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Things to do around Rochester NY: Washington Square Park

23 City of Rochester Parks

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.

Ellison Park fort

Ellison Park

Irondequoit Creek meanders through Ellison Park on its way to Irondequoit Bay and Lake Ontario, offering visitors year-round fishing and non-motorized boating opportunities.

Rochester-Area Chocolatiers

19 Rochester-Area Chocolatiers

Any one of our fine Rochester-area chocolatiers makes for a great day trip detour or destination! Many of the chocolates are crafted by 3rd- and 4th-generation descendants using traditional family recipes with modern twists.

ARTISANworks

ARTISANworks

I’ve heard ARTISANworks described as a walk-through kaleidoscope, a bombardment on the senses, a 360° canvas, a space that defies all boundaries.

Ellwanger Estate

Ellwanger Estate Garden

While the Ellwanger Estate is private, the garden is maintained by the Landmark Society and is periodically open to the public for special events.

MacKenzie-Childs

MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora

The grounds at MacKenzie-Childs headquarters in Aurora are open to the public. They offer free, guided Second-Empire Farmhouse tours throughout the day.

Monroe County Parks: Durand Eastman Park

Durand Eastman Park

Durand Eastman Park’s landscape design was inspired by the work that Olmsted had done 20 years earlier in Highland, Seneca, and Genesee Valley Parks.