The Great Outdoors
If you like spending time outdoors, you will love Rochester. With the Clinton River and beautiful parks, playgrounds, and trails, there is much to explore. One of the most popular outdoor destinations is Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. This preserve invites you to walk around and explore nature, picnic in the shade, and learn something new at one of the many educational classes and exhibits. Paint Creek Trail and Clinton River Trail are well traveled by bikers, joggers, power walkers, and casual meanderers alike. Paint Creek Trail is the first Rail-to-Trail in the state of Michigan, making it a trendsetter.
The Farmers’ Market is held in Rochester every Saturday from May through October. Head to the market for fresh vegetables, fruits, bath and body products, and tasty treats. The market even has special events from time to time for children, such as Trick-or-Treat at the Market. Rochester has several community gatherings throughout the year, including the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade. This parade has been pleasing crowds since 1951, and it has become so popular that people from all around Michigan come to Rochester for this event. Other popular events include Rochester’s Great American Bake Sale, The Big, Bright Light Show, and Lagniappe.
If history floats your boat, you will be bobbing along merrily in Rochester. The Village of Rochester was created in 1869 and became a city 1967. The city was one of the first to incorporate in Oakland County, so many of the buildings on Main Street are on the State Register of Historic Places, including the Opera House, Rochester Grain Elevator, Royal Park Hotel, Western Knitting Mills, and the former Rochester High School. There are more than 50 buildings in the city that at least 50 years old. For more information on historical sites in Rochester, visit the Rochester-Avon Historical Society.