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The Greater Rochester Nine-County Area

The Greater Rochester Area is made up of nine counties that fall under the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

Some counties are also part of the 5-county Rochester Metropolitan Area, 7-county Genesee Valley Region, the 14-County Finger Lakes Region, and the 17-county Western New York region. Eight are part of DEC Region 8. Five are connected along the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

We are all part of Upstate New York.

But no matter how we group ourselves, each county has something very special to offer! This is only a highlight of each county to inspire you to explore the greater Rochester region.

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Day Trips Around Rochester, New York

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Monroe County & the City of Rochester

High Falls Rochester NY Genesee River rockbed
High Falls in Rochester, NY
Ontario Beach Park Jetty at the Port
Port of Rochester
Spencerport Lift Bridge Erie Canal
Union Street Lift Bridge
Eastman Theatre
Eastman Theatre

County Seat: City of Rochester

Major Municipalities: Greece, Irondequoit, Henrietta, Brighton, and Penfield are among the largest of the 19 towns and villages

Major bodies of water: Lake Ontario, Genesee River, Erie Canal

Major parks and natural areas: Braddock Bay, Irondequoit Bay, Highland, Mendon, Black Creek, and Durand Eastman. There are 23 City of Rochester Parks, and 22 Monroe County Parks

Sights & Attractions: Because we live in Monroe County, we’ve dedicated an entire page to it! Some places and events that draw crowds from across the country are the Strong Museum, International Jazz Festival, Eastman Museum, Eastman Theatre, and Rochester Museum & Science Center + Strasenburgh Planetarium

Explore Rochester

A perfect day in Rochester would include a visit to one of its world-class museums, spending time in its exceptional parks, and seeing both High Falls and Lake Ontario.

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Explore Monroe County

Monroe County is the heart of the Greater Rochester Nine County Region. The City of Rochester is surrounded by 19 towns and villages.

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Scenic Drives: Lake Ontario Seaway Trail; NY-251 through Wheatland, Rush, & Mendon; NY-65 south to the Sunflower Field, Mendon Ponds Park, and Honeoye Falls; NY-31 and roads that hug the canal, like E. Canal Rd in Brockport, Canal Road through Adam’s Basin, and Schoen Place in Pittsford; Fishers Rd-Park Rd-Railroad Mills Road loop around Powder Mills Park; or any of the historic neighborhoods in the City

Genesee County

Things to do around Rochester NY: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Basom NY
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Greater Rochester: Statue of Liberty LeRoy NY
Statue of Liberty in LeRoy NY
Indian Falls
Indian Falls on Tonawanda Creek
Holland Land Office Museum
Holland Land Office
barn JELL-O sign
Darien Lake Amusement Park
Six Flags Darien Lake

County Seat: City of Batavia

Major Municipalities : LeRoy, Bergen, East Bethany, Darien Center

Major bodies of water: Oatka Creek, Tonawanda Creek

Major parks and natural areas: Darien Lakes State Park, Genesee County Park & Forest, Bergen Swamp, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Dewitt Recreational Area, Indian Falls

Sights and attractions: Six Flags Darien Lake, Holland Land Office Museum, JELL-O Gallery Museum, Rolling Hills Asylum, Hartford Livery Museum, Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society

Scenic Drives: Take NY-33 into Batavia, and NY-77 north through Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, or take NY-98 south to US-20. and loop home on NY-19

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Oatka Creek in LeRoy

Oatka Creek is a clear centerpiece for the Village of LeRoy, with a waterfall, 2 dams, and an 8 foot Statue of Liberty replica on her shoreline.

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Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

At 10,828 acres, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is the state’s largest refuge. Alabama Swaps amasses 19,000-acres designated for wildlife.

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Livingston County

Greater Rochester: SUNY Geneseo
SUNY Geneseo
Hemlock Lake bench
Hemlock Lake
Vitale Park on Conesus Lake
Vitale Park on Conesus Lake
Mount Morris Dam
Mount Morris Dam
Wadsworth Homestead
Wadsworth Homestead
Greater Rochester:  MacKay Wildlife Preserve in Caledonia
MacKay Wildlife Preserve

County Seat: Village of Geneseo

Major Municipalities: Caledonia, Avon, Geneseo, Dansville

Major bodies of water: Genesee River, Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake

Major parks and natural areas: Letchworth, MacKay Wildlife Preserve

Sights & attractions: Vintage Drive-In, National Warplane Museum, Wadsworth Homestead, Abbey of the Genesee, New Deal Gallery, Mount Morris Dam, Genesee Valley Hunt, Five Arch Bridge, Caledonia Fish Hatchery, Big Springs Museum

Scenic drives: Nations Rd, CR-408 south to Nunda, CR-15 south to Springwater, NY-20A between Geneseo and Lakeville

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Explore Livingston County

Take a drive through the Livingston County countryside to explore charming village Main Streets, historic districts, nature trails and lakes.

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Explore Geneseo

Geneseo is the Livingston County Seat and home to SUNY Geneseo, whose beautiful campus overlooks the river valley and parallels Main Street.

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Ontario County

Roadside attractions: Canandaigua Lake Boat Houses pier 2
Boat Houses on Canandaigua City Pier
Greater Rochester: Ganondagan longhouse
Sonnenberg Gardens Japanese Tea Garden
Sonnenberg Gardens
Greater Rochester: Geneva NY Smith Opera House
Geneva, NY
Greater Rochester: Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister
Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister

County Seat: City of Canandaigua

Major Municipalities: City of Geneva, Victor, Naples, Bristol, Phelps, Clifton Springs, Honeoye, Farmington

Major bodies of water: Canadice Lake, Honeoye Lake, Canandaigua Lake and a bit of Seneca Lake

Major parks and natural areas: Ontario County Park, Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area, Ontario Pathways Trail, RMSC Cumming Nature Center

Sights and Attractions: Sonnenberg Gardens, Ganondagan State Historic Site, Bristol Mountain, Antique Wireless Museum, Canandaigua City Pier boat houses, New York Kitchen, CMAC, 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum, Smith Opera House

Scenic Drives: Any combination of roads between Canandaigua and Naples: NY-21, NY-64, CR-16, CR-64, CR-33, CR-34, CR-36; NY-15A + US-20A; NY-444 + CR-41

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Explore Canandaigua

Of the five Finger Lakes closest to Rochester, Canandaigua Lake and the city’s historic downtown have the most to offer visitors.

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Explore Naples

Nestled in the hills at the southern end of Canandaigua Lake, Naples is known for its beautiful natural surroundings and annual Grape Festival.

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Explore Geneva

Situated midway between Rochester and Syracuse on Route 5 and 20, Geneva feels like the center of the Finger Lakes region.

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Orleans County

Greater Rochester Region - Oak Orchard Point Pleasant
Oak Orchard at Point Pleasant
Albion NY downtown
Main St Albion
Holley Canal Falls
Holley Canal Falls
Cobblestone house Albion
Lyndonville shoe trees
Lyndonville shoe trees
Greater Rochester: Culvert Road in Medina Under the Erie Canal
Culvert Road Under Canal

County Seat: Village of Albion

Major Municipalities: Holley, Medina, Ridgeway, Shelby

Major bodies of water: Erie Canal, Lake Ontario, Oak Orchard Creek/River

Major parks and natural areas: Lakeside Beach State Park, Holley Canal Falls, Clarendon Falls, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

Sights & attractions: NY-104 Cobblestones, Medina Historic District, Lyndonville Shoe Trees, Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame, Holley Depot Museum and Historic Society, Medina Railroad, Albion Courthouse Square District, Pullman Universalist Church, Oak Orchard Lighthouse

Scenic Drives: NY-63 through Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Medina, and Lyndonvile; CR-98 from Albion to Oak Orchard Lighthouse

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Holley Canal Falls

Holley Canal Falls is located in the heart of the Village of Holley. The water that flows into the glen is overflow from the Erie Canal.

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12 Self-Guided Tours

These self-guided tours around Rochester are like a regional scavenger hunt! Learn the stories behind some of the things you see along our roadways.

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Seneca County

Greater Rochester: Montezuma NWR
Montezuma NWR
First Convention for Womens Rights in Seneca Falls NY
First Convention for Women’s Rights Held in Seneca Falls, NY 1848
Gould Hotel
Gould Hotel
Sampson State Park
Sampson State Park
National Memorial Day Museum Waterloo NY
National Memorial Day Museum in Waterloo NY
Greater Rochester: Three Bears Ovid
Ovid’s The Three Bears

County Seats: Village of Waterloo and Village of Ovid (It became a two-shire county in 1822.)

Major Municipalities: Seneca Falls, Lodi, Interlaken

Major bodies of water: East side Seneca Lake, West Side Cayuga Lake down to Trumansburg

Major parks and natural areas: Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Bishop Preserve, Seneca Lake State Park, Cayuga Lake State Park, Sampson State Park, former Seneca Army Depot

Sights & attractions: Women’s Rights National Historic Park, National Women’s Hall of Fame, It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, National Memorial Day Museum

Scenic Drives: Skip the thruway and make a slow-road loop of NY-96 and US-20

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Explore Seneca Falls

Seneca Falls, on historic Route 5 and 20, is the birthplace of the Women’s Rights movement and is the inspiration for It’s a Wonderful Life.

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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a 7,000-acre preserve located on the north end of Cayuga Lake, under one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway.

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Wayne County

Greater Rochester Region - Palmyra Lock 29
Lock 29 in Palmyra
Greater Rochester Region - Ohmann Theater Lyons NY
Ohmann Theater in Lyons
Greater Rochester: Chimney Bluffs State Park
Chimney Bluffs State Park
Erie Canal Mural Newark
Port of Newark

County Seat: Hamlet of Lyons

Majoy Municipalities: Wolcott, Sodus, Pultneyville, Newark, Palmyra, Macedon, Walworth, Ontario

Major bodies of water: Erie Canal, Lake Ontario

Major parks and natural areas: Chimney Bluffs State Park, B Forman Park, Montezuma Audubon Center

Sights & attractions: Brantling, Huckelberry Swamp, G & S Orchards, Alling Coverlet Museum, Hoffman Clock Museum, Hotchkiss Peppermint Museum, William Phelps General Store, Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, Ohmann Theater, Museum of Wayne County History, Fox Sisters Property

Scenic Drives: Make a loop combining NY-104 and NY-31 through all of the canal towns, and, depending how far east you head, take NY-89 between Wolcott and Savannah, NY-414 between N. Rose and Clyde, NY-14 between Sodus Point and Lyons, or NY-88 between Sodus and Newark

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Explore the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Nearly 80% of the upstate population lives within 25 miles of the Erie Canal. Explore the 115-mile stretch between the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and Niagara River.

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Chimney Bluffs State Park

The bluffs in Chimney Bluffs State Park are fragile drumlins, like all of the truncated drumlins along this section of shoreline.

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Wyoming County

Letchworth’s Upper Falls
Silver Lake drive in
Charcoal Corral
Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Spotlight Theater Warsaw
Spotlight Theatre in Warsaw
Greater Rochester: Arcade and Attica Railroad
Arcade and Attica Railroad

County Seat: Village of Warsaw

Major Municipalities: Wyoming, Perry, Castile Java, Silver Springs, Silver Lake, Varysburg, Arcade, Attica

Major bodies of water: Silver Lake, Genesee River

Major parks and natural areas: Letchworth from Perry south to Portageville, Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, Silver Lake State Park

Sights & attractions: Arcade & Attica Railroad, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, Spotlight Theater, Charcoal Corral and Silver Lake Twin Drive-In, Wyoming County Historical Museum, Wyoming “Gaslight Village”

Scenic Drives: Make a loop of NY-19 and 19A; follow the wind turbines from US-20A and loop NY-78 or NY-39 and NY-77

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Arcade & Attica Railroad

Arcade and Attica Railroad offers a 2-1/2 hour train experience, including a 30-minute layover at Curriers Station where you can explore the train yard and grab a bite to eat.

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Yates County

Greater Rochester Region - Keuka Outlet Trail
Seneca Mills Falls on the Keuka Outlet Trail
Scenic Keuka Lake Views Rooster Hill Vineyards
Rooster Hill Vineyards
Keuka Lake, Hammondsport
Greater Rochester: Penn Yan Diner
Penn Yan Diner

County Seat: Village of Penn Yan

Major Municipalities: Dresden, Italy, Milo, Dundee

Major bodies of water: West side of Seneca Lake, North side of Keuka Lake, south-east shore of Canandaigua Lake

Major parks and natural areas: Keuka Lake State Park, Keuka Lake Outlet Trail, High Tor WMA

Sights & attractions: Keuka Lake Wineries, The Windmill, Penn Yan Diner, Garrett Memorial Chapel, Yates County History Center

Scenic Drives: Loop NY-14 and 14A with NY-54, CR-1, CR-44 connecting Penn Yan, Dresden, Dundee, and Milo

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7 Wineries with Scenic Keuka Lake Views

For your Finger Lakes wine tour, our priority is simply to show you which wineries have the most spectacular scenic Keuka Lake views!

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More to explore around the Greater Rochester area

🎡 2023 New York State & County Fairs

Originating from the early 1800s, state and county fairs offer a blend of 4-H competitions, agriculture, amusement, and entertainment.

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Farms & Farmers’ Markets: Your Guide to Locally Grown Produce

Exploring local markets and roadside produce stands is a great way to immerse yourself in the community and support family farms.

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8 Roadside Attractions Worth Going Out of Your Way For

There are so many interesting roadside attractions near Rochester. As you’re driving around the area, you should at least see these five!

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Rochester Railfans

Rochester’s railfans can appreciate the remarkable structures preserved by dedicated preservationists who recognize their value.

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Explore the Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes region is a popular tourist destination, featuring 11 lakes, charming cities and villages, and scenic farmland.

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Water Trails: Over 50 Places to Explore Rochester’s Waterways

Paddle your way to peace and quiet along Rochester’s water trails. Use these launches for canoes, kayaks, and small motorized watercraft.

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80+ Hiking Trails Around Rochester

Less traveled than in our parks, these hiking trails around Rochester offer a secluded and rustic area to immerse yourself in nature.

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20 Historic Inns & Hotels Around Rochester

These historic inns around Rochester will take you back to a time when it was a frontier town, accessible only by train, boat, or stagecoach.

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6 Authentic Dining-Car Diners

Carefully preserved and restored to their former glory, these authentic dining-car diners will delight anyone who loves a bit of nostalgia.

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Gardens & Arboretums

These carefully designed gardens, often cultivated for decades or even centuries, display exceptional collections of flowers and trees.

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Where are your favorite places to explore around the Greater Rochester area?

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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