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.
121. MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora
The grounds at MacKenzie-Childs headquarters in Aurora are open to the public. They offer free, guided Second-Empire Farmhouse tours throughout the day.
122. 7 Wineries with Scenic Keuka Lake Views
There are sophisticated publications out there dedicated to the intricacies of wineries, vineyards, cellars, and tasting rooms in the Finger Lakes Region. Our priority is simply to show you which ones have the most spectacular scenic Keuka Lake views!
123. Skaneateles Dickens Christmas
My favorite time to visit Skaneateles starts the day after Thanksgiving when the little lakeside town kicks off their annual Skaneateles Dickens Christmas.
124. 25 Incredible Creeks Around Rochester, NY
These creeks around Rochester impact us in such subtle ways they sometimes disappear into the background of our lives. Our creeks provide us with opportunities for recreation and relaxation.
125. 10 Best New York Attractions
Seven of the Top 10 Best New York Attractions are excellent day trips from Rochester! If you’re ambitious, though, NYC can be a day trip, too.
126. Eternal Flame Hiking Trail
When you reach the Eternal Flame, sheltered in a tiny cave under a beautiful little waterfall, you’ll find it is a fascinating reward for all of your hard work.
127. Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Pick a beautiful day to visit Albright-Knox so you can explore the grounds outside, along with Delaware Park in the museum’s backyard.
128. 44 New York State Parks Within a 2-hour Drive of Rochester, NY
Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a 2-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them each unique!
129. Car-Free Day Trips
Car-free day trips from Rochester let everyone enjoy the journey and the destination! Find engaging activities in destinations like NYC, Buffalo, Syracuse, Toronto, Adirondacks, Thousand Islands, Finger Lakes, Corning, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Chautauqua.
130. Cobbs Hill
The view from Cobbs Hill, the quiet, the breeze, the friendly nature of people walking and taking it all in—there’s nothing quite like it in Rochester.
131. Holiday Spirit
Rochester has plenty of ways to help you connect with your inner holiday spirit! Enjoy the stories, traditions, and experiences this season has to offer.
132. Cheap & Free Concerts
Free outdoor concerts around Rochester start ramping up in June, when the city and surrounding towns kick off their summer music series and festivals.
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.