In Your “Family Togetherness” Phase—Discover the Wonders of Rochester

On April 8, 2024, the skies will greet us with an astronomical event that's perfect for family memories—the Total Solar Eclipse. Rochester is anticipated to be one of the best spectator spots for this rare celestial event, and there’s no better way to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience than with an itinerary filled with learning, adventure, relaxation and togetherness tailored just for families. Whether you're a science enthusiast, history buff, or just looking for a good time with the kids, Rochester has something special for everyone.


Learn About Science and History

RMSC - Rochester Museum & Science Center

Begin your trip with a visit to the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC), where hands-on exhibits will fascinate curious minds. Enjoy their special ROC the Eclipse event, which takes place over three days and includes speakers, exhibits, interactive activities, food and more—ending with the big moment in the sky on April 8, 2024.

George Eastman Museum

Celebrate Rochester's rich history in photography by visiting the George Eastman Museum. While here, learn how to capture the perfect shot through special workshops designed for all ages.

Genesee Country Village & Museum

Experience life in the 19th-century at the Genesee Country Village & Museum. Interact with costumed staff who will showcase what daily life was like at that time, and join their three-day Solar Spectacle event leading up to the Eclipse.

National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

Learn about one of the most famous figures in U.S. history at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum. Anthony worked her entire life to win women the right to vote, a dream that wouldn’t be realized until the passing of the 19th amendment in 1920, 14 years after her death. Visit the home where she was arrested for the “crime” of voting as a women in 1872.


Play and Explore

Seneca Park Zoo

Explore the wild side of Rochester at the Seneca Park Zoo. Encounter animals from around the world and join their special Eclipse Day activities, where you can learn about how this phenomenon affects wildlife.

The Strong National Museum of Play

Then, step into a world of wonder at The Strong National Museum of Play. This interactive museum is home to the National Toy Hall of Fame and offers endless play opportunities. It's educational, fun, and, best of all, an experience the entire family can share.

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Kid-Friendly Dining

The Playhouse // Swillburger

Refuel and indulge in classic American comfort food at The Playhouse/Swillburger. This playful eatery combines great food with arcade games, making mealtime a playtime that's tough to beat.

Dave & Buster’s Henrietta

Eat, drink, play and spark a little family-friendly competition at Dave & Buster’s in Henrietta. Part of the Marketplace Mall complex, you’ll find all the modern arcade games from Mario Kart to Skeeball and a full food menu with all the classic favorites.


Calling all nerds! This new gaming-themed restaurant features a scratch kitchen and full food menu, along with a board game library and retro game consoles available right at your table!

Radio Social

Reserve one of Radio Social’s 34 lanes to engage in a little friendly bowling with the family, or try one of their indoor lawn games like shuffleboard, giant jenga, cornhole and more! Radio Social offers quick service dining delivered to your lane or a walk-up counter and bar.

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Comfortable Stays

The Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa

Nestled in the heart of Rochester, The Strathallan offers family-friendly accommodations with spacious rooms. Their Eclipse Package includes special amenities to get you ready for the big day. See hotel site for availability.

Hampton Inn & Suites

For cozy and affordable accommodations, consider the Hampton Inn & Suites. With comfortable beds and a free hot breakfast, the family will be happy and well-rested for the eclipse adventures ahead. Rochester has several local properties, in Brockport, Penfield, Webster, Henrietta, Greece, Victor, and Downtown. See hotel site for availability.

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Outdoor Activities for the Family

Highland Park

Wander through the beauty of Highland Park, renowned for its arboretum and botanical garden. Here, you'll find an idyllic backdrop for viewing the eclipse amid blooming spring flowers.

Durand Eastman Park

With hiking trails and lakeside views, Durand Eastman Park is a nature haven perfect for a family picnic under the open sky, awaiting the stunning solar eclipse.

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Experience Every Bit of Magic Rochester Offers

The Total Solar Eclipse is sure to be a mesmerizing event, and Rochester is ready to offer an unmatched backdrop filled with education, excitement, and comfort for your family. From hands-on museums to delicious eateries, comfortable hotels to natural escapes, weave together memories that will last a lifetime under the cosmic dance of the sun and moon.


Don't forget to use our designated hashtags #VisitROC, #ROCtheEclipse and #TotalSolarEclipse to share your experiences with us and join a community of families celebrating this spectacular event in Rochester.


Start planning your trip today and get ready to experience the magic of Rochester during the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024!