Disclosure: My activities were complimentary for review – all opinions are my own.
Known as the Flower City (changed from the original – “Flour City”), Rochester, NY, in Western New York State, is a diverse city with so many things to do. The third-largest city in New York State, Rochester is home to many beautiful parks, as well as world-class universities, and international corporations. On my recent trip to Western New York as part of the TMS Family Travel Conference, I extended my trip for a quick one-day tour of Rochester’s most popular kid-friendly attractions.
This wasn’t my first trip to Rochester. In fact, I actually spend three and a half years living along the Genessee River when I attended the University of Rochester. Admittedly, much of my time in Rochester was spent on campus, and since I didn’t have children, I didn’t spend much time at the kid-friendly museums and attractions. I definitely plan to return with my children soon – there are so many things to do in Rochester NY with kids.
Things to Do in Rochester NY With Kids
With a Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. designed river-side park and an IM Pei designed student union, the University of Rochester is one of the most beautiful universities I’ve seen (and I’m not just saying that because it’s my alma mata). In 1999, areas of the campus were designated as an arboretum. It’s definitely worth a visit.
The Rochester Museum and Science Center is actually one of the museums I did visit back when I was a college student. During my recent visit, I was impressed to see how much it’s grown and changed. Adjacent to the Strasenburgh Planetarium, the Museum and Science Center (RMSC) features traveling exhibits alongside permanent collections. Most of the exhibits are hands on and perfect for young children who are interested in exploring science. The current traveling exhibit is “Alien Worlds and Androids”, which will be there through December 22, 2013.
It’s worth traveling to Rochester, NY just to visit the National Museum of Play at the Strong. I wrote a full review here.
You may have a Wegmans supermarket in your area, but probably not one as impressive as the flagship store in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford. This food emporium features row after row of fresh food. We actually visited for lunch, and the options were endless. When on your Rochester vacation, make sure you stop by for vacation snacks and lunch.
There are lots of other things to do in Rochester NY with kids – including the Memorial Art Gallery, Erie Canal tour boat cruises, the Seneca Park Zoo, and much more. You can find more ideas on the VisitRochester website.