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Flights to Rochester

image of RochesterIn the United States there are 16 towns with the name Rochester, but it’s Rochester in the state of New York which is the largest city with this name! Set on the southern shores of Lake Ontario this is an attractive city that’s large but not too large and has plenty to offer tourists.

The Greater Rochester International Airport (airport code: ROC) is just on the outskirts of the city with limited public bus services between the two. If you are going anywhere other than downtown, it would be better to take a taxi instead. You can get a flight to Rochester with several airlines from South Africa, such as British Midland. They have 2 connections in London and New York City. South African Airways also has the same route but via different airports in New York. Delta Airlines also has a flight to Rochester that travels through Atlanta and New York.

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The Tourist Attractions in Rochester:

Museums in Rochester
For a city of this size Rochester is certainly abundant in museums, making this a good destination for tourists interested in culture. There is a good mix of museums here including the only museum in the world that’s dedicated to play!

Strong National Museum of Play
If you’re travelling to Rochester with kids, or maybe you’re just a big kid yourself, then the Strong National Museum of Play is a museum you must visit! The focus of the museum is on learning through play and there are of course many hands-on things for the kids to try. Accompanying adults will also be kept entertained with adult friendly information, and a walk through the National Toy Hall of Fame may bring back some memories!

Rochester Museum and Science Center
Another museum that’s a great place to go with children is Rochester Museum and Science Center. More hands-on exhibits are available here, plus there’s interesting things for adults too. Natural history is covered here in exhibits like Expedition Earth, while next door to the museum you might like to visit the Strasenburgh Planetarium.

Seneca Park Zoo
While only small, the Seneca Park Zoo is a popular attraction. Situated within one of Rochester’s public parks, Seneca Park, the zoo has a variety of exhibits containing a good selection of animals. The only African elephants in the state of New York call this home, and to the other extreme you’ll also see penguins, and polar bears!

George Eastman House
Rochester is considered to be the birth place of amateur photography and was home to the founder of Eastman Kodak, George Eastman. You can visit the mansion in which he lived and enjoy the house that’s been restored to how it was when he was alive. The house alone is an attraction but you’ll also get to see the museum exhibits that depict the history of photography and film.

When Should You Visit?:

Lying in a humid continental climatic zone means that Rochester is a city with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and humid, peaking with an average high temperature of 27C (81F) in July, and slightly more rainfall than average in the months of June to September. Autumn is a good time to visit to see the stunning fall colours, though from November the temperature drops quite drastically and Rochester becomes cold and snowy during the winter. The average high in January is just -1C (31F).

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