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The Rochester area comes alive during the summer. To help get you ready, we put together a list of 100 ways to live life during the summer months.

Summer Guide 2014 

After telling people that I'm still new to Rochester — two months as this Summer Guide is published — the most popular response has been, "You've come at the perfect time." I could easily guess why they would respond like that; there was still snow on the ground when I pulled into the city in early April. But I finally asked a co-worker why this was the go-to response when welcoming new residents into Rochester. The answer: "It's because Rochester can live its life in the summer."

And Rochester certainly lives it to the fullest.

As we put together City's annual Summer Guide, the sheer amount of events, activities, festivals, and travel possibilities made it difficult to focus. The region comes alive during the summer months, and there's no end to what can be done.

Our Summer Guide highlights some of the area's offerings from June through September 1. Given how tough it is to talk about just a few things to do during that period, we put together a list of 100 — and even that involved hard decisions. From learning the differences between ice cream, frozen yogurt, and frozen custard to exploring the towns along the Erie Canal or taking a road trip to a regional art gallery, the list is designed to give you some ideas on how to live life during the Rochester summer.

There's far too much for us to include everything in this list. Do you have a favorite summer activity, or an event you're looking forward to attending? Leave a comment at rochestercitynewspaper.com. - JAKE CLAPP

In This Guide...

    100 Reasons to Celebrate Life

    Things to do and see in Rochester all Summer long
    Eat, drink, bike, run, visit, camp, and enjoy the season!

    Hot summer, cool treats

    5. Learn the differences between frozen desserts
    Winters in Rochester may leave us shivering (especially this year), but when summers roll around, it really is beautiful here. And the warmer temps may just put you in the mood to cool off again with a frozen treat.

    Same drink, different takes

    12. Take a margarita tour of the city
    With summer fast approaching, not only does the weather change but our cocktail cravings change with it. Gone are the days of hot apple cider and whiskey, it's time to bring on the frosty cold drinks of summer.

    CITY's guide to summer festivals

    20. It's festival season!
      For more details, see CITY's 2014 Festival Preview Guide.

    Look to one of these summer concert series

    27. Take in some live music
    Looking for some live music this summer? Listed here are concert series that only come about during the summer months.

    Midsummer Night's Shakespeare

    33. Spend some time at the theater
    Joseph Papp started it all in 1954: the first big-city, outdoor Shakespeare performances of note. The New York Shakespeare Festival grew into an essential component of a Manhattan summer and an entertainment empire in its own right, throwing off everything from CBS-TV productions of Shakespeare in the early 70's to hit Broadway musicals like "A Chorus Line" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."

    Summer movie preview

    40. Catch one of the season's flicks
    Summer movie season is notorious for being a time when filmgoers are asked to turn off their brains, grab a giant tub of popcorn, and sacrifice a few precious hours spent outside in the sunlight, just so we can watch Hollywood's latest round of superhero movies, sequels and remakes. But this year, the warm weather has been an especially long time coming.

    Ten things you might not know about Seabreeze

    54. Dig into Seabreeze
    When Seabreeze Amusement Park (4600 Culver Road, Seabreeze.com) opened to the public on August 5, 1879, as the last stop on the steam railroad, its main draws were picnic groves on the lakefront. Its picturesque landscape made the location popular.

    Get outta dodge

    62. Road trip to a regional art gallery
    With the onset of summer, the roads and routes of New York State aren't as treacherous, and the thought of making the trip to some of our more outer-regional art houses is bearable. Though CITY will provide our normal coverage of Rochester's art institutions throughout the summer, here we take a closer look at some regional spots housing some pretty remarkable art jewels and events, from big household-name artists to regional and international contemporary masters, as well as promising student work from throughout the region.

    Ports of Call

    84. Explore a canalside town
    As you probably remember from building sugar-cube packet boats in third grade, the Erie Canal was an immensely important waterway that helped to define New York State during the 19th and 20th centuries. While the boats and barges that once used the canal as a literal artery of commerce are mostly gone — although boaters can still use the canal system — the port towns that popped up along the waterway remain.

    Ideas to keep the kids entertained this summer

    96. Have kids? Give them something to do
    During our precious summer months, Rochester offers a plethora of rich activities for children of all ages. Be it along the various waterfronts, or in the city itself, amusements abound.

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