Strong Museum Dancing Wings Indoor Butterfly Garden

Escape Winter: 5 Warm & Cozy Places

Luckily, there are several places around Rochester to escape winter, at least for a few hours! These are places with tropical temperatures or cozy environments where you can find comfort through the winter months.

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. – Edith Sitwell

Escape winter: Strong Museum of Play Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden landed on wrist

Strong Museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden

The butterfly garden is the only year-round indoor butterfly garden in upstate New York. With a rain-forest environment it’s the perfect retreat from winter!


82 Other Museums
Around Rochester

Escape winter: Lamberton Conservatory orange tree

Lamberton Conservatory

Tropical plants need tropical temperatures, so visiting Lamberton Conservatory in winter is a welcome escape from the cold! Each December, the Holiday Show welcomes you with holiday lights, greens and poinsettias. The Spring Show opens around the 1st weekend of spring (March 23) through the Lilac Festival in May. They feature hyacinth, daffodils, and tulips; the color and aroma make for a welcome retreat from winter!


132 Day Trips
from Rochester, NY

Irondequoit Library

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.


9 Monroe County Library
VIP-Pass Discounts

Historic Inns Around Rochester: Inn on Broadway

Historic Inns

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.


5 Old Country Stores
Around Rochester

Ohmann Theater Lyons NY

Historic Movie Theaters

There is something about a 100-year-old small movie theater that enhances your experience and transcends you through space and time.


85 Performing Arts Venues
Around Rochester

How do you like to escape winter in Rochester?

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. – Anton Chekhov

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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