Entertainment comes in many forms in Rochester. From a performance by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the fabulous Eastman Theatre to a poetry reading at Java’s Café to a soccer match at Sahlen’s Stadium, there’s sure to be something to suit you. Highlights for many students include visits to Seneca Park Zoo, Geva Theatre, Seabreeze Amusement Park, The Strong National Museum of Play, Memorial Art Gallery, Strasenburgh Planetarium, Rochester Museum & Science Center, and the George Eastman Museum of Photography and Film. You’ll find an exciting selection of art galleries, cinemas, theaters, comedy clubs, restaurants, concert halls, and nightclubs featuring live music and dancing.
With eight professional sports teams, Rochester has been rated the best minor- league sports market. The Rochester Americans (ice hockey), Red Wings (baseball), Knighthawks and Rattlers (indoor and outdoor lacrosse, respectively), Rhinos (soccer), RazorSharks (basketball), Rochester Raiders (indoor football), and Empire State Roar (Western New York’s only women’s professional football) are cheered on by their enthusiastic hometown fans.
Throughout Rochester you’ll find tree-lined streets; historic architecture; summer festivals; and plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options to fit a student budget. You also can experience some of the flavor of Rochester in the nearby villages and towns, many of which are located on the historic Erie Canal. Nature lovers will find parks, beaches, mountains, gorges, lakes, and streams that provide year-round outdoor recreation and sightseeing. And let’s not forget golf courses: Rochester is one of the Top 40 Best Golf Towns in America, according to Golf Magazine.