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30 More Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester

Looking for things to do around Rochester that are close to home? Guests visiting from out-of-town? Need a break from writing your thesis? Here are 30 more day trips within 30 minutes, part 2 in our 30-Minute Day Trips series.

Winter break: ARTISANworks

1. ARTISANworks

I’ve heard ARTISANworks described as a walk-through kaleidoscope, a bombardment on the senses, a 360° canvas, a space that defies all boundaries, a place that can’t be described but must be seen, surprising, inspiring, and in some instances shocking.

Public Market
Rochester Public Market

2. Rochester Public Market

The Rochester Public Market is the place to grab the freshest local and wholesale fruit, veggies, seafood, beef, cheese, bread, flowers and spices. The market is surrounded by excellent restaurants, cafes, a donuts shop, and a distillery.

Genesee Valley Park crossing
Genesee Valley Park River and Canal crossing

3. Genesee Valley Park

Genesee Valley Park is a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park located at the intersection of the Erie Canal, Red Creek, and Genesee River.

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4. Vintage Drive-In

Yes, there are still drive-in theaters near Rochester! The Vintage Drive-In in Avon is the closest, but there are five others within a 90 minute drive.

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Strong Museum

5. Strong Museum

The Strong National Museum of Play has a wealth of interaction for toddlers, school-aged children and adults, including play-shopping at Wegmans!

Genesee Country Village and Museum Mumford octagon summer
Genesee Country Village

6. Genesee Country Village & Museum

All summer long the Genesee Country Village and Museum hosts themed events on the weekends like Highland Days, Civil War Days, and a Fiddlers Fair. In the winter, the village is open for Sundays strolls.

more day trips within 30 minutes - Canandaigua Lake City Pier Boat Houses
Canandaigua Lake City Pier Boat Houses

7. Canadaigua Lake

Canandaigua Lake is home to the smallest island, one of only two islands in the Finger Lakes. You can drive around the entire lake in 60 minutes.

Ganondagan longhouse

8. Ganondagan State Historic Park

Everything you will see and do at Ganondagan is centered around these core values: peace, cooperation, and respect for each other and the natural world.

Seabreeze Amusement Park food games night

9. Seabreeze Amusement Park

Oh, how we miss our amusement parks in the winter! When May comes around, you find the parks with dry-rides opening on the weekends, with the water parks opening closer to Father’s Day in mid-June.

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10. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

Central Library occupies two buildings located across the street from each other on South Avenue in Center City Rochester.

New York Museum of Transportation trolley maintenance
New York Museum of Transportation

11. New York Museum of Transportation

The New York Museum of Transportation houses fourteen full size trolley cars, a caboose, steam locomotive, antique highway and horse-drawn vehicles, and the various associated smaller items that illuminate our transportation history. 

Your half-hour excursion on the only trolley ride in New York State is aboard one of the museum’s 87-year-old trolley cars.

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12. The Little Theatre

The Little Theatre is the premier cultural center for the presentation of American independent and foreign films, visual arts and music for the greater Rochester community.

Sam Patch exiting Lock 32
Sam Patch exiting Lock 32

13. Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours

The Sam Patch is a replica 1800s packet boat that serves as a floating history museum for tourists, locals, and 4th graders all around the Rochester area.

Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours are a great way to immerse yourself in the canal’s history and operation during your narrated cruise.

North Ponds Park fitness equipment
North Ponds Park

14. North Ponds Park

The 1-mile paved loop trail in North Ponds Park circumnavigates both ponds. It is perfect for a leisurely stroll, jog, or bike ride.

Rochester Museum Science Center mastadon wooly mammoth
Rochester Museum Science Center

15. Rochester Museum & Science Center

Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Strasenburgh Planetarium hosts free telescope viewings on clear Saturday nights from the Observation Tower.

Susan B Anthony House typewriter
Susan B Anthony’s home

16. Susan B Anthony House & Museum

Susan B Anthony’s passion for securing women’s right to vote started with her work as an agent of the anti-slavery movement.

Natural swimming areas

17. Canawaugus Park

Here’s a popular spot for kids during hot weather and high creek water in Oatka Creek at Canawaugus Park.

Oatka Creek is generally shallow enough to wade but directly under the bridge it’s much deeper. When creek water depth is 8 or 9 feet deep it is safe to jump from George Bridge into the waterhole.

Another attraction is a rope for swinging into the waterhole. Genesee Valley Greenway Trail is a green corridor lined trail extending 84 miles south from Rochester, through Scottsville, Avon, Geneseo, Mount Morris and Portageville.

Black Creek
Black Creek Park

18. Black Creek Park

At 1,505-acres, Black Creek Park is one of the largest of Monroe County’s 20 parks, second only to Mendon.

More day trips within 30 minutes: George Eastman Museum

19. 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.

more day trips within 30 minutes - Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

20. Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

You can climb the 40-foot tower in the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse and enjoy the view of Lake Ontario, the Genesee River, and Ontario Beach Park.

More day trips within 30 minutes: Memorial Art Gallery

21. Memorial Art Gallery

Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery has an extensive permanent collection, an incredible variety of traveling exhibitions, & a well-rounded calendar of events.

Rochester Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

22. Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

R&GV Railroad Museum is the only operating railroad museum and home to the largest collection of historic trains in New York State, with fun train rides every third weekend from April through December.

more day trips within 30 minutes - Geva Theater intimate stage

23. Geva Theatre

See the fabulous sets and costumes, the imaginative interpretations of great plays, the development of new work – all up close and personal. The best seat in the house is the one you choose to sit in.

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Lamberton Conservatory

24. Lamberton Conservatory

Lamberton Conservatory is the perfect place to spend inside on a gray day. Many folks visit to seek a calm, colorful space warmed to tropical temperatures.

Martin Luther King Jr Park mural
Martin Luther King Jr Park

25. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park

Five-acre Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square is in the heart of Center City, right next to the Strong National Museum of Play.

more day trips within 30 minutes - Greece Canal Park stairs
Greece Canal Park

26. Greece Canal Park

Greece Canal Park encompasses 577 acres, with 4 easy walking trails varying in length under 1.5 miles over level or gently rolling terrain. It is one of two Monroe County Parks connected with the Erie Canal, and one of two with dog parks. 

Eastman Theatre Kodak Hall stage view

27. Eastman Theatre

The magnificent theatre, which originally contained 3,352 seats, was built by George Eastman as a center for music, dance, and silent film with orchestral and organ accompaniment. An architectural gem, its opulent décor reflects the taste and elegance of the 1920s.

more day trips within 30 minutes - Stokoe Farms

28. Stokoe Farms

Stokoe Farms offers a full day of family activities. On a beautiful Autumn day, you can expect it to be a very popular place! Stop back in December to cut your own Christmas tree.

More day trips within 30 minutes: Great Embankment Park

29. Great Embankment Park

Great Embankment Park has a small sitting area, a few benches, a small boat launch and a dock great for fishing; perfect to start your trip along the canal.

More day trips within 30 minutes: Ellwanger Garden
Ellwanger Garden

30. Ellwanger Estate Garden

While the Ellwanger Estate is private, the garden is maintained by the Landmark Society and is periodically open to the public for special events.

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COVID-19 NOTE: Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home.

The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly and locally—seek solitude!