Things to See and Do

Travel Ideas in the Rochester Region

Situated in the heart of New York State’s stunning Finger Lakes region, Rochester is an affordable vacation destination rich with culture and outdoor fun. Whether you are traveling with kids, with friends, or solo, there is so much to see and do!

Plan your weekend getaway to The Strong today and add a stop at other incredible attractions within easy travel distance from the museum.

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Family Travelers

The Strong is the ultimate play destination for all ages! Explore upstate New York’s largest year-round cultural attraction and experience two floors—more than a city block long—of dynamic, interactive exhibit spaces. Discover why USA Today called The Strong one of the 10 best museums in the nation.  After your visit, check out these other family-friendly attractions just a short drive away.


Climb up a rocket ship set among the stars in Imagination Destination, test your balance in the slanted house in Field of Play, or go on a literary adventure in Reading Adventureland at The Strong. After your visit to the museum, get the adrenaline rushing at these other local attractions:

History Buffs and Collectors

Can’t get enough of American culture and history? After you check out The Strong’s America at Play [link] exhibit, take a trip over to these attractions:

Gamers and Tech Enthusiasts

The Strong offers endless fun for video game enthusiasts. From the retro arcade, to a room dedicated to pinball history, to the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the museum is a gamer’s paradise. After your visit, check out these other game-centric places:

Arts and Culture Aficionados

Discover how play has influenced American culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War in the America at Play exhibit. Then explore culture through the lens of music, art, theater, etc. at these other venues:


A visit to The Strong museum is not complete without a stop in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®, the only year-round indoor butterfly garden in upstate New York. After your visit, enjoy all Rochester and the Finger Lakes region has to offer for those that love the outdoors:

Sports Fanatics

Discover classic examples of footballs, baseballs, skis, bicycles, boxing gloves, bowling pins, and more in The Strong’s America at Play exhibit. Check out one of Tony Hawk skateboards in the Toys Halls of Fame exhibit and John Madden Football in the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Visit the Game Time! exhibit to play air hockey, see Gotham’s Electric Football game (with vibrating steel field!), and more. After your visit, plan an outing to one of these locations perfect for sports-lovers:

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