For a lot of people coming to RIT, whether you’re a freshman, international student, transfer, or just haven’t been able to see the area you suddenly were thrust into, Rochester can be an intimidating place to explore. There’s so much to see and do around RIT that it can overwhelm some students who don’t know what to do on the weekends.
Rochester has so many great things to offer – from local restaurants to museums and art, the city is packed with so many places to discover! Into the Roc is a program run by RIT’s Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership. One of the coordinators, Bobby Moakley explained that Into the Roc gives the students of RIT the chance to discover the wonders of the city that surrounds them. People who participate in Into the Roc typically spend an evening during the week or weekend discovering the world outside of Brick City. They’re either doing community service with a local non-profit or they enjoy a few hours watching a local play, comedy show, exploring a museum, or discovering other cultural experiences in the city. Transportation is always provided and food is generally offered as well!
Another great way to explore the city, especially if you don’t have a vehicle, is to find out RIT’s shuttle bus times. The weekend shuttle service that typically travels around campus opens up to the rest of Henrietta for students who want to hop on and visit the Marketplace Mall, the South Plaza, Wegman’s, Target, etc. Parking and Transportation Services also works with the RTS Bus System to provide a late night bus to downtown Rochester on Saturdays. For more information, download the RIT Mobile App to get live bus trackers, schedules, maps, and updates!
If you’re lucky enough to have a car on campus or know someone with a car (or you could request an Uber/Lyft, which has recently just come to the area) you have the ability to really get into the city and surrounding towns of Henrietta. Some great places to explore in Rochester are:
The Strong Museum – Strong Museum gives a historic and interactive look into toys, video games, and exhibits that make you relive your childhood. Yes this may be considered a children’s museum but it’s enjoyed by people of all ages!
Artisan Works – A renovated factory building that holds a large number of art pieces. They often have art shows as well!
Eastman House – The George Eastman Museum is the oldest museum in the world that is dedicated to photography. It also holds one of the world’s oldest film archives! It was the estate of George Eastman – the founder of Eastman Kodak Company – and opened to the public in 1949.
Mt. Hope Cemetery – Mt. Hope is a cemetery that dates back to 1838 and spans over 196 acres of land. Most notably, it is where Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass are buried.
Susan B. Anthony House – This was the home of Susan B. Anthony for nearly 40 years. She was a national figure for the women’s rights movement.
The Public Market – Instead of going to Wegmans, hit up Rochester’s very own Public Market! This is a great place to go to see a large variety of local food and drinks from various different vendors.
For more information please visit RIT’s Parking & Transportation website.