25 More Day Trips from Rochester

Canandaigua Lake: Jump Off Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill

Here are 25 more day trips from Rochester, all 30-90 minutes from Center City.

97. The Jump Off Trail: Ontario County Park Gannett Hill

The Jump Off Trail in Ontario County Park is ADA-accessible and affords one of the most beautiful scenic views in the Finger Lakes Region.

2017 Favorite Day Trips: Harriett Hollister Spencer
Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area

98. Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area

Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area is a New York State Park located in the hills six miles south of Honeoye Lake.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Stony Brook New York State Parks
Stony Brook State Park no longer allows swimming

99. Stony Brook State Park

Stony Brook State Park is absolutely stunning year round, but my favorite time to visit is on a mild November day, once the crowds and heat of summer have slipped away.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Basom NY

100. Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

Swallow Hollow Nature loop trail is an accessible trail of ramps, gravel pathways and boardwalks making it easier to enjoy this unique ecosystem.

Jeromes U-Pick Grapes Naples NY

101. Jerome’s U-Pick Grapes

My family has been going to Jerome’s U-Pick Grapes nearly every year for 20 years. To avoid the crowds, go the weekend after the Naples festival.

Statue of Liberty on Oatka Creek in LeRoy

102. Oatka Creek in LeRoy

Oatka Creek is a clear centerpiece for the Village of LeRoy, with a waterfall, 2 dams, and an 8 foot Statue of Liberty replica on her shoreline.

Sonnenberg Gardens exterior

103. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Sonnenberg Gardens is an exceptional example of the lavish wealth and philanthropy of the Gilded Age. Like the mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, Sonnenberg was a summer home for Frederick, the founder of First National Bank (now City Bank) and his wife, Mary, who grew up in Canandaigua and whose father was Governor of New York State.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Chimney Bluffs State Park
Chimney Bluffs State Park

104. Chimney Bluffs State Park

Land and water clash at Chimney Bluffs, sculpting the most dramatic landscape on the Lake Ontario shore. You can experience massive earthen spires from above or along the lake shore on nature trails.

Gorge Trails Grimes Glen Naples NY

105. Grimes Glen

Visitors discover the sights, sounds, and smells of pristine Grimes Creek – its bubbling cascades, crystal clear pools, and two sixty-foot waterfalls, all framed by majestic hemlock trees, bountiful wildflowers in Spring, and shale bluffs towering up to 200 feet overhead.

106. The Cobblestone Museum

Decorated in Victorian fashion, the Cobblestone Church, Ward House, and Schoolhouse provide visitors with a look into the lives of those who lived during the later half of the 19th century.

107. Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Tour historical homes, a rural church and one-room schoolhouses from the Buffalo Niagara region. Interact with costumed interpreters who will show you what life was like in the 19th century.
Here are 15 more day trips from Rochester, all 60-90 minutes from Center City.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Letchworth State Park NY

108. Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park comprises 14,350 linear acres along the Genesee River. It takes 30 minutes to drive from the Mount Morris entrance to the Glen Iris.

Water: Cascadilla Gorge Ithaca
Cascadilla Gorge Ithaca

109. 8 Gorge Trails Near Rochester

Gorge trails call out to us from their deep, dark, and cool caverns. They lead us along their timeline, exposing history as their waterfalls walk backwards.

Things to do around Rochester NY: MacKenzie-Childs

110. MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora

The grounds at MacKenzie-Childs headquarters in Aurora are open to the public. They offer free, guided Second-Empire Farmhouse tours throughout the day.

Scenic Keuka Lake Views Barrington Cellars
Barrington Cellars

111. 7 Wineries with Scenic Keuka Lake Views

There are sophisticated publications out there dedicated to the intricacies of wineries, vineyards, cellars, and tasting rooms in the Finger Lakes Region. Our priority is simply to show you which ones have the most spectacular scenic Keuka Lake views!

Things to do around Rochester NY: Skaneateles Dickens Christmas

112. Skaneateles Dickens Christmas

My favorite time to visit Skaneateles starts the day after Thanksgiving when the little lakeside town kicks off their annual Skaneateles Dickens Christmas.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Niagara Falls NY USA American Falls
American Falls seen from Prospect Point

113. Niagara Falls, USA

Niagara Falls is beautiful year round, and I highly recommend going at different times throughout the year to witness the uniqueness of each season.

Niagara Falls NY USA Maid Mist
Maid of the Mist

114. 15 Discover Niagara Shuttle Stops

The round-trip on the Discover Niagara Shuttle takes around 2 hours if you’d like to simply enjoy the ride. Otherwise, you can hop on and off at any stop.

Old Fort Niagara State Park New York

115. Old Fort Niagara

Fort Niagara was active for 300 years as a strategic stronghold during the French and Indian Wars, War of 1812, American Revolutionary War, and American Civil War.

Gorge Trails Watkins Glen

116. Watkins Glen State Park

Glen Creek descends 400 feet along its 2-mile course through Watkins Glen State Park. Follow the 806-step Gorge Trail and wind your way over and under 19 breathtaking waterfalls.

Water: Taughannock Falls

117. Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls is one of the most accessible waterfalls in our park system. You can walk in the creek and play in the tiny cascades along the gorge.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

118. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a 7,000-acre (28 km2) preserve located on the north end of Cayuga Lake, under one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway.

Penn Dixie Fossil Park Nature Reserve

119. Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve

At Penn Dixie, you keep every fossil you find, though it takes a keen eye and persistence to find the fossils, many of which are smaller than pebbles.

Eternal Flame Trail Chestnut Ridge Park Buffalo
Eternal Flame Trail in Chestnut Ridge Park

120. Eternal Flame Hiking Trail

When you reach the Eternal Flame, sheltered in a tiny cave under a beautiful little waterfall, you’ll find it is a fascinating reward for all of your hard work.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo

121. Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Pick a beautiful day to visit Albright-Knox so you can explore the grounds outside, along with Delaware Park in the museum’s backyard.

122. Hidden Valley Animal Adventure

Enjoy a Wild Game Safari guided trolley tour over two miles of trails on 63 acres of land. All together, Hidden Valley is home to over 400 animals representing 40 species from around the world.

123. Arcade & Attica Railroad

A 90-minute steam train ride from the historic station & museum to Curriers Depot through the countryside and farmlands that have remained virtually unchanged since the line was originally laid in the 1880’s.

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