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60 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester

Sometimes you just need a fun, spontaneous adventure or quick getaway to refresh your day. Try one of these day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester.

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132 Things to Do Around Rochester

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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Planning Your Next Rochester Day Trip

We’re always researching new ideas for your next Rochester day trip! Filter our day trips by drive-time, direction, or season.

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Waterfalls

32 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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Map of Rochester Holiday Lights

Christmas Lights

7 Spectacular Christmas Lights Around Rochester

2020 Christmas lights around Rochester: these neighborhoods go all out with extreme holiday lights and music to fill the season with joy.

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New York State Parks within Two Hours of Rochester

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

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

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Ice Cream Map

Top Ice Cream Shops

49 of the Best Ice Cream Shops Around Rochester

Ice cream, gelato, Italian ice, frozen yogurt, and custard—we love these shops for their outstanding atmosphere, taste, variety, and innovation.

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Map Erie Canal

Erie Canal from Tonawanda to Lyons

Exploring 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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Lake Ontario Seaway Trail

The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail

The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail runs along the southern Lake Ontario shoreline, from Fort Niagara in Youngstown to Fort Ontario in Oswego.

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9 Lake Ontario Lighthouses in New York

These lighthouses along Lake Ontario in New York are within a two-hour drive of Rochester. And where there’s a light there’s a sweeping view!

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Scenic Drives & Overlooks

Fall Foliage: 7 Breathtaking Views Near Rochester

These destinations offer colorful fall foliage and varied landscapes so you can appreciate them each in their own unique way.

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Map Maple Syrup Weekend

Maple Syrup Farms

Maple Syrup: 12 Sweet Sugar Shacks

During Maple Weekends March 20-21 and 27-28, 2021, producers open their sugar shacks to celebrate the process of turning sap into syrup.

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Farms and Farmer’s Markets

Locally Grown Produce: Your Guide to Rochester’s Harvest Seasons

Find out which locally grown produce (fruits, vegetables, plants) are at their peak each month, and enjoy Rochester-area harvest festivals.

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City of Rochester Parks

23 City of Rochester Parks

Many of our City of Rochester parks have beginnings embedded in Rochester’s youth. Some were even designed by notable landscape architects.

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Map Genesee Riverway Trail

Genesee Riverway Trail

13 Places in the City to Enjoy the Genesee River

At Genesee Valley Park, the Genesee River begins her journey through the city, racing over a dam and three waterfalls before emptying into Lake Ontario.

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Sledding Hills

15 of the Best Sledding Hills Around Rochester

The great thing about sledding is that there are no barriers to entry, and Monroe County Parks have the best sledding hills around Rochester!

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Other Great Lakes around Rochester

39 Other Great Lakes Near Rochester

Rochester is well-known for our 11 Finger Lakes and 2 beautiful Great Lakes, Ontario and Erie. But there are even more fantastic, fresh-water lakes out there to discover!

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Map of Highland Park

Highland Park

Highland Park in Rochester

Highland Park was designed to be enjoyed year-round. Every pathway, every tree, every vista & every relationship between the land & water is intentional.

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Braddock Bay

Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area

If you’re cruising on Edgemere along the ponds, or on the parkway near Manitou, you’re enjoying the Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area.

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Olmsted Parks

Rochester’s Olmsted Designed Parks

Rochester is fortunate to be one of a handful of American cities that have a park system comprised of Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks.

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Shop Local

96 Places to Shop Local, Rochester!

You don’t have to wait for Small Business Saturday to shop local! We have some incredibly talented individuals throughout the Rochester area.

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Hiking Trails

71 Hiking Trails Around Rochester

A few rustic trails around Rochester that will inspire you to take a hike. A diverse collection of rail, waterside, and inland trails.

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, USA

Niagara Falls is beautiful year round. I highly recommend going at different times during the year to witness the uniqueness of each season.

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18 Discover Niagara Shuttle Stops

The Discover Niagara Shuttle is a 2-hour round-trip journey from any starting point if you’d like to simply enjoy the ride. Otherwise, you can hop on and off at any stop–no ticket required!

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East Aurora

3-Day East Aurora Getaway

From Vidler’s to the Aurora Theatre to the Roycroft Arts & Crafts movement, the early 1900’s are alive and well on Main Street East Aurora!

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Christmas Tree Farms

22 Christmas Tree Farms Around Rochester

One of the most popular holiday family traditions is searching for the perfect real Christmas tree on the farm and decorating it together.

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Monroe County Breweries

24 Craft Breweries in Rochester and Monroe County

These Rochester craft breweries show off their newest and most popular creations while giving you a complete food experience.

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Lewiston

3-Day Lewiston Getaway

Ranked as one of the “Top Ten Small Towns,” you’ll love a getaway in Lewiston, with its excellent shops, restaurants and Niagara River views.

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Livingston County

Day Trips in Livingston County

Take a drive through the Livingston County countryside to explore charming village Main Streets, historic districts, nature trails and lakes.

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Skaneateles

3-Day Skaneateles Getaway

The Village of Skaneateles is the perfect place to getaway and enjoy the pace of lake-life surrounded by unique boutiques and restaurants.

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Rochester Railfans

Rochester Railfans: Trains, Depots, Rail-Trails, Models, & Clubs

Rochester railfans are incredibly lucky that passionate preservationists before us saw the value in retaining structures we appreciate today.

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Routes 5 & 20

3-Day Getaway Along Routes 5 and 20

Routes 5 and 20 is a beautiful 67-mile stretch of highway where NY-5 and US-20 converge, following an ancient foot trail of New York’s first people.

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Our 11 Finger Lakes

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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Day Trips within 30 Minutes

60 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester

Sometimes you just need a fun, spontaneous adventure or quick getaway to refresh your day. Try one of these day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester.

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Monroe County Libraries

32 Monroe County Libraries

Signing up for a free library card gives you access to all 32 Monroe County libraries in towns, villages, the city, and Central Library.

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COVID-19 NOTE: Some of the information you find in our articles may currently be inaccurate due to closures and cancellations.

Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home. 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.