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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 & 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

Fresh produce, fresh water, outdoor concerts, and 13,500 square miles to explore! Take advantage of everything summertime in Rochester has to offer.

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Autumn in Rochester

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

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64 Ways to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

Rochester has plenty of ways to help you connect with your inner holiday spirit! Enjoy the stories, traditions, and experiences this season has to offer.

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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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Rochester Day Trip: Inside ARTISANworks
ARTISANworks in Rochester, NY

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:

Rochester day trip: Pick Your Own Blueberries
Pick Your Own Blueberries

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Find inspiration in our guides

We have 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:

Routes 5 and 20 Road Trip

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

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Holiday Lights: 10 Rochester-Area Neighbors with Extraordinary Displays

These homeowners and communities go all out with their holiday lights to celebrate the season, so let’s get out there and celebrate with them!

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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 2-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them each unique!

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249 Highly Recommended Restaurants, Diners, Cafes, Pubs, Bakeries, and Bars Around Rochester

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

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9 Rochester U-Pick Seasons

There are U-Pick farms all around the Greater Rochester Area. Often times, picking your own product is as much a family adventure as it is entertainment!

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5 Old Country Stores Around Rochester

When you walk into one of these old country stores, you feel like you are stepping back in time with aisles of old fashioned toys, knickknacks and candies.

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39 Quirky Roadside Attractions

Spend a day checking out these unique and unusual roadside attractions, like shoe trees, a skeleton army, and a metal dragon, within 2 hours of Rochester.

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Maple Syrup: 14 Sweet Sugar Shacks

In March, local producers open their sugar shacks to the community to celebrate the innovative process of turning sap into syrup during Maple Syrup Weekend.

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75 Rochester Experiences that Make Great Gifts

Make something together. Visit a place you’ve never been, or one you love. The benefits of Rochester experiences extend far beyond personal happiness!

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Street Art: Exploring Rochester’s Murals & Graffiti

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, house-sized boulders and a meromictic lake, will leave you awe-struck!

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10 Best Places to Rent Snowshoes Around Rochester

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

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9 Lighthouses Along Lake Ontario

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

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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 can still appreciate today.

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Date Night in Rochester: The Ultimate Guide for Spending Quality Time Together

Whether it’s your first date night in Rochester or 50th, spending time exploring with your partner is a great way to connect and learn about each other.

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21 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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Top 39 Ice Cream Shops Around Rochester

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

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26 Incredible Creeks Around Rochester

These beautiful creeks around Rochester impact us in such subtle ways they sometimes disappear into the background of our lives.

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84 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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