Day Trips around Rochester

About Day Trips Around Rochester, NY

Looking for weekend road trips? Fun things to do and places to go? Spontaneous getaways close to home? Recommendations for out-of-town guests or area college students?

Day Trips Around Rochester, NY focuses on destinations within 2-hours of Rochester so that overnights are not necessary.

Plan your day trip around the season

Most destinations are great in any season! Some activities, like skiing, are limited.

Springtime in Rochester

There is no better way to usher in springtime in Rochester than with maple syrup, bird migrations, April showers, and May flowers!

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Summertime in Rochester

Fresh produce, fresh water, outdoor concerts, and 13,500 square miles to explore! Take advantage of everything summertime in Rochester has to offer.

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Autumn in Rochester

Scenic train rides, leaf-peeping, fall bird migrations and ghost walks happen only in autumn in Rochester–take advantage of them while you can!

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Wintertime in Rochester

It’s cold, it’s snowy, it’s dark. It’s wintertime in Rochester! Here are a few suggestions to help embrace our winter season.

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64 Ways to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

Rochester has plenty of ways to help you connect with your inner holiday spirit! Enjoy the stories, traditions, and experiences this season has to offer.

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Warner Castle Sunken Garden from above
Warner Castle Sunken Garden

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Taughannock Falls winter hiking
Taughannock Falls

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Letchworth State Park new train bridge
Letchworth State Park

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Our Google maps are open to the public for editing. These are a few of the most popular:

Cobbs Hill Rochester logo bench
Cobb’s Hill

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Find inspiration in our guides

We have guides to inspire your next day trip around Rochester, NY! Some of our most popular include:

Date Night in Rochester: The Ultimate Guide for Spending Quality Time Together

Whether it’s your first date night in Rochester or 50th, spending time exploring with your partner is a great way to connect and learn about each other.

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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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Transcending Places: 37 Alternate Reality Destinations Around Rochester

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

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11 Hidden Places Around Rochester

We drive past some of Rochester’s most unique features every day, completely unaware that these hidden places are just minutes away from where we live.

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77 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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49 New York State Parks Within a 2-hour Drive of Rochester

Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a 2-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them each unique!

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39 Quirky Roadside Attractions

Spend a day checking out these unique and unusual roadside attractions, like shoe trees, a skeleton army, and a metal dragon, within 2 hours of Rochester.

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Holiday Lights: 10 Rochester-Area Neighbors with Extraordinary Displays

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!

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33 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester

Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails. And for some, you do not need to get out of your car.

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15 Miles on the Erie Canal

The Erie Canal spans 100-miles between Lockport and Lyons, with Rochester located right in the middle. Choose just 15 miles to explore for a great day trip!

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Spend a Day in 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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40 Public Gardens Around Rochester

Enjoy a peaceful afternoon at one of these arboretums, labyrinths, estate gardens, or botanical gardens, all within a 2-hour drive of Rochester.

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90 Other Museums Around Rochester

Explore some lesser-know, off-the-beaten-path, and odd-collection museums around Rochester, like the ones dedicated to trains, planes, and brains!

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75 Rochester Experiences that Make Great Gifts

Make something together. Visit a place you’ve never been, or one you love. The benefits of Rochester experiences extend far beyond personal happiness!

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92 Performing Arts Venues Around Rochester

Rochester has an excellent performing arts scene! Find plays and musicals by high school and college students, local professionals, and touring companies.

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216 Annual Events Around Rochester

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

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Snow Sports: 5 Ways to Enjoy Winter

Snow sports and other outdoor winter activities are a great way to shake the winter doldrums with exposure to fresh air, exercise, and sunshine.

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9 Rochester U-Pick Seasons

There are U-Pick farms all around the Greater Rochester Area. Often times, picking your own product is as much a family adventure as it is entertainment!

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20 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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19 Monroe County Towns and Villages

Each Monroe County town & village has something unique to offer. It’s impossible to list them all, so here is just a taste of what makes each one special.

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26 Incredible Creeks Around Rochester

These beautiful creeks around Rochester impact us in such subtle ways they sometimes disappear into the background of our lives.

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I plan my own day trips by choosing the destination first, then finding out what there is to explore along the way. Back roads around Western, NY and the Finger Lakes Region are worth the drive regardless of the destination! Small towns on Main Streets, village diners and cafes, and roadside waterfalls are all part of the path to discovery so take the slow roads! You really miss so much by taking the Thruway or NY-390.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and feedback so we can keep making this a great resource to plan your day trips from Rochester.

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 2-hour radius of Rochester, NY that foster a passion for both.

Happy trails!