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
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!
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!
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.
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. 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.