There are so many interesting things to see as you’re driving around the Genesee Valley, Finger Lakes, and Western NY. In fact, we have a list of 41 roadside attractions near Rochester.
But, if you must see any of them, it should at least be these five!
1. Big Metal Dragon
Near the intersection of two country roads just off US-20 you find this metal dragon rising from the Earth.
2. Second Coming House of Prophet Isaiah
The house of Prophet Isaiah is now a spectacular piece of spiritual eye candy, with thousands of bright-hued, hand-carved surfaces continually painted and repainted by its owner.
3. The Mushroom House
Private property but still great roadside-eye-candy! Located on the way to, but just outside, Powder Mills Park.
4. The Shoe Trees
Footwear has found its way into these branches for several decades. Successfully catching your shoes in the branches will grant a wish, or good luck.
5. Canandaigua City Pier Boat Houses
Take a walk or drive down the Canandaigua City Pier and check out Boathouse Row.
Interesting fact: Homeowners are prohibited from actually living in these boathouses—they are for daytime use only.
Bonus! The Skeleton Army
Get directions to 4017 CR-4 in Hopewell near Canandaigua for this amazing Halloween display! Over 200 skeletons (humans, horses, dinosaurs and dogs!) are marching on the home, which is heavily defended by trees (think of the Ents from Lord of the Rings).
Bonus! Holiday Lights
Because December is the darkest month, we welcome these grand displays of holiday lights to brighten the night. These homeowners and communities go all out to celebrate the season, so let’s get out there and celebrate with them! Find these 10 Rochester-area neighbors with extraordinary holiday lights between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
Where are your favorite roadside attractions near Rochester?
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