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10 Things to Do on Memorial Day 2019 in Rochester

Sunday, May 26, 2019 11:00 AM by Visit Rochester Staff

Memorial Day is an important day to remember and honor all who have served and have sacrificied for our country. It has also become seen as the unofficial start of the summer season. To help you celebrate Memorial Day in Rochester, we have pulled together 10 things to do on Memorial Day 2019 in Rochester, NY.  

1. Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park

Rochester’s stunning Highland Park is home to a poignant memorial honoring all who served and scarified in the Vietnam War. The memorial commemorates the service, valor, and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Era Veterans as well as all members of the Greater Rochester community who were touched by the effects of the war.

2. Rochester Red Wings Game

The Red Wings take on the Pawtucket Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. at Frontier Field. All tickets are just $5, and hot dogs are just $0.50! Purchase tickets here or at the ticket office.

3. Seneca Park Zoo

 The Seneca Park Zoo will be open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Visit the zoo and say hi to some of the newest residents of Seneca Park Zoo, including Giraffes, Zebras and Red Pandas.

4. The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong is the ultimate play destination for all ages. Open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, visit The Strong and enjoy a nostalgic walk down memory lane and more than 100,000 sq. feet of dynamic and interactive play spaces for visitors of all ages.

5. Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC)

Open from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, RMSC and the Strasenburgh Planeterium offer interactive and scientific fun for the whole family. Enjoy a special presentation of the Planeterium Show Outer Space to Inner Space at 2:15 p.m.

6. High Falls

Marvel in the beauty of a 96-foot waterfall in the middle of downtown Rochester. Check out the new High Falls viewing area adjacent to the falls.

7. Genesee Brew House

Located right next to High Falls is the Genesee Brew House, a part of Genesee Brewery the oldest brewery in New York State. Visit the Brew House and enjoy the view of High Falls from the tasting room or grab a beer flight in the pilot batch brewery.

8. Enjoy an Erie Canal cruise

The Sam Patch will be offering interpretive Erie Canal cruises on Memorial Day, with cruises departing at 10:00 a.m., 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 p.m. Call or check online for tickets and availability.

9. Visit the Lake Ontario beachfront

Rochester is on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. Rochester’s lakeside neighborhood, Charlotte (pronounced Shar-LOT) features a beachfront park, a historic carousel, a number of dining and entertainment options and the original location for a Rochester institution, Abbott’s Frozen Custard. The Lake Ontario shoreline is just 7 miles from the city’s downtown, and is easily accessible by car or public transportation.

10. Memorial Day Parades and Community Celebrations

 A number of villages and towns throughout Monroe County, including the City of Rochester, will be hosting Memorial Day parades and celebrations. Check out this list from Kids Out and About Rochester for more details.

Author: Visit Rochester Staff

Visit Rochester staff share the inside scoop on Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.

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