Located between the western Finger Lakes and the Lake Ontario shoreline, Rochester, a city of over 200,000, is the center of a metropolitan area of about 1,000,000. Within the city and its immediate suburbs are cultural, entertainment, and historical attractions for individuals and families of varying interests.
The city and county maintain a park system of great interest and beauty (several examples of the landscape architecture of Frederick Law Olmsted are in Rochester). Walking and bicycle paths along the Erie Canal bisect the metropolitan area, with spurs along the Genesee River and former railway right of ways. Four major museums offer an unusual variety of things to see and learn about. The year-round musical schedule in the city (anchored by the Eastman School of Music) includes a distinguished Jazz Festival which will overlap with the conference. The influence of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass is a part of the city's history that can be explored. Historical sites in the wider area include chances to experience the culture of Native Americans, the events leading to the founding of the Mormon churches, the birth of the Women's Suffrage movement, a glimpse at pioneer life in Western New York, and, of course Niagara Falls, the destination for an optional trip (free for conference attenders and their families).
We emphasize family-friendly attractions, hoping attendees will consider bringing their families to enjoy our area. See below for a listing of some attractions, divided by categories, and in most cases, accompanied by links to Web sites (use the browser Back button to return to this page).
- George Eastman House: International Museum of Photography and Film
- Memorial Art Gallery
- Rochester Museum & Science Center and Strasenburgh Planetarium
- Strong National Museum of Play
- City of Rochester - Parks
- Durand Eastman Park and Beach
- Highland Park
- Mendon Ponds Park
- Ontario Beach Park
- Letchworth State Park
- Seneca Park Zoo