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A great way to experience all that Rochester has to offer is via guided tours. Whether you like to sample local food and drink, explore historic monuments and spaces, or even see the city by bike, a variety of tour offerings have options for visitors of all kinds. 

Food & Drink

Rochester's award-winning local food and craft beverage scene is one every foodie visitor ought to explore. Traverse the city and taste something new with the guidance of tours like Flower City Food Tours, experience the wonders of the Finger Lakes region with Finger Lakes Food Tours | Tours in the Finger Lakes, or craft a custom experience with RocTours.

To taste local libations, tag along with a tour provider like Crush Beer & Wine Tours, or plan a visit to the wineries in the Finger Lakes with the help of the official wine trails for the various lakes, including the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Keuka Lake Wine Trail and Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

Tours for History Buffs

Rochester has a rich history of civil rights trailblazers, as the home to Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass for many years. In fact, both of these historical figures are buried in Rochester's own Mount Hope Cemetery.

To experience a guided history-based tour of Rochester, look to RocTours or Niagara Scenic Tours. If you prefer to mix it up, try a puzzle-based experience similar to a scavenger hunt with InnoQuests.

Off the Beaten Path: Cycling and Waterway Tours & More

There are many ways to explore Rochester, and some of these include unique modes of transportation that lend a new perspective of the city. 

In order to see a true construction marvel of the 19th century, many visitors choose to travel the Erie Canal by boat. Visitors can board the Sam Patch in Pittsford, or cruise on the Colonial Belle in Fairport. Each canal town is a different experience with local shops and family-friendly activities, along with local food and drink to enjoy after a waterway adventure.

Rochester also prides itself in being a bike-friendly city, and what's a bike-friendly city without a bike tour? Rochester Pedal Tours offers pedal powered rides for groups with something for everyone: architecture/history tours, progressive dinners, brewery tours, team building, retirement parties, customized bar crawls, and even Cycle Boat Tours during the warmer months.

For visitors who prefer to choose their own adventure, see trip ideas from Day Trips Around Rochester, a site filled to the brim with trip ideas, hiking trails, and more!