6 Indoor Activities to do during the Snow Season

Link

by Ruta Mangle, Telecommunications Engineering MS 

The winters in Upstate New York can go from being pretty decent to being a total disaster. As much as we all love snuggling in our blankets with a cup of hot chocolate, after a point even that gets boring. On a random casual evening or a weekend when you feel like hanging out with your friends, but you don’t know where to go or what to do..try one of these indoor activities with your friends and I bet you would have a lot of fun! The indoor activities mentioned below are all in Rochester, just a few miles away from campus.

1.  Bowling – Bowl-a-Roll

The good old bowling idea will never go wrong, competing with your friends on a bowling lane is nothing but exciting. At Bowl-a-Roll they offer good finger food, beer and great deals. Their weekend deal is as low as $1/lane post 9pm.

Address: 1560 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://www.bowl-a-roll.com/ for open hours.

2.  Laser Tag – Lasertron

Lasertron features a giant 9200 square foot laser tag arena. The arena is divided into two teams and the arena features four large ramp structures to get to the second level, a massive upstairs level, and eight bases.

Address: 1175 Marketplace Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://rochester.lasertron.us/ for open hours.

3.  Bungee Jumping – Altitude Trampoline Park

With over 30,000 square feet of total space, Altitude Trampoline Park is a fresh, new entertainment option for friends, groups, and individuals to have active fun. Altitude Trampoline Park Rochester is an exciting addition to the area entertainment mix and is open all year, rain or shine. This park features high energy equipment such as a rock climbing wall, extreme dodge ball, foam pit, and much more entertainment.

Address: 3333 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://altituderochester.com/ for open hours.

4.  Mystery Room – Great Escape Room

An escape room is a game in which a team of players cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time. The goal is often to escape from the site of the game. The Great Escape Room has a variety of rooms and themes where and you can pick whichever you want based on the availability and your interest. Some examples of their interesting escape rooms are Professor Moriarty’s Gameroom, The President’s Bunker, Dr. Watson’s Infirmary, Sherlock Holmes’ Library and On The Run.

Address: 1150 University Ave Bldg 5, Suite 12A, Rochester, NY 14607

Visit https://thegreatescaperoom.com/rochester/ for open hours.

5.  Indoor Rock climbing – Rock Ventures

Indoor rock climbing is considered one of the most challenging and adrenaline-pumping sports, so if you want to get a workout in with your friends – just go for it. You have to plan and plot how you are going to climb the wall, where you are going to put your hands and feet and then compete with your friends to see who reaches on top first (without falling). This one is definitely my favorite and I am looking forward to doing it this winter.

Address: 1044 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

https://www.rocventuresclimbing.com/

6.  Go Karting Track – Pole Position Raceway

Experience real head-to-head go kart racing at Pole Position Raceway. They have high performance European indoor go karts which are capable of speeds approaching 45 mph, and that seems extremely fast when you are sitting just inches off of the ground trying to navigate a road course up to 1/4-mile in length! From a competition standpoint, their electric go karts are world class. Best of all, the action takes place inside their comfortable state-of-the-art climate-controlled facilities, and there are no smelly fumes!

Address: 17 Miracle Mile Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://www.polepositionraceway.com/  for open hours.

#myRITstory – Nishi Prasad

Nishi Prasad 

RIT Program: Computing Security MS (projected graduation in 2020)

Hometown: Chennai, India 

Last summer Nishi completed a co-op with RIT and Eaton Corporation, testing embedded devices. The co-op opened doors for her at RIT as a student leader and connected her to the university and Rochester community. Through her engagement with the department as a Research Assistant and her involvement with Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) and RITSEC (a student club dedicated to “Security through Community”) Nishi has made a home for herself at RIT and is fully prepared to graduate in 2020.

Nishi has additionally been Co-captain of RIT’s Collegiate Pen Testing Competition Team (which took 2nd place in an international competition in November 2019), has instructed GenCyber Summer Camp, was chosen as the Computing Security Graduate Delegate for 2020 Commencement, and attended a Women in Cybersecurity Conference in Pittsburgh last March!

“My co-op over this past summer was with RIT and Eaton Corp. on testing their embedded devices (basically devices that are not as powerful as mobiles or laptops). My role involved performing a vulnerability assessment of a device given to the team by the company and test it for any vulnerabilities. Thereafter a report was written up highlighting any vulnerabilities (and their severity) that the team found in the device. I chose this co-op as it perfectly aligned with my interest in Embedded system security. Through this co-op, I developed a keen interest in penetration testing and reporting. And this just encouraged me to apply for the Documentation and Presentation lead on the CPTC team. So this co-op opened quite a few doors for me, some of which I never knew existed!”

Hear from Nishi in her own words via our YouTube video!

Interested in our Computing Security MS program? We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for the fall semester. Apply anytime online.

The Weekend Retail Shuttle

by Ankit Jain, Computer Science MS 

The weekend retail shuttle is a great resource for students who have limited means of transportation and/or are new to campus and wish to explore the communities near campus and stock up on groceries or catch a movie or play laser tag with their friends.

The shuttle operates starting Friday evening and continues until Sunday night. It primarily begins from Gleason Circle and goes to Park Point, Perkins, Residence Halls, Province and takes the students to the following outlets:

  • South Town Plaza (Trampoline Park, Bank of America, Dollar Tree etc can be found here).
  • Marketplace Mall
  • Target
  • Wegmans
  • Walmart
  • Regal Cinemas
  • Jefferson & Scutti Plaza aka Jay Scutti Blvd
    Some of the outlets here are Olive Garden, IHOP, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Wendy’s, Kohl’s, Texas Roadhouse, Panera Bread, Citizens Bank, USPS, Burlington, BJs, Michaels, The Home Depot, Denny’s, PiCraft pizza, Tim Hortons, Sprint, NaanTastic, etc.
  • Jefferson Plaza
    The plaza extends further ahead from the Jay Scutti Plaza and contains stores and outlets like Bar Louis, Sonic, Dunkin’ Donuts, Taco Bell, Starbucks, a couple of Indian restaurants, Chase Bank, etc.

Plan your weekend ahead as there’s a ton of things to do around RIT made easier by the Weekend Retail Shuttle.

Find the schedule herehttps://www.rit.edu/fa/parking/transportation/bus

You can also track the live location of the bus using the TransLoc Rider App that can be downloaded here: http://m.rit.edu/?utm_source=RITMobileApps&utm_medium=referrer

Apart from the Weekend Retail Shuttle, there are also two shuttles that take students downtown on Friday and Saturday nights respectively. The Park Avenue shuttle is the late night bus on Fridays to Park Avenue and Alexander Street. The Saturday evening bus is in partnership with RTS, to ensure students enjoy their nights out in the safest way possible while preventing individuals from drinking and driving. The late night bus on Friday to Park Avenue will have similar pickup locations as the Saturday night bus to East Avenue and Alexander Street. Pickup locations on RIT’s campus include:  Perkins Crosswalk, Lot K South, Tyler, Riverknoll (S Lot), and Park Point North. View the actual bus schedule here. All students may ride the late night bus to Park Ave for free with a valid RIT student ID, so don’t forget to bring with you. https://www.rit.edu/fa/parking/sites/rit.edu.fa.parking/files/pats/transportation/Schedule%20%20RIT%20ParkAveFridayNights%202019.pdf

Tiger East End Express TE3: The Saturday Downtown Shuttle also takes students to various clubs and bars located in downtown on Saturday nights and brings them back safely.

There is always something to be thankful for

If you are living in the United States and you love good food, great deals and long weekends then Thanksgiving weekend is a paradise for you. Thanksgiving Day began as a day where people took the opportunity of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and the Friday after Thanksgiving kickstarts the Christmas shopping season with promotional sales. This year, Thanksgiving Day is on November 28th, 2019 and Black Friday is on November 29th. This blog is to help you make the most out of the long weekend.

Travel

An important part of Thanksgiving is families coming together. Extended family members often travel long distances to share the day and Thanksgiving dinner with their loved ones. RIT students usually travel to various cities in the US to visit family and friends. The good news is RIT students can save money in transportations like planes, trains and buses. I have listed a few options below;

  1. Student Universe – Flight search and booking
  2. STA Travel – Flight search and booking
  3. Amtrak – Train service
  4. Eurail – Train service
  5. Greyhound – 20% off

For those who are not visiting family (especially international students for whom visiting their home country is not feasible within 4 days), there are a few attractions nearby worth exploring like Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen State Park, Hamlin Beach Park, Sodus Point Beach and lastly the sunsets at the beautiful Finger Lakes in Upstate New York. You can also visit nearby cities that are on driving distance like Buffalo, Syracuse, Ithaca and Hornell.

Things to do in and around RIT

Food

How does a perfect roast turkey with a side of cheese grits and corn pudding sound to you?

Enjoy the traditional thanksgiving meal in and around RIT, my personal recommendations are as follows;

On-campus – Join The Commons and Gracies for a Thanksgiving feast .

Off-campus – Boston Market, Cracker Barrel

Events

Keep an eye on https://events.rit.edu/ for on campus events around thanksgiving.

Shopping

On Black Friday, major retailers open around midnight or earlier with exciting deals for the entire day and sometimes all through the long weekend. The black Friday sale is on a variety of commodities ranging from clothing, footwear, accessories to electronics. I have listed a few stores and outlets near RIT where you can find great deals and splurge a bit.

Stores – J. C. Penny, Macy’s, Best Buy (Electronics)

Malls – Marketplace Mall, Eastview Mall, The Mall at Greece Ridge

Outlets – Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, Waterloo Premium Outlets

Online websites like Amazon, Samsung, Best Buy also offer great deals.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

How to prep for snow like a pro!

Ruta Mangle, Telecommunications Engineering Technology MS

If you grew up in a place where winter meant wearing a light sweater, you may be a bit scared to have moved to a colder city like Rochester. Your first winter doesn’t have to be a total disaster, though. Take note of these tips in order to survive (and even enjoy!) the freezing temperatures.

 

First things first: Wear Appropriate Clothing

Note: Hold off on buying cold-weather gear until you get to your school city.

  • Layer up with several thin layers – base, middle and outer.
  • Hats, scarves and snow gloves (2 layered gloves).
  • Glasses/goggles as needed.
  • Boots and shoes with rubber or neoprene-composite soles and non-slip tread.
  • Wear two pairs of socks.

Walk Cautiously

  • Use cleared paths when walking around campus.
  • Walk with short, flat strides and keeping center of gravity between your feet.
  • Assume all wet/dark areas are slippery or icy.
  • Wipe shoes/boots before entering a building to keep the entrance dry.
  • Report slippery conditions to FMS by calling 475-2842 or e-mail fms@rit.edu.
  • Report accidents to RIT Public Safety.

Drive Safely and Maintain Your Vehicle

For those who drive to or keep a car on campus, being prepared for winter weather is essential.

  • Use the correct tires and keep them properly inflated.
  • Check belts, hoses, battery and fluids regularly.
  • Keep the fuel tank at least half-full.
  • Take your time in snowy/icy conditions.
  • Keep the proper distance between you and the vehicle in front of you (3 seconds).
  • Always use your seatbelt.
  • Take care when getting in and out of your vehicle – this is when most slips happen.

Things to keep handy in car (mandatory)

  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • De-icer wiper fluid
  • Water
  • Portable phone charger, and extra batteries

Things to keep handy in car (for times when you might get stuck in traffic)

  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Spare blanket.
  • Extra hats, coats and mittens.
  • Energy bars and snacks.

Other important tips

  • Plan for the weather the day before.
  • Plan on leaving early.
  • If you commute, only go when it’s safe.
  • Get food in advance.
  • Take care of your gloves and hat (it is very much likely that you would leave/drop them somewhere).
  • Protect important items and electronics in sealed plastic bins.

What to Do During a Snowstorm

  • Keep your thermostat as high as possible for as long as you have electricity.
  • Stay inside.
  • Limit travel to emergencies only.
  • Keep pipes from freezing by turning on every water faucet to a slow drip.
  • Stay hydrated with plenty of fluids.

While extreme weather can be very stressful to students living on campus, hopefully these tips will help you be prepared for the next hurricane or blizzard to come your way!

Don’t forget to ENJOY!

At RIT we embrace the snow and winter weather! Check out our Snow in 30 video to get a sense of what campus looks like during this season!

Grocery 101 @ RIT

by Kexin “Coco” Wang, Visual Communication Design MFA 

The first big flakes just fell last week, I believe a lot of students are trying to run to the grocery stores to stock up for their winter nourishment. In the meantime, the spring semester is just around the corner, and grocery shopping could become a big chapter of a student’s life after arriving on campus. Especially for some of the international students who don’t own a car, grocery shopping might become very hard sometimes. So I am going to list out some easy grocery shopping options for students who want to get familiar with the grocery situation around RIT so that that can better prepare for their new life here.

On-Campus Grocery Stores

– The Corner Store

The Corner Store is an on-campus convenience store located in Nathaniel Rochester Hall, on Level A. It offers all kinds of fresh produce, sandwiches and dairy products, snacks and beverages, etc. And it opens until 1 am for most of the time so it’ll be good for students who stay late studying on campus.

– Café & Market at Crossroads

This market-style shop is located in the Crossroads building in Global Village. It’s filled with a variety of grocery goods including fruits, vegetables, snacks and beverages, dry goods and even school supplies. And students could also order delivery to their meeting or room from their site. This will come in particularly handy when the weather’s not so good or students are just simply lazy.

-The Market at Global Village

The market is a place to get organic, local & international, ethnic, fair trade, and sustainable foods and other household goods on campus, located in Global Village.

-RIT FoodShare

The RIT FoodShare is a special program that’s created to offer the RIT community an opportunity and space to donate non-perishable items, swap out items they have for those they want, and/or take items they need. It’s located at 113 Riverknoll within the Apartment Area West office and each person can take up to five items per visit to the center.

Off-Campus Grocery Stores

– Wegman’s

Wegman’s is a popular grocery store near campus that a lot of students like to visit. It’s a Rochester-based, family-owned grocery chain that provides all sorts of groceries that you could think of. It’s also famous for its prepared food, extensive produce section, meats and cheeses. Another good thing is, RIT runs shuttles to Wegman’s too – students who don’t own a car, this is your great chance to get groceries off-campus.

-Walmart

There’s also a Walmart located a 5-7 min drive away from the campus, which offers a lot of back-to-school deals at the beginning of the semesters.

-Target

Target is also within about 6 minutes of drive from the campus. It’s located in the marketplace mall area, same as Walmart.

-Asia Food Market

This is the biggest Asian grocery store near campus (located on Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd) and I personally go there very often. Students could get authentic Asian foods and beverages, including some prepared meals as well.

-Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar is a grocery store specializing in Indian food and beverages, located on Jefferson Rd.

– International Food Market

International Food Market is a Turkish grocery store in Jefferson Plaza. Its kebab is very popular, and so as its Fresh and halal meat.

– Lori’s Natural Foods Center

Lori’s Natural Food Center provides the Rochester community with high-quality, healthy and fresh food and natural supplements, and it’s located on Jefferson Road.

– Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is a bit distance from the campus – about 13-15 min of drive, but it does have a good selection of groceries with reasonable prices. It’s store brand also produces good quality stuff.

So these are pretty much all of the grocery stores that I could think of right now, I hope that it will help some of you who are new to the campus or are about to get to know the campus soon! Have fun grocery shopping in Rochester!

RIT Tunnel Guide

by Rashmi Jeswani, Information Sciences and Technologies MS student

Rochester gets cold during the winter. Bitterly cold. Once the snow starts falling and the temperature starts dropping, you begin questioning whether or not you want to go outside. Fortunately, RIT has an extensive tunnel system throughout the campus that can get you from class to class with minimal exposure to the elements. However, if you’ve ever been down there, you know that it takes some exploration to get the layout down. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to the RIT tunnels to get you on your way come wintertime. For reference, you can access maps of the tunnels on the FMS website.

Residence Hall Tunnels

Probably the most familiar tunnel system to most RIT students is the one that connects most of residential side together. Everyone who lives in the residence halls goes down there at some point, whether it be to go to Gracie’s during the winter or do your laundry. However, there are some hidden aspects of the system that you may not have seen if you have not spent too much time down there. You also might only be familiar with a small segment of the system that gets you to Gracie’s or the post office. Getting around in the tunnels can be a bit disorienting at first, so it’s good to know some major landmarks in the system. Your first landmark should be knowing the location you usually enter at, so at the very least if you get turned around, you can make your way back there. This could be any of the dozen or so entrances to the tunnel system, coming from any of the buildings on residential side. Some of the major landmarks include Sol’s Underground, the Corner Store, and the curved tunnel leading up to Gracie’s.

Academic Side Tunnels

The academic-side tunnels are a very different beast from the dorm-side tunnels. People use them a lot less, often favoring to brave the cold or walk through the upper levels of building rather than figure them out. There are three distinct systems on academic side, and they are not nearly as large as the dorm side system. There is a system connecting the SAU and the Eastman building, one for the Infinity Quad system, and the tunnels under Booth and Gannett halls. The SAU-Eastman tunnels begin directly under the bridge between academic and residential side, leading into the athletics area. The easiest way to get in, however, is right through the Center for Campus Life near the fountain. Behind the fountain, there is a stairwell that will lead you down into the lower level. The main tunnel system door will be right in front of you. To get to Eastman, head past the WITR studio and the elevators and stairwell into the building will be at the end of the hall. If you make a turn in front of the WITR studio, that hallway will bring you up to RITZ Sports Zone and the stairs to the SAU.

The Infinity Quad system connects the Wallace Library, Liberal Arts Hall, Gleason Hall, and Gosnell Hall together. You also have the ability to make it all the way to Louise Slaughter Hall without stepping outside via the pedestrian bridge that connects Engineering Hall and Golisano Hall. This system can be a bit confusing, especially in the twists and turns of the area under Liberal Arts Hall. However, once you get the hang of it, getting around is a breeze. Once you enter the library basement, head toward the large, glass walled classroom. Past this, you’ll enter the Liberal Arts Hall basement, which contains some of the larger lecture halls on campus, such as A201 or A205. The tunnel that leads you to the rest of the system is behind a set of double doors labeled in a recessed part of the basement next to some offices “TO ENGINEERING.” Don’t worry if those doors are shut, they keep them closed to make sure the heat from the various pipes does not overheat Liberal Arts hall.

Once you’re through there, you will have the option to walk straight through to Gleason, or make a left and head to Gosnell.  Getting all the way to Slaughter while staying inside involves heading up into Gleason, which connects to Engineering hall, and heading up to the second floor to get to the bridge. This will bring you across to Golisano. After you get there, head through the building until it connects to Slaughter Hall on the far end. Finally, you have the tunnels underneath Booth and Gannett.

Once you figure out the system, it’s almost as fast as taking the Quarter Mile to class every day. That said, make sure you know the system before using it five minutes before you need to be at class. Familiarize yourself with the routes one day so you’re able to navigate the tunnels like a pro when old man winter comes knocking.

 

Your RIT ID

by Rashmi Jeswani, Information Sciences and Technologies MS student

RIT and the Office of the Registrar provide each student, faculty, staff, and alumni with a University ID card. The ID cards are used by Dining Services, University Housing, Student Life Center, and the Wallace Library. The Office offers new students, faculty, staff, and alumni the ability to upload their own photo for identification. Individuals who already have a photo on file who require an updated photo may come to the Office of the Registrar to have a new photo taken.

Through the RIT Online Photo Submission, you are able to upload a photo that will display in the following locations:

  • Student Information System (SIS)
  • RIT ID Card
  • Starfish Early Alert

Your student ID is your ticket to saving money on everyday costs, big-ticket items, and so much more! I’d like to provide you with my top picks for the most useful perks of having a student ID.

Memberships

  1. BJ’s Membership – show your RIT ID at the Henrietta BJ’s and it will serve as a membership card. Not only do they have great deals on their items in-store, but on top of that, they have some of the cheapest gas in Rochester for members!
  2. Amazon Prime Student – As a student, you will pay just $59 per year (compared to $119 per year) + 6 months completely free!
  3. Spotify AND Hulu – $4.99/month for both Spotify and Hulu
  4. Sponsor a friend or family member at RIT’s gym – If you have a friend or family member who would like to use RIT’s recreation facilities, check out the different guest passes and memberships offered: https://www.rit.edu/~w-criw/membership.php

Food (at participating locations)

  1. Dunkin Donuts – 10% off
  2. Chipotle – Free drink!
  3. Pi Craft – 10% off on Tuesdays
  4. Subway – 10% off or a free cookie
  5. Qdoba – $5 burrito meal OR free drink
  6. Dairy Queen – 10% off
  7. Chick-fil-a – Free drink!
  8. TCBY – 15% off
  9. McDonald’s – 10% off
  10. Burger King – 10% off
  11. Taco Bell – 10% off
  12. Arby’s – 10% off
  13. Papa John’s – 10-20% off
  14. Domino’s – 10-20% off
  15. Denny’s- Student Discount
  16. Spice Bazaar- Student Discount

Retail and Services

  1. Ann Taylor – 20% off
  2. Levi’s – 15% off
  3. Topshop – 10% off
  4. Alex and Ani – 10% off
  5. Steve Madden – 10% off
  6. Madewell – 15% off
  7. JoAnn’s – 10% off on top of any coupons you find online
  8. Victoria’s Secret/Pink – 10% off
  9. J Crew and J Crew Factory – 15% off
  10. Eddie Bauer – varies by store
  11. Eastern Mountain Sports – 20% off
  12. Charlotte Russe – 10% off
  13. Tom’s – free shipping
  14. Banana Republic – 15% off
  15. Jiffy Lube – 10% off
  16. FedEx – save 30% on documents and 20% on shipping services
  17. Goodwill – 10% off
  18. J. Crew – 15% off

Electronics

  1. Dell, Apple, Lenovo – all offer student deals on select products. Ask about these before purchasing!
    1. Apple now offers a $100 gift card with the purchase of a new laptop, on top of $300 off the purchase of that laptop.

Travel

  1. Student Universe – Flight search and booking
  2. STA Travel – Flight search and booking
  3. Amtrak
  4. Eurail
  5. Greyhound – 20% off
  6. Museums and activities – While studying abroad, I found many museums allow students in for free or offer huge student discounts. Do your research before you go!

Student Credit Cards – Look into which credit card companies have the best cashback and rewards for your spending habits. Discover has a rewards system for students that collects cashback on purchases, which can add up fast paying for textbooks! If you don’t spend your points until after a full year, they double!

Lastly, be sure to take advantage of all that RIT has to offer. Now is the time to establish healthy habits with free wellness courses and our state-of-the-art fitness center staffed by extremely helpful students. You will be living steps away from a pool, 25 people hot tub, racquetball courts, squash courts, a boxing room, rock climbing wall, and a sauna…USE IT! Don’t forget about all the guest speakers, concerts, and College Activities Board organized activities and trips in the area! So many ways to enjoy yourself while saving money!

The Best Hiking Trails Around Campus!

by Rashmi Jeswani, Information Sciences and Technologies MS student

One of the few gems that I have come across after coming to the States is the nature trails situated in every part of the city. These trails are perfect for biking or if you just want to go for a run amidst the natural beauty. 

Rochester, NY has some great options when it comes to taking an outdoor adventure. Here is a list of some notable places that are not too far from the RIT campus.

RIT Nature Trails

This 2.12-mile walkway is the nature trail behind Grace Watson and SLC on RIT’s campus. It is beautiful and definitely worth your time. Well groomed. Check out this page to find out about the routes and particular information for each trail here: https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/criw/documents/Trails%20Pamphlet%202011.pdf

Linear Park Cascades Trail

Linear Park Cascades Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rochester, New York that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

The Town of Penfield hosts this 19-acre community park along an exciting stretch of Irondequoit Creek, where it drops over 90 feet in the course of one mile. The relatively steep drop in an otherwise flat region leads to some interesting rapids along its path towards Irondequoit Bay and eventually Lake Ontario. The community of Penfield has always had a use for this stretch of the creek. The power presented by the creek created a large community of mills that fueled the earliest industries in the valley. Although the course of the creek has changed over time, and all of the mills that once utilized it have been razed, evidence of this period can still be found in the crumbling foundations of a few of these remaining structures.

Named after former Town Supervisor, Channing H. Philbrick, the park serves a variety of purposes. The open field, picnic shelter, and playground are a frequent host to parties and family gatherings throughout the summer months. Year-round, the creek is host to hikers, photographers, and fisherman who come to enjoy the sights, sounds, and the sense of peace and isolation this small sliver of nature offers in an otherwise highly-developed suburb.

Old Rifle Range Trail, Lucien Morin Park

Old Rifle Range Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rochester, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

Turning Point Park Trail

Located in the Charlotte neighborhood near Lake Ontario on Rochester’s northwest side, Turning Point Park covers 275 wooded acres along the banks of the Genesee River. Hiking and biking trails will help you discover the park’s distinct areas, from the wooded oak forest called “Bullock’s Woods” to the cattail-lined shores of the river. One can enjoy nature watching and beautiful Genesee river views from its trails.

Turning Point Park Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rochester, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

Turning Point’s boardwalk and trail won the American Public Works Associations’ “Transportation Project of the Year” Award ($2-$10 million categories) in 2008. The trail consists of 3 main parts: 1) the 2,968 ft land-based trail that utilized an old railroad bed to transition from the top of the bank to the river’s edge, 2) a 3,572 ft-long bridge over the Genesee River Turning Basin, and 3) an all-new land-based trail, 3,406 feet in length, through Turning Point Park North and adjacent to the Genesee Marina.

Fall foliage at Turning Point Park.

Fall foliage at Turning Point Park.

The park’s trail continues on to connect to the Genesee Riverway Trail. Take the trail and explore over 16 miles of Rochester by reaching Ontario Beach Park to the north or downtown to the south.

Turning Point Park also features a gorgeous Rain Garden, an eco-friendly way to use natural vegetation as sediment filters. When it rains or snows, flowing sediments and pollutants from the nearby parking lot are captured by the garden’s vegetation. The water-loving plants act as filters and clean the runoff before it reaches the river. The rain garden is stocked with a wide variety of hardy plants that aid in the process, from ostrich fern and filipendula to coneflower and New England aster.

4th of July Events in Rochester!

by Rashmi Jeswani, Information Sciences and Technologies MS student

Who doesn’t love the Fourth of July? Hot dogs, parades, corn hole, and fireworks – what more could you want? Luckily, here in the Rochester area, we’ve got plenty of fun things to do on the Fourth that will have you feeling festive all day. Here is a list of 10 great events you could go to with friends and family!

The Town of Chili’s Annual Fourth of July Chil-E Festival

Perfect for people of all ages, there’s no shortage of things to do at the Chil-E Festival. They have everything from crafts and food vendors to a car show, plus a parade and fireworks show at 10 PM!

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Fourth of July BBQphoto-1496905583330-eb54c7e5915a

If you’re looking for something a little bit removed from the usual Independence Day traditions, look no further! Bristol Mountain’s Aerial Adventures lets you climb around on their obstacles in the treetops, and then you can go back down to the ground to enjoy free hot dogs and refreshments. They even have kids’ courses, so it’s great for people of all ages to have a blast!

 

 

 

Canandaigua Fourth of July Celebration at Kershaw Park

This celebration right on the water is great for a relaxing Fourth of July! There’s a parade in the morning, followed by a community picnic, live music, and, of course, the night is topped off with fireworks. Plus, you can hang out at the beach all day right on Canandaigua Lake, which is always a plus!

Irondequoit Fourth of July Festival

The Irondequoit Festival has a truly impressive amount of events and activities on not just the Fourth, but on the night before as well! You can go to the arts and crafts show, watch street dancers, run in a 10K or 2-mile race, pitch horseshoes, go to a naturalization ceremony, or any other number of activities. As with any good Fourth of July Festival, it all ends with a fireworks display!

Brighton Fourth of July Celebration

There are few feelings better than stuffing yourself with pancakes after a good 5K race, and luckily, Brighton’s celebrations let you do just that! Then, afterward, you can hang out at Meridian Centre Park for food, games, a show by the Skycoasters, and fireworks!

Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in Greece

We’re in no shortage of 5K races in our area this Fourth of July! You can run this one in Greece at 7:30 AM to avoid the heat, then come back in the evening for performances by Josie Waverly and Orleans before the fireworks!

Town of Henrietta July Fourth Celebration

You can celebrate right here in Henrietta! During the first half of the day, there will be a community sale, then the main celebration starts at 4 PM in the Veterans Memorial Park, leading up to fireworks just after sunset!

sparklers-828570_1280.jpg

Fairport Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park

If a 5K isn’t quite far enough for you, check out the Firecracker Four Mile Race in Fairport. Afterward, enjoy a party in Perinton Park, with a parade, live music, food, and a bouncy house!

Fourth of July Celebration in Downtown Rochester

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without the Celebration in Downtown Rochester! At 7:30 PM, Paul C. Boutte, and the Motown Review will perform, followed by our very own Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Ward Stare. Then at 10 PM, there will be a spectacular firework show!