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Rochester International Jazz Festival: 15 Things You Must Do While In Town

Most Rochester International Jazz Festival performances begin in the early-evening, so you’ll have plenty of time during the day to explore the Rochester area. This map below highlights both the venues used during Jazz Fest and places worth exploring within a 2-mile radius of Eastman Theater. We’ll list out some destinations as well, but the map includes more, like places with noteworthy architecture and places to eat & drink.

15 Must-See Places within a 2-Mile Radius of the Rochester International Jazz Festival

Strong National Museum of Play Rochester NY
Strong National Museum of Play

1. Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play has a wealth of interaction for toddlers, school-aged children and adults, including play-shopping at Wegmans! The Strong houses the world’s largest collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, and the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

VIP Pass George Eastman Museum
George Eastman Museum

2. George Eastman Museum

The George Eastman Museum is a beautiful tribute to his life & legacy, and is the world’s oldest photography museum with one of the oldest film archives.

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Rochester Museum and Science Center Tesla Coils

3. Rochester Museum & Science Center and Strasenburgh Planetarium

RMSC’s Rochester campus includes the Science Museum and the Strasenburgh Planetarium, each with unique schedules and admission. The Planetarium offers a robust Saturday schedule of star shows, laser shows, movies, and free telescope viewings on clear Saturday nights from the Observation Tower. In the Science Museum you’ll interact with large Ice Age exhibit, simulator rides, Singing Tesla Coils, an extensive Native Peoples wing, and a recently-restored diorama of Rochester.

Memorial Art Gallery
Memorial Art Gallery

4. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery has an extensive permanent collection, an incredible variety of traveling exhibitions, & a well-rounded calendar of events.

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ARTISANworks

5. ARTISANworks

I’ve heard ARTISANworks described as a walk-through kaleidoscope, a bombardment on the senses, a 360° canvas, a space that defies all boundaries, a place that can’t be described but must be seen, surprising, inspiring, and in some instances shocking.

Susan B Anthony Frederick Douglass Lets Have Tea
Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass “Let’s Have Tea” Statue in Anthony Square, Rochester, NY

6. National Susan B Anthony Museum & House

It is difficult to summarize the life of Susan B Anthony, her passion for the rights of all Americans, and specifically how tirelessly she worked as a suffragist for women’s right to vote. Therefore, we encourage you to visit her home in Rochester, historic landmarks in Seneca Falls, and her final resting place in Mount Hope Cemetery to dive deeper into her remarkable life.

Public Gardens Lamberton Conservatory
Lamberton Conservatory

7. Lamberton Conservatory

Walking in, you feel the change in temperature as you move between the warmer, wetter biome, draped with spanish moss and the drier dessert filled with cacti. Peek around the trees at the details tucked away under lush greens. You’ll find turtles lounging by koi ponds, tiny quail wandering about, and a resident duck with her own unique story.

Highland Park
Highland Park

8. Highland Park

Highland Park was designed to be enjoyed year-round. Every pathway, every tree, every vista & every relationship between the land & water is intentional. And there is so much more to Highland than the lilacs, though they are extraordinary!

Mount Hope Cemetery
Mount Hope Cemetery Tour

9. Mount Hope Cemetery

Mount Hope is America’s first municipal Victorian Cemetery.  There are more people dead in Mount Hope Cemetery than living in the City of Rochester! Formed by glaciers, the landscape features high hills and deep valleys, winding eskers and deep kettles, with roadways meandering throughout.

30 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester: Cobbs Hill Park
Cobbs Hill Park in Rochester, NY

10. Cobbs Hill

The view from Cobbs Hill, the quiet, the breeze, the friendly nature of people walking and taking it all in—there’s nothing quite like it in Rochester.

Maplewood Park Lower Falls
Maplewood Park Lower Falls

11. Maplewood Rose Garden & Lower Falls

Maplewood Park is a linear park that follows the river from Driving Park and the Lower Falls to just north of Route 104, ending at the pedestrian bridge over the Genesee.

High Falls Genesee River Rochester
High Falls on the Genesee River

12. High Falls

High Falls is both the name of the waterfall and the district in the city where it can be found. There’s plenty of parking on both sides of the river.

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City of Rochester Public Market

13. Rochester Public Market

On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday the Public Market is the place to grab the freshest local and wholesale fruit, veggies, seafood, beef, cheese, bread, flowers and spices. There are also notable restaurants in the area offering everything from coffee and donuts to vegan burgers, empenadas, and farm-to-table meals.

Monroe County Libraries: Rochester Central Library Rundel Building
Rochester Central Library Rundel Building on the Genesee River

15. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

Central Library occupies two buildings located across the street from each other on South Avenue in Center City Rochester. The two buildings are joined together by a tunnel under South Avenue. Parking in the attached Court Street Garage is free to library patrons; just present your book receipt when you exit. The Rundel building sits on the old subway and canal bed, and current Johnson-Seymour Millrace. Inside the library, make your way to the back for a great view of the river. Outside, cross the river for a great view of the library!

Welcome to Rochester
Welcome to Rochester by Geva Theatre

15. Landmark Society Walking Tours of Rochester

If you are a fan of history and architecture, you will enjoy these self-guided Landmark Society walking tours of center city Rochester. The Liberty Pole East City Loop Tour and the East End & Cultural District Tour are closest to the Jazz Fest performance venues.

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Rochester International Jazz Festival: Your Guide to the 2018 Fest

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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