State Parks: Niagara Falls

Day Trips From Rochester (81-100)

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.

Phillis Wheatley Community Library
Phillis Wheatley Community Library

81. 32 Monroe County Libraries

Signing up for a free library card gives you access to all 32 Monroe County libraries! The Monroe Country Library System comprises town & village locations, Rochester Public Library branch locations, and the Central Library.

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More day trips within 30 minutes: Breese Park Henrietta

82. Breese Park

Breese Park is located along the Genesee River in the small community of Riverton on the far west side of Henrietta. Set your sights on late-April to early-May to see the native bluebelles, trilliums, and ferns in their full spring glory!

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Things to do around Rochester NY: Craft Beverage Tasting Rooms in Monroe County

83. 23 Craft Breweries in Monroe County

It can be overwhelming to consider all of the craft beverage artisans that call Western NY home. So, let’s focus on the ones we have in our backyard.

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Things to do around Rochester NY: Martin Luther King Jr Park at Manhattan Square
Martin Luther King Jr Park at Manhattan Square

84. 23 City of Rochester Parks

Many of our City of Rochester parks have beginnings embedded in Rochester’s youth. Some were designed by (and later inspired by) notable landscape architects such as Frederick Law Olmsted and Lawrence Halprin.

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County State Fairs

85. New York State & County Fairs

Our state and county fairs offer their own unique blend of agriculture, amusement and entertainment: parades, demolition derbies, contests, food, tractor shows and pulls, midway rides, vendors, livestock exhibits, and live music.

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Hemlock Lake Robs Trail walking sticks
Rob’s Trail

86. 77 Hiking Trails

Here are a few less populated, rustic, or unusual trails around Rochester that will inspire you to take a hike.

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Ellwanger Garden
Ellwanger Garden

87. 40 Public Gardens Around Rochester

Enjoy a peaceful afternoon at one of these arboretums, labyrinths, estate gardens, or botanical gardens, all within a 2-hour drive of Rochester.

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Moss Lake
Moss Lake

88. 39 Other Great Lakes Near Rochester

Rochester is well-known for our 11 Finger Lakes and 2 beautiful Great Lakes, Ontario and Erie. But there are even more fantastic, fresh-water lakes out there to discover!

Events around Rochester - Lilac Festival Monroe County Highland Park
Highland Park Lilacs in Rochester, NY

89. 218 Annual Events Around Rochester

Centered on food, drink, music, and culture these festivals & events around Rochester bring our community together throughout the year.

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Farm Sanctuary Watkins Glen
Farm Sanctuary

90. Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen

Farm Sanctuary sits on 175 acres in Watkins Glen, just west of Sugar Hill State Forest, and is home to more than 500 rescued farm animals.

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Things to do around Rochester NY Paranormal Activities

91. 7 Paranormal Activities

There is something about October that peeks our interest in paranormal activities. These day trips encourage you to explore the other side of Rochester.

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Otisco Lake Causeway cut through
Otisco Lake Causeway

92. Spend a Day in the Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes Region is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and right in our backyard! It is easy to get out there and explore.

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Things to do around Rochester NY: ARTISANworks
ARTISANworks

93. 90 Other Museums Around Rochester

It’s time to explore some lesser-know, off-the-beaten-path, and odd-collection museums around Rochester, NY.

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Best New York Attractions - Niagara Falls American Falls
Niagara Falls American Falls from the Crows Nest

94. Niagara Falls, USA

Niagara Falls is beautiful year round, and I highly recommend going at different times throughout the year to witness the uniqueness of each season.

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Ice Cream Shops Around Rochester

95. Top 39 Ice Cream Shops Around Rochester

We love these ice cream shops for their outstanding atmosphere, taste, variety, and innovation. Try a specialty flavor like Concord Grape from Lynnie Lou’s, Lavender Goat Cheese from Eat Me, or Cookie, Fig and Honey from Hedonist.

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Public Gardens Around Rochester: Cornell Botanic Gardens
Cornell Botanic Gardens in Ithaca

96. Cornell Botanic Gardens

The 4,000-acres that make up Cornell Botanic Gardens are free to explore and are full of opportunities to learn about plants and environmental conservation.

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Seabreeze Amusement Park swings
Seabreeze

97. 6 Amusement Parks Near Rochester

Oh, how we miss our amusement parks in the winter! When May comes around, you find the parks with dry-rides opening on the weekends, with the water parks opening closer to Father’s Day in mid-June.

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Rochester-Area Chocolatiers: Stevers on Park Ave
Stevers

98. 18 Rochester-Area Chocolatiers

Any one of our fine Rochester-area chocolatiers makes for a great day trip detour or destination! Many of the chocolates are crafted by 3rd- and 4th-generation descendants using traditional family recipes with modern twists.

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Discover Niagara Shuttle
Discover Niagara Shuttle

99. 15 Discover Niagara Shuttle Stops

The round-trip on the Discover Niagara Shuttle takes around 2 hours if you’d like to simply enjoy the ride. Otherwise, you can hop on and off at any stop.

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New York Routes 5 and 20
New York Routes 5 and 20

100. Routes 5 and 20 Roadtrip

Routes 5 and 20 is a beautiful 67-mile stretch of highway where NY-5 and US-20 converge. The path it takes is a foot trail of New York’s first people from the Hudson River to Lake Erie, between the Adirondacks and the Catskills, and over a rolling drumlin field. 

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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.