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Be the Host with the Most

Inviting Friends & Family to Visit Rochester 

Exploring Rochester and the Finger Lakes region with friends and family from out-of-town should be fun and exciting! That's why we're here to help "Rochesterians" be the host with the most while they tour friends and family around town. Visit Rochester has compiled a digital guide of places to visit, things to do and reasons why local Rochesterians should encourage friends and family to visit – all year round! From festivals and special events (we have more than 140 per year), to sports and recreation and seasonal fun, there is a reason in every season to invite friends and family to visit Rochester.

We have provided you with ideas, recommendations and suggestions to help make your friends and family’s stay a fun one! Relax and enjoy your company—after all, it’s you they want to see the most. 

Hosting Tips

  • Before your friends and family arrive, stop by one of our information centers (downtown or at the airport) to pick-up our EXPLORE Visitor's Guide, brochures for local attractions, information on the latest events and more! What better way to make your guests feel welcome than with a welcome bag filled with fun information. 

  • Find out what's going on in Rochester during your guests' visit. Staying up-to-date with the latest news and events in Rochester is easy when you use our website. Search the events below for more ideas!

  • Everyone needs to eat! Peruse our guide to local restaurants or see local favorites from our friends at YELP Rochester and pick out someplace special to take your guests. Take your guests to an old favorite or show off somewhere new - there are new restaurants opening up in Rochester on a regular basis! 


See & Do Suggestions

​There is always something to do in Rochester for families, foodies, fans of arts and culture and everyone in between! 

  • Hosting friends and family with little ones? Lucky them! Rochester rolls out the red carpet when it comes to families. With more than 70 attractions and experiences for families within an hour's drive of Rochester, the possibilities for family fun when you visit Rochester are LIMITLESS. See our guide to family attractions in Rochester.

  • Foodies rejoice! Rochester is the front door to the Finger Lakes - one of the most agriculturally rich regions in the country, and our food scene has never been better! What does that mean for your special guests? Farm-to-table restaurants, creative cuisine and countless new restaurants. Learn more about food and drink in Rochester

  • Did you know that Rochester is one of the most arts-vibrant cities in the country? From public art on city streets, to music, dance and theatre; Rochester is a city teeming with cultural abundance. Discover Rochester's arts and cultural scene

  • Get outside. With more than 12,000 acres of parkland in Monroe County, a visit to the great outdoors is a must. Hiking, biking, paddling or golfing - there is much outdoor fun in store for all who visit Rochester. Get outside with our guide to the outdoors. 

  • Play ball! Rochester is an MVP when it comes to sports and recreation. Whether cheering on one of Rochester's many sports teams, or getting in on the game as an athlete, there are LIMITLESS ways for visiting friends and family to enjoy Rochester's sports community. Learn more about sports in Rochester. 


No matter what you do with your visiting guests, thank you for being a host in your hometown. Visitors play an important role in Rochester's economy, and by inviting friends and family to visit you too are contributing to our local economy and tourism industry!