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Big-city culture and small-city charm combine in Rochester, a mid-sized city on the shores of Lake Ontario. The birthplace of amateur photography, Rochester has long been known as Kodak Town, but its fame was established well before George Eastman came on the scene. Today, its historical treasures complement modern family-friendly attractions that rival those found in much larger communities.

In Rochester, you can find the only museum in the world dedicated to play; award-winning music, dance, and acting ensembles; a dense festival calendar covering nearly every weekend of the year; minor-league sports of the highest caliber; and a trio of majestic waterfalls right in the middle of the city. The gateway to the scenic and culinary delights of New York's Finger Lakes region, Rochester is the perfect place to begin your exploration of Western New York.

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  1. Marshmallows were first commercially produced in Rochester.
  2. The first gold tooth was made by a Rochester dentist.
  3. It is against the law to throw a snowball towards someone’s head in Rochester.
  4. Xerox was originally founded in Rochester under the name “The Haloid Company” in 1906.
  5. The man who invented the “calculating machine,” now more complex and known as the calculator, was from Rochester.

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