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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
86. 80 Hiking Trails
Here are a few less populated, rustic, or unusual trails around Rochester that will inspire you to take a hike.
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.
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!
89. Annual Events Around Rochester
Centered on food, drink, music, and culture these festivals & events around Rochester bring our community together throughout the year.
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.
91. Paranormal Activities: Our Favorite Haunts
There is something about October that peeks our interest in paranormal activities. These day trips encourage you to explore the other side of Rochester.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.