Date Night in Rochester

Date Night in Rochester: Ideas in a Time of Social Distancing

We have an older article—Date Night in Rochester: The Ultimate Guide to Spending Time Together—that was published during another time.

A time when people gathered en masse for concerts and musicals and dancing. Alas, many of the things we did then are no longer options—for now.

So we’ve scaled back our ideas to those you can still do.

Whether it’s your first date or 50th, spending time trying new activities with your partner is a great way to connect, learn more about each other, and avoid the routine rut or feelings of isolation.

Table of Contents

  1. Head for Water
  2. Take a Walk
  3. Get Creative
  4. Explore a Hidden Place
  5. Scenic Drives
  6. Spend Time Among the Animals
  7. Dine Out
  8. Watch the Sun Set

Head for Water

Letchworth-State-Park-stairs
Letchworth State Park
  1. Genesee River Through the City of Rochester
  2. Letchworth State Park
  3. Lake Ontario
  4. The Finger Lakes
  5. Roadside Waterfalls
  6. Kayak Rochester’s Water Trails
  7. Whitewater Rafting with Adventure Calls Outfitters
Sam Patch interior
On board the Sam Patch

Take a boat tour

  1. Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours
  2. Colonial Belle Erie Canal Cruises
  3. Canandaigua Lady
  4. Maid of the Mist
  5. Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour
Fair Haven State Park fishing
Fair Haven State Park

Go fishing

  1. Places to fish
  2. or Ice Fish
  3. Bait shops
  4. Charters

Take a Walk

climbing
Panama Rocks

In the Park

  1. Monroe County Parks
  2. National Natural Landmarks
  3. New York State Parks
  4. Hiking Trails
  5. Gorge Trails
  6. Geo-caching
  7. Rock City
  8. Genesee Riverway Trail in the City, or the Genesee Valley Greenway south of GVP
  9. Nature Centers, Wildlife Preserves, Management Areas, Refuges, and Observatories
Date Night in Rochester: Highland Park
Highland Park

Among the Flowers

  1. Public Gardens & Arboretums
  2. The Flower City
  3. and Lamberton Conservatory all year long
Date Night in Rochester: Ice Skating at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park

In the Snow

  1. Rent Snowshoes
  2. Sledding Hills
  3. Downhill and Cross-Country Skiing
  4. Outdoor and Indoor Ice Skating Rinks

Get Creative

Image from Pixabay
  1. Flower City Arts Center
  2. Memorial Art Gallery Creative Workshops
  3. Corning Museum of Glass
  4. Studio 34 Creative Arts Learning Center
  5. Splatters
  6. Color Me Mine

Or destructive

  1. Smash Therapy
  2. Bad Axe Throwing
  3. Axes & Ales
  4. Riot Room

Explore a Hidden Place

Akron Falls Park
Akron Falls
  1. Corbett’s Glen
  2. Sunken Garden
  3. Grimes Glen
  4. Rochester’s Hidden Sidewalk
  5. Channing H. Philbrick Park
  6. Turning Point Park
  7. Washington Grove
  8. Helmer Nature Center
  9. Holley Canal Falls
  10. The Jump Off
  11. Akron Falls
  12. Havana Glen
  13. Bergen Swamp
  14. Griffis Sculpture Park

Scenic Drives

Ontario County Park Gannett Hill Jump Off Trail viewing platform
Jump Off Trail viewing platform in Ontario County Park on Gannett Hill
  1. Lake Ontario Seaway Trail
  2. Historic Routes 5 & 20
  3. Spend a Day in the Finger Lakes Region
  4. Erie Canal
  5. Greater Rochester Nine-County Area
  6. Breathtaking Views of Fall Foliage
  7. Quirky Roadside Attractions
  8. Explore Rochester’s Street Art

Spend Time Among The Animals

Winter break: Seneca Park Zoo
Seneca Park Zoo
  1. Seneca Park Zoo
  2. Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  3. Buffalo Zoo
  4. Hidden Valley Animal Adventure
  5. Wickham Farm
  6. Stokoe Farms
  7. Braddock Bay Raptor Research
  8. Wildwings

Dine Out

Caledonia Village Inn
Caledonia Village Inn
  1. Historic Inns
  2. Authentic “Dining Car” Diners
  3. Highly Recommended Restaurants
  4. Ice Cream Shops
  5. Rochester’s Public Market
  6. Monroe County Breweries
  7. Wineries with Scenic Keuka Lake Views

Watch the sun set (or rise!)

Cobbs Hill sunset winter
Cobb’s Hill

These suggestions link to Google image search results to give you an idea for each area. We’ll be writing an article soon to capture these and more! In the meantime, you can take a scientific approach using this calculation of the sun’s position at a given time, date and location. Try August 8 at 18:30 (sunset is 18:55) at Cobb’s Hill (43.1396542, -77.5723119) and you can see below why this is very popular place to watch the sunset!

Pick a spot with a higher elevation than obstacles to the west. Add in some water or architectural elements and you’ve got a great view. Here are a few places to inspire you.

  1. Anywhere along Lake Ontario, especially when there is open water to your west. (Ontario Beach Park pier, Summerville pier, Webster Park pier, Hamlin Beach, Braddock Bay Area, including the ponds)
  2. SUNY Geneseo Gazebo
  3. Lodge at Woodcliff
  4. High Falls
  5. Cobb’s Hill
  6. Anywhere you can see the beautiful Rochester skyline!
  7. Or, find the darkest sky near Rochester under which to observe the stars

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COVID-19 NOTE: Some of the information you find in our articles may currently be inaccurate due to closures and cancellations.

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.