Three Surprising Attractions in Rochester, New York

 

The Strong National Museum of Play pic

The Strong National Museum of Play
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The vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, in Pittsford, New York, Tony DiTucci has dedicated much of his time to his local Rochester community. Tony DiTucci was born and raised in Rochester, a small lakeside community with much to offer to visitors. Here are three attractions that may not be well-known.

1. The Strong National Museum of Play. This family-friendly location includes the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, home to 20,000 video games and accompanying classic consoles. For those more interested in toys of the non-electronic variety, it also houses the National Toy Hall of Fame, which is filled to the brim with hundreds of nostalgia-filled classic toys, from Etch-A-Sketch to Play-Doh.

2. House of Guitars. This is the largest guitar store in the world, attracting famed musicians from Les Paul to Garth Brooks. Founded in 1964, the store has walls that are covered with signatures, and it is truly a piece of musical history.

3. Seabreeze Amusement Park. Sitting to the north of the city on Lake Ontario, this fourth-oldest amusement park in America opens each weekend to provide guests with thrilling roller coasters, thrill rides, and a midway for all ages. It also includes a full water park, with everything from a wave pool to flumes.

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Old San Juan: A Brief Primer

Old San Juan pic

Old San Juan
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As vice president of DGA Builders, Tony DiTucci has more than 20 years of experience managing industrial, commercial, retail, and multifamily residential construction projects. Outside of work, Tony DiTucci enjoys traveling, and one of his favorite travel destinations is Puerto Rico.

With architecture evoking the colonial period, Old San Juan takes visitors on a trip back in time while featuring modern amenities. Old San Juan is over 500 years old, making it the second oldest city in all of the Americas. The town is an amalgamation of a colonial backdrop juxtaposed against the foreground of modern Puerto Rican culture.

The El Morro Fort is the most well-known tourist attraction in Old San Juan and is just a short jaunt from the center of the city to an overlook peninsula, towering above the ocean. The structure was built in 1539, and the primary purpose of the fort was to act as a city defense system by blocking harbor access to unfriendly seacraft. Nearly 500 years later, it is perhaps the most visited tourist destination on the island.