Rochester Bucket List for Seniors

Are you graduating this May? If so, you probably are counting down the days until you walk across that stage and finally get your diploma. Well, as exciting as graduating is, don’t spend your last month at RIT wishing you were done! There are countless things to do in Rochester before you leave. Check out our Rochester bucket list for graduating seniors!

Eat a garbage plate

The most obvious thing you have to do before leaving Rochester is eat a garbage plate! A traditional garbage plate is your choice of a burger, white or red hot dog with mac salad, homefries, and meat sauce (and a side of bread, of course). There’s quite the debate about where the best garbage plate can be found, but we recommend Henrietta Hots, Nick Tahou’s, and Dogtown!

Attend the Rochester Public Market

The Rochester Public Market runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Saturday’s from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. year-round. Located near downtown Rochester at 280 North Union Street. The Public Market is a must-do before leaving Rochester. You will find over 300 different vendors, selling countless different things!

Walk the Pittsford Canal

As the weather continues to get nicer and nicer, walking the Pittsford Canal is the perfect way to spend a warm evening. Stop by Pittsford Dairy for a delicious ice cream cone, grab a healthy dinner at Aladdin’s, or enjoy a light breakfast at Simply Crepes. All located steps from the canal, this is definitely something you need to check out!

Visit the Genesee Brew House

The Genesee Brew House is a Rochester staple. Established in 2012, the Brew House itself was actually part of the original brewery more than 100 years ago. The Brew House has a tasting room (with $5 flights!), a gift shop, and a large restaurant located upstairs. With a patio that overlooks High Falls, the Genesee Brew House is the perfect place to soak in your last days in Rochester.

Eat frozen custard from Abbott’s

With multiple locations throughout Rochester, Abbott’s is another Rochester staple that you don’t want to skip! Founded in 1902, the ice cream shop chain has come a long way since then. For a list of Abbott’s locations, visit

Go to a Red Wings game

You can’t leave Rochester without supporting one of our local teams! The Rochester Red Wings have plenty of home games on weekends and during the evening. For a full schedule check out

Get a late-night meal at Jay’s Diner

Jay’s Diner is located on West Henrietta Road, making it a very easy place to stop at when you are craving a late-night meal. The diner is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The best part is that they sell breakfast at all hours of the day. Oh, and don’t forget to try one of their milkshakes, you won’t regret it!

Have a picnic at one of Rochester’s many parks

Genesee Valley Park

From Genesee Valley Park, to Highland Park, to Cobb’s Hill, Rochester is jam-packed with beautiful, spacious parks. If you’re looking for lilacs, visit Highland Park in May. If you want to take a walk around a large reservoir with a stunning view of the city, visit Cobb’s Hill. All of Rochester’s parks make for the perfect place to have a picnic with some good company!

As you enter your last few weeks in Rochester before graduating, make the most of your time. Enjoy all that flower city has to offer!