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Escaping Extreme Heat

Many people who live in Rochester do not have air conditioning at home. It’s important to find a spot where you can cool off, either indoors with air conditioning or outside in a shaded area with access to water. Staying hydrated and avoiding direct sunlight is crucial.

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Stay Cool Outdoors

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Swimming Pools in State Parks

Greater Rochester

Mount Morris
Letchworth State Park
2280 Park Road
(585) 658-3563

Surrounding Counties

Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen State Park

1009 N Franklin Street
(607) 535-4511

Fort Niagara State Park
1 Scott Ave.
(716) 745-7273

Swimming Pools in Monroe County

City of Rochester

R-Centers cityofrochester.gov

Adams Street
85 Adams Street
(585) 428-7456 

Avenue D
200 Avenue D
(585) 428-7934

The Honorable Willie Walker Lightfoot
271 Flint Street
(585) 428-7001

Trenton and Pamela Jackson
485 N. Clinton Ave.
(585) 428-7476

Genesee Valley Sports Complex
131 Elmwood Ave.
(585) 428-7888

Midtown Athletic Club
200 E Highland Drive
(585) 699-1647

Monroe County

Goldfish Swim School
3349 Monroe Ave.
(808) 518-3783

Irondequoit Country Club
4045 East Ave.
(585) 586-5880

JCC of Greater Rochester
1200 Edgewood Ave.
(585) 461-2000

Perinton Community / Aquatic Center
1350 Turk Hill Road
(585) 223-5050

RIT Judson/Hale Aquatics Center
One Lomb Memorial Drive
Lots D, N, and U
(585) 475-2280

Webster Aquatic Center
875 Ridge Road
(585) 670-1087

Multiple Locations

Esporta Fitness
Locations in Greece, Irondequoit, Webster, and Henrietta

YMCA of Greater Rochester
Several branches in and around Rochester

Splash Pads & Spray Parks

City of Rochester

Coming in August 2023 to Ontario Beach Park, a new spray park and an inclusive playground. Read more: wxxinews.org

R-Centers cityofrochester.gov

Carter Street
500 Carter Street
(585) 428-7890

David F. Gantt
700 North Street
(585) 428-7149 

41 Backus Street
(585) 428-6769 

1045 Atlantic Ave.
(585) 428-7294

Roxie Ann Sinkler
75 Grover Street
(585) 428-7827 

Thomas P. Ryan
530 Webster Ave.
(585) 428-7828

Tyshaun Cauldwell
524 Campbell Street
(585) 428-7860 

Plus, spray parks for children age 6 and under:  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, Fourth & Peck Park, and Troup Street Park

Monroe County

Sweden Town Park Splash Pad & Playground
4745 Redman Road
(585) 637-2144

East Rochester
Edmund Lyon Park
100 E Ivy Street
(585) 248-6370

Camp Eastman
1301 Lakeshore Blvd.
(585) 336-6070

Wild Over Water Zone Spray Park
1 Vince Tofany Blvd.
(585) 225-2000

North Chili
Union Station Park & Sprayground
25 Rock Island Road
(585) 889-4680

Pineweay Ponds Park
1 Park Road
(585) 617-6174

First Responders Park
1350 Chiyoda Drive
(585) 872-7103

Ridgecrest Park
985 Ebner Drive
(585) 872-7103

Greater Rochester

Seneca Lake State Park Sprayground
1 Lakefront Drive
(315) 789-2331

Surrounding Counties

Krull Park
6108 E Lake Road
(716) 778-7711

Breitbeck Park
91 Lake Street
(315) 342-8180

Natural Swimming Areas

Pack a picnic, arrive early, find shade, and stay all day!

Swimming Holes

On a hot day, you can sit under a waterfall, swim in a lake, or jump in a creek at one of these refreshing natural swimming areas.

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Gorge Trails

While you may not have access to the water at many of these destinations, the gorges tend to remain cooler with deep shaded areas.

Gorge Trails Near Rochester

Gorge trails call out from their deep, dark, and cool caverns. If you haven’t already, check these spectacular trails off your list.

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Escape the Heat Indoors

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Greece Public Library

Going to the movies, libraries, museums, and even Wegmans are great places to find climate-controlled temperatures. Here are a few places you can go to enjoy the cold air.

Keep Calm and Read

Grab a book and plan to spend a few hours reading the day away.

31 Monroe County Libraries

A free library card allows you to access 31 Monroe County libraries, including Central Library and Libby, the digital library.

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New & Used Bookstores Around Rochester

Books take us on a journey through time and space. If you’re looking for a new adventure, check out these bookstores around Rochester.

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Spend the Day at the Museum

Explore a tried-and-true favorite close to home, or head to a museum like Corning Museum of Glass or Buffalo AKG Art Museum, where you can easily spend an entire day, even a week, and never see the whole collection.

Museums Around Rochester

Rochester is home to world-renowned museums and thought-provoking galleries. You can spend weeks exploring our rich cultural heritage.

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I’ve heard ARTISANworks described as a walk-through kaleidoscope, a bombardment on the senses, a 360° canvas, a space that defies all boundaries.

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George Eastman Museum

The George Eastman Museum is a beautiful tribute to his life & legacy, and is the world’s oldest photography museum with one of the oldest film archives.

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Memorial Art Gallery

The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester boasts a rich permanent collection and an impressive range of traveling exhibitions.

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Rochester Museum & Science Center

Between the star shows, laser shows, interactive exhibits, and Singing Tesla Coils, the Rochester Museum and Science Center will entertain you for hours!

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Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play boasts the world’s most extensive collection of play-related historical materials.

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Sit Back and Relax

Enjoy a few hours of air-conditioned entertainment.

Theaters Around Rochester

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a show on stage or screen. Experience diverse artistic expression, from Broadway productions to classic movies.

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Where to you go to escape extreme heat?

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of daytrippingroc.com and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

People often ask me if I get free access to places while exploring. The answer is no unless I’m invited to previews or granted behind-the-scenes access as part of my media role. Generally, I don’t mention my project, Day Trips Around Rochester, NY, because I want the same experience you would have. I create and share content simply because it brings me joy. I would appreciate your support—a cup of coffee or two to help fuel future field trips—if you have found valuable information here that has helped you explore the Rochester area.

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