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Get Away From It All

We’re all getting a little stir-crazy at this point. Here are some ideas to get away from the news, from other people, from the daily rut—from it all!

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Day Trips Around Rochester, New York

Genesee Greenway Trail Finger Lakes Trail Letchworth Portage
Genesee Valley Greenway
hemlock lake robs trail get away
Robs Trail
30 day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester: Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area at Marina
Braddock Bay

Take a Hike Along These Less Traveled Hiking Trails

They are more secluded, rustic, and even in the best of times, are excellent places to immerse yourself in nature.

Get away from it all on Canadice Lake
Canadice Lake
Monroe County Parks: Kayaking Black Creek Churchville
Black Creek
Water Trails: Conesus Lake
Conesus Lake

Put In at One of These Car-Top Launches Along Rochester’s Waterways

Find a new water trail and paddle your way to solitude.

Five Arch Bridge Conesus Creek Ashantee Avon get away
Conesus Creek, Avon
Honeoye Falls Rotary Park trail
Honeoye Creek, Rotary Park
Roadside waterfalls near Rochester Oatka Creek LeRoy
Oatka Creek, LeRoy

Explore Our Incredible Creeks

Find peace of mind along the shores of our beautiful creeks. These creeks impact us in such subtle ways they sometimes disappear into the background of our lives. Our tributaries are the source of our fresh water and life for our lakes.

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Frederick Douglass Library
Welcome to Rochester
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Cobbs Hill

Photograph the Image City

These “Quintessential Rochester” places are the ones we photograph and share. The places where Rochester’s historic foothold was established.

The buildings that make up our skyline. The vistas that fill tourist must-see lists & “wish you were here” postcards.

Spend time finding these photo-worthy destinations around Rochester.

Roadside Attractions - Shoe Trees Lyndonvile
Shoe Trees
Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Big Metal Dragon in East Bethany NY
Metal Dragon
get away on the Rochester Yellow Brick Road
Yellow Brick Road

Find These Quirky Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions

Here are a few unusual things to see as you’re out exploring.

Spend a day checking out these unique & unusual roadside attractions—shoe trees, a skeleton army, a metal dragon, a shark girl—within 2.5 hours of Rochester.

Lehigh Valley Trail walking over bridge
Lehigh Valley Trail
get away to Al Lorenz Park in Mount Morris
Al Lorenz Park
Hamlin Beach State Park beach get away
Hamlin Beach

Find Solitude in Our Favorite Quiet Places

During the best of times, we know the importance of staying active, seeking out fresh air and sunshine (with sunscreen), and connecting with nature. It’s critical to spend time outside.

Here are a few spots that I can recommend where there’s ample space to spread out.

Get away from it all on Moss Lake
Moss Lake
Green Lakes State Park dad
Green Lakes
get away to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Black Lake
Black Lake

Get Away to These Other Great Lakes

Rochester is well-known for our 11 Finger Lakes and 2 beautiful Great Lakes, Ontario and Erie.

But there are even more fantastic, fresh-water lakes out there to discover!

Chimney Bluffs State Park
Chimney Bluffs
Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister
Honeoye Lake
Mount Hope Cemetery get away
Mount Hope

Witness the Geologic History of the Rochester Area

These day trips into Rochester’s geologic history, filled with drumlins, fossils, house-sized boulders, and a meromictic lake, will leave you awe-struck!

Quintessential Rochester: Street Art
Atlantic Ave
Cobbs Hill water tower octopus
Cobbs Hill
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Explore Rochester’s Murals & Graffiti

A thought-provoking expression of history, experience, and perspective told by some of the world’s most talented artists.

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24 Hidden Places Around Rochester

From secret gardens to enchanting waterfalls, exploring hidden places around the Rochester area is the ultimate way to add some spice to your travel experiences.

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9 Lake Ontario Lighthouses in New York

These lighthouses along Lake Ontario in New York are within a two-hour drive of Rochester. And where there’s a light there’s a sweeping view!

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132 Things to Do Around Rochester

We’ve pulled together a list of fun and unique things to do around Rochester, NY, within two hours of home—perfect for quick getaways.

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60 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester

Sometimes you just need a fun, spontaneous adventure or quick getaway to refresh your day. Try one of these day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester.

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Easy Waterfalls

Not all waterfalls are hidden in dark ravines. Many of the region’s most stunning waterfalls can be viewed from the road or a short walk.

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Where are your favorite spots to get away from it all?

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 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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