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132 Day Trips from Rochester, NY

We’ve pulled together a diverse list of day trips from Rochester, NY within two hours of home–perfect for quick getaways!

Things to Do Around Rochester NY: 30 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester: Channing H Philbrick Park PKA Linear Park
Channing H Philbrick Park in Penfield

1. Channing H Philbrick Park (Linear Park)

As Irondequoit Creek passes through Channing H Philbrick Park in Penfield, it drops 90 feet over one mile giving us the cascades that make this park so special.


Tinker Nature Park fairy house sunset

2. Tinker Nature Park

At Tinker Nature Park you can look for Tinker Bell in one of the 20+ miniature homes along the Fairy Trail, or take a meditation walk in the labyrinth.


30 day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester: Rochester Hidden Sidewalk
The Hidden Sidewalk in Charlotte

3. Rochester’s Hidden Sidewalk

To find Rochester’s hidden sidewalk, start at Ontario Beach Park & head west on Beach Ave. Across from Clematis St. & Cloverdale St. are the two main entrances.


Day Trips from Rochester NY:30 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester: ARTISANworks retro room
ARTISANworks in Rochester

4. ARTISANworks

I’ve heard ARTISANworks described as a walk-through kaleidoscope, a bombardment on the senses, a 360° canvas, a space that defies all boundaries, a place that can’t be described but must be seen, surprising, inspiring, and in some instances shocking.


Penn Dixie Fossil Park Nature Reserve

5. 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.


Arcade and Attica Railroad

6. 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.


Turning Point Park Rochester NY

7. Turning Point Park

Turning Point Park’s most striking feature is a 3,572 ft-long bridge over the Genesee River Turning Basin, part of the greater Genesee Riverway Trail.


Natural Swimming Area Taughannock Falls Creek
Taughannock Falls Creek

8. 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.


Sonnenberg Gardens exterior

9. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Sonnenberg Gardens is an exceptional example of the lavish wealth and philanthropy of the Gilded Age.


Free Rochester Day Trips RMSC choosing to explore

10. Free Day Trips: Our Top 10 Favorites

Don’t let tight budgets stop you from exploring! These 10 ideas for free Rochester day trips will give you over 350 destinations to explore!


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

11. 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!


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

12. 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.


Darkest Sky near Rochester-Dark Sky measurement
this scale is called the Bortle Dark-Sky Scale and it was first published in Sky & Telescope magazine.

13. Find the Darkest Sky Near Rochester

Locations northeast of Rochester close to Lake Ontario, or south of US-20 in the Finger Lakes will offer the darkest sky near Rochester.


Grimes Glen second waterfall

14. 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.


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

15. 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!


Water: Cascadilla Gorge Ithaca
Cascadilla Gorge Ithaca

16. 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.


Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

17. 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.


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

18. Corbetts Glen Nature Park

Corbetts Glen Nature Park is a hidden green space in a suburban jungle, nestled in between an expressway and 2 highly trafficked roads near the Penfield/Brighton Town border.


30 day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester: High Falls Genesee River Rochester NY
High Falls view from the Genesee Brew House.

19. High Falls

High Falls is both the name of the waterfall and the district in the city where it can be found. There’s plenty of parking and food options on both sides of the river.


Vitale Park on Conesus Lake
Vitale Park on Conesus Lake

20. Conesus Lake

Conesus Lake is the westernmost Finger Lake and the closest to Rochester. You can drive around the entire lake in 30 minutes.


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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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