Whether you read our guide, listen to our radio show, or explore online, we're here to help you find the surprising adventure that waits for you. Beginning in the rural region of the Genesee Valley, through the Rochester metro area, and south into Central New York and the Finger Lakes. In the time it takes to watch your favorite movie, you’ll be here. We welcome our Canadian neighbors!
Batavia Downs Gaming, located in the Batavia hotel district offers over 700 gaming machines, on site restaurants and live entertainment year round. Experience the excitement of live harness racing from July to December at the United States’ oldest lighted horse track. Be one of the first to stay in the new Hotel at Batavia Downs opening this summer.
In case you haven't heard, Ithaca is Gorges! Situated in the Heart of the Finger Lakes, Ithaca has become a cultural epicenter for all-season outdoor recreation, exquisite farm-to-table cuisine, and internationally awarded wines.
No matter the season, explore the beauty of the outdoors in Ithaca. Spend a sunny day touring one of the many waterfalls and gorges or relax on the Finger Lakes' largest lake, Cayuga Lake. You'll find over 28,000 acres of public New York State forest ripe for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and exploring. What are you waiting for? Adventure awaits!
Located on the western most Finger Lake of Conesus Lake, Conesus Lake Campground is nestled along the eastern shoreline and provides guests with easy access to the lake. Conesus Lake is admired and enjoyed for its beauty, and many recreational activities.
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 - from the 1839 camera of photography inventor Daguerre to cameras used by Mathew Brady, Ansel Adams and NASA.
The Rochester Malls offer luxurious, stylish, and trendy retail options for every kind of shopper. And with a great mix of restaurants and attractions located right in the facilities, shopping in Rochester is fun and convenient.
The Marketplace Mall has more than 140 stores including Banana Republic, Macy’s, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. This fall The Marketplace Mall introduced Pole Position Raceway, an indoor electric go-kart facility!
Nestled between Niagara County to the west and Monroe to the east, is the lake plains region of Orleans County with 24 miles of Lake Ontario shoreline. The Erie Canal winds its way through three of the four villages and the remaining landscape is populated primarily by working farms, orchards and vineyards amidst unique cobblestone and sandstone architecture.
Rochester’s Public Market has been delighting guests and locals alike for the past 100 years. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, vendors offer a variety of fresh food, delectable delicacies and specialty items. Check the event calendar to catch special events throughout the year, such as the “Greatest Garage Sales Ever," "Holidays at the Market" and "Homegrown at the Market."
This metropolitan region situated on the southern shore of Lake Ontario is also part of New York’s breathtaking Finger Lakes region. Conveniently located, Rochester is 3 1/2 hours from Toronto and 90 minutes from Niagara Falls.
There’s no better way to enjoy summer than by experiencing the natural wonders of Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes, as well as the man-made. Discover for yourself the many ways we transform our stunning landscape into something even more remarkable by hiking, biking, paddling, soaring, or simply slowing down to savor the great outdoors.
The entire state of New York is full of educational, adventurous, and unique activities that you won't find anywhere else.
Drive a little farther than Rochester and the Finger Lakes, and you'll discover even more museums, ski resorts, hiking trails, theatres, amusement parks, and attractions for your family to enjoy. Make it a vacation! Take the time to experience all of New York State—it's a Welcome Surprise.
The Port of Rochester Marina is a new, state-of-the-art marina located where the Genesee River meets Lake Ontario, about seven miles north of Rochester, NY. The marina provides a level of quality services and world-class amenities that are not offered anywhere else of the south shores of Lake Ontario. It’s the perfect destination for visitors looking for an exceptional experience at a relatively modest price.