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Rochester Area Parks

We have a wonderfully diverse collection of Rochester area parks! Over 200 New York State Parks, Monroe County Parks, Town Parks, and City Parks within a 2-hour drive are available for us to enjoy, each with their own personality.

Martin Luther King Jr Park mural
Martin Luther King Jr Park

23 City of Rochester Parks

Many of our City of Rochester parks have beginnings embedded in Rochester’s youth. Some were designed by (and later inspired by) notable landscape architects such as Frederick Law Olmsted and Lawrence Halprin.

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North Ponds Park fitness equipment
North Ponds Park

5 Town Parks: start with our favorites

These five parks have a unique offering of woods, wildlife, and water features to explore using pavement, hard-pack dirt, wood chips, gravel and boardwalk. There are 100+ more parks you can find on rochesterparks.org.

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Rochester-area parks: Durand Eastman Park boardwalk
Duran Eastman Park

20 Monroe County Parks

Our County parks are always free, so take advantage of 12,000 acres of natural, zoological, horticultural, historical and geological experiences!

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Letchworth State Park new train bridge
Letchworth

44 New York State Parks

If you visit multiple New York State Parks in one day, you only pay admission at the first park. Keep your receipt and show it at each new park that day for free entry.

Most of our beautiful parks have 2 things in common; hiking trails and water. As wonderful as both elements are, I encourage you to venture into each of these parks and discover what makes them unique!

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Rochester’s Olmsted-Designed Parks

Each April 26 we celebrate the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, and the gift of Olmsted-designed parks left in our care.

“Rochester is fortunate to be one of a handful of American cities that have a park system designed by the most revered landscape architect in American history.”

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Seabreeze Amusement Park Jack Rabbit night
Seabreeze

We can’t leave out amusement parks!

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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Fall Foliage: 6 Breathtaking Views Near Rochester

These destinations offer colorful fall foliage and varied landscapes so you can appreciate them each in their own unique way.

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The Flower City: Exploring Rochester’s Extraordinary Flowers and Trees

Rochester became a global center for flower and tree nurseries in the mid-1800s, fostering our identity as The Flower City.

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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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Transcending Places: 40 Alternate Reality Destinations Around Rochester

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

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Which are your favorite Rochester area parks?

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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!