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104 Day Trips From Rochester

Sometimes, you just need a quick list of ideas to inspire you. So, I’ve compiled a simple, alphabetical list of 104 places to visit in and around Rochester. It includes a variety of natural attractions, parks, museums, theaters, and historical sites, providing a diverse range of options for day trips.

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  1. Abraham Lincoln Park
  2. Akron Falls
  3. Antique Wireless Museum
  4. Art Museum of Rochester
  5. ARTISANworks
  6. Auditorium Theatre
  7. Bay Creek Paddling Center
  8. Blackfriars Theatre
  9. Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area
  10. Buttermilk Falls State Park
  11. Camp Beechwood State Park
  12. Canandaigua
  13. Cascadilla Gorge
  14. Carpenter Falls Unique Area
  15. Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
  16. Channing H. Philbrick Park
  17. Chimney Bluffs State Park
  18. Cobb’s Hill & Washington Grove
  19. Colonial Belle
  20. Comedy at the Carlson
  21. Corbett’s Glen Nature Park
  22. Corning
  23. Cumming Nature Center
  24. Darien Lake
  25. Dryden Theatre
  26. Durand Eastman Park
  27. Edgerton Model Railroad Room
  28. Ellicottville
  29. Erie Canal
  30. Eternal Flame Hiking Trail
  31. Fair Haven Beach State Park
  32. Farm Sanctuary
  33. Fillmore Glen State Park
  34. Fort Ontario State Historic Site
  35. G and S Orchards
  36. Ganondagan State Historic Site
  37. Genesee Country Village and Museum
  38. Genesee Valley Park
  39. George Eastman Museum
  40. Geneva
  41. Geva Theatre
  42. Glen Park Falls
  43. Golden Hill State Park
  44. Grimes Glen
  45. Gully Nature Preserve
  46. Hamlin Beach State Park
  47. Hammondsport
  48. Hidden Sidewalk
  49. Highland Park
  50. Hochstein School
  51. Holley Canal Falls
  52. Honeoye Falls
  53. Hurd Orchards
  54. Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
  55. Ithaca
  56. JELL-O Gallery Museum
  57. Kodak Center
  58. Lamberton Conservatory
  59. Lewiston
  60. Letchworth State Park
  61. Linwood Gardens
  62. Little Theatre
  63. Maplewood Rose Garden
  64. Medina Railroad Museum
  65. Memorial Art Gallery
  66. Mendon Ponds Park
  67. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
  68. Mount Hope Cemetery
  69. New York Museum of Transportation
  70. Niagara Falls State Park
  71. Olcott Beach
  72. Old Fort Niagara
  73. Ontario Beach Park
  74. Powder Mills Park Fish Hatchery
  75. RBTL at The Auditorium Theatre
  76. Riverie Boat Tours
  77. Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
  78. Rochester Contemporary Art Center
  79. Rochester Museum & Science Center
  80. Rochester Public Market
  81. Rochester Red Wings Baseball
  82. Roseland Waterpark
  83. RPO at Eastman Theatre
  84. Sam Patch Packet Boat Tours
  85. Sara’s Garden Center
  86. Seabreeze Amusement Park
  87. Seneca Falls
  88. Seneca Park Zoo
  89. Skaneateles
  90. Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
  91. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
  92. Springdale Farms
  93. Sterling Nature Center
  94. Stokoe Farms
  95. Stony Brook State Park
  96. Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
  97. Syracuse
  98. Taughannock Falls State Park
  99. The Strong National Museum of Play
  100. Tinker Nature Park
  101. Turning Point Park
  102. Webster Park
  103. Watkins Glen State Park
  104. Wickham Farms

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My Favorite Books About the Rochester Area

I’ve provided links to borrow these Rochester-themed books from a Monroe County Library or to purchase them online via Amazon or Bookshop.

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Additional Resources for Rochester Day-Trip Inspiration

In addition to my website, here are some links to Rochester travel and tourism sites, blogs, and magazines to inspire your day-trip plans.

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132 Things to Do Around Rochester

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New York Off the Beaten Path®
by Randi Minetor

Bookshop | Amazon

Upstate New York Off the Beaten Path®: A Guide To Unique Places
by Susan Finch and Julie A Hill and Associates LLC

Library | Bookshop | Amazon

Upstate Uncovered: 100 Unique, Unusual, and Overlooked Destinations in Upstate New York
by Chuck D’Imperio

Library | Bookshop | Amazon

Weird New York: Your Guide to New York’s Local Legends and Best-Kept Secrets
by Chris Gethard

Library | Amazon

Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures
by Chuck D’Imperio

Library | Bookshop | Amazon | Direct from Publisher

Secret Places: A Guide to 25 Little Known Scenic Treasures of New York’s Niagara-Allegheny Region, Including the Beautiful, the Bizarre, the Special, and the Sublime
by Bruce Kershner


Secret Buffalo: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
by Elizabeth Licata

Library | Direct from Publisher

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Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

People often ask me if I get free access to places while exploring. The answer is no unless I’m invited to previews or granted behind-the-scenes access as part of my media role. Generally, I don’t mention my project, Day Trips Around Rochester, NY, because I want the same experience you would have. I create and share content simply because it brings me joy. I would appreciate your support—a cup of coffee or two to help fuel future field trips—if you have found valuable information here that has helped you explore the Rochester area.

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