In December, January, February, and March, we’re all looking to escape winter in Rochester, at least for a few hours!
Lots of folks look for ways to recreate their outdoor activities indoors, like spending more time at the gym or walking through the mall. These places with tropical temperatures or cozy environments will also help 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.
Each library has its own amenities and environments so spend some time this winter exploring a few! Or check out a book store!
4. RMSC + Planetarium
In the Science Museum you’ll interact with immersive installations like At The Western Door, Rochester’s Underground Railroad, Science on a Sphere, Expedition Earth, Adventure Zone, Electricity Theater and the Singing Tesla Coils, and a recently-restored diorama of Rochester, The Young Lion of the West. There are always new and innovative exhibits that keep each visit unique.
The renovated Strasenburgh Planetarium now allows us to explore space from all viewpoints, not just from Earth looking out. It’s an extraordinary asset for the Rochester community and I highly encourage you to go explore the Universe, especially if you have not been in years.
5. 93 Other Museums Around Rochester
Those are fabulous museums—incredible!—but take some time to explore some lesser-know, off-the-beaten-path, and odd-collection museums.
6. 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.
7. 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.
Whether it’s your first date night in Rochester or 50th, spending time exploring with your partner is a great way to connect and learn about each other.
The weather over holiday and winter break can be unpredictable! Here are several ideas for spending your days off outside or inside!
How do you like to escape winter in Rochester?
Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!