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!
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.
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!
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.
85 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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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.
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.
Transcending Places: 40 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.
14 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.
80 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.
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!
42 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.
6 Spectacular Holiday Lights Around Rochester
2019 Christmas lights around Rochester! These neighborhoods go all-out with extreme holiday lights to fill the season with joy. Show them some love!
34 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.
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!
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.
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.
100+ 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!
76 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!
93 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.
200+ Annual Events Around Rochester
Centered on food, drink, music, and culture these festivals & events around Rochester bring our community together throughout the year.
Snow Sports: 6 Ways to Stay Active in Winter
Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, skating, & snow tubing are great snow sports to shake the winter doldrums with exposure to fresh air, exercise, & sunshine.
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!
20 Monroe County Parks
Monroe County parks are free, so take advantage of 12,000 acres of natural, zoological, horticultural, historical and geological experiences!
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.
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.
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.
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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.