What’s Open In Rochester, NY
Thursday, June 25, 2020 1:00 PM by Visit Rochester Staff
With the health and safety of our visitors and community in mind, many Rochester businesses had temporarily closed or suspended activities due to the New York State on PAUSE order. However, many businesses in Rochester are reopening smartly, and safely. As our community continues to reopen, we have compiled a list of places that are ready to welcome you to Rochester. See what's open in Rochester, NY and what to expect before your visit.
This list is being updated as announcements are made, so the information may not be completely up to date and is subject to change. If you plan to visit specific locations, please check directly with those entities for the latest information. Visitors are advised to consult ticket and reservation cancellation policies regarding individual plans. As of May 18, 2021, New York State has lifted its mask mandate for vaccinated people. Please refer to individual business websites for more information about their operating guidelines and how to comply with those policies.
Museums & Attractions
The Strong National Museum of Play
The Strong Museum of Play is open with safety precautions in place, including enhanced cleaning and reduced capacity.
George Eastman Museum
The George Eastman Museum is open to the public with guidelines and measures that prioritize the health and safety of guests and staff. Advanced tickets are required for non-members.
Genesee Country Village & Museum
Genesee Country Village & Museum (GCV&M) welcomes both members and the public to the museum grounds on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each weekend through the summer.
Memorial Art Gallery
The Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) is open to the public. Timed tickets are encouraged, and can be purchased on the museum's website.
Seneca Park Zoo
The Seneca Park Zoo is open to members and the public with limited capacity via timed tickets.
Rochester Museum & Science Center
The Rochester Museum & Science Center, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Cumming Nature Center is open to the public. In addition to safety precautions, the RMSC has adjusted its hours of operation.
Seabreeze Amusement Park
Come get your summer when Seabreeze opens for the season on May 22, 2021! As with many Upstate NY theme parks, advance tickets will also be required for entry. Seabreeze has instituted a mask policy that will effective when the amusement park opens.
The Little Theatre
Rochester's independent and foreign film theatre, first opened in 1929, is now open and showing films on the big screen. Don't forget to grab a bag of the FAMOUS Little Popcorn.
Ganondagan State Historic Site
The Seneca Art & Culture Center is open Wednesday-Saturday, and the hiking trails are open from dawn to dusk.
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
RoCo is open Wednesday to Saturdays. Masks are required and reduced capacity will be monitored.
Image City Photography Gallery
Image City Photography Gallery is welcoming visitors to its gallery location in Rochester's neighborhood of the arts.
Mount Hope Cemetery
The historic cemetery and final resting place of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass is open daily.
Sports, Games & Recreation
Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex
Return to the rink at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex. The iceplex is following New York State guidelines for sports as well as taking its own phased approach to slowly reopening that will limit some activities.
Radio Social, a 42,000-square-foot facility with 34 bowling lanes, lounge areas, a variety of indoor and outdoor games, two in-house dining concepts, and two bars, is open with extra safety precautions in place. Steps to keep you safe include temperature checks, mask wearing, cashless payment, mobile ordering, updated layout to support social distancing and sanitizing stations, and strict surface and equipment sanitization.
Aerial Arts of Rochester
Circus arts training school and classes. Masks required in class.
Come climb at this gym with 18,000 sq. ft. of rock-climbing walls & rope courses for all ages & fitness levels. RocVentures has a number of safety precautions in place, including limited occupancy, masks, health screening questions. You can view a climber occupancy counter on the RocVentures website, updated in real-time.
Roc City Circus
Fly, climb, dance, stretch & laugh your way into circus life. Masks required in class.
Tour Boats & Cruises
Colonial Belle Erie Canal Cruise
The Colonial Belle will return to cruising the Erie Canal from its home dock in Fairport, NY for its 2021 season starting on May 25.
Sam Patch Tour Boat
The Sam Patch Tour Boat is back at its Erie Canal dock in Schoen Place in Pittsford, NY with tours available for its 2021 boating season.
Rochester Pedal Tours
Rochester Pedal Tours is providing pedal-powered bikes around the center city and motorized party boat tours on Lake Ontario. Experiences can be booked online.
Restaurants & Bars
Restaurants in Rochester and the Finger Lakes open with both indoor and outdoor dining, with many safety precautions in place for guests. Dine Out ROC! Whether you dine in or take out, support a Rochester restaurant and Dine Out ROC! Plan your next meal with resources like the ROC Foodie Bucket List, takeout dining guide, restaurant menus and outdoor dining guide. Reservations are recommended.
Breweries & Wineries
Visitors can once again safely enjoy the flavors of Rochester and the Finger Lakes with a visit to one of the area's many wineries and breweries. Wineries are now open, and many are encouraging reservations in advance. Rochester's Casa Larga and Living Roots are both open and offering flights, wine by the glass and bottles from their tasting rooms. Rochester's brewery scene is back, and many offer spacious patios from which to enjoy locally made craft brews. Please call or check the breweries' websites/social media pages before arriving for specific instructions. Reservations are often required.
Rochester's craft distilleries have been busy making hand sanitizer for our community over the past few months. They are now once again making spirits, and bottles are available for sale at both Black Button Distilling and Iron Smoke Distilling. Tastings and cocktails are also available at the distilleries.
There are many different opportunities to explore and enjoy Rochester's outdoor activities. Take a hike in one of Rochester's many parks (the Monroe County Parks system maintains 21 parks!) or spend the day on the shores at Lake Ontario at Ontario Beach Park, Hamlin Beach State Park or Durand Eastman Park. Enjoy some fishing on Lake Ontario, the Genesee River, Irondequoit Bay or one of the many creeks and streams favored by anglers. Grab your bike and cycle one of the many trails in the Rochester area, including options for both off-road/mountain and recreational bikers. Rochester's golf courses are open and ready for golfers, here is a list of some of our favorite courses in the area.
Most hotels in the region are open and ready to welcome you Rochester with safety precautions and procedures in place. For a list of accommodations in Rochester, NY please visit the HOTEL section of our website.
Shopping centers including Eastview, The Mall at Greece Ridge, and The Marketplace Mall are open to the public. The Record Archive— a music and entertainment destination in Rochester specializing in vintage vinyl, new music releases, unique gifts, and more—is open for shopping as well as offering curbside and online orders. The Rochester Public Market is also open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings. Masks are required.
Shop local and browse the boutiques and shops found in Rochester's Park Avenue, Neighborhood of the Arts and the South Wedge neighborhoods. The villages of Brockport, Spencerport, Pittsford and Fairport are also wonderful shopping destinations, and are open for business!