Things to do around Rochester NY: Washington Square Park

23 City of Rochester Parks

All of our parks are similar in how they bring communities together, yet unique in their presentation and amenities. Some are as simple as grass, shade, and benches, while others are robust and expansive.

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

City of Rochester Parks: Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square

City of Rochester Parks

1. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square

2. Turning Point Park

3. Genesee Riverway Trail

4. Aqueduct Park

5. Browncroft Rose Garden Park

6. Corn Hill Landing

7. Genesee Crossroads-Charles Carroll Park

8. Genesee Gateway Park

9. Sebastian Park

City of Rochester Parks: Genesee Valley Park
Genesee Valley Park

City of Rochester Parks maintained by Monroe County

10. Highland Park

11. Seneca Park

12. Maplewood Park

13. Genesee Valley Park

14. Ontario Beach Park

15. Tryon Park

Susan B Anthony Frederick Douglass Lets Have Tea
Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass “Let’s Have Tea” Statue in Anthony Square, Rochester, NY

Olmsted-Designed Parks

In addition to Highland Park, Seneca Park, Maplewood Park, and Genesee Valley Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., he, along with his son and the Olmsted Firm, went on to design several more City of Rochester parks.

16. Susan B. Anthony Square Park

17. Cobb’s Hill Park

18. Washington Square Park

19. Lunsford Circle Park

20. Brown Square Park

21. Jones Square Park

22. Schiller Park

Mount Hope Cemetery Rochester
Mount Hope Cemetery

Honorable Mention

23. While not technically a park, we certainly couldn’t leave out Mount Hope Cemetery!

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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