Outdoor enjoyment, recreational opportunities, and the arts are equally well developed throughout the Rochester area. Garth Fagan Dance is internationally known for its unique programming, Fagan being the choreographer for the Broadway version of The Lion King. Major companies include Rochester City Ballet, Opera Rochester, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra—the latter performing for nearly 350,000 people each year. The magnificent George Eastman House houses the International Museum of Photography & Film, while the Memorial Art Gallery explores 5,000 years of world art. The five-screen Little Theater is regarded among the nation’s finest “art house” movie venues and Geva Theater is the most attended regional theater in Upstate New York. The list of unique venues, star-studded talent, museums, and art centers goes on and on. Festivals and events keep the calendar filled with reasons to celebrate, including Rochester MusicFest, Corn Hill Arts Festival, High Falls Film Festival, the Lilac Festival, and the Monroe County Fair.

The Finger Lakes Region boasts 25 state parks and 132 state forests and wildlife management areas. Every imaginable sport and activity can be enjoyed against the backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty around the four seasons. The 30-acre Irondequoit Bay Marine Park offers access to Irondequoit Bay, emptying into Lake Ontario. Minor-league sports action draws enthusiastic crowds, along with Rochester Rhinos USL professional soccer. Family life is celebrated in Monroe County at venues like Roseland Waterpark on Canandaigua Lake in the Finger Lakes region, covering 56 acres with aquatic adventures and attractions. The 300-acre Seneca Park Zoo was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame. Genesee Valley Park is another Olmsted design, with 800 vast acres, two golf courses, recreational facilities, hiking trails, and three intersecting waterways. The Strong Museum, home to The National Toy Hall of Fame, is recognized among America’s finest children’s museums while the Rochester Museum and Science Center fascinates children and adults alike. With its affordable housing, attractive neighborhoods, and friendly communities, Monroe County and Greater Rochester truly deserve every recognition and “best of” designation they receive.

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