Taste of Rochester

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Rochester is a lively city with a rich history (See the "Historic Rochester" tour for more info). The Village of Rochester was formed on April 12, 1869, and became a city in 1966. According to the US Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 mi and a population of 11,002. The most popular attraction in Rochester is the festival of lights . Each year, around the holidays, every storefront is covered with a wall of Christmas lights.

#1 - Red Knapps
Red Knapps Dairy Bar is a great place for a burger and milkshake. Red Knapps is famous for their large, delicious milkshakes, but their burgers fit the description as well. The vintage style of Red Knapps creates a unique atmosphere. Seating consists of a long Dairy Bar along with booths.
Coordinants: 42.679666, -83.133550
#2 - Lipuma's Coney Island
Limpuma's Coney Island is a local favorite. Limpuma's is famous for its classic Coney Dog and its wide variety of other specialty dogs, including the Mexican Dog, Russian Dog, and Polish Dog. There is limited indoor seating, a covered patio and riverfront picnic tables. The restaurant is family owned with a friendly staff.
Coordinants: 42.683830, -83.134113
#3 - Dairy Queen
Although a national chain, this particular, oddly-shaped, Dairy queen is an icon of Rochester. It is only open during the summer, but when it's open, it is always packed. It is a short distance from the Rochester Municipal Park, and the Paint Creek Trail, making it a popular destination for walkers and bikers. The only seating is an outdoor.
Coordinants: 42.685734, -83.134148
#4 - Rochester Municiple Park
The Rochester Municipal Park surrounds Paint Creek, in Downtown Rochester. The park houses two festivals each year, the Heritage Festival, along with Arts and Apples. Even when there is no festival, the park is still a popular destination. The park contains several trails, two play structures, a duck pond and lighted tennis courts.
Coordinants: 42.684799, -83.137729
#5 - Paint Creek Trail
the Paint Creek Trail is an 8.9 mile linear park. This land was once owned by the Penn Central Railroad and was the first Rail-to-Trail in the State of Michigan. Open to the public since 1983, the Paint Creek Trail receives over 100,000 visitors annually. This trail connects Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Orion Township and the Village of Lake Orion.
Coordinants: 42.684821, -83.136283
Source: http://paintcreektrail.org
#6 - Rochester Hills Public Library
The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) services Rochester, Oakland Township, and Rochester Hills. RHPL is located next to Paint Creek, and features a serene river-front walkway. It is the largest library in Oakland County, and has a large collection of Books, DVDs, Audiobooks, and even Video Games. Public computers are available to all.
Coordinants: 42.684040, -83.129838
#7 - Royal Park Hotel
The Royal Park Hotel opened in September 2004, as a four-star, four-diamond luxury hotel and costed $43 million to build. Several celebrities have stayed there, including Paul McCartney, Hugh Hefner, and former President George W. Bush. The hotel has a reasonably priced public restaurant with seating outside on the terrace, and official regulation bocce ball courts.
Coordinants: 42.682188, -83.128805
#8 - Clinton River/Trail
The Clinton River trail is a great trail for bikers, runners and walkers alike. The Clinton River Trail stretches across 16 miles of Oakland county, mostly surrounded by wilderness. The trail runs next to the Clinton River nearly the whole way. This trail also connects to the bloomer park trail system.
Coordinants: 42.678098, -83.128035
#9 - Bloomer Park
Bloomer park is a city owned and maintained park. It is free to walk in or $5 to drive in. The park features a large play structure, a 5K cross country course, and several miles of wooded hiking/biking trails. In the fall, many people enjoy walking to Yates Cider Mill for donuts and cider (See Yates Stop) via the trails in Bloomer Park.
Coordinants: 42.682452, -83.100451
#10 - Yates Cider Mill
Yates Cider mill was built in 1863 by the Yates family. The building was replaced in 1894, but the original waterwheel and machinery are still being used. Yates only sells cider when it is fresh (During the Fall), but sells ice cream during the summer and donuts on Fridays. During the fall, cider and donuts are sold everyday. Yates cider mill is a must-do every fall. Nothing compares to sipping on cider and eating donuts along the Clinton River.
Coordinants: 42.673064, -83.094738

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