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Grimes Glen Waterfall

Grimes Glen in Naples

Grimes Glen is public, free, and you are encouraged to wade up the creek to the first and second waterfalls, both 60-foot cascades.

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Creeks around Rochester

26 Incredible Creeks Around Rochester

These beautiful creeks around Rochester impact us in such subtle ways they sometimes disappear into the background of our lives.

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Roadside waterfalls Wiscoy Creek

34 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester

Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails. And for some, you do not need to get out of your car.

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State County Fairs cover

2019 New York State & County Fairs

Our state and county fairs offer their own unique blend of agriculture, amusement, and entertainment, dating back to the early 1800s.

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Sledding Hills Around Rochester: Mendon Ponds Park Monroe County Sledding

22 of the Best Sledding Hills Around Rochester

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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Maple Syrup Weekends pancakes

Maple Syrup: 14 Sweet Sugar Shacks

In March, local producers open their sugar shacks to the community to celebrate the innovative process of turning sap into syrup during Maple Syrup Weekend.

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Watkins Glen Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen

Farm Sanctuary sits on 175 acres in Watkins Glen, just west of Sugar Hill State Forest, and is home to more than 500 rescued farm animals.

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Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Pumpkins: 14 Places to Pick Your Own

It’s so much more than simply buying pumpkins. It’s about family time on the farm, with wagon rides, hot cider & donuts, corn maizes, and games.

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Apple Picking Around Rochester NY

Apples: 22 Places to Pick Your Own

Many of our farms offer a family-fun experience, with hay rides, cider & donuts and activities for the kids, in addition to pick your own apples.

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Cornell Botanic Gardens

Cornell Botanic Gardens

The 4,000-acres that make up Cornell Botanic Gardens are free to explore and are full of opportunities to learn about plants and environmental conservation.

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MacKay Wildlife Preserve

MacKay Wildlife Preserve

There are interesting man-made and geologic wonders to discover at MacKay Wildlife Preserve, including a sea of moss-covered boulders.

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Taughannock Falls State Park

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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Owasco Lake

Owasco Lake: One of New York’s 11 Finger Lakes

Owasco Lake, unlike the other Finger Lakes, is almost completely surrounded by agricultural land. You can drive around the entire lake in 45 minutes.

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Hemlock Lake

Hemlock Lake: One of New York’s 11 Finger Lakes

Hemlock Lake is the most undeveloped and pristine of the Finger Lakes. The DEC protects the lake and it’s tributaries, making this forever-wild, tranquil landscape the perfect place to unwind.

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Honeoye Lake

Honeoye Lake: One of New York’s 11 Finger Lakes

Honeoye Lake is the most shallow of the Finger Lakes. You can drive around the entire lake in 30 minutes and catch an amazing view from Harriet Hollister.

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