, the seat of the county of Monroe, is the third in the most populated cities of New York
, only behind New York City and Buffalo City. It is located on Lake Ontario's southern shores, with the Genesee River flowing through.
Rochester has earned the global city status and has been listed among the best cities to live in the United States, because of its manageable cost of living and low joblessness rates. Most of the growth of Rochester was as a result of the Genesee River, which has over the years grown to be a very active manufacturing, research, industrial, and economic hub in the region.
The history and development of Rochester have been preserved in the many museums like the doll-themed National Museum of Play, the photography-themed George Eastman Museum, and the iconic science-based Rochester Museum and Science Center. Others include the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester and the ancient National Susan B. Anthony Museum that contains unique ancient artifacts.
Outdoor activities can be enjoyed in the Seabreeze Amusement park, crowned with vast water parks, amusement spots, and thrilling rides for the whole family. The nearby Durand Eastman Park has more fun activities featuring scenic wood trails and a beautiful beach for all the water activities.
Some of the notable buildings in Rochester include the tall First Federal Plaza, the iconic super tall Xerox Tower, and the ancient Sacred Heart Cathedral church building.
When to visit Rochester
Rochester experiences a humid continental climate of Köppen classification Dfb. There are four distinct weather seasons, with the weather generally featuring extremely cold and snowy winters and warm, pleasant summers. Spring and autumn are both mild and stunning in their unique beauty of blossoms and fall foliage, respectively.
Summer is warm and pleasant, with the temperature averaging highs of 79.7°F (26.5°C) and lows of 61°F (16.1°C). It is the wettest period of the year, albeit the low rainfall amounts. August
receives the highest rainfall of 3.5" (88.9mm) from an average of ten and a half rainy days. Most days pass by with up to ten hours of hot sunshine.
Winter is cold and chilly, as the temperature drops to as low as 14°F (-10°C) at night. Snowfall occurs for up to eighteen days per month to collect 60.3cm of snow on average.
Rochester is a year-round travel destination, with each season bringing unique beauty to the city. Heat lovers enjoy the warm days of summer, albeit with high humidity throughout. The cold lovers swarm the city during winter for all sorts of outdoor and indoor engagements as well. Spring brings incredible beauty to Rochester amid the blossoms and freshly scented air. Autumn is glorious in its stunning fall foliage that attracts picnicking and photography in the many magnificent parks in downtown Rochester.
The peak of the travel period falls between July
and August when the weather is warmest and excellent for the outdoors. This period also covers many exciting events to be attended.
Events encompass the Lilac Festival in May
, to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of the spring blossoms amid colorful decorations, parades, and thrilling concerts. Another of the events is the Rochester International Jazz Festival that is held between June
and July to let people celebrate and appreciate the jazz music genre.