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Winter Walks

Step out for some fresh air and, with any luck, sunshine, on our 30 favorite walks.

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Now more than ever, finding ways to enjoy time outdoors is key to staying healthy. Even just getting out for a drive can help break up the monotony of a Rochester winter amplified by a pandemic.

20 Outdoor and Indoor Ice Skating Rinks Around Rochester

All indoor ice skating rinks, plus a few outdoor rinks, offer skate rentals. For outdoors, we need an extended forecast of sub 32 degrees.

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17 Hidden Places Around Rochester

Explore some of our hidden gems this week! There’s no time like the present to start checking some off these extraordinary places your list.

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11 Best Places to Rent Snowshoes Around Rochester

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

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49 New York State Parks Within a 2-hour Drive of Rochester

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

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21 Monroe County Parks

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

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The 16 Best Places for Downhill and Cross-Country Skiing Around Rochester

Both downhill and cross-country skiing around Rochester is as much recreation as it is a social experience, competition, and a tradition.

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15 of the Best Sledding Hills Around Rochester

The great thing about sledding is that there are no barriers to entry, and Monroe County Parks have the best sledding hills around Rochester!

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71 Hiking Trails Around Rochester

Here are a few less populated, rustic, or unusual trails around Rochester that will inspire you to take a hike. A diverse collection of rail-trails, waterside trails, and inland trails.

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Warm & Cozy

During the pandemic, it’s been challenging to spend quality time indoors away from home. But if you need a change of place lest you go stir-crazy, here are a few recommendations.

Lamberton Conservatory

Located in Highland Park, Lamberton Conservatory is the perfect place to enjoy a calm, colorful space warmed to tropical temperatures.

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Rochester Museum and Science Center

Between the star shows, laser shows, interactive exhibits, and Singing Tesla Coils, the Rochester Museum and Science Center will entertain you for hours!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Strong National Museum of Play

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

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My 2020 Day Trips

My favorite day trips in 2020 weren’t so different from our 2019 trips except they were a little less often, with less stops and less people.

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The Pinnacle Range

The Pinnacle Range along the Rochester’s southern border is a glacial moraine created by the retreating Wisconsin Glacier 12,000 year ago.

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Explore Geneseo, NY

Geneseo is the Livingston County Seat, and home to SUNY Geneseo, whose beautiful campus overlooks the river valley and parallels Main Street.

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22 Fabulous Fall Hikes in Monroe County

Our favorite fall hikes offer a variety of elements and views. The presence of water, trees, and solitude help rank these high on our list!

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75+ Date Night Ideas Around Rochester in a Time of Social Distancing

These Rochester date night Ideas during the COVID-19 pandemic will help you stay connected, while avoiding the routine rut and isolation.

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18 Beautiful Boardwalks

These boardwalks are incorporated into larger trail systems to help people meander through wetlands, or to help preserve wildlife.

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10 Spots to Seek Solitude Around Rochester

It’s critical to spend time outside. Here are a few spots that I can recommend where there’s ample space for finding solitude and solace.

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Planning Day Trips

Check out some of our tools and resources for finding and exploring our unique Rochester-area communities.

60 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester

Sometimes you just need a fun, spontaneous adventure or quick getaway to refresh your day. Try one of these day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester.

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132 Things to Do Around Rochester, NY

We’ve pulled together a list of fun and unique things to do around Rochester, NY within two hours of home—perfect for quick getaways.

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Rochester: The Image City

Rochester evolved from Flour City to Flower City to Image City when George Eastman invented a way for the masses to capture everyday moments on film.

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Rochester’s Fun Facts: Oldest, Original, Only, & More!

Rochester’s fun facts will inspire you to explore more. And these are just some of the historical tidbits that make Rochester special.

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Monroe County

Monroe County is the heart of the Greater Rochester Nine County Region. The City of Rochester is surrounded by 19 towns and villages.

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The Greater Rochester Nine-County Area

The Greater Rochester Area is made up of 9 counties that fall under the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. Each county has something special to offer!

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Planning Your Next Rochester Day Trip

We’re always researching new ideas for your next Rochester day trip! Filter our day trips by drive-time, direction, or season.

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3-Day Getaways from Rochester

Spend less time traveling and more time exploring with these fantastic getaways from Rochester. They’re all within a two hour drive from home.

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Our mission is to inspire exploration, appreciation, preservation, and conservation of our natural and human communities. To that end, we seek out destinations within a two hour radius of Rochester, NY that foster a passion for both.

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COVID-19 NOTE: Some of the information you find in our articles may currently be inaccurate due to closures and cancellations.

Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home. The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly.