Take a guided audio tour around High Falls, which powered the early development of Rochester. Explore the site of Rochester’s early industries, where races diverted water from above the falls and turned waterwheels that were used to power flour mills. Hear about the final jump of Sam Patch, the first person to successfully jump Niagara Falls. You’ll get a spectacular view of the falls from a pedestrian bridge, which spans the Genesee River. The content for this tour was created by Greentopia, which is developing an EcoDistrict in the High Falls neighborhood.



Rochester is America’s first boom town, growing from a small village into a major city when the Erie Canal aqueduct over the Genesee River was completed in 1823. The waterfalls provided power to flour mills while the Erie canal provided transportation, and Rochester soon became the “Flour City”. Decades later, many nurseries were established at the city’s edges, and Rochester became America’s “Flower City”.

Rochester is now the world’s center for imaging and photonics, and is known for its universities, medical research, and technology innovations. This TourBlend mobile App, a Rochester innovation, can tell you about, and guide you to, the most interesting spots in the area.