Try this list of ideas next time you’re planning a date night in Rochester and the surrounding area. Whether it’s your first date or 50th, spending time trying new activities with your partner is a great way to connect, learn more about each other, and avoid the routine rut. And by date night we mean any amount of time you can carve out of your busy schedules to spend together–day or night!
Letchworth State Park – Lower Falls / Footbridge EARTH Take a hike 20 Monroe County Parks 44 New York State Parks within a 2-hour drive 75 hiking trails that are not just a walk in the park Explore these Gorge Trails Try Geo-caching. Explore a rock city. Below the surface Search for fossils at Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve or Herkimer “Diamonds” at the Herkimer Diamond Mine or Ace of Diamonds Mine or the glowing calcite heart in Howe Caverns Ride the rails Arcade & Attica Railroad Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum New York Museum of Transportation Medina Railroad Museum & Train Rides Stop & smell the roses 40 Public Gardens & Arboretums Our favorite 5 gardens 33 Annual House & Garden Tours and Lamberton Conservatory all year long Try some snow sports 10 Best Places to Rent Snowshoes 22 of the Best Sledding Hills The 15 Best Places for Downhill and Cross-Country Skiing 19 Outdoor and Indoor Ice Skating Rinks Get your motor running Motocross Monster Trucks Speedways Go-Carts: Outside and Inside Watch a race at Watkins Glen International Speedway or Drive the Glen yourself! Lake Alice Mud Bogs Aerial Adventures at Bristol Mountain AIR Zip & climb Aerial Adventures at Bristol Mountain Niagara Falls Adventure Park Canyon Climb at Destiny USA The Niagara Zipper in Lockport RockVentures Up, up & away Balloons Over Corning Balloons Over Letchworth High Hopes Balloon Co. Fly high East Hill Flying Club Finger Lakes Soaring Club Harris Hill Soaring Club Finger Lakes Seaplanes Free fall Rochester Skydivers Western New York Skydivers Frontier Skydivers Finger Lakes Skydivers Skydive Central New York Helicopter Rochester Helicopter Rides and Tours Rochester Helicopter Charters Buffalo Helicopter Charters BAC Helicopters Rainbow Air Helicopter Tours WNY Helicopter Tours FirstAir Hang gliding Rochester Area Flyers Cobb’s Hill FIRE Watch the sun set (or rise!)
These suggestions link to Google image search results to give you an idea for each area. We’ll be writing an article soon to capture these and more! In the meantime, you can
take a scientific approach using this calculation of the sun’s position at a given time, date and location. Try August 8 at 18:30 (sunset is 18:55) at Cobb’s Hill (43.1396542, -77.5723119) and you can see below why this is very popular place to watch the sunset!
Or, you can logically pick a spot with a higher elevation than obstacles to the west. Add in some water or architectural elements and you’ve got a great spot. Here are a few to start with.
Anywhere along Lake Ontario, especially when there is open water to your west. (Ontario Beach Park pier, Summerville pier, Webster Park pier, Marge’s Lakeside, Hamlin Beach, Braddock Bay Area, including the ponds) SUNY Geneseo gazebo Lodge at Woodcliff High Falls (from the waterfall viewing platform or rooftop at Genesee Brew House) Cobb’s Hill Or anywhere you can see the beautiful Rochester skyline! Stargazing RMSC Strasenburg Planetarium Saturday night laser show and telescope viewing Find the Darkest Sky Near Rochester Kayaking on Canandaigua Lake near Squaw Island WATER Go for a swim 39 natural swimming areas Ontario Beach Park Durand Eastman Park Hamlin Beach State Park Discover a new waterfall Roadside Waterfalls Our Favorite 5 Waterfalls Explore the Genesee River Genesee Valley Park Turning Point Park High Falls Maplewood Park Seneca Park Letchworth State Park Hike or bike the Genesee Riverway Trail in the City, or the Genesee Valley Greenway south of GVP. Rent a kayak or canoe Genesee Waterways Kayak & Canoe Rentals BayCreek Paddling Center Oak Orchard Canoe & Kayak Lighthouse Kayak & Canoe Rental Erie Canal Boat Company Or if you have your own, put in at one of Rochester’s water trails Rent a boat or jet ski Bayside Boat & Tackle South Bay Boat & Tackle Keuka Watersports Southpoint Marina Jet Ski Rentals Whitewater rafting Adventure Calls Outfitters Zoar Valley Canoe & Rafting Take a boat tour Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours Colonial Belle Erie Canal Cruises Canandaigua Lady Harbor Town Belle Maid of the Mist Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour Skaneateles Mail Boat Go fishing Places to fish or Ice Fish Bait shops Charters Rochester Museum Science Center After Dark 21+ PLAY Enjoy a playful 21+ date night in Rochester RMSC After Dark Strong Happiest Hour Zoo Brew Genesee Country Village & Museum special events Geeks Who Drink DeTOURS at the Memorial Art Gallery Pinball & games The Strong National Museum of Play The Playhouse // Swillburger Silverball Saloon Board games over a bowl of cereal at POP ROC Millennium Games Just Games Bowling plus giant Jenga, cornhole, pool, shuffleboard, skee ball, ping pong, and seasonal outdoor games at Radio Social Veracity VRcade Lasertron Professional sports Red Wings baseball Rochester Americans hockey Rochester Knighthawks indoor lacrosse Rochester Rhinos soccer Rochester RazorSharks basketball Buffalo Bills football Buffalo Sabres hockey Team Up ROCsports Kickball Curling Fencing Amuse yourselves Amusement & Water Parks New York State and County Fairs Ride the carousel at Ontario Beach Park Get an escape or smash room The Great Escape Room Breakout Rochester Smashtherapy Arc+Flame CREATE Explore artistic outlets Flower City Arts Center Memorial Art Gallery Creative Workshops Find inspiration at the annual Rochester Maker Faire Create with glass or metal Studio 34 Creative Arts Learning Center Arc+Flame Corning Museum of Glass Paint together Paint Nite Painting with a Twist Wine & Design or grab your paint, brushes, canvas, and an easel, and plan a day to paint outside ( en plein air) Glaze your own pottery Splatters Color Me Mine Make music Join a drum circle Sing in a chorus Learn to play an instrument Swing your partner round Big Band Dances at Ontario Beach Park Line dancing at Nashville’s Rochester Swing Dance Network Groove Juice Swing Rochester Cajun Zydeco Network and so many more! Write Writers & Books Gell Writers Retreat Seneca Park Zoo WILDLIFE Spend time with animals at the Zoo Seneca Park Zoo Rosamond Gifford Zoo Buffalo Zoo Hidden Valley Animal Adventure On the farm Springdale Farm Old McDonald’s in Sackets Harbor Alpaca Trail Wickham Farm Stokoe Farms Or with rescue animals Farm Sanctuary Crackerbox Palace Farm Animal Haven at Historic Alasa Farms Asha Farmed Animal Sanctuary Lollypop Farm Birds of prey Braddock Bay Raptor Research Wildwings Marine life Niagara Falls Aquarium Caledonia Fish Hatchery Powder Mills Park Fish Hatchery Nature reserves Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge MacKay Wildlife Preserve Helmer Nature Center Or any one of our many Nature Centers, Wildlife Preserves, Management Areas, Refuges, and Observatories Rodeo, racing & shows Genesee Valley Hunt Races Attica Rodeo Ellicottville Championship Rodeo Walnut Hill Farm Driving Competition Knox Farm Polo Cup in East Aurora Historic Inn on Broadway ENTERTAIN Dining out Historic Inns Authentic “dining car” diners Or another highly recommended restaurant Top 38 Ice Cream Shops Rochester’s Public Market 27 craft beverage tasting rooms Wineries with scenic Keuka Lake views Culinary trails and self-guided tours Pack a picnic (we’re starting to compile a list of great picnic spots and would love your recommendations in the comments below!) Movies See a classic or first-run movie at a small, historic movie theater Pick a gorgeous summer evening and head to the Avon Drive-In Theater Free movies in the park at Highland Bowl and Ontario Beach Park, or Movies with a Downtown View Comedy It’s Just Comedy Club Comedy at the Carlson Concerts & events 44 Cheap & Free Outdoor Concerts 212 Annual Events & Festivals Performing arts Kodak Center Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA, Kodak Center Theater) Blackfriars Theatre Rochester Broadway Theater League (RBTL, Auditorium Theatre) Geva Theatre Center Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Downstairs Cabaret (Locations in Rochester & Brighton) Multi-use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) or 77 other Performing Arts Venues around Rochester Mystery theater The Mystery Company Erie Canal Murder Mystery Tour on the Colonial Belle Mansion Mysteries at Sonnenberg Murder Mystery Train (Arcade-Attica RR) ACME Mystery Company (Syracuse) Highland Park Pansy Bed in May EXPLORE Discover the strange and unusual Paranormal Activities Visit Lily Dale for a spirited reading Explore one of our 90+ museums Quirky roadside attractions Street Art Hidden places Corbett’s Glen Sunken Garden Grimes Glen Rochester’s Hidden Sidewalk Channing H. Philbrick Park Turning Point Park Take a scenic drive Fall Foliage: 5 Breathtaking Views Along the Lake Ontario Seaway Trail Spend a Day in the Finger Lakes Region Take a look at our map of scenic views! to a canal town Transcending space, time or state of mind A small book store Small World Books Liftbridge Bookstore Books, ETC. Or record store House of Guitars The Record Archive Learn something new Rochester Brainery RMSC’s Science on the Edge Ice Skating at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park HOLIDAY Date night in Rochester during the December holidays Christmas Caroling Get Into the Holiday Spirit Holiday Lights: 10 Rochester-area Neighbors with Extraordinary Displays Roc Holiday Village Jump Off Trail viewing platform in Ontario County Park on Gannett Hill Where is your favorite place to spend date night in Rochester?
Is it on this list? What else would you recommend? Share it in the comments below! I’d especially love to hear about your favorite spot to watch a sunset or have a picnic.