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Staycation: Greater Rochester Area

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

If you’re looking for a true staycation, look no further than an hour down the thruway to Rochester. This city has museums, history of national importance, and plenty of other entertainment venues for when you feel like you want to travel somewhere not as far as out of state, but further than what can be considered “Buffalo.” 

In addition to several features in this week’s this week’s print edition, we will be posting near by destinations and day trip ideas here on Artvoice Daily over the course of the week. Today’s picks focus on the greater Rochester area, care of Artvoice Staffer Robert Creenan. To view all of the other posts as they are added, click here.

Susan B Anthony Museum and House: The home of Susan B Anthony, one of the most prominent women’s rights advocates of the late 1800’s. This site was also home to the National American Women Suffrage Association, where Anthony was arrested for voting in 1872, and where she died in 1906.

Phone: (585) 235-­6124
17 Madison St. Rochester, NY

The Strong National Museum of Play: The Strong houses the world’s largest collection of toys and other articles related to playing. Current exhibits include Boardwalk Arcade, Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games, and What were they thinking?

Phone: (585) 263­2700
1 Manhattan Square Dr. Rochester, NY

Memorial Art Gallery: In Search of Shadows. Through Aug. 16.

Phone: (585) 276­8900
500 University Ave. Rochester, NY

George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film: In the Garden. May 9­-Sept. 6. Kodak Camera at 125. Through Dec. 31. Collecting Shadows: The Legacy of James Card. Through Oct. 25. Peter Greenway­ – The Stairs: Geneva, the location. Through Sept. 20.

Phone: (585) 271­-3361
900 East Ave. Rochester, NY

Seabreeze Amusement Park: Located between Lake Ontario and the Irondequoit bay, Seabreeze is a popular family destination and one of the oldest amusement parks in the country. Attractions include the Jack Rabbit roller coaster, bobsleds, a waterpark, a wooden carousel, and other family friendly rides.

Phone: (585) 323-­1900
4600 Culver Rd. Rochester, NY

Charlotte ­Genesee Lighthouse

Charlotte ­Genesee Lighthouse

Charlotte ­Genesee Lighthouse: The oldest surviving active lighthouse along Lake Ontario, built in 1822, this place is undergoing restoration and is open for tours only on fridays, saturdays, sundays, and mondays during the summer.

Phone: (585) 621­-6179
70 Lighthouse St. Rochester, NY

Geva Theatre Company: Claiming to be the most attended regional theater in the state outside of New York City, Geva presents a wide variety of musical theater and improv comedy. Upcoming events include a tribute to blues singer Eddie “Son” House from August 26­-29.

Phone: (585) 232­-4382
75 Woodbury Blvd. Rochester, NY

Kodak Center for Performing Arts: Upcoming productions include the adult­themed Broadway play Avenue Q, from July 24 through August 1, and Wild Kratts Live, based on the PBS Kids show WIld Kratts, on July 30th.

Phone: (585) 254­-0073
200 Ridge Road West, Rochester, NY

Chapel at Mount Hope Cemetary

Chapel at Mount Hope Cemetary

Mount Hope Cemetery: Ever since it was first used as a cemetery in the 1830’s, Mount Hope has contained the final resting places of some of Rochester’s most notable residents, such as Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Rochester, Thomas B. Dunn, Henry Augustus Ward, Margaret Woodbury Strong, Henry O’Reilly, and Hartwell Carver.

Phone: (585) 428­7999
1133 Mt. Hope Ave. Rochester, NY

Golf Courses: Rochester has some of the more affordable, well­known golf courses, thanks to their usage in the PGA and LPGA tours. Some of the best public courses in the state are located here, including Ravenwood, Bristol Valley, and Greystone, all three ranked in the top 20 of New York State by Golf Magazine.

Water Street Music Hall: Upcoming performances include So Last Year (7/24), Zappa plays Zappa (7/29), Motion City Soundtrack (7/30), Desaparecidos (7/31), Glass Animals (8/3), KMFDM (8/5), and Coal Chamber (8/8).

Phone: (585) 325­-5600
204 N. Water St. Rochester, NY

Gardens and Green areas: Rochester has been known as “The Flower City” since 1859 when it was the center of America’s flower­growing industry. The green spaces surrounding the city live up to that legacy. The city’s park system was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, including Highland Park and Durand-Eastman Park. Other highlights include the gardens of the George Eastman house, the Maplewood Park Rose Garden, the Lamberton Conservatory, the Ellwanger garden, and the Fragrance Garden.

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