Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center

As the home to the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center and a variety of kid-friendly entertainment and dining options, Rochester, New York is a city that’s exceptionally well-suited to be your team’s next travel destination. Located in the city’s downtown area, the Rochester Riverside Convention Center is a state-of-the-art facility that boasts 100,000 square feet of accessible, easily convertible space. This allows the Rochester Riverside Convention Center to host many different kinds of gatherings, including corporate meetings, weddings, and trade shows, as well as your team’s next sporting event!

In addition to ample meeting space, the Rochester Riverside Convention Center also features 25 meeting rooms; cutting-edge presentation, entertainment, and audiovisual capabilities; high-speed Internet available throughout the facility; in-house food and beverage services and special events department; and an enclosed skyway that connects the facility to a parking garage and two hotels. The facility is also centrally located in downtown Rochester. This means that you and your team will be just a short walk away from some of the city’s most popular attractions, landmarks, and restaurants. So when there’s a lull in your team’s busy schedule, don’t just hang around the convention center. Make your time spent in Rochester extra special by treating your team to fun, memorable experiences.

Things to Do

The Strong National Museum of Play

If there’s one thing that every kid enjoys, it’s playing with their favorite toys and games. Lucky for your team there’s an entire museum devoted to the history and exploration of play just 10 minutes away from the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Known as the Strong National Museum of Play, this museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to the act of playing.

Many of these materials can be found in the museum’s halls of fame, which include the National Toy Hall of Fame and the World Video Game Hall of Fame, as well as the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play. Although it is a history museum, the Strong National Museum also features plenty of hands-on, interactive exhibit spaces like Pinball Playfields, where you and your team can play your way through the history of pinball from the 1930s to today. 1 Manhattan Square Dr, Rochester, NY 14607

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park

Located adjacent to the Strong National Museum of Play is Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, a popular gathering place among local residents. There’s fun to be had year-round at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, making it a great place to visit no matter what time of year you and your team are visiting Rochester. During the winter months the park features a newly-renovated ice skating rink. The renovated rink boasts a skating surface that is 30 percent larger than the original rink. Additional updates include an expanded warming shelter with a heated floor and fireplace, new rental skates, and a new sound and lighting system.

When the weather begins to warm the rink is converted into a reflecting pool with three fountains. Benches and picnic tables located around the reflecting pool are the perfect place for everyone in your group to enjoy a quick snack outdoors when the weather is nice. Another one of the park’s summertime water features can be found at the playground, which features a water spray park that offers a way for kids to cool off from the summer heat. 353 Court St, Rochester, NY 14607

Frontier Field

If you and your team are looking for a memorable way to spend an afternoon or evening during your visit to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, attending a Red Wings game at Frontier Field is one option that’s guaranteed to be a home run for everyone. Frontier Field opened in 1996, replacing Silver Stadium, which had been home to professional baseball in Rochester since 1929.

Although it was built over two decades ago, Frontier Field is a minor league ballpark with major league amenities. It features seating for over 10,000, luxury suites, and a selection of food and beverage options that’s second to none. So whether you prefer to munch on classic ballpark fare like peanuts and hot dogs while you watch a game or are in the mood for something a little more unconventional like fried mashed potatoes or a cheddar prime rib sandwich, you can find all that and more throughout the concourse at Frontier Field. 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester, NY 14608

Rochester Museum & Science Center

The Rochester Museum & Science Center offers educational fun for guests of all ages right by the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. It features three floors of hands-on exhibitions that explore natural science, technology, the region’s cultural heritage, and much more. In addition to popular permanent exhibits like Expedition Earth, where you and your team can take a journey through landscapes of Upstate New York’s past and present, the Rochester Museum & Science Center also hosts traveling exhibitions regularly. This means that even if you and your team might have visited the museum during your past travels to Rochester, there’s still always something new there for you to discover. The museum also features the Strasenburgh Planetarium. This facility, located adjacent to the Rochester Museum & Science Center, offers public presentations ranging from giant-screen films to star and laser light shows. 657 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

For a unique historical experience that can only be had in Rochester, take your team to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. Located in the former home of Susan B. Anthony that has since become a U.S. National Historic Landmark, the Susan B. Anthony House is a learning center that highlights aspects of the iconic activist’s life and work through tours and programs. Topics covered on the tour include her early influences, the many reforms she championed, her friendship with Frederick Douglass, and her arrest and trial for voting in the 1872 election. This is a must-see if you’ve got any history buffs on your team! 17 Madison St, Rochester, NY 14608

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Places to Eat

Red Front

When it comes to classic comfort food dishes, diners always do it best. One of Rochester’s most beloved diners is Red Front, which has been a staple in the community ever since it first opened in 1972. Their specialties include both American and Italian dishes. On the menu at Red Front you’ll find everything from burgers and po’ boys to hearty strombolis. One of their most popular dishes is their platters, which are a rendition of the Garbage Plate. The Garbage Plate is a bonafide Rochester original that features a combination of home fries, macaroni salad, baked beans, and French fries topped with meat and condiments. Red Front’s menu features a fresh fish platter, an Italian sausage platter, a cheeseburger platter, a hot dog platter, and a breakfast platter. 128 Clinton Ave N, Rochester, NY 14604

The Pizza Stop

The Pizza Stop is a popular Rochester eatery that has been serving some of the city’s best New York-style pizza since 1986. It is owned and operated by a family whose roots in the pizza business can be traced all the way back to the 1950s when they opened up their first pizzeria in Brooklyn. In keeping with the family tradition, they still use the same original recipes and prepare each pizza the way they did decades ago. In addition to traditional and build your own pizza options, The Pizza Stop also features Sicilian-style and stuffed pizzas; calzones; and eclectic specialty pies like one topped with chicken, sweet chili sauce, red onion, broccoli, sesame seeds, and teriyaki sauce. 131 State St, Rochester, NY 14614

Stromboli’s Restaurant

For over 20 years Stromboli’s Restaurant has been the place to go to get great New York-style and, you guessed it, strombolis. In addition to their varied selection of pizzas and strombolis, Stromboli’s Restaurant also serves wings, subs, salads, sandwiches, calzones, and even dessert strombolis filled with apple or cherry filling! If you’ve got any vegetarians in your group, they’ll certainly appreciate the many vegetarian options offered at Stromboli’s Restaurant. 130 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604

Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria & Bistro

In a city where the options for pizza are so plentiful, it’s not easy to stand out. Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria & Bistro however, does. In fact, they were even awarded the distinction of “Best Specialty Pizza” in Rochester for three consecutive years by the City Newspaper. It probably has something to do with the fact that they harvest many of their ingredients from their own farm in nearby Hamlin. Some of the produce harvested at their farm includes mint, basil, and banana peppers. All of the crops on their farm are pollinated by thousands of bees which live in a hive located on the farm’s premises. The honey that these bees then produce is harvested to be added to the restaurant’s barbeque sauces. In addition to crisp, smoky, wood-fired pizzas, the menu at Napa also features inventive appetizers, fresh salads, paninis, decadent desserts, and more. 573 Clinton Ave S, Rochester, NY 14620

Rochester is a city that has something for everyone, any time of year. That’s what makes it such a fantastic place to travel to for your team’s next event. Regardless of if you’re visiting the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in the dead of winter or during the middle of summer, there’s never a shortage of fun that can be had in this quaint Upstate city.