Memorial Art Gallery 17th century Eurpoe looking into Baroque cover

Day Trips From Rochester (61-80)

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.

Second Coming House of Prophet Isaiah

61. Quirky Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions

Here are a few unusual Finger Lakes, Western New York and Rochester-area roadside attractions that make for an interesting day trip.


Wiscoy Creek Falls roadside
Wiscoy Creek Falls

62. 33 Roadside Waterfalls

Our roadside waterfalls near Rochester are spectacular, and for some, you do not need to get out of your car. Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails.


FUA Krew subway graffiti
FUA Krew at MAG

63. Memorial Art Gallery

Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery has an extensive permanent collection, an incredible variety of traveling exhibitions, & a well-rounded calendar of events.


Brighton Town Park summer bench
Brighton Town Park

64. Brighton Town Park

Brighton Town Park is surprisingly serene, despite it being bordered on one side by office buildings and across the pond by a major expressway.


More day trips within 30 minutes: Great Embankment Park

65. Great Embankment Park

Great Embankment Park has a small sitting area, a few benches, a small boat launch and a dock great for fishing; perfect to start your trip along the canal.


Rochester Citizen Science Animals

66. Rochester Citizen Science

Take a closer look at these Rochester citizen science opportunities and see how you can get involved! “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, dedicated citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


Thomas Creek wetlands
Thomas Creek wetland walk

67. Thomas Creek Wetlands Walk

Most folks when visiting Fairport walk along the canal path not knowing that the Thomas Creek Wetlands Walk is running parallel to them. There is also a viewing platform where you can relax and take in the sights and sounds.


Water: Taughannock Falls

68. Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls is one of the most accessible waterfalls in our park system. You can walk in the creek and play in the tiny cascades along the gorge.


Rochester Museum Science Center 1969 Retro Room
Rochester Museum Science Center

69. Rochester Museum & Science Center

RMSC’s Rochester campus includes the Science Museum and the Strasenburgh Planetarium, each with unique schedules and admission.

The Planetarium offers a robust Saturday schedule of star shows, laser shows, movies, and free telescope viewings on clear Saturday nights from the Observation Tower.

In the Science Museum, you’ll interact with large Ice Age exhibit, simulator rides, Singing Tesla Coils, an extensive Native Peoples wing, and a recently-restored diorama of Rochester.


Black Creek
Black Creek

70. Black Creek Park

At 1,505-acres, Black Creek Park is one of the largest of Monroe County’s 20 parks, second only to Mendon.


Susan B Anthony House typewriter
Susan B Anthony’s home

71. Susan B Anthony House & Museum

Susan B Anthony’s passion for securing women’s right to vote started with her work as an agent of the anti-slavery movement.


Corbetts Glen tunnel entrance
Corbett’s Geln

72. 14 Hidden Places Around Rochester

We drive past some of Rochester’s most unique features every day, completely unaware that these hidden places exist!


Vintage Drive-In Avon sign

73. Vintage Drive-Ins

Yes, there are still drive-in theaters near Rochester! Avon’s Vintage Drive-In is the closest, but there are five others within a 90 minute drive.


Stokoe Farms

74. Stokoe Farms

Stokoe Farms offers a full day of family activities. On a beautiful Autumn day, you can expect it to be a very popular place! Stop back in December to cut your own Christmas tree.


Powder Mills Park Daffodil Meadow Trail
Powder Mills Park Daffodil Meadow Trail May 1

75. Powder Mills Park

Powder Mills Park favorites include the fish hatchery, and Daffodil Trail, and the Mushroom House, which is technically private property but still draws a crowd!


Strong Museum of Play Wegmans

76. Strong Museum

The Strong National Museum of Play has a wealth of interaction for toddlers, school-aged children and adults, including play-shopping at Wegmans!


Things to Do Around Rochester NY: Ontario Beach Park

77. Ontario Beach Park

Lake Ontario Beach Park is located at the northernmost tip of the city of Rochester, and is bordered on the East by the mouth of the Genesee River.


Things to Do Around Rochester: Genesee Country Village Museum

78. Genesee Country Village & Museum

All summer long the Genesee Country Village and Museum hosts themed events on the weekends like Highland Days, Civil War Days, and a Fiddlers Fair. In the winter, the village is open for Sundays strolls.


Ganondagan longhouse

79. Ganondagan State Historic Park

Everything you will see and do at Ganondagan is centered around these core values: peace, cooperation, and respect for each other and the natural world.


Rochester-Area Day Trip: Mendon Ponds Park Monroe County Sledding
Sledding at Mendon Ponds Park

80. 22 Sledding Hills Around Rochester

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


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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.