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Downtown RochesterRochester

This lively downtown is full of opportunities for recreation and relaxation and is the best place to connect with the unique history of the city.

Downtown Rochester, cut through by the Genesee River, is the heart of this upstate New York city. Filled with museums, parks and historic sites, it’s the perfect place to understand this fascinating region. Walk through exhibits, splash in park fountains or sit on a rooftop and watch the Genesee River’s High Falls crash into the river below.

Follow the Heritage Trail, a 1.25-mile (2-kilometer) path, marked with granite or blue paint and winding through the city’s downtown. It stops at a number of historically significant spots from Rochester’s industrial past as well as sites commemorating the activism of local heroes Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.

Cross the Pont de Rennes Bridge. This pedestrian suspension bridge traverses the cliffs over which the waterfall splashes, bathing everything in a cool mist, the perfect refresher on a hot summer day.

Wander through old industrial neighborhoods on the way to Susan B. Anthony House, once the famous suffragette’s home and the place from which she launched her first attempt to vote.

Go back over the bridge and visit The Strong National Museum of Play, an enormous multi-level museum and amusement park featuring a miniature Wegmans supermarket, pinball arcade and immense toy collections.

Emerge into nearby Manhattan Square Park and Ice Rink. Glide across the ice or relax in the shady garden in summer.

Play with fossils or watch a star show at nearby Rochester Museum and Science Center, learning all about the Great Lakes region.

Downtown Rochester straddles the banks of the Genesee River, upstream from Lake Ontario. Drive here in 90 minutes from Niagara Falls or 3.5 hours from Albany, New York. Train service is available to New York City and other regional destinations including Canada. Downtown Rochester has an extensive bus service and is quite walkable.

There’s no better way to spend your last night in Downtown Rochester than at a free or close-to-free concert at Eastman School of Music, one of the country’s top music schools.


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Top hotels in Downtown Rochester

Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown
3 out of 5
155 E Main St, Rochester, NY
The price is Rs7,829 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Located in Downtown Rochester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Blue Cross Arena and Eastman School of Music. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (361 reviews)

"Nice stay would go again very clean nice staff only thing is garage was a bit confusing"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown
The Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa- A DoubleTree by Hilton
The Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa- A DoubleTree by Hilton
4 out of 5
550 East Ave, Rochester, NY
The price is Rs8,655 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Located in East Avenue, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester Auditorium Theater and Main Street Armory. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (475 reviews)

"Very pretty,clean,and comfortable. Will definitely book again"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

The Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa- A DoubleTree by Hilton
School 31 Lofts at Colors Studios
School 31 Lofts at Colors Studios
2.5 out of 5
208 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY
The price is Rs10,842 per night from 31 Mar to 1 Apr

Located in Neighborhood of the Arts, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Village Gate, Main Street Armory and Rochester Auditorium Theater. Eastman School ...

4.2/5Very Good! (95 reviews)

"We loved our stay. Will come again & recommend to others."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2021

School 31 Lofts at Colors Studios
Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown
Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown
3.5 out of 5
70 State St, Rochester, NY
The price is Rs5,856 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

Located in Downtown Rochester, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Blue Cross Arena, Eastman School of Music and Strong. Rochester Auditorium Theater and ...

3.9/5Good! (365 reviews)

"It was a good experience overall. I appreciate the 5$ on-site parking. Location is wonderful!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2021

Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown
Inn on Broadway
Inn on Broadway
3.5 out of 5
26 Broadway, Rochester, NY
The price is Rs15,051 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar

Located in Downtown Rochester, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rochester Contemporary Art Center and Eastman School of Music. Strong and Rochester ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (299 reviews)
Elegant room

"Stayed in a Luxury room on the 4th floor. An elegant, old fashioned room with some modern convivences. I was surprised the room did not have a mini fridge but overall the room was great."…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2020

Inn on Broadway
Hyatt Regency Rochester
Hyatt Regency Rochester
3.5 out of 5
125 East Main Street, Rochester, NY
The price is Rs8,505 per night from 25 Mar to 26 Mar

Located in Downtown Rochester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Blue Cross Arena and Eastman School of Music. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (392 reviews)

"the shuttle didnt pick us up and there was no breakfast that i paid for"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

Hyatt Regency Rochester
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