Winter at Warner: What to do Around Rochester this Season

Happy New Year, prospective and current students! We’ve been lucky, IMO, this winter season and we haven’t gotten an unmanageable amount of snow. This has made commuting pretty decent! Looking to avoid dreaded cabin fever over break and into the spring semester? Here are some places in Rochester to check out.

  1. Restaurants in the Park Avenue area: Park Ave is often bustling with activity during summer festivals, but it’s a quaint space to explore in the winter as well. The Red Fern (vegan and gluten-free cuisine), Sinbad’s (delicious Mediterranean options), Hogan’s Hideaway (local American comfort food), Dragonfly Tavern (fresh pizza and drinks), and Jine’s (amazing breakfast and brunch) are all worth the parallel parking!
  2. Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park at Manhattan Square: Check out the expanded outdoor ice skating rink for open skate and other special events, like skating lessons, family skate, and holiday celebrations. The rink has extended their hours into March this season!
  3. The Strong National Museum of Play: Whether you go with your family or a group of friends, Strong appeals to kids and adults alike! The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historical toys, as well as special sections devoted to electronic gaming, art, reading, and technology. Rather than simply looking at items, you can engage in activities with the games on display. A visit to Strong would also be formidable for early or childhood education students- see how kids learn from their perspective!
  4. Highland Park: Located just a few miles from the University of Rochester, Highland offers scenic trails, ice skating, athletic fields, and lodging for special events. Highland also houses the Lamberton Conservatory, which remains open during the winter.
  5. The Little Theatre: The Little is a vintage Rochester treasure that houses multiple series of movies based on budding topics, as well as current films and documentaries. They are also sponsored by our own the Eastman School of Music! They’ve recently blogged about what locals should watch in 2016.
  6. Geva Theatre: Geva is a regionally-recognized theatrical production  center that serves as Rochester’s home stage for several recurring and new shows. Their 2016 season is up and running, so subscribe to season tickets or attend a coming event. The Geva team also offers Sunday Salons, in which audience members can attend Q & A sessions with cast members.

So whether you’re looking for something to do in between classes or simply want to learn more about the Rochester area, our unique culture focused on local pride will afford you with a fun-filled day!

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