We’ve pulled together a list of fun things to do around Rochester for adults and families within two hours of home–perfect for quick getaways. There is so much cool stuff to do and so many day trips from Rochester you’ll easily find somewhere new to explore every weekend of the year.
101. 12 Historic Movie Theaters
There is something about a 100-year-old small movie theater that enhances your experience and transcends you through space and time.
102. Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
You can climb the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse’s 40 foot high tower and enjoy the view of Lake Ontario, the Genesee River, and Ontario Beach Park.
103. 15 Places for Downhill and Cross-Country Skiing
Skiing around Rochester is as much winter recreation as it is a social experience, competition, and a tradition. A few of these destinations also offer cross country ski rentals.
104. 8 Rochester-Area Restaurants Featured on the Food Network and Travel Channel
Tonight, you can dine at restaurants that Zimmern, Bourdain, Fieri and other Food Network and Travel Channel hosts have enjoyed. Bon Appétit!
105. 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!
106. Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area
Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area is a New York State Park located in the hills six miles south of Honeoye Lake.
107. 29 Culinary Trails and Self-Guided Rochester-Area Tours
From beer, wine and cheese culinary trails to barn quilt, cobblestone and farm self-guided tours, these itineraries help you plan your ultimate day trip!
108. 48 Nature Centers, Preserves, Refuges, and Observatories
Our nature centers, wildlife preserves, management areas, etc., all serve to protect and sustain life, while making nature accessible to people to enjoy and learn from.
109. George Eastman Museum
The George Eastman Museum is a beautiful tribute to his life & legacy, and is the world’s oldest photography museum with one of the oldest film archives.
110. 13 Places to Spend Maple Syrup Weekend
In March, local producers open their sugar bush and sugar shacks to the community to celebrate the innovative process of turning sap into syrup during Maple Syrup Weekend.
111. The Jump Off Trail: Ontario County Park Gannett Hill
The Jump Off Trail in Ontario County Park is ADA-accessible and affords one of the most beautiful scenic views in the Finger Lakes Region.
112. Highly Recommended Restaurants, Diners, Cafes, Pubs, Bakeries, and Bars
Some of these food destinations are well-established, while others are quickly becoming favorites as Rochester’s culinary scene explodes.
113. Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Swallow Hollow Nature loop trail is an accessible trail of ramps, gravel pathways and boardwalks making it easier to enjoy this unique ecosystem.
114. 20 Monroe County Parks
Monroe County parks are free, so take advantage of 12,000 acres of natural, zoological, horticultural, historical and geological experiences!
115. 9 Lighthouses Along Lake Ontario
These lighthouses along Lake Ontario are all within a two-hour drive of Rochester. And where there is a lighthouse there is a beautiful, sweeping view of our great lake!
116. Oatka Creek in LeRoy
Oatka Creek is a clear centerpiece for the Village of LeRoy, with a waterfall, 2 dams, and an 8 foot Statue of Liberty replica on her shoreline.
117. Old Fort Niagara
Fort Niagara was active for 300 years as a strategic stronghold during the French and Indian Wars, War of 1812, American Revolutionary War, and American Civil War.
118. 81 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.
119. Autumn in Rochester
Scenic train rides, leaf-peeping in our arboretums, fall bird migrations and ghost walks happen only in autumn so take advantage of them while you can!
120. Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park comprises 14,350 linear acres along the Genesee River. It takes 30 minutes to drive from the Mount Morris entrance to the Glen Iris.
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.