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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.