrop to enhance your unforgettable experience.
For all those who like photography, George Eastman House is the place to be. It is named after George Eastman, the founder of the renowned Eastman Kodak company. This photography museum is the oldest one around and is a treasure trove of rare photographs, film archives and prints. Formerly occupied by George Eastman, his house has been converted into a museum and visitors can check out the estate, the museum and the house garden. It also hosts events, exhibitions and programs on a regular basis.
Memorial Art Gallery situated in the heart of Rochester is a museum exhibiting everything from age-old relics to contemporary art created by popular artists from across the globe. With over 12,000 works of art and other exhibits, this unique museum is home to one of the most diverse collections in the country. The two floors of this museum feature various fascinating galleries like Arts of Africa, Oceania & America, Helen H. Berkeley Gallery of Ancient Arts and many others that are full of interesting exhibits from the medieval, as well as, modern era. Do not forget to visit the sculpture park featuring an excellent collection of sculptures from different eras, made by different sculptors from across the globe. Apart from the permanent collection, Memorial Art Gallery plays host to a wide range of temporary exhibitions, lectures, talks and other events throughout the year.
One may call it a place for children to be, but Strong National Museum of Play is much more than that. A very unique museum, the whole idea surrounding it is to understand 'play' as a science which aids in the total mental development of children. It hosts various guest lectures and features many interactive exhibits and a library. A great experience for a learner, the Strong National Museum of Play has something for every age group.
Jonathan Child House or commonly known as Rochester Pillars, is a historical landmark in Rochester. Built in the style of Greek Revival with exquisite carved columns, the mansion belonged to the first mayor of Rochester, Jonathan Child. Once he sold it off, the magnificent mansion has seen many establishments come and go. Right from a boarding house, dance studio to restaurants and cafes, the house saw various kinds of phases. It now waits for a proprietor that befits the magnificence of the manor.
Hervey Ely House, built in 1837 is located ideally on top of Corn Hill and is currently owned and managed by Daughters of American Revolution. The two storied structure has prominent Greek Revival architecture in its construction and is made of bricks. It served as a residence for many famous people and has undergone extensive renovation over the ages. The main attraction of the house is the intricate detailing done for the interiors, marble fireplaces and curving staircases. The house consists of a genealogical library and museum and was registered under the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
Hochstein Performance Hall situated inside the prestigious Hochstein School Of Music And Dance School is a splendid auditorium built in 1890. The state-of-the-art auditorium is equipped with world-class amenities and regularly plays host to a wide range of concerts and dance shows performed by the students of the Hochstein School Of Music And Dance, as well as, various local and popular touring artists from across the country. The semi-circular seating at Hochstein Performance Hall offers an intimate show watching experience to all. This is the place to be if you wish to attend live performing arts show or concerts while in the city.
A thriving community center, the Flying Squirrel is located on the historic Clarissa Street in Rochester. The center is a meeting point for artists and performers from the community who indulge in exchange of ideas and display their art works for the audiences. Here, one can attend the art exhibitions or watch the performances of local musicians and dancers, thus offering a wide range of cultural events. Apart from this, the center also hosts conferences, lectures, open mic nights and other events.
The Central Church of Christ was initially referred as the First Presbyterian Church. Sited at Rochester in Monroe County, New York, the church site is a distinguished building in the vicinity. It is listed on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places. Encompassing less than one acre of land area, the site was constructed in 1871. It is a fine example of the Gothic style of architecture. It strives hard to spread faith, love and spirituality. It also stands as the third home to Rochester's oldest congregation.
Now known as Downtown United Presbyterian Church, this church is located in Monroe County, New York. The historic complex includes a brick church, school building, attached Brick Church Institute, and a Taylor Chapel. Designed in 1860, the church and the school buildings are built in early Romanesque Revival style of architecture. In 1903, it was remodeled in the Lombard Romanesque style. The complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the year 1992.