By far, the number one tourist attraction in Rochester, this museum does not disappoint. It’s all in the name: the ‘Museum of Play’ is all about playtime for the kid in everyone. Toys, games, and numerous entertainment pieces that span the history of play items for kids. Parents bring their children from all over the globe to come see how kids played over the years, as well as to see their favorite playtime characters, like Big Bird and the gang from Sesame Street. A must-see museum!
If you’re looking for something a bit more Eastern United States-historic, take a trip to the George Eastman mansion. Eastman was an engineer and lover of photography, and so his mansion now stands as a museum of modern photography, the oldest of its kind. It houses countless photographs, antiques, and one-of-a-kind film.
This is your daddy’s amusement park, it’s actually one of the oldest ones in New York. There’s plenty of fun to be had at this fully-functional interactive museum, though. Bring the kids and show them how roller-coasters and amusement park rides used to be when their parents were kids. The rides here are simple, but deceptively thrilling, even if they don’t boast top speeds of 60 mph like the ones made nowadays. They even have some great water rides, and nobody gets tired of splashing each other in the face, no matter how old they are.
Most people rank this zoo second only to the Brooklyn Zoo in New York. It has a great variety of apes, elephants, rhinos, and birds. There are even polar bears and penguins to get frosty with at Seneca. The layout of the zoo is easy to navigate and filled with plenty of accessible ramps, benches, and friendly staff to make the trip enjoyable for everyone.
This museum is more than just science descriptions and stationary exhibits. At Rochester’s Museum and Science Center you get to play with science. You can shoot laser beams, take a trip into outer space, make your own robot, and dig up science like an archaeologist. There’s so much to do here that you might have to take two trips to see and do everything.