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Limitless Arts and Culture and Affordable Meeting Options Abound in Upstate New York’s “Flower City”

Location. Location. Location.

Rochester, the third-largest metro in New York State, is located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and is the “front door” to the Finger Lakes wine region. Rochester is considered to be the cultural capital of upstate New York, offering an abundance of arts and cultural offerings. Rochester is an affordable and accessible destination for your next meeting or event, conveniently located within a day’s drive of one-third of the U.S. population, and under six hours from New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and Cleveland. For cross-border conferences, Rochester is just 90 minutes from Niagara Falls and the Canadian Border. 

Rochester is an ideal destination for meetings of all sizes. Easily accessible and affordable, with unique meeting spaces and cultural attractions and amenities to woo attendees, the city is perfectly suited for groups of 50 to 5,000. 

Top Things to Do for Groups Visiting Rochester

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Rochester is rich in unique experiences and historic venues. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at The Strong National Museum of Play, which is home to the largest collection of toys, dolls and games in the world.

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Entertain your attendees with a visit to the George Eastman Museum, the oldest photography museum in the world housed in the historic mansion of Kodak founder George Eastman. Encourage your guests to walk where history happened in a visit to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, the National Historic Landmark home of legendary equal rights advocate Susan B. Anthony. Incorporate diverse culinary experiences or a visit to wineries in the Finger Lakes wine country as part of your group’s programming. 

Award-winning Conference and Convention Services 

Planners who bring their conferences and conventions to Rochester will receive the complete attention of Visit Rochester’s award-winning convention sales and services team. Groups meeting in Rochester receive personalized services from the moment the event is booked until each attendee leaves town. Planners will also enjoy the award-winning services and facilities of the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, which offers more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space in downtown Rochester. 

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The Rochester hospitality community takes a collaborative approach to gatherings, with the CVB, hotels, attractions and restaurants working hand-in-hand to deliver a memorable experience for meeting groups and guests.

 4 Important Things to Know About Rochester

1. Rochester was named one of the top nine cities to visit in the U.S. by SmarterTravel.

2. Rochester’s Highland Park is home to the largest collection of lilacs in North America. Every May the city celebrates the blooming of the lilacs during the Rochester Lilac Festival.

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3. Rochester is home to famous civil rights leaders like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Both are buried in Rochester’s Mount Hope Cemetery.

4. Home to High Falls, a 96-foot waterfall in the middle of downtown! 

Contact Information

www.visitrochester.com; Wendy O’Duffy, Director of Sales; [email protected]; (585)279-8362