Visit Rochester - Best of Rochester

Rochester, situated on the southern shores of Lake Ontario is the Rochester is the third-largest metropolitan area in state of New York. Rochester is blessed with a particularly scenic geography thanks to the Genesee Valley and the city’s proximity to Lake Ontario, one of five, fresh-water Great Lakes. Rochester is known as both “Flour City” due to its thriving mill industry and the “Flower City” thanks to its prominent seed trade. Some of the most famous exports of the city of Rochester would be Xerox and Kodak. Xerox was founded in the year 1906 as the “Haloid Photographic Company” and Kodak was launched by George Eastman in 1892. Almost 45% of the people living in Rochester are White Americans while rest of the population includes African-Americans and Asians.

Rochester may not be very famous as a tourist attraction but if you look at the list of the attractions and activities, you will realize that Rochester is a complete family destination. An all year-round destination, the city will leave you spoilt for choices. You can visit the world’s oldest photography museum, watch a movie for $1, go for a nature trails exploring the beautiful fall colours, go cross country skiing, enjoy a safari in a horse driven carriage or go wine tasting in the country. Rochester serves as a gateway to the Finger Lakes, a must-see destination when visiting the state of New York.

Rochester Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Rochester tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5) Summer (DST: UTC -4)
  • Currency: USD (United State Dollar)
  • Electricity: US uses 110 Volts, 60 Hz alternating current as power. Plug sockets have ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type A) and grounded 3 pin connections (Type B)
  • Languages: Majority of the people in United States speak English.
  • Internet: 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections are available in almost every hotel in the city. The city also has public Wi-Fi in some areas.
  • Security: Dial 911 for police and medical emergency.
  • Tipping: Tipping is expected in the restaurants. Tip is generally calculated by doubling the tax amount.

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Rochester Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Rochester

  • Save 8% Genesee Country Village and Museum VIP Experience
    Genesee Country Village and Museum VIP Experience New on TripHobo

    Duration: 6 Hrs

    Take a step behind the scenes during this VIP tour at The Genesee Country Village and Museum, the largest living history muse...

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  • Save 7% Genesee Country Village and Museum Admission
    Genesee Country Village and Museum Admission New on TripHobo

    Duration: Flexible

    Immerse yourself in the 19th century at The Genesee Country Village and Museum, the largest living history museum in New York...

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  • George Eastman Museum Admission
    George Eastman Museum Admission New on TripHobo

    Duration: 5 Hrs

    Enter the world of photography and film!George Eastman Museum is one of the worlds foremost collections of photography and ci...

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  • The Strong Museum Admission
    The Strong Museum Admission New on TripHobo

    Duration: Flexible

    Discover a world of fun at the Strong National Museum of Play, a hands-on history center for children and families in Rochest...

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Facts and Stats for Rochester*

  • Pollution Statistics in Rochester

    Know the pollution level of Rochester before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 38.89 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 29.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 44.44 (Moderate)
  • Rochester: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Rochester for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Rochester.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.71 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 58.11 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 62.5 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 47.37 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 44.74 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 57.24 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 51.88 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 70.39 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 56.88 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 31.25 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 53.95 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 42.57 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 61.18 (High)
  • Living in Rochester - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Rochester is 159.13 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 43.36 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 63.62 (High)
    • Pollution Index 37.69 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 26.38 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 70.39 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 68.59 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.13 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 90.71 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Rochester

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Rochester

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 27.14 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 39.2 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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