Keuka Lake Outlet Trail

Planning Your Next Rochester Day Trip

We’re always researching new ideas for your Rochester day trips! Planning your weekend? Feeling spontaneous? Guests visiting from out-of-town? 

Filter our day trips by drive-time, direction, or season, and check out our maps and guides for inspiration! Bookmark this page and make it your first stop before you hit the road.

Warner Castle Sunken Garden looking down
Sunken Garden

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Rochester Day Trip: Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, NY

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Rochester Day Trip: Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park

Filter your Rochester day trip by season

Most destinations are great in any season! Some activities, like skiing, are limited to specific seasons.

Or, start with one our articles dedicated to each season.

Springtime in Rochester

There is no better way to usher in springtime in Rochester than with maple syrup, bird migrations, April showers, and May flowers!

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Summertime in Rochester

Summer produce, fresh water, and 13,500+ square miles to explore. Enjoy everything summertime in Rochester has to offer.

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Autumn in Rochester

Scenic train rides, leaf-peeping, bird migrations and ghost walks happen only in autumn in Rochester–take advantage of them while you can!

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2021 Holiday-Themed Events Around Rochester

Rochester has many holiday-themed events to help you connect with your holiday spirit! Enjoy the stories and traditions this season offers.

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Wintertime in Rochester

It’s cold, it’s snowy, it’s dark. It’s wintertime in Rochester! Here are a few suggestions to help embrace our winter season.

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Map Other Lakes
Map of other lakes

Find inspiration in our Rochester day trip maps

Our Google maps are open to the public for editing. That way if you know of a place others would like, feel free to add it. These are a few of the most popular:

Saras Garden Center tall trees
Sara’s Garden Center

Find inspiration in our annual day trips

At the end of the year, I look back and share all of the places we visited, highlighting several of my favorites. I started this tradition at the end of 2019 and look forward to writing it!

My 2020 Day Trips

My favorite day trips in 2020 weren’t so different from our 2019 trips except they were a little less often, with less stops and less people.

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My 2019 Day Trips

I hope this list of my day trips around Rochester helps inspire your adventures! It’s amazing what you can see when you start exploring.

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George Eastman Museum gingerbread house
Sweet Creations

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Find inspiration in our guides

We have dozens of themed guides to inspire your next Rochester day trip. Pick a destination or a few places to see along the way. Some of our most popular include:

Explore Routes 5 & 20

Routes 5 & 20 is a 67-mile stretch of scenic highway where NY-5 & US-20 converge, following an ancient foot trail of New York’s first people.

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49 of the Best Ice Cream Shops Around Rochester

Ice cream, gelato, Italian ice, frozen yogurt, and custard—we love these shops’ outstanding atmosphere, taste, and innovation.

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27 Craft Breweries in Rochester and Monroe County

These Rochester craft breweries show off their newest and most popular creations while giving you a complete food experience.

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36 Places to Immerse Yourself in Green

I find the color green soothing, especially when surrounded by it. Enjoy some of my favorite places to go green!

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Transcending Places

Rather than an escape, I think of these as transcending places that encourage us to transcend space, time, and state of mind.

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20 Paved, Gravel, and Boardwalk Pathways for Easy Strolls

These paved pathways and boardwalks are ideal for folks using strollers, walkers, wheelchairs, or managing other mobility challenges.

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270+ Rochester Date Ideas

Trying various activities with your partner is a great way to connect, learn more about each other, and shake up your routine.

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7 Spectacular Christmas Lights Around Rochester – 2021 Edition

In addition to our seven favorite neighborhoods for 2021, we’ve mapped out 100+ more extraordinary Rochester-area homes for you to enjoy.

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49 New York State Parks Within a 2-hour Drive of Rochester

Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a two-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them unique.

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497 Highly Recommended Restaurants Around Rochester

Some food destinations are well-established, while others quickly become favorites as Rochester’s culinary scene explodes.

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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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4 Old Country Stores Around Rochester

When you walk into one of these old country stores, you’re stepping back in time with aisles of old-fashioned toys, knickknacks, and candies.

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42 Quirky Roadside Attractions

Have fun finding these quirky roadside attractions—shoe trees, a skeleton army, a metal dragon, a shark girl—within two hours of home.

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🍁 Maple Weekends: 10 Sweet Sugar Shacks Near Rochester

During Maple Weekends March 19-20 and 26-27, 2022, producers open their sugar shacks to celebrate the process of turning sap into syrup.

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76 Rochester Experiences that Make Great Gifts

The benefits of sharing Rochester experiences as gifts go beyond personal happiness. Less clutter, less waste, less stress—less is more.

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Open Air Street Art

The term street art means different things to different people. Here, we interpret street art to mean any outdoor, free, public wall art. 

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Geologic History of the Rochester Area

These day trips into Rochester’s geologic history, filled with drumlins, fossils, and a meromictic lake will leave you awe-struck.

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11 Best Places to Rent Snowshoes Around Rochester

If you’re looking to spend time outdoors, give snowshoeing a try. There are places around Rochester to rent and learn how to use them.

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9 Lake Ontario Lighthouses in New York

These lighthouses along Lake Ontario in New York are within a two-hour drive of Rochester. And where there’s a light there’s a sweeping view!

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Rochester Railfans

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

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95 Performing Arts Venues Around Rochester

Rochester has an excellent performing arts scene! Find plays and musicals by high school and college students, local professionals, and touring companies.

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What resources do you use to plan a Rochester day trip?

Please share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. Your insight and experience are invaluable!

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Author Debi Bower is the Founder and Chief Day Tripper for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY. Happy trails!

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