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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.

30 Winter Walks Around Rochester

These ideas for winter walks should motivate you to step outside for some fresh air and, with any luck, sunshine. Bundle up!

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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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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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Snow Sports: 6 Ways to Stay Active in Winter

Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, skating, and tubing are great snow sports to shake the winter doldrums with exposure to fresh air and sun.

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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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Warm & Cozy

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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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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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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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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We cover a wide range of topics throughout the year and are continuously looking for new information and adventures to share.

Griffis Sculpture Park

There are over 250 whimsical, fantastical, and delightful sculptures at Griffis Sculpture Park, integrated into the bucolic landscape.

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Holley Canal Falls

Holley Canal Falls is located in the heart of the Village of Holley. The water that flows into the glen is overflow from the Erie Canal.

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Locally Grown Produce: Your Guide to Rochester’s Harvest Seasons

Find out which locally grown produce (fruits, vegetables, plants) are at their peak each month, and enjoy Rochester-area harvest festivals.

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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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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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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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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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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.