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.”
Looking for things to do around Rochester that are close to home? Guests visiting from out-of-town? Need a break from writing your thesis? Here are 30 more day trips within 30 minutes.
Sandra L. Frankel Nature Park is a 72-acre linear park connecting the Brighton Town Hall and Library on Elmwood Ave with Buckland Park on Westfall Road. The 0.8-mile Brickyard Trail runs the length of the park.
Breese Park is located along the Genesee River in the small community of Riverton on the far west side of Henrietta. Set your sights on late-April to early-May to see the native bluebelles, trilliums, and ferns in their full spring glory!
The paths at Helmer Nature Center, made primarily of wood chip, boardwalk, and hard-pack gravel, are easy to navigate and clearly marked. There are sloped portions that take you down to the valley floor where the terrain around you is hilly and tree covered making it peacefully quiet.
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.