Monroe County has a population of 750k people, with 210k people living in the City of Rochester. That means 72% of us live outside the city. Each town and village has something unique to offer. It is impossible to list everything, so here is just a taste of what makes each one special:
Suburban Towns in Monroe County Henpeck Park in Greece 1. Greece
est. 1822 /
pop. 96,095 Greece Canal Park Lake Ontario Seaway Trail Braddock Bay Henpeck Park Green Acre Farm & Nursery Old Fashioned Forth of July Durand Eastman Park 2. Irondequoit
est. 1829 /
pop. 51,692 Duran Eastman Park & Beach Lake Ontario Seaway Trail Irondequoit Bay Marine Park Irondequoit Bay Park West Tryon Park Seneca Park & Zoo (technically Rochester) Helmer Nature Center The House of Guitars Oktoberfest Seabreeze (The Jack Rabbit is America’s oldest continuously operating roller coaster) Whispering Pines (America’s oldest miniature golf course) Tinker Nature Park 3. Henrietta
est. 1818 /
pop. 42,581 Tinker Nature Park Veterans Memorial Park Breese Park Rochester Institute of Technology Corbett’s Glen 4. Brighton
est. 1814 /
pop. 36,609 Corbett’s Glen Nature Park (overlaps with Penfield) Access points along the Erie Canal Monroe Community College Channing H. Philbrick Park 5. Penfield
est. 1810 /
pop. 36,242 Channing H. Philbrick Park Corbett’s Glen Nature Park (overlaps with Brighton) Thousand Acre Swamp Ellison Park Indian Hill 6. Chili
est. 1822 /
pop. 28,625 Black Creek Park Roberts Wesleyan College Whittier Fruit Farm 7. Gates
est. 1813 /
pop. 28,400 Gates Town Park Suburban Towns/Villages in Monroe County Erie Canal Boat Company in Fairport 8. Perinton/Fairport town est. 1812 / pop.46,462, village est 1867 / pop.5,353 Access points along the Erie Canal Thomas Creek Wetlands Walk Colonial Belle Erie Canal Tour “Trail Town USA” Kennelley Park Fairport Canal Days Fairport Music & Food Fest Chase Farm Markets Lollypop Farm and Barktoberfest Webster Park on Lake Ontario 9. Webster town est. 1840 / pop. 42,641 village est. 1905 / pop. 5,399 Webster Park Lake Ontario Gosnell Big Woods Preserve Whiting Nature Preserve North Ponds Park Lake Ontario Seaway Trail Webster Arboretum at Kent Park Schutt’s Apple Mill Herman’s Farm Market & Cider Mill Waterfront Arts Festival Fireman’s Carnival Webster Jazz Festival St. Rita’s Annual Fiesta Rochester Garlic Festival Sunflower Field on Clover south of Calkins 10. Pittsford town est. 1827 / pop. 29,405 village est. 1827 / pop. 1,355 The Sunflower Field Sam Patch Erie Canal Tour Access points along the Erie Canal Lock 32 Erie Canal Park & Lockapalooza Historic Erie Canal Lock 62 Wegmans Food Markets’ flagship store Powder Mills Park Hamlet of Bushnell’s Basin Nazareth College St. John Fisher College Powers Farm Market Pittsford Dairy 11. E. Rochester coterminous, both town and village est. 1897 / pop. 6,600 originally named Despatch, renamed in 1906 Rural Towns & Towns/Villages in Monroe County Union Street Lift Bridge 12. Ogden/Spencerport
town est. 1817 / pop. 19,856
village est. 1867 / pop. 3,601 Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum Rose Turner Park Pineway Ponds Park Springdale Farm Access points along the Erie Canal Spencerport Canal Days 13. Parma/Hilton town est. 1808 / pop. 15,633 village est. 1885 pop. 5,886 Lake Ontario Seaway Trail Braddock Point Lighthouse Braddock Bay Bird Observatory Braddock Bay Raptor Research Zarpentine Farms Hilton Apple Fest Kelly’s Farm Market & Bakery Burch Farms Fireman’s Carnival The Strand 14. Sweden/Clarkson/Brockport Village spans 2 towns: Sweden town est. 1814 / pop. 14,175 Clarkson town est. 1819 / pop 6,736 v illage est. 1829 / pop. 8,336. Canalfront Welcome Center Access points along the Erie Canal Northampton Park Low Bridge / High Water Festival Brockport Arts Festival SUNY College at Brockport The Strand Movie Theater (America’s second-oldest) Honeoye Falls 15. Mendon/Honeoye Falls town est. 1813 / pop. 9,245 village est. 1791 / pop. 2,674 Honoeyoe Falls Mendon Ponds Park Wild Wings at Mendon Ponds Park Hamlin Beach State Park 16. Hamlin
est. 1852 (Town of Union), renamed in 1861 /
pop. 9,045 Hamlin Beach State Park Wheel Fest Lake Ontario Seaway Trail Black Creek 17. Riga/Churchville town est. 1809 / pop. 5,590 village est. 1852 / pop. 1,961 Churchville Park Lighthouse Kayak & Canoe Rental Genesee Country Village Museum 18. Wheatland/Scottsville town est. 1821 / pop. 4,775 v illage est. 1790 / pop. 2,001 Genesee Country Village & Museum Oatka Creek Park Stokoe Farms George Bridge Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum 19. Rush
est. 1818 /
pop. 3,478 Honeoye Creek Falls at Veterans Memorial Park New York Museum of Transportation Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Gro-Moore Farms U-Pick Strawberries Lehigh Valley Trail
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