If you’re heading to the HLAA Convention, consider adding these stops to your itinerary.

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) 2019 Convention is coming up in a few days. This fantastic four-day event will provide the opportunity to learn and connect with other people with hearing loss. While you’re there, you may want to step out to enjoy all that Rochester, NY has to offer, including art, theater, music, history, and more. If you’re planning to attend the convention, consider adding these hearing loss-friendly activities to your itinerary:

  • Highland Park
  • Memorial Art Gallery
  • Seneca Park Zoo
  • Eastman Museum
  • Regal Henrietta Cinema

Learn more about each of these travel destinations in Rochester below.

Highland Park

Gorgeous Highland Park is known for its arboretum and 150 acres of rolling hills and scenic views. Here, you can stroll among an abundance of lilac shrubs, Japanese maples, magnolias, a rock garden with dwarf evergreens, fields of wildflowers, and more. With plenty to see and smell, the arboretum is an ultimate hearing loss-friendly stop. Home to an annual May Flower Festival, Highland Park also offers features self-tour memorials including Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Workers’ Memorial, and Victims’ Rights Memorial.

Memorial Art Gallery (MAG)

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This hearing loss-friendly activity in Rochester holds over 12,000 art items from all over the world. Visitors with hearing loss can request a sign language interpreter for any MAG program with advance notice. The Auditorium is also equipped with an induction loop assistive listening system. If you prefer, you can follow along to self-guided audio tours of the artwork with transcripts on their website.

Seneca Park Zoo

If you’re an animal lover, you may want to head to the Seneca Park Zoo. Packed with seasonal events, classes, and other programs all year long, the Zoo is home to dozens of classic and exotic animals. Meet bald eagles, African elephants, chinchillas, red pandas, and more. Hearing loss accommodations for the 90-minute guided tour are available upon request.

Eastman Museum

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Enrich your stay in Rochester with a visit to the oldest museum of photography in the world. Housed in a mansion built by local photographer George Eastman in the early twentieth century, Eastman Museum features millions of objects in photography, cinema, and photographic and cinematographic technology. Visitors with hearing loss can take advantage of printed transcripts, ASL or privately reserved tours, and closed captioning on all interpretive videos in the museum.

Regal Henrietta Cinema

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Summer is the season for blockbuster movies! If you have a couple of hours to spare between sessions and events, you may want to catch a flick at Regal Henrietta Cinema. Located about 15 minutes from the convention by car via I-590S, this cinema complex features showings with either open or closed captioning for the enjoyment of guests with hearing loss.

These hearing loss-friendly activities in Rochester make wonderful additions to your convention travel itinerary. Be sure to also check out these travel tips for people with hearing loss and hearing loss-friendly activities in New York City if you’re planning to head to the Big Apple during your visit.

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