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Snow Sports: 5 Ways to Enjoy Winter

Snow sports and other outdoor activities around Rochester, NY are a great way to shake the winter doldrums. Exposure to fresh air, exercise, and sunshine are key to staying healthy through the colder months, both physically and mentally.

To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.

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Holiday Spirit: Snowshoe snow sports

Snowshoeing

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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Mendon Ponds Park Monroe County XC Skiing snow sports

Skiing

Skiing around Rochester is as much winter recreation as it is a social experience, competition, and a tradition. A few of these destinations also offer cross country ski rentals.

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Rochester-Area Day Trip: Mendon Ponds Park Monroe County Sledding snow sports

Sledding

Monroe County Parks have the best sledding hills around Rochester! The great thing about sledding is that there are no barriers to entry.

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Ice Skating at Churchville Park snow sports

Skating

There are several options when looking for ice skating rinks around Rochester. It first depends on whether you own your own skates or need to rent. It also depends on your preference for indoor or outdoor rinks.

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Taughannock Falls winter hiking gorge trail

Walking

There’s no need for any extra equipment to simply get outside and take a walk! Wander around the neighborhood on a sunny day, or pick a trail to explore. It’s also a great time to head to the beach! Plus, the Genesee Country Village & Museum on a Sunday to wander the village.

Here are a few suggestions for a winter stroll:

Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls is one of the most accessible waterfalls in our park system. You can walk in the creek and play in the tiny cascades along the gorge.

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Niagara Falls, USA

Niagara Falls is beautiful year round, and I highly recommend going at different times throughout the year to witness the uniqueness of each season.

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North Ponds Park in Webster

The 1-mile paved loop trail in North Ponds Park circumnavigates both ponds. It is perfect for a leisurely stroll, jog, or bike ride.

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20 Monroe County Parks

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

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51 Nature Centers, Preserves, Refuges, and Observatories Around Rochester

Our nature centers, wildlife preserves, management areas, etc., all serve to protect and sustain life, while making nature accessible to people to enjoy and learn from.

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Cobbs Hill + Washington Grove

The view from Cobbs Hill, the quiet, the breeze, the friendly nature of people walking and taking it all in—there’s nothing quite like it in Rochester.

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OptOutside: 31 Ideas for Spending Time Outdoors

Here are a few ideas for you to OptOutside on Black Friday, or anytime of the year. Our state, county, town, and city parks are a great place to start!

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What are your favorite snow sports?

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