Date Night Ideas in Rochester

75+ Date Night Ideas Around Rochester in a Time of Social Distancing

COVID-19 has certainly put a damper on date night. We have an older article—230+ Rochester Date Night Ideas: 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. Even something as traditional as dinner and a movie is off the table. Alas, many of the things we did then are not options for now.

So we’ve scaled back our ideas to those you can still do. And we’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below, especially as the cold winter weather forces us back indoors.

Date Night Ideas

  1. Wonderful Walks
  2. Hidden Places
  3. Scenic Drives
  4. Fresh Water
  5. Wildlife
  6. Sunrise Sunset
  7. Plan a 3-Day Getaway

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.

Take a Walk

Rochester Date Night Ideas -  Genesee Country Village winter walk
Genesee Country Village

In the Snow

  1. Great Winter Walks
  2. Rent Snowshoes
  3. Sledding Hills
  4. Downhill & Cross-Country Skiing
  5. Outdoor & Indoor Ice Skating Rinks
Turning Point Park
Turning Point

In the Park

  1. Monroe County Parks
  2. Seek Solitude
  3. Get Away From It All
  4. National Natural Landmarks
  5. New York State Parks
  6. Beautiful Boardwalks
  7. Hiking Trails
  8. Gorge Trails
  9. Geo-caching
  10. Rock City
  11. Genesee Riverway Trail in the City
  12. Genesee Valley Greenway south of the city
  13. Nature Centers & Wildlife Preserves
Lamberton Conservatory tropical flower
Lamberton Conservatory

Among the Flowers

  1. Public Gardens & Arboretums
  2. The Flower City
  3. Lamberton Conservatory

Explore a Hidden Place

Akron Falls Park
Akron Falls
  1. Corbett’s Glen
  2. Sunken Garden
  3. Grimes Glen
  4. Old Canal Lock 62
  5. Rochester’s Hidden Sidewalk
  6. Channing H. Philbrick Park
  7. Turning Point Park
  8. Washington Grove
  9. Helmer Nature Center
  10. Holley Canal Falls
  11. The Jump Off
  12. Akron Falls
  13. Havana Glen
  14. Thomas Creek Wetland Walk
  15. Bergen Swamp
  16. Griffis Sculpture Park

Take a Scenic Drive

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

Head for Water

Water Trails: Conesus Lake
Conesus Lake
  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
Rochester Date Night Ideas - Fair Haven State Park fishing
Fair Haven State Park

Go fishing

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

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

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. Take a scientific approach to watching the optimal sun set 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 sun set.

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

Plan a 3-Day Getaway

Skaneateles Lake shopping
Village of Skaneateles
  1. Skaneateles
  2. East Aurora
  3. Lewiston
  4. Letchworth
  5. Routes 5 & 20

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What are your favorite date night ideas while maintaining social distance?

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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.