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Washington Square Park

23 City of Rochester Parks

All of our Rochester parks are similar in how they bring communities together, yet unique in their presentation and amenities. Some are as simple as grass, shade, and benches, while others are robust and expansive.

Many of the city’s parks have beginnings embedded in the city’s early history. Some were designed by (and later inspired by) notable landscape architects such as Frederick Law Olmsted and Lawrence Halprin.

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square
Rochester VegFest at MLK

City of Rochester Parks

1. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square

2. Turning Point Park

3. Genesee Riverway Trail

4. Aqueduct Park

5. Browncroft Rose Garden Park

6. Corn Hill Landing

7. Genesee Crossroads-Charles Carroll Park

8. Genesee Gateway Park

9. Sebastian Park

Highland Park Lilac Fest
Highland Park Lilac Fest

City of Rochester Parks maintained by Monroe County

10. Highland Park

11. Seneca Park

12. Maplewood Park

13. Genesee Valley Park

14. Ontario Beach Park

15. Tryon Park

Washington Square Park Dachshund Parade
Washington Square Park Dachshund Parade

Olmsted-Designed Parks

In addition to Highland Park, Seneca Park, Maplewood Park, and Genesee Valley Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., he, along with his son and the Olmsted Firm, went on to design several more City of Rochester parks.

16. Susan B. Anthony Square Park

17. Cobb’s Hill Park

18. Washington Square Park

19. Lunsford Circle Park

20. Brown Square Park

21. Jones Square Park

22. Schiller Park

30 day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester: Mount Hope Cemetery
Walking tour of Mount Hope Cemetery

Honorable Mention

23. While not technically a park, we certainly couldn’t leave out Mount Hope Cemetery!

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County Parks: Our Favorite 5 to Explore

The Monroe County Parks systems includes 20 parks that are all worth exploring, but these are the five you absolutely must see if you haven’t already!

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State Parks: Our Favorite 5 to Explore

Within a 2-hour drive of Rochester, there are 44 New York State Parks all worthy of exploration, but try our favorite five if you haven’t already!

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Which are your favorite City of Rochester parks?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!


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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 and locally—seek solitude!