34 More Day Trips from Rochester

Ellwanger Estate

Here are 34 more day trips from Rochester, all within 30 minutes of Center City.

35. Ellwanger Estate Garden

While the Ellwanger Estate is private, the garden is maintained by the Landmark Society and is periodically open to the public for special events.

More day trips within 30 minutes: Canandaigua Lake City Pier
City Pier Boat Houses

36. Canadaigua Lake

Canandaigua Lake is home to the smallest island, one of only two islands in the Finger Lakes. You can drive around the entire lake in 60 minutes.

More day trips within 30 minutes: George Eastman Museum

37. George Eastman Museum

The George Eastman Museum is a beautiful tribute to his life & legacy, and is the world’s oldest photography museum with one of the oldest film archives.

More day trips within 30 minutes: Memorial Art Gallery

38. Memorial Art Gallery

Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery has an extensive permanent collection, an incredible variety of traveling exhibitions, & a well-rounded calendar of events.

More day trips within 30 minutes: Brighton Town Park

39. Brighton Town Park

Brighton Town Park is surprisingly serene, despite it being bordered on one side by office buildings and across the pond by a major express way.

More day trips within 30 minutes: Great Embankment Park

40. Great Embankment Park

Great Embankment Park has a small sitting area, a few benches, a small boat launch and a dock great for fishing; perfect to start your trip along the canal.

More day trips within 30 minutes: Rochester Museum Science Center Tesla Coils

41. Rochester Museum & Science Center

RMSC’s Rochester campus includes the Science Museum and the Strasenburgh Planetarium, each with unique schedules and admission. The Planetarium offers a robust Saturday schedule of star shows, laser shows, movies, and free telescope viewings on clear Saturday nights from the Observation Tower. In the Science Museum you’ll interact with large Ice Age exhibit, simulator rides, Singing Tesla Coils, an extensive Native Peoples wing, and a recently-restored diorama of Rochester.

More day trips within 30 minutes: Black Creek Park

42. Black Creek Park

At 1,505-acres, Black Creek Park is one of the largest of Monroe County’s 20 parks, second only to Mendon.

More day trips within 30 minutes: Powder Mills Park Rochester NY Pittsford

43. Powder Mills Park

Powder Mills Park favorites include the fish hatchery, and Daffodil Trail, and the Mushroom House, which is technically private property but still draws a crowd!

More day trips within 30 minutes: Susan B Anthony Frederick Douglass Lets Have Tea
Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass “Let’s Have Tea” Statue in Anthony Square, Rochester, NY

44. Susan B Anthony House & Museum

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

Avon Vintage Drive In

45. Vintage Drive-In

Yes, there are still drive-in theaters near Rochester! The Vintage Drive-In in Avon is the closest, but there are five others within a 90 minute drive.

Stokoe Farms

46. Stokoe Farms

Stokoe Farms offers a full day of family activities. On a beautiful Autumn day, you can expect it to be a very popular place! Stop back in December to cut your own Christmas tree.

Strong National Museum of Play Rochester NY
Wegmans mini market

47. Strong Museum

The Strong National Museum of Play has a wealth of interaction for toddlers, school-aged children and adults, including play-shopping at Wegmans!

Things to Do Around Rochester NY: Ontario Beach Park

48. Ontario Beach Park

Lake Ontario Beach Park is located at the northernmost tip of the city of Rochester, and is bordered on the East by the mouth of the Genesee River.

Things to Do Around Rochester: Genesee Country Village Museum

49. Genesee Country Village & Museum

All summer long the Genesee Country Village and Museum hosts themed events on the weekends like Highland Days, Civil War Days, and a Fiddlers Fair. In the winter, the village is open for Sundays strolls.

Things to Do Around Rochester: Ganondagan State Historic Site Victor NY

50. Ganondagan State Historic Park

Everything you will see and do at Ganondagan is centered around these core values: peace, cooperation, and respect for each other and the natural world.

Things to Do Around Rochester: New York State Parks Hamlin Beach

51. Hamlin Beach State Park

Hamlin Beach State Park has 7 miles of beautiful biking and walking trails, including a mile-long self-guided tour of a CCC/POW camp.

30 day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester: Corbetts Glen Nature Park
Corbetts Glen Nature Park in Brighton

52. 6 Hidden Places Around Rochester

We drive past some of Rochester’s most unique features every day, completely unaware that these hidden places exist!

 

Things to Do Around Rochester: Monroe County Libraries: Rochester Central Library Rundel Building
Rochester Central Library Rundel Building on the Genesee River

53. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

Central Library occupies two buildings located across the street from each other on South Avenue in Center City Rochester.

Day Trips from Rochester: Rochester Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
Rochester Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

54. Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

R&GVRRM is the only operating railroad museum and home to the largest collection of historic trains in New York State, with fun train rides every third weekend from April through December.

VIP Pass: New York Museum of Transportation
New York Museum of Transportation

55. New York Museum of Transportation

The New York Museum of Transportation houses fourteen full size trolley cars, a caboose, steam locomotive, antique highway and horse-drawn vehicles, and the various associated smaller items that illuminate our transportation history. Your half-hour excursion on the only trolley ride in New York State is aboard one of the museum’s 87-year-old trolley cars.

Things to Do Around Rochester: George Bridge

56. Canawaugus Park

Oatka Creek is generally shallow enough to wade under the NY-251 bridge, but directly under the George Bridge, when creek water depth is 8 or 9 feet deep, it is safe to jump or swing into the waterhole.

Things to Do Around Rochester Eastman Theater
Eastman Theater

57. Eastman Theater

The magnificent theatre, which originally contained 3,352 seats, was built by George Eastman as a center for music, dance, and silent film with orchestral and organ accompaniment. An architectural gem, its opulent décor reflects the taste and elegance of the 1920s.

Things to Do Around Rochester: The Little Theater

58. The Little Theatre

The Little Theatre is the premier cultural center for the presentation of American independent and foreign films, visual arts and music for the greater Rochester community.

Things to Do Around Rochester: Geva Theater

59. Geva Theatre

Come see the fabulous sets and costumes, the imaginative interpretations of great plays, the development of new work – all up close and personal. The best seat in the house is the one you choose to sit in.

60. The Hungerford

Located at 1115 E Main St, near the corner of E Main and N Goodman, The Hungerford building is home to an eclectic group of talented artists. Great place to visit during First Fridays and Second Saturdays.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Martin Luther King Jr Park at Manhattan Square
Martin Luther King Jr Park at Manhattan Square

61. 23 City of Rochester Parks

Many of our City of Rochester parks have beginnings embedded in Rochester’s youth. Some were designed by (and later inspired by) notable landscape architects such as Frederick Law Olmsted and Lawrence Halprin.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park

62. Rochester’s Olmsted-Designed Parks

Each April 26 we celebrate the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, and the gift of Olmsted-designed parks left in our care. “Rochester is fortunate to be one of a handful of American cities that have a park system designed by the most revered landscape architect in American history.”

Things to do around Rochester NY: Monroe County Parks Lucien Moren
Lucien Moren

63. 20 Monroe County Parks

Monroe County parks are free, so take advantage of 12,000 acres of natural, zoological, horticultural, historical and geological experiences!

Things to do around Rochester NY: Phillis Wheatley Community Library Monroe County
Phillis Wheatley Community Library

64. 32 Monroe County Libraries

Signing up for a free library card gives you access to all 32 Monroe County libraries! The Monroe Country Library System comprises town & village locations, Rochester Public Library branch locations, and the Central Library.

Things to do around Rochester NY: Craft Beverage Tasting Rooms in Monroe County

65. 21 Craft Beverage Tasting Rooms in Monroe County

It can be overwhelming to consider all of the craft beverage artisans that call Western NY home. So, let’s focus on the ones we have in our backyard.

Things to do around Rochester NY: High School Musical Phantom of the Opera

66. 81 Performing Arts Venues Around Rochester

Rochester has an excellent performing arts scene! Find plays and musicals by high school and college students, local professionals, and touring companies.

Holiday Lights on Rahway Rd. in Gates, NY
Holiday Lights on Rahway Rd. in Gates, NY

67. 10 Rochester-Area Neighbors with Extraordinary Holiday Lights

These homeowners and communities go all out with their holiday lights to celebrate the season, so let’s get out there and celebrate with them!

Things to do around Rochester NY: Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area at Marina

68. Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area

The Braddock Bay complex includes the bay and the surrounding wetlands. We break it down so you can start exploring!

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