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All Ages Family Fun 

Who said kids are the only ones allowed to have fun? In Rochester, NY there’s happiness to be had, no matter your age! Whether you’re a big kid at heart or an adult looking to let loose, here is your place to do so.

Pack your bags and take to the roads for an unforgettable trip in a destination full of surprises. Let us help you plan – check out our can’t miss activities for all ages below and use this itinerary as your inspiration and your guide.

DAY ONE 

  • Start your visit by touring the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, where the legendary civil rights leader lived for 40 of her most politically active years. Relive the historic moments of her life, be inspired by her amazing story and even stand in the front parlor where she was arrested for voting in 1872.

  • Head over to the Strong Museum of Play, the interactive museum that is truly fun for everyone! Little ones will enjoy walking down Sesame Street and visiting with Elmo and friends in Elmo’s World, while the kids at heart can play for a high score on the arcade games in eGameRevolution and Pinball Playfields. The whole family will have a blast walking through the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden and remembering favorite pastimes on display in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

  • On your way to your next stop, grab a quick meal from F.L.X. Wienery at Roc Brewing Co. Start with your protein – with options like hometown favorite Zweigle’s red or white hots, then pick your style of toppings. You can go simply “dressed” (lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo), or explore other exciting options like K-Town with kimchi, cilantro, fried egg and miso mayo. F.L.X. Wienery is open for lunch Thursdays through Sundays.

  • Over 5,000 years of history lie within the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) – from contemporary movements to antique artwork and relics. In addition to perusing the indoor gallery, visitors can marvel at Centennial Sculpture Park, a showcase of public art spread out across ten acres of the Gallery’s grounds.

  • Whether you’re looking to bowl a few frames or catch up over cocktails, Radio Social is the place to go. Located within the historical Stromberg-Carlson warehouse, this retro-style social club contains 34 bowling lanes, plenty of lounge areas, seasonal lawn games and two bars. Currently open evenings Wednesday – Saturday and for Sunday brunch from 11am-2pm.

Food stop! If you’re looking for a bite to eat, Radio Social also provides two in-house culinary experiences. Ophira is Middle Eastern fare served in their front dining room and Shortwave provides bar-style snacks from their back bar.

 

DAY TWO 

  • Start your second day at Jines Restaurant on Park Avenue, a Rochester staple for over 40 years. Their breakfast menu is expansive with both savory and sweet options – and with over 20 varieties of waffles, pancakes, and French toast, we’re sure the whole family will leave smiling and satisfied.

  • Walk along Park Avenue, a cultural and historic neighborhood in Rochester. Although it is well-known for its summer art festival, Park Ave is “a street for all seasons,” coming alive with different colors throughout the year. Stroll along the street to admire the impressive architecture. Browse the boutiques, galleries and businesses. Or visit any of the various cafes, bakeries, restaurants and pubs for a little pick-me-up.

  • Tour the George Eastman Museum, the world’s oldest photography museum and the estate of George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography and motion picture film. Learn about his life, his rise to fame and the history of the Eastman Kodak Company.

  • Explore three floors of immersive exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) as you learn about science, technology and regional cultural heritage. You can also take to the skies and discover the wonders of our universe at the RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium. A variety of star shows, laser light shows, and featured presentations take place on weekends with separate admission.

Food Stop! Unwind after a busy day with dinner at one of these recommendations. 

  • At Restaurant Good Luck, the dishes are made from seasonal, local ingredients and meant to be shared. The loft-style space with an open kitchen provides a cozy, intimate atmosphere.

  • The Gate House offers an affordable and casual dining experience without compromising taste or quality. Family-friendly options like salads, burgers, pizzas and more are presented in a healthy and beautiful way.

DAY THREE

  • Begin day three at the Village Bakery in Pittsford, where you’ll find a selection of breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, toasts (yes, multiple options!) and more.

  • Head out on foot to explore Pittsford’s boutiques and businesses. A hiking and biking path will take you along the historic Erie Canal and through Schoen Place, a hotspot for retail and restaurants. During the summer, you can board the Sam Patch and cruise along the Canal. 

  • Before leaving Pittsford, stop at Pittsford Farms Dairy. The Dairy uses the old fashion method of vat pasteurization, which takes longer but makes their milk and ice cream taste sweeter. Savor an ice cream sandwich or pick out a pastry to please your sweet tooth.

  • As you return towards Rochester, spend some time at Highland Park. The 150-acre park is most notably known for the annual Rochester Lilac Festival but is also home to The Lamberton Conservatory with indoor exhibits that change seasonally, Frederick Douglass Memorial Plaza honoring the late Rochester resident, and The Sunken Garden on the grounds of historic Warner Castle.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS 

  • The Strathallan DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel puts your family in the midst of the action, within a short driving distance to the activities of this itinerary. The Strathallan extends an unforgettable experience to its guests, with posh guest rooms, heated pool, fitness center, spa, in-house restaurant, and free and convenient parking.

  • Located in Pittsford, The Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa is located right along the Erie Canal (and across the street from Pittsford Dairy!). Sink into its stylish comfort with pillowtop beds and complimentary wireless internet. Also on-site is an award-winning restaurant and spa.

  • Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/University & Medical Center is located in the newly developed College Town complex, ten minutes from both the heart of downtown and the airport. In addition to its warm and comfortable atmosphere, there’s an indoor pool, fitness center and restaurant with all-day dining.