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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.

The Greater Rochester Area includes:

  1. Monroe County
  2. Genesee County
  3. Livingston County
  4. Ontario County
  5. Orleans County
  6. Seneca County
  7. Wayne County
  8. Wyoming County
  9. Yates County

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 21 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

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
Darien Lakes State Park
Darien Lakes State Park
Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany, NY
Rolling Hills Asylum
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

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

Day Trips in 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, NY

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

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

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

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

Wyoming County

Letchworth’s Upper Falls
Silver Lake Institute
Silver Lake Institute
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

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

More to explore around the Greater Rochester area

2020 New York State & County Fairs

Our state and county fairs offer their own unique blend of agriculture, amusement, and entertainment, dating back to the early 1800s.

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Locally Grown Produce: Your Guide to Rochester’s Harvest Seasons

Find out which locally grown produce (fruits, vegetables, plants) are at their peak each month, and enjoy Rochester-area harvest festivals.

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Exploring the Erie Canal

The Erie Canal spans 100-miles between Lockport and Lyons, with Rochester located right in the middle. Choose just 15 miles to explore for a great day trip!

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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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Our Favorite 5 State Parks to Explore

Within a 2-hour drive of Rochester, there are 49 NY State Parks all worthy of exploration, but try our favorite five if you haven’t already!

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Rochester Railfans: Trains, Depots, Rail-Trails, Models, & Clubs

Rochester railfans are incredibly lucky that passionate preservationists before us saw the value in retaining structures we appreciate today.

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Spend a Day in the Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes Region is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and right in our backyard! It is easy to get out there and explore.

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Water Trails: 58 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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71 Hiking Trails Around Rochester

A few rustic trails around Rochester that will inspire you to take a hike. A diverse collection of rail, waterside, and inland trails.

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20 Historic Inns & Hotels Around Rochester

These historic inns around Rochester offer unique dining experiences. Unlike bed & breakfasts, their dining rooms are open to the public.

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12 Historic Small Movie Theaters

There is something about a 100-year-old small movie theater that enhances your experience and transcends you through space and time.

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6 Authentic Dining-Car Diners

Diners were modular–manufactured in one place and moved by rail to the final location. They were designed to look like a train’s fine dining car.

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40 Public Gardens Around Rochester

Enjoy a peaceful afternoon at one of these arboretums, labyrinths, estate gardens, or botanical gardens, all within a 2-hour drive of Rochester.

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

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