Rochester area parks: Stony Brook State Park waterfall cover

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.

Letchworth State Park new train bridge

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-area parks: Durand Eastman Park boardwalk

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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Winter break: Meridian Centre Park

Start with these five town parks

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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City of Rochester Parks: Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square

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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Highland Park walkway Japanese Maples

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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Things to do around Rochester NY: Amusement Parks

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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What are your favorite Rochester area parks?

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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