26 More Day Trips from Rochester

Rochester Home Garden Tours: Mushroom House

Here are 26 more day trips from Rochester, all 30-60 minutes from Center City.

69. 31 Quirky Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions

Here are a few unusual Finger Lakes, Western New York and Rochester-area roadside attractions that make for an interesting day trip.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Amusement Parks
Darien Lake

70. 6 Amusement Park

Oh, how we miss our amusement parks in the winter! When May comes around, you find the parks with dry-rides opening on the weekends, with the water parks opening closer to Father’s Day in mid-June.

Rochester-Area Day Trip: Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park

71. 43 New York State Parks Within a 2-hour Drive of Rochester, NY

Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a 2-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them each unique!

New York County Fairs: Demolition Derby

72. New York State & County Fairs

Our state and county fairs offer their own unique blend of agriculture, amusement and entertainment: parades, demolition derbies, contests, food, tractor shows and pulls, midway rides, vendors, livestock exhibits, and live music.

30 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester: Erie Canal Fairport Thomas Creek Boardwalk
Thomas Creek Wetlands Walk in Fairport

73. 45 Trails Around Rochester That Are Not Just a Walk in the Park

Here are a few less populated, rustic, or unusual trails around Rochester that will inspire you to take a hike.

Ellwanger Garden
Ellwanger Garden

74. 40 Public Gardens Around Rochester

Enjoy a peaceful afternoon at one of these arboretums, labyrinths, estate gardens, or botanical gardens, all within a 2-hour drive of Rochester.

Events around Rochester - Lilac Festival Monroe County Highland Park
Highland Park Lilacs in Rochester, NY

75. 211 Annual Events Around Rochester

Centered on food, drink, music, and culture these festivals & events around Rochester bring our community together throughout the year.

High Falls Genesee River Rochester
High Falls on the Genesee River in Rochester, NY

76. 22 Places Around Rochester to Visit After Heavy Rains

Watch raging torrents flow over their banks and brinks after heavy rains for a spectacular, multi-sensory experience. Behold the power of water!

Things to do around Rochester NY Paranormal Activities

77. 7 Paranormal Activities Around Rochester

There is something about October that peeks our interest in paranormal activities. These day trips encourage you to explore the other side of Rochester.

Honeoye Lake

78. Spend a Day in the Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes Region is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and right in our backyard! It is easy to get out there and explore.

Things to do around Rochester NY: ARTISANworks
ARTISANworks

79. 80 Other Museums Around Rochester

It’s time to explore some lesser-know, off-the-beaten-path, and odd-collection museums around Rochester, NY.

Ice Cream Shops Around Rochester

80. Top 30 Ice Cream Shops Around Rochester

We love these ice cream shops for their outstanding atmosphere, taste, variety, and innovation. Try a specialty flavor like Concord Grape from Lynnie Lou’s, Lavender Goat Cheese from Eat Me, or Cookie, Fig and Honey from Hedonist.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Amusement Parks
Darien Lake

81. 6 Amusement Parks Near Rochester

Oh, how we miss our amusement parks in the winter! When May comes around, you find the parks with dry-rides opening on the weekends, with the water parks opening closer to Father’s Day in mid-June.

Rochester-Area Chocolatiers: Stevers on Park Ave
Stevers

82. 18 Rochester-Area Chocolatiers

Any one of our fine Rochester-area chocolatiers makes for a great day trip detour or destination! Many of the chocolates are crafted by 3rd- and 4th-generation descendants using traditional family recipes with modern twists.

Mount Hope Cemetery Rochester NY
Mount Hope Cemetery

83. 10 Ways to Savor Autumn Around Rochester

Scenic train rides, leaf-peeping in our arboretums, fall bird migrations and ghost walks happen only in autumn so take advantage of them while you can!

Things to do in Rochester, NY: Rent Snowshoes

84. 9 Places to Rent Snowshoes Around Rochester

If you’re looking to spend more time outdoors, try snowshoeing! There are a few places around Rochester to rent snowshoes and learn how to use them.

The Little Theater Rochester NY

85. 12 Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester

There is something about a 100-year-old small movie theater that enhances your experience and transcends you through space and time.

Susan B Anthony Lets Have Tea

86. Susan B Anthony

Susan B Anthony’s passion for securing women’s right to vote started with her work as an agent of the anti-slavery movement.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Lake Ontario Seaway Trail: Swillys in Pultneyville
Swillys in Pultneyville NY

87. The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail

The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail is the portion that runs along the southern Lake Ontario shoreline, from Fort Niagara in Youngstown to Fort Ontario in Oswego.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Old Country Store
The Old Country Store and More – est. 1849

88. 5 Old Country Stores Around Rochester

When you walk into one of these old country stores, you feel like you are stepping back in time with aisles of old fashioned toys, knickknacks and candies.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Pick Your Own Fruit

89. 9 Rochester U-Pick Seasons

There are U-Pick farms all around the Greater Rochester Area. Often times, picking your own product is as much a family adventure as it is entertainment!

Scenic Keuka Lake Views Rooster Hill Vineyards
Rooster Hill Vineyards

90. 29 Culinary Trails and Self-Guided Rochester-Area Tours

From beer, wine and cheese culinary trails to barn quilt, cobblestone and farm self-guided tours, these itineraries help you plan your ultimate day trip!

Public Gardens Around Rochester: MacKenzie Childs
MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora on Cayuga Lake

91. 33 House and Garden Tours Around Rochester

Every year there are dozens of opportunities around Rochester to walk through grand and historic homes, and meticulously manicured garden spaces.

Mendon Ponds Wild Wings
Wild Wings at Mendon Ponds Park

92. 48 Nature Centers, Preserves, Refuges, and Observatories Around Rochester

Our nature centers, wildlife preserves, management areas, etc., all serve to protect and sustain life, while making nature accessible to people to enjoy and learn from.

Natural Swimming Area Taughannock Falls Creek
Taughannock Falls Creek

93. 39 Natural Swimming Areas

On a hot day, you can sit under a waterfall, swim in a lake, or jump in a creek at one of these refreshing natural swimming areas.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Maple Syrup at Helmer Nature Center
Helmer Nature Center

94. 13 Places to Spend Maple Syrup Weekend

In March, local producers open their sugar bush and sugar shacks to the community to celebrate the innovative process of turning sap into syrup during Maple Syrup Weekend.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Historic Inns
Cottage Hotel in Mendon

95. 21 Historic Inns & Hotels Around Rochester

These historic inns around Rochester offer unique dining experiences. Unlike bed & breakfasts, their dining rooms are open to the public. Unlike restaurants, they offer lodging. And their food is as extraordinary as their stories.

Things to do around Rochester NY: 15 miles on the Erie Canal
Canal boat through Genesee Valley Park in Rochester

96. 15 Miles on the Erie Canal near Rochester

Of the Best 100 Miles on the canal, 85 of them are between Lockport and Palmyra. Here are a few ideas to start exploring your own 15 miles on the Erie Canal!

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