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49 of the Best Ice Cream Shops Around Rochester

Ice cream, gelato, Italian ice, frozen yogurt, and custard—we love these shops’ outstanding atmosphere, taste, and innovation.

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Gorge Trails Near Rochester

Gorge trails call out from their deep, dark, and cool caverns. If you haven’t already, check these spectacular trails off 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 unique.

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39 Natural Swimming Holes

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.

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Raspberries: 9 Places to Pick Your Own

Here are a few places around Rochester you can pick your own raspberries, starting in July. Fall varieties ripen in late August.

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132 Things to Do Around Rochester

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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Cherries: 10 Places to Pick Your Own

Here are a few places you can pick your own cherries near Rochester. The season runs mainly in July, but start checking in late June.

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74 Hiking Trails Around Rochester

Less traveled than in our parks, these hiking trails around Rochester offer a secluded and rustic area to immerse yourself in nature.

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36 Places to Immerse Yourself in Green

I find the color green soothing, especially when surrounded by it. Enjoy some of my favorite places to go green!

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Blueberries: 8 Places to Pick Your Own

Here are a few places around Rochester you can pick your own blueberries. The season typically runs from early- to mid-July through August.

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497 Highly Recommended Restaurants Around Rochester

Some food destinations are well-established, while others quickly become favorites as Rochester’s culinary scene explodes.

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270+ Rochester Date Ideas

Trying various activities with your partner is a great way to connect, learn more about each other, and shake up your routine.

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4 Old Country Stores Around Rochester

When you walk into one of these old country stores, you’re stepping back in time with aisles of old-fashioned toys, knickknacks, and candies.

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26 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester

Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails. For many, you don’t need to leave your car.

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Water Trails: 58 Places to Explore Rochester’s Waterways

Paddle your way to peace and quiet along Rochester’s water trails. Use these launches for canoes, kayaks, and small motorized watercraft.

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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 entrances.

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42 Quirky Roadside Attractions

Have fun finding these quirky roadside attractions—shoe trees, a skeleton army, a metal dragon, a shark girl—within two hours of home.

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Guided Walks and Tours Around Rochester, NY

Local experts who highlight the rich history, geology, ecology, and community of the greater Rochester region lead these guided walks.

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22 Monroe County Parks

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

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Transcending Places

Rather than an escape, I think of these as transcending places that encourage us to transcend space, time, and state of mind.

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10 Spots to Seek Solitude Around Rochester

It’s critical to spend time outside. Here are a few spots where I find ample space for solitude and solace in nature.

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Sunken Garden at Warner Castle

Take a stroll behind Warner Castle and down the grassy lawn. You will find the Sunken Garden—a peaceful retreat any time of the year.

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Explore East Aurora, NY

From Vidler’s to the Aurora Theatre to the Roycroft Arts & Crafts movement, the early 1900s are alive and well on Main Street in East Aurora.

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Explore Skaneateles, NY

The Village of Skaneateles is the perfect place to get away and enjoy the pace of lake life, surrounded by unique boutiques and restaurants.

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Explore Routes 5 & 20

Routes 5 & 20 is a 67-mile stretch of scenic highway where NY-5 & US-20 converge, following an ancient foot trail of New York’s first people.

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Explore the Erie Canal

The Erie Canal spans 100 miles between Lockport and Clyde, with Rochester in the middle. Choose 15 miles to explore for a great day trip.

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Explore the Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes Region is one of the most beautiful places on earth and right in our backyard! It is easy to get out there and explore.

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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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Explore Mount Morris, NY

If there was a Main Street, USA Cinderella story, it’s living a happy ending—rather, a new beginning—here in Mount Morris.

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Explore Caledonia, NY

Caledonia has historically been an important resting place for travelers, used by Senecas traveling between Canandaigua and the Niagara.

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Rochester Festivals – Six in the City

“Festival season” in Rochester runs from May to September. Let’s focus on the six most popular summertime City of Rochester festivals!

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45 Cheap & Free Outdoor Concerts Around Rochester

Free outdoor concerts around Rochester start ramping up in June when local venues kick off their summer music series and festivals.

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169 Annual Events Around Rochester

Centered on food, drink, music, and culture, these festivals and events around Rochester bring our community together throughout the year.

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2022 New York State & County Fairs

Our state and county fairs offer a unique blend of agriculture, amusement, and entertainment, dating back to the early 1800s.

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Find hundreds of fun and unique things to do around Rochester, NY, within two hours of home—perfect for a spontaneous day trip or getaway. Use our themed guides and maps to plan memorable adventures all year long easily.