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Welcome To Rochester

 

RIT’s campus occupies over 1,300 acres in Henrietta, a suburb of Rochester, and is close to theaters, parks, waterways, and bustling retail centers. In addition to the top-notch education RIT offers, you will find an exciting life outside the classroom through Rochester’s local attractions, sports, music, and the arts. Residents and guests can enjoy unlimited entertainment, recreation, and cultural opportunities. Our four-season climate is an ideal place to work and play, allowing for a variety of activities like hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, boating, golfing, and camping.

Statistical Snapshot

  • Greater Rochester is the third-largest metropolitan area in New York State
  • Total Metro Population: 1.1 million
  • Colleges and Universities: 18 with more than 80,000 students
  • Geography: sits on the south shore of Lake Ontario and is bisected by the Genesee River
  • Climate: Rochester lies in the humid continental climate zone and has four distinct seasons. The mean July temperature is 71.3 °F (21.8 °C) and the mean February temperature is 23.6 °F (−4.7 °C). Precipitation is plentiful year round.
  • Driving Distances: New York City, 7 hours; Boston, 6 hours; Pittsburgh, 4 hours; Toronto, 3 hours, Niagara Falls, 81 miles

Favorite Local Restaurants
Rochester’s dining scene offers something for every palate. In addition to Rochester specialties – garbage plates, Zweigle’s white hots and Abbott's Frozen Custard – you will find a huge variety of ethnic cuisine including: Japanese, Thai, Greek, Italian, Ethiopian, Indian, Mexican, and American fare. For more, check out the people's guide to Rochester, rocwiki.org/restaurants.

Attractions

• Rochester Public Market – voted America’s favorite farmer’s market, serving the community since 1905
• Strong National Museum of Play® – the first and only major museum in the world devoted to the study and interpretation of play
• George Eastman House – world-renowned international museum of photography and film and National Historic Landmark home and gardens of Kodak founder George Eastman
• Rochester Museum & Science Center –hands-on exploration of science and technology
• Center at High Falls – City Visitor Center and New York State Heritage Area
• Genesee Country Village & Museum – largest living history museum in NYS with restored 19th century village and historic buildings
• Seabreeze Amusement Park – historic amusement park nestled between Irondequoit Bay and Lake Ontario

Music and the Arts

  • Rochester Broadway Theatre League – brings great entertainment to the Auditorium Theatre including Broadway productions
  • Memorial Art Gallery - considered one of the finest regional art museums in the country with a permanent collection of over 10,000 works that span 50 centuries of world art
  • Corning Museum of Glass - home to the world's most comprehensive collection of glass reflecting 3,500 years of glassmaking history
  • Geva Theatre Centre – most attended regional theatre in New York State outside of Manhattan
  • Water Street Music Hall –  is one of the city's premiere spots to check out an out-of-town band and great local talent as well, located in the St. Paul Quarter
  • Garth Fagan Dance – internationally acclaimed modern dance company
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra – award-winning orchestra
  • Dryden Theatre – screens rare, silent and popular films, as well as premieres of new foreign and independent cinema
  • The Little Theatre – one of the best known “art house” movie theaters in the country
  • Downstairs Cabaret Theatre – live, professional theater

Sports and Recreation
Rochester is consistently rated one of the best minor league sports market – check out our local teams!
• Rochester Red Wings – the Triple-A affiliate of MLB’s Minnesota Twins
• Rochester Raging Rhinos – a United Soccer League First Division team
• Rochester Americans – the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres
• Knighthawks (indoor) and Rattlers (outdoor) – professional lacrosse teams of Rochester
• Razor Sharks – 2005-2006 American Basketball Association Champions
• Top 40 “Best Golf Towns in America” (plus a hot spot for disc golf)
• Rochester has 12,000 acres in its park system great for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing
• Bristol Mountain Winter Resort or Swain Ski & Snowboard Resort – downhill skiing and snowboarding
• Rock Ventures – 18,000 square feet of indoor rock climbing surface
• Letchworth State Park – 66 miles of hiking trails, whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning

Local Festivals

  • Lilac Festival – draws 500,000 visitors annually to celebrate the blooming of 1,200 lilac bushes in Highland Park
  • Rochester International Jazz Festival – one of the nation's largest and fastest growing music festivals, drawing more than 133,000 fans and critically-acclaimed artists
  • Park Ave Festival – one of the area’s oldest summer arts festivals which draws over 250,000 annually
  • Corn Hill Arts Festival – artists, entertainment, and music make this 43-year-old festival unforgettable
  • ImagineRIT – RIT’s own festival dedicated to student innovation and creativity.  Draws over 35,000 people