Helmer Nature Center

Helmer Nature Center

The paths at Helmer Nature Center, made primarily of wood chip, boardwalk, and hard-pack gravel, are easy to navigate and clearly marked. There are sloped portions that take you down to the valley floor where the terrain around you is hilly and tree covered making it peacefully quiet.

Car-Free Day Trips from Rochester New York City

Car-Free Day Trips From Rochester

Car-free day trips from Rochester let everyone enjoy the journey and the destination! Find engaging activities in destinations like NYC, Buffalo, Syracuse, Toronto, Adirondacks, Thousand Islands, Finger Lakes, Corning, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Chautauqua.

Rochester Citizen Science Genesee River

Rochester Citizen Science

Take a closer look at these Rochester citizen science opportunities and see how you can get involved! “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, dedicated citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Things to do around Rochester NY: Washington Square Park

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.

Memorial Art Gallery Story Walk

Memorial Art Gallery Story Walk

The Memorial Art Gallery Story Walk runs along Goodman St between University Ave. and Anderson Ave. It includes Rochester stories, memoirs, and family histories from community members. Continue around the corner along University Ave to listen to poems like Hurry by Marie Howe. 

Ellison Park Irondequoit Creek

Ellison Park

Irondequoit Creek meanders through Ellison Park on its way to Irondequoit Bay and Lake Ontario, offering visitors year-round fishing and non-motorized boating opportunities.