Letchworth State Park

Day Trips From Rochester (101-120)

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.

Things to Do Around Rochester: The Little Theater

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.

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Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse in Rochester

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.

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Mendon Ponds Park Monroe County XC Skiing

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.

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Dinosaur Bar B Que
Dinosaur Bar B Que

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!

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Things to do around Rochester NY: Pick Your Own Fruit

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!

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Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister
Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister

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.

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Scenic Keuka Lake Views Rooster Hill Vineyards
Rooster Hill Vineyards

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!

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Mendon Ponds Wild Wings
Wild Wings at Mendon Ponds Park

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.

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More day trips within 30 minutes: George Eastman Museum

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.

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Maple Sugrar kettle fire

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.

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Canandaigua Lake: Jump Off Trail on Gannet Hill in Ontario County Park
Jump Off Trail on Gannet Hill in Ontario County Park

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.

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Family Restaurants Farmers Creekside Inn LeRoy NY

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.

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Things to do around Rochester NY: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Basom NY

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.

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Rochester-area parks: Durand Eastman Park boardwalk
Durand Eastman Park

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!

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Golden Hill New York State Parks

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!

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Statue of Liberty on Oatka Creek in LeRoy

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.

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Old Fort Niagara State Park New York

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.

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Things to do around Rochester NY: High School Musical Phantom of the Opera

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.

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Mount Hope Cemetery Rochester NY
Mount Hope Cemetery

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!

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Things to do around Rochester NY: Letchworth State Park NY

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.

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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.