Rochester is the county seat of Fulton County, Indiana, USA, and is the only city there (although there are a number of small towns). Its name comes from the much larger city in New York, USA. Its proximity to South Bend and Fort Wayne makes it a handy place to stay and maybe visit if everything closer is taken, without being too far away or too expensive.
Rochester's located where Indiana 25, Old US 31, and Indiana 14 join up, and New US 31 loops around the south and west edges of the city. The Fulton County Airport, for small private aircraft, is also a way to get in and out.
Driving yourself is the best way to get around. Downtown is small enough to park at one spot and walk around, but this isn't feasible for the entire city.
- Fulton County Museum, 37 E 375 N (Follow US 31 north of Rochester for 4 miles. Turn left on 375 N, then left again onto the driveway.), ☏ . 9 AM-5 PM Monday-Saturday (closed on holidays). A collection of historical items from Fulton County and the surrounding area, as well as books and local experts to aid in research and other needed purposes. There are sections about, among other things, old important buildings, early settlers, and the county's claim to fame as being the Round Barn Capital of the World. Four historical events are hosted by the museum and Fulton County Historical Society each year: The Living History Faire in March, the Redbud Trail Rendezvous in April, the Historical Power Show in June, and the Trail of Courage in September. Free will donation.
- 1 Lake Manitou. The largest lake in Fulton County, Lake Manitou is located in the southeast part of the city and prized for its good fishing waters, natural beauty, and abundance of boat-friendly waters. The spillway dam on the north side of the lake is also and interesting place to visit.
- 2 Tippecanoe River. "The River of Lakes" goes through the northern part of Fulton County. It's fairly shallow and perfect for paddling.
- 3 Fulton County Courthouse.
- [formerly dead link] 4th of July Fireworks, 545 N State Road 25. The night of the 4th of July sees a big fireworks show at the county airport (don't worry, there's no planes coming or going at the time!).
- [formerly dead link] Chili Cook-off and Red Hot Car Show, 815 N Main Street. Shiny cars and chili-loving people cover the courthouse lawn on the second Saturday of October. Come out and enjoy samples of chili made on-the-spot by various local groups and see all kinds of rare cars!
- [dead link] Fulton County 4-H Fair, 1009 W 3rd Street, ☏ . A week in July of livestock shows, community building projects, and county fair food come together to make a time that's hard to beat.
- Haunted Woods Trail, 37 E 375 N (At the Fulton County Museum, see below). The Historical Society grounds are turned into a scary walk in the woods for the two weekends before Halloween. $6 for ages 12 and up, $3 ages 6-11, free for 5 and under.
- Historical Power Show, 37 E 375 N (At the Fulton County Museum, see below). Owners of historical tractors and other such machinery gather in an open-to-the-public festival every June. $5, free for 11 and under.
- Living History Faire, 37 E 375 N (At the Fulton County Museum, see below). An indoor festival held every March, the Living History Faire showcases experts and vendors from all different historical times and places, ranging from 1700s Russia to Civil War-era America to pre-Columbus Indian lore.
- Redbud Trail Rendezvous, 37 E 375 N (At the Fulton County Museum, see below). A living history festival in April with historical goods, food, experts, and reenactors from the 1800s. $3 ages 12 and up, 11 and under free.
- [formerly dead link] Round Barn Festival. Paying tribute to the county's claim to fame as the Round Barn Capital of the World, downtown is turned into a big festival on a weekend in June with all kinds of activities and local vendors, as well as a twilight parade. Free admission.
- Trail of Courage, 37 E 375 N (At the Fulton County Museum, see below). The largest event put on by the Fulton County Historical Society, the Trail of Courage is an 1800s living history festival held in September based off of the Trail of Death, which spent its first night near Rochester. Historical experts, vendors, reenactors, food made on location, and activities of all sorts can be found. $7 ages 12 and up, $3 ages 6-11, $2 each bus students, 5 and under free.
- [formerly dead link] Suds in the City, 703 Main Street. An annual tasting festival featuring all kinds of Indiana craft beers. What's not to like? $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
- Farmer's Market, 37 E 375 N (At the Fulton County Museum, see below). Local gardeners and farmers gather to sell their produce and other goodies most Saturdays and Wednesdays.
- Fulton County Public Library Rochester Branch, 320 W 7th Street, ☏ . The largest library in the county has a wide collection of media, a room full of historical and genealogical materials, free computer access and wi-fi, and a small rotating local art gallery.
- WROI Radio Station, 110 E 8th Street, ☏ . "The Window on 8th Street", 92.1 WROI's station is open for visits and tours.
- Elks Lodge No. 2120 Golf Course, 2506 S Country Club Drive, ☏ . A 9-hole golf course at the local Elks lodge.
- Rochester City Park. A large park with numerous pavilions, picnic tables, and areas for various sports all surrounding Manitou Mountain, a massive playground.
- [dead link] Rochester Community Swimming Pool. 12PM-8PM Monday-Saturday, 1PM-8PM Sunday, generally closed when the air's under 70 degrees. The city pool ranges from 3 to 12 feet deep with two waterslides. There's also a small wading pool for younger children and a concession stand. It's right by the driving range and putting green for the Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek, making it perfect to hit a bucket, then wind down at the pool. $3 ages 5 and up.
- Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek, 1024 Lakeview Drive, ☏ . A 72-par 18-hole golf course on Mill Creek. Its clubhouse is the restored Gerig Round Barn, giving it one of the most unique features of any golf course. It's commonly referred to by its old name, Mill Creek Golf Course, or simply Mill Creek.
- [dead link] The Winning Edge, 221 Rouch Place Drive, ☏ , fax: . Monday-Friday 9AM-5:30 PM. A sports store that carries everything you need, from equipment to jerseys to accessories, and will custom order stuff as you need it.
- B & K Drive-In, 1201 E 9th St., ☏ . Serving all your drive-in favorites, including burgers, milkshakes, and their own specialty root beer.
- Chi-Am Garden, 1101 Main St., ☏ . A Chinese-American restaurant.
- Dick's Drive In, 184 Main St., ☏ . A drive-in serving a wide variety of food and drinks.
- El Cielito Lindo, 2005 E State Rd. 14, ☏ . A Mexican restaurant that serves all kinds of great food made in-house, including fajitas, chimichangas, true Mexican tacos, and free chips and salsa.
- The Flagpole Drive In Inc., 514 E 9th St., ☏ . A local drive-in with specialty ice cream and foot-long hot dogs in addition to the other drive-in food they serve.
- Jarrety's Place, 701 Main Street, ☏ . Monday, Tuesday, Saturday 6:30AM-4PM, Wednesday and Thursday 6:30AM-8PM, Friday 6:30AM-9PM. A mid-range soup and sandwich shop.
- Nubiano's Pizza, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday-Thursday 11AM-9PM, Friday 11AM-10PM, Saturday 4PM-10PM, Sunday 4PM-9PM. A local pizza place, it also has a salad bar, sandwiches, outside patio, and a Ms. Pac-Man machine!
- Pat's Landing, 1305 Ewing Rd., ☏ . A pizza and grill restaurant right on the shore of Lake Manitou.
- Pizza Hut, 201 Rouch Place Drive, ☏ . Rochester's own branch of the nationwide chain.
- Slappy's Rib Shack, 614 E 9th Street, ☏ . Two giant smokers that have to stay outside make for some great-tasting barbecue!
- The Streamliner Central Family Restaurant, 201 E 9th Street, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 11AM-10PM 7 days a week. A wide variety of food, including the famous breaded tenderloin sandwiches (ranked one of the Super 46 sandwiches in Indiana by Visit Indiana), steak dinners, salads, and seafood.
- Tweedle Dee's, 720 N State Rd. 25, ☏ . A 1950s-style diner.
- The Dug Out, 604 Main Street, ☏ . A sports bar that also serves a good selection of food.
- Rumors. The biggest, wildest nightclub in the area has all your needs for drink and entertainment, and a van to drive you home if you get a little too unfit to drive!
- Comfort Inn, 289 McDonald Drive, ☏ .
- Super 8 Motel, 209 McDonald Drive, ☏ .
- Plymouth: A larger city than Rochester located about half an hour north on US 31 and slightly longer on Old US 31, home of the Blueberry Festival every Labor Day week.
- South Bend: One of the largest cities in the region, South Bend is about twice as far up US 31 as Plymouth is, home of Notre Dame, the Oliver mansion, and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.
- Mentone: A town that's about 20 minutes northeast along Indiana 25, home of the Egg Festival every June.
- Warsaw: A city about 35 minutes northeast on Indiana 25.
- Akron: A town that's about 15 minutes east on Indiana 14.
- North Manchester: A city about 40 minutes east on Indiana 14.
- Peru: A city about half an hour southeast on Old US 31.
- Fulton: A town south of Rochester on Indiana 25.
- Logansport: A larger city than Rochester located about half an hour southwest on Indiana 25.
- Winamac: A town west of Rochester on Indiana 14.
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