Rochester and the Erie Canal

Family vacation fun begins with a day trip to Rochester. Be a kid again and bring back memories of your favorite childhood toys at the National Museum of Play and Toy Hall of Fame. Visit the life of and accomplishments of George Eastman as you go back in time in the world of photography. There's hands-on fun for the entire family at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Make sure your day includes time to relax with your family on or near the Historic Erie Canal on a cruise on the Sam Patch.

Kids interact with a game at the Strong Museum of playThere's so much to see and do at The Strong Museum and the National Toy Hall of Fame. The Strong is the only museum in the world devoted solely to the importance of play and blends the artifacts of a history museum with the high interactivity of a children's museum. Get ready for more than 150,000 square feet of whimsical, highly interactive exhibits. Families can get hands-on with exhibits about the history of puzzles, board games, and video games. Step into Sesame Street... visit The Berenstein Bears... walk into a life-size pop-up book... or join forces with American Comic Book Heroes. Kids love "shopping" in the pint-sized Wegmans Super Kids Market. The Strong museum also holds the world's most comprehensive collection of dolls, toys, games, electronic games, and play-related objects and includes the prestigious National Toy Hall of Fame, which inducts iconic toys each November. Experience the magic of the region's only indoor butterfly garden. No matter what age - from toddlers to "the big kid" in all of us - The Strong Museum appeals to young and old alike. 

Exterior of the George Eastman MuseumToday, the Kodak name is known throughout the world. George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film is the world's oldest photography museum and third-largest film archive in the United States. Visitors can enjoy photo and camera galleries displaying items from the museum's 4.5 million artifacts, which include the world's largest collection of camera technology. The museum includes the work of every major photographer throughout history, George Eastman's 35,000-square-foot Colonial Revival mansion on East Avenue is a National Historic Landmark attracting visitors from around the globe. Visitors can tour Eastman's impressive home and gardens where, in 1928, he and Thomas Edison introduced the world to motion pictures in color.

Hands-on educational fun for the entire family, exploring science and technology, the natural environment, and our region's cultural heritage, at the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC), Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Explore the fascinating and fun sides of science, history and technology at the Rochester Museum & Science Center. A kid watches a lion close up through the glass at the Seneca Park ZooRMSC has 200 interactive exhibits and activities that will capture every member of the family. Climb a wall. Build a tower. Power a robot. Explore lasers. See the only exhibit on Frederick Douglass in New York State. Kids can create their own TV weather report!

Other favorites are the Seneca Park Zoo and Seabreeze Amusement Park. For history lovers, there's the Genesee Country Museum and the Susan B. Anthony House with direct ties to the Finger Lakes history.

Rochester is home to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, a main-stay of the summer concert series in nearby Canandaigua at the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center.

The rochester philharmonic orchestra plays

New York's world-renowned Erie Canal System  - Flat, safe and open paths run along the canal side through parks and villages for hikes and nature walks. The world-renowned Erie Canalway Trail offers 450 miles of wonderful views along old towpaths of the legendary waterway created to link Albany and Buffalo. With no motorized vehicles allowed, walkers, joggers, hikers and cyclists enjoy safe, easy traveling. The Erie Canal Heritage Trail, part of the longer Canalway Trail, covers 70 miles between Fairport and Lockport.

No day out should be without good food too. Pick up some of the local specialties. Try the garbage plate, Chicken French or grab a Zwiegles hot dog with some French's mustard.

For more information and to plan your day of family fun, contact:

Visit Rochester

800-677-7282 • 585-279-8300