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27 Perfect Picnic Spots Around Rochester

I have a few specific things I look for when qualifying a place as the perfect picnic spot. A picnic table, followed by scenery and proximity to water, shade, and relative privacy.

Here are my top recommendations so you can start planning your own picnic. I’d love to hear about your favorite spots in the comments below.

Start with a specific picnic area:

  1. City of Rochester
  2. Monroe County
  3. Erie Canal
  4. Lake Ontario
  5. Finger Lakes
  6. Greater Rochester

I’ve provided Google map links to each picnic table location. Please keep in mind tables can be moved, or even removed. It is my wholehearted intent to get you as close as possible to the right place.

City of Rochester

eastman museum

1. Eastman Museum

Rochester

There are a few picnic tables near the University Ave. side of the mansion to enjoy seasonal changes around the formal garden.

Read about our Eastman Museum experience

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2. Granite Mills Commons

High Falls, Rochester

This public seating area is right next to the pedestrian bridge on the west side of the river.

Read about our High Falls experience

Monroe County Picnic Spots

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Brighton Town Park

3. Brighton Town Park

Brighton

Picnic tables can be found all along the water’s edge.

Read about our Brighton Town Park experience

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North Ponds Park

4. North Ponds Park

Webster

There are several picnic tables around each of the ponds.

Read about our North Ponds Park experience

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Rotary Park

5. Rotary Park

Honeoye Falls

Enjoy the swift current of Honeoye Creek running through the park.

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Black Creek Park

6. Black Creek Park

Chili

There are a few picnic tables scattered around the pond at Black Creek Park.

Read about our Black Creek Park experience

Erie Canal Picnic Spots

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Fairport

7. Kennelley Park

Fairport

A great public seating area next to the Erie Canal within a stone’s throw of Moonlight Creamery. It’s the perfect place to watch the lift bridge allow boat traffic through.

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Pittsford

8. Port of Pittsford Park

Pittsford

Most people spend their time across the Erie Canal at Schoen Place. I enjoy the opposite side, relaxing with a good book from the library and watching the Sam Patch and Colonial Belle navigate the water alongside smaller canal boats and kayaks.

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Lock 32

9. Lock 32 State Canal Park

Pittsford

Not only a fabulous picnic table in the shade but a great spot to watch the canal boats lock through. I’ve spend many a summer lunchtime here at this table.

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Holley

10. Holley Canal Park

Holley

Another lovely spot on the Erie Canal when, with a nice flow of boat traffic, you can watch the lift bridge in action.

Read about our Holley Canal Falls experience

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Holley

11. Holley Canal Falls

Holley

Although part of the same Holley Canal Park, the canal is not viewable here at the base of the falls and it feels like a whole new place.

Read about our Holley Canal Falls experience

Picnic Spots on Lake Ontario

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Lake Ontario

12. B. Forman Park

Williamson

This picnic table has great shade and a wide-open view of Lake Ontario.

In case you are curious, as was I, the park is named for Benjamin Forman, originator of B. Formans’ department store. A Wikipedia fun fact, “Once the largest store of its kind between New York and Chicago, the company, founded by Benjamin Forman in the first decade of the twentieth century, closed in 1994. B. Forman Co., along with McCurdy & Co., created Rochester’s Midtown Plaza, one of the first enclosed downtown malls in the United States.”

Things you can think about while enjoying your picnic!

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Lake Ontario

13. Hamlin Beach State Park

Hamlin

Hamlin Beach offers an overwhelming amount of picnic tables under shady trees. Some are closer to the beach, while others are along the walkways throughout the park.

Read about our Hamlin Beach experience

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Lake Ontario

14. Golden Hill State Park

Barker

This particular picnic table is behind the lighthouse so it’s pretty secluded with a great view of Lake Ontario.

Finger Lakes Picnic Spots

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Honeoye Lake

15. Honeoye Lake Overlook

Honeoye

This is a popular stopping point on US-20A with a great view of Honeoye Lake.

Read about our Honeoye Lake experience

NOTE: In July, the hillside is covered in Wild Parsnip. It looks like a yellow Queen Anne’s Lace, yet is a highly poisonous, invasive species. The plant produces a compound that causes intense, localized burning, rash, severe blistering, and discoloration on contact with the skin on sunny days. This is not an allergic reaction, it is a chemical burn brought on by an increase in the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Do not attempt to make a bouquet with it! Things to think about as you enjoy your picnic.

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wild parsnip
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Canandaigua Lake

16. Canandaigua Lake Overlook

Naples

Another popular overlook on CR-12 with an unobstructed view of Canandaigua Lake’s south end.

Read about our Canandaigua Lake experience

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Long Point Park

17. Long Point Park

Conesus Lake, Geneseo

A picnic table and a swimming beach is a great combination! Located on the west side of Conesus Lake.

Read about our Conesus Lake experience

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Vitale Park

18. Vitale Park

Conesus Lake, Lakeville

There are a few picnic tables throughout Vitale Park offering great views of Conesus Lake’s north end.

Read about our Conesus Lake experience

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Seneca Lake

19. Seneca Lake State Park

Geneva

The Seneca Lake north shore is lined with picnic tables and shade trees.

Read about our Seneca Lake experience

More Greater Rochester Picnic Spots

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Ganondagan

20. Ganondagan

Victor

To find this picnic table, follow the Trail of Peace to the furthest point with a lovely view overlooking Victor.

Read about our Ganondagan experience

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Papermill Falls

21. Papermill Falls

Avon

Papermill offers a picnic table next to a waterfall on a country road.

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Griffis Sculpture Park

22. Griffis Sculpture Park

East Otto

There are several picnic tables throughout the park, but I like this one in particular near the pond.

Read about our Griffis Sculpture Park experience

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Gannett Hill

23. Gannett Hill

South Bristol

Gannett Hill is part of Ontario County Park with an expansive view of the Canandaigua Lake valley. This is also where you’ll find the Jump Off Trail.

Read about our Gannett Hill experience

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Moss Lake

24. Moss Lake

Houghton

Moss Lake is a National Natural Landmark, so no boating or swimming here. Just a quiet picnic spot with an abundance of aquatic life, including the sphagnum moss mat and thousands of bullhead fish.

A note about the directions. Google does not have this area street-mapped. Just know when you pull in to the parking lot, you’ll see the lake and the picnic table is right there.

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Harlow Lake

25. Darien Lakes State Park

Darien Center

The aptly named Picnic Island on Harlow Lake is a perfect spot to spend a few leisurely hours. Also popular for fishing.

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Silver Lake

26. Silver Lake State Park

Perry

There are a few shaded picnic tables near the marina which makes for a great spot to watch the boats come and go.

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Eddie’s Overlook

27. Letchworth State Park

Castile

Arguably there are hundreds of picnic tables throughout Letchworth that are all are worthy of mention! But this area near Wolf Creek is my favorite, with these stone tables at Eddie’s Overlook.

And I promise you, these picnic tables won’t move!

Read about our Letchworth experience or plan a three-day getaway to Letchworth

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Picnic Island, Darien Lakes State Park

Where are your favorite picnic spots around Rochester?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!

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2 thoughts on “27 Perfect Picnic Spots Around Rochester”

    1. There surly must be! I just don’t have a photograph to represent. Happy to add GVP if you have a photo I can share! GVP is wonderful for lots of reasons.

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