Seneca Park Zoo polar bear

Day Trips From Rochester (21-40)

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.

30 day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester: Mount Hope Cemetery Rochester NY
Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY

21. Mount Hope Cemetery

Fun fact: There are more people dead in Mount Hope Cemetery (~350,000) than living in the City of Rochester (~208,000!)


Winter break: Seneca Park Zoo
Seneca Park Zoo

22. Seneca Park & Zoo

The Seneca Park Zoo is a but a small part of the greater 297-acre Seneca Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1893.


Gorge Trails Watkins Glen

23. Watkins Glen State Park

Glen Creek descends 400 feet along its 2-mile course through Watkins Glen State Park. Follow the 806-step Gorge Trail and wind your way over and under 19 breathtaking waterfalls.


Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth in Ithaca NY
Museum of the Earth

24. Museum of the Earth

Museum of the Earth focuses primarily on life in New York State beginning in the Cambrian Period, covering roughly 635 million years of geologic record.


Rochester and Genesee Valley Train Ride
Photo courtesy of Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad

25. Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

R&GV Railroad Museum is the only operating railroad museum and home to the largest collection of historic trains in New York State, with fun train rides every third weekend from April through December.


Hit the Trail Passport

26. “Hit the Trail” Passport

Pick up your “Hit the Trail Passport” booklet at Wegmans, or print your own! You’ll have everything you need to start your hiking adventure.


Lower Falls Maplewood
Lower Falls

27. Maplewood Park

Maplewood Park is a linear park that follows the river from the Rose Garden on Driving Park and the Lower Falls to just north of Route 104, ending at the pedestrian bridge over the Genesee.


Lamberton Conservatory Bird of Paradise
Lamberton Conservatory

28. Lamberton Conservatory

Tropical plants need tropical temperatures, so visiting Lamberton Conservatory in winter is a welcome escape from the cold! Don’t miss the Spring Show that runs late-March through May and the Holiday Show in December.


Grimes Glen second waterfall cave
Grimes Glen

29. Transcending Places: 37 Alternate Reality Destinations Around Rochester

Rather than an escape, I prefer to think of these as transcending places that encourage us to transcend space, time, and state of mind.


Things to do around Rochester NY: Lake Ontario Seaway Trail: Swillys in Pultneyville
Swillys in Pultneyville NY

30. The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail

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


High Falls Genesee River Rochester
High Falls on the Genesee River in Rochester, NY

31. 22 Places to Visit After Heavy Rains

Watch raging torrents flow over their banks and brinks after heavy rains for a spectacular, multi-sensory experience. Behold the power of water!


Public Gardens Around Rochester: MacKenzie Childs
MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora on Cayuga Lake

32. 33 House & Garden Tours Around Rochester

Every year there are dozens of opportunities around Rochester to walk through grand and historic homes, and meticulously manicured garden spaces.


Things to do around Rochester NY: Old Country Store
The Old Country Store and More – est. 1849

33. 4 Old Country Stores Around Rochester

When you walk into one of these old country stores, you feel like you are stepping back in time with aisles of old fashioned toys, knickknacks and candies.


Panama Rocks

34. Panama Rocks

Watch your footing, know your limits, and use common sense when it comes to climbing on the boulders at Panama Rocks Scenic Park.


Stony Brook State Park early morning waterfall
Stony Brook State Park

35. Stony Brook State Park

Stony Brook State Park is absolutely stunning year round, but my favorite time to visit is on a mild November day, once the crowds and heat of summer have slipped away.


Historic Inns Around Rochester Big Tree Inn Geneseo

36. 21 Historic Inns & Hotels Around Rochester

These historic inns around Rochester offer unique dining experiences. Unlike bed & breakfasts, their dining rooms are open to the public. Unlike restaurants, they offer lodging. And their food is as extraordinary as their stories.


Durand Eastman Park Log Cabin Road November
Autumn in Durand Eastman

37. Durand Eastman Park

Durand Eastman Park’s landscape design was inspired by the work that Olmsted had done 20 years earlier in Highland, Seneca, and Genesee Valley Parks.


Things to Do Around Rochester NY: Public Gardens Around Rochester: Webster Arboretum
Webster Arboretum at Kent Park

38. Webster Arboretum at Kent Park

Follow the pathways that meander around Webster Arboretum’s 40 acres of open spaces, flower & herb gardens, water elements, and a wide variety of trees.


Things to Do Around Rochester NY: Erie Canal Greece Canal Park
Greece Canal Park

39. Greece Canal Park

Greece Canal Park encompasses 577 acres, with 4 easy walking trails varying in length under 1.5 miles over level or gently rolling terrain.


Day Trips from Rochester NY: 30 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester: Old Canal Lock 62
Old Canal Lock 62 behind Pittsford Plaza

40. Erie Canal Lock 62

Old Erie Canal Lock 62 is tucked just far enough off the beaten path that many do not realize it’s there, just over the hill behind Pittsford Plaza.


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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.