Rochester / Niagara Falls best attractions includes Downtown Rochester, Strong National Museum of Play, Niagara Falls National Park, the Great Falls, Seaview Amusement Park, Six Flags Darien Lake, Kodak Theater, and so much more!
Rochester is a city in the U.S. state of New York, the seat of Monroe County, and the third-most populous in the state after New York City and Buffalo, with an estimated population of 205,695 in 2020. The city of Rochester forms the core of a much larger metropolitan area with a population of around 1.1 million people, across six counties.
Rochester is home to the Great Falls and close to the world-famous Niagara Falls. The city is a favorite for travelers who enjoy the intimate city atmosphere, famous “Garbage Plate” food, shows at the Kodak Theater, Strong Museum of Play, and Niagara Falls.
Rochester was one of the United States’ first boomtowns, initially due to the fertile Genesee River Valley, whichkgave rise to numerous flour mills, and then as a manufacturing center, which spurred further rapid population growth. The city rose to prominence as the birthplace and home of some of America’s most iconic companies, in particular the famous Eastman Kodak, Xerox, and Bausch & Lomb (along with Wegmans, Gannett, Paychex, Western Union, French’s, Constellation Brands, Ragú, and others), by which the region became a global center for science, technology, and research and development. This status has been aided by the presence of several internationally renowned universities (notably the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology) and their research programs; these schools, along with many other smaller colleges, have played an increasingly large role in Greater Rochester’s economy.
While the city experienced some significant population loss as a result of deindustrialization, strong growth in the education and healthcare sectors boosted by elite universities and the slower decline of bedrock companies such as Eastman Kodak and Xerox (as opposed to the rapid fall of heavy industry with steel companies in Buffalo and Pittsburgh) resulted in a much less severe contraction than in most Rust Belt metro areas.