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.

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

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

1. 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!


Escape winter: Lamberton Conservatory orange tree

2. 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!


Irondequoit Library

3. 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 Library VIP Pass Discounts

Enjoy discounted admissions or ticket purchases at these destinations with the Monroe County Library System VIP Pass!

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Historic Inns Around Rochester: Inn on Broadway

4. 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

When you walk into one of these old country stores, you feel like you are stepping back in time with aisles of old fashioned toys, knickknacks and candies.

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Ohmann Theater Lyons NY

5. 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.


84 Performing Arts Venues Around Rochester

Rochester has an excellent performing arts scene! Find plays and musicals by high school and college students, local professionals, and touring companies.

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How do you like to escape winter in Rochester?


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