It Snows in Rochester, Right?

on Monday, 11 January 2010. Posted in Rochester & Monroe County, Student Life

While I’m the first to admit that cleaning the snow off my car or out of my driveway are not my most favorite things to do, I do actually enjoy the snow.  It is great to live in a place that gets to really experience all four seasons.  Oftentimes while I am out recruiting, particularly in warmer climates I will get faced with the question – “it snows in Rochester, right?”  And of course I respond, “Yes!”  When hearing my response some people think of the snow as a negative, but I actually think it is a positive.   The city of Rochester and the surrounding area has so much to offer, that no matter what the weather, there is always something going on. With the help of a local Student Ambassador, Katy Wurman, here is a summary of things that you can do to enhance your time in Rochester’s colder months: The Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC) and the planetarium will satisfy the science lovers. The George Eastman house is a great place to visit if you have an interest in photography – with photographic collections and art from around the world.  Still holding on to the child in you? The Strong National Museum of Play is one of the nation’s best museums for families and children and houses the National Toy Hall of Fame.  An option for history lovers is activist Susan B. Anthony’s house, also the location of her arrest, located downtown. Her house has been converted into a museum displaying artifacts relating to her life and work.Maybe you’re interested in another aspect of history- Rochester’s history. Take a ghost walk through historic Rochester. Rochester Candlelight Ghost Walks' tours will take you through the real haunted Rochester, sharing Rochester's unique history and infamous true ghost stories.  Try the Mt. Hope Cemetery tour or the Lakeside walk for a unique Friday night activity. Would you rather be outside?  Try ice skating in Madison Square Park in Downtown Rochester. Skating provides great exercise and an opportunity to get out - plus, it's not like exercising at the gym... skating is fun! The skating rink is located right by the Strong National Museum of Play. Rochester has many natural beautiful park spaces -beautiful places to hang out in the summer, but also great places to have fun in the colder months.  Black Creek Park in Chili and Powder Mills Park in Pittsford are two great parks to go sledding in, both close to campus.  Into skiing? Enjoy cross-country skiing through Black Creek Park, Durand Eastman Park or plan a day trip to a local ski resort such as Bristol or Swain. After a day of outdoor festivities, or just for some down-time, visit one of the coffee shops in downtown Rochester: Spot Coffee, Java’s, or Starry Nites. They all offer a calm atmosphere to work on a project or to relax with friends. Not only does the winter provide RIT Students with a lot of unique things to do, it also provides them with an inspiration for artistic work.  For example, students in our Photography department collected and photographed snowflakes using a light microscope.  Check out their work at:  I think you will agree that it is absolutely stunning!   Hey Readers – What is your favorite Rochester winter activity?  Post it in the comments section!