Area Attractions

Rochester, NY offers delightful cultural and recreational discoveries for all who visit or live here. With first-rate museums, plentiful outdoor activities, and inspiring professional theater and entertainment, Rochester has something for everyone. Following are just a few of the attractions and activities that make independent living for seniors in Rochester, NY enjoyable and enriching.

Cultural Classics:

Memorial Art Gallery lets you explore 5,000 years of world art at Rochester’s art museum. From the relics of antiquity to works in the vanguard of contemporary movements, the gallery’s permanent collection offers more than 12,000 objects.

Rochester Museum & Science Center helps you discover the fun of hands-on science. Take your pick of learning experiences at the Rochester Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, or the Cummings Nature Center.

George Eastman House presents a variety of exhibitions on photography, film, and George Eastman (founder of Eastman Kodak Company), plus a hands-on learning center.  World-renowned for its photograph and motion picture archives, the museum is also a leader in film preservation and photograph conservation, educating archivists and conservators from around the world.

Genesee Country Museum brings 19th century America to life at New York’s largest living history museum. Explore the village’s 68 buildings and meet dozens of villagers and craftspeople going about their daily tasks. You’ll want to spend the whole day touring the historic buildings, strolling through the heirloom gardens, watching the live demonstrations and enjoying 19th century food.

The National Museum of Play® at The Strong is ranked one of the nation’s top 10 children’s museums by CHILD magazine. With more than 150,000 square feet of dynamic interactive exhibit space, the world’s largest collection of toys, dolls, and games, plus other items that celebrate play, the National Museum of Play® provides educational, entertaining, and unforgettable intergenerational fun. There’s so much to do!

Seneca Park Zoo is the home to over 300 animals, from New York’s only African elephants and Bornean orangutans to the U.S.’s only Eurasian Arctic wolves. Its animals are ambassadors for their wild counterparts and act as a bridge to the natural world.

Seasonal Outdoor Activities:

Lake Ontario is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and boasts calm waters, sandy beaches, and fun in the sun. Visitors can picnic at Charlotte Beach, go boating, attend a festival, join friends and family at Sea Breeze Amusement Park, or dine at one of the many restaurants with spectacular views. Lake Ontario is a must-see!

Parks in and around Rochester abound. They include Highland Park, Durand Eastman Park, the Seneca Park Zoo, and Letchworth State Park (considered the Grand Canyon of the East).

Genesee River and High Falls combine for a sightseeing treat. The river not only provides whitewater rafting, boating, and fishing fun, it also creates the 96-foot High Falls. A bridge spans the gorge, allowing visitors to view the spectacle of the falls and enjoy the scenery of the gorge.

Finger Lakes Region offers views of rolling hillsides and sparkling lakes. The most popular lakes located in the region are Canandaigua, Cayuga, Conesus, Owasco, Otisco, Honeoye, Keuka, Seneca and Skaneateles. And remember to “Tour the Wine Country”—we are just a short drive away from some of the most unique and scenic lakes in the country, offering over 70 well-known wineries that produce prizewinning selections.

Golf in Rochester is ideal for novices and experienced golfers alike, with over 80 golf courses to suit everyone’s game and skill levels. Many public Rochester golf courses are country club style with complete facilities and full amenities. Popular courses are Shadow Pines, Eagle Vale, Durand Eastman, and Lake Shore, to name just a few.

The Erie Canal was a driving force for Rochester’s growth. Cruising on one of the area’s narrative boat tours is just one way to experience the pleasures offered by this famous manmade channel of water.


Geva Theatre is Rochester’s premier professional live theater. With a wide variety of productions on the Mainstage and fresh contemporary theater on the Nextstage, Geva offers something for everyone.

Eastman Theatre hosts talented musicians from around the world who are leaders and innovators in all aspects of music. Gilded and historic, it is also where many musicals and operas are performed. The venue accommodates the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and performances by Eastman School of Music students.

Downstairs Cabaret has been a vital part of the Rochester live entertainment scene for nearly 30 years. It offers innovative shows in its intimate space while community groups showcase the finest local talent in a variety of settings.


Lilac Festival at Highland Park is inspired by a magnificent lilac collection of over 500 varieties of lilacs on more than 1,200 bushes. It is the only 10-day free festival of its kind in North America. Perfect for all ages, visitors are treated to the breathtaking color and sweet fragrance of the world’s largest collection of lilacs—and also enjoy arts and crafts exhibitions, great food, entertainment, children’s activities and so much more.

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) has quickly become one of the nation’s most popular and respected music festivals. The 10th anniversary 2011 Festival wrapped up June 18 after nine days of exceptional music with 285 concerts at 18 venues. Artists who have performed at past festivals include Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Michael MacDonald and Gladys Knight. Consistently delivering a multi-dimensional festival with something for everyone, the festival attracts music lovers from around the U.S. and the world.

High Falls is located in the heart of Rochester and is surrounded by hotels and restaurants. It is home to the Center at High Falls and Frontier Field Stadium, offering Rochester Redwing AAA baseball games.

The East End, including the Alexander/East area, is Upstate NY’s premier destination for fine dining, nightlife, entertainment, and the arts, doing business and living an urban lifestyle.

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The Summit at Brighton
For general information, please call 585-442-4500
To schedule a personal tour, call 585-442-9909
2000 Summit Circle Drive
Rochester, NY 14618