We’ve pulled together a list of fun and unique things to do around Rochester, NY, for college students, adults, and families, within two hours of home—perfect for quick getaways. There is so much cool stuff to do and places to go you’ll easily find somewhere new to explore every week.
Top Ten Things to Do Around Rochester, NY
- Discover some of Rochester’s hidden places
- Enjoy a place that transcends you through space, time, or state of mind
- Take a hike along a waterside, inland, or rail trail
- Explore the NYS Parks near Rochester
- Shop one of our old country stores
- Drive around and find these quirky roadside attractions
- Stop at one of Rochester’s top ice cream shops along the way
- Find ideas for date night
- Spend December visiting our favorite neighborhood Christmas lights
- Plan a 3-day getaway within two hours of Rochester
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1. Hidden Places Around Rochester
We drive right past some of Rochester’s most unique spots every day, completely unaware of their existence.
I continue to meet life-long residents of Rochester who have no idea these hidden places are just minutes away from where they work and live.
Some are a little off the beaten path but worth going out of your way to experience.
2. Transcending Places
Rather than an escape, I prefer to think of these as transcending places that encourage us to transcend space, time, and state of mind.
3. Hiking Trails
Here are a few less populated, rustic, or unusual trails around Rochester that will inspire you to take a hike.
4. New York State Parks
Venture into one of the 49 New York State Parks within a two-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them unique.
5. Old Country Stores
When you walk into one of these four old country stores, you feel like you are stepping back in time with aisles of old-fashioned toys, knickknacks, and candies.
6. Quirky Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions
These unusual Finger Lakes, Western New York, and Rochester-area roadside attractions make for a memorable day trip.
7. Top Ice Cream Shops Around Rochester
We love these ice cream shops for their outstanding atmosphere, taste, variety, and innovation.
Try a specialty flavor like Concord Grape from Lynnie Lou’s, Lavender Goat Cheese from Eat Me, or Cookie, Fig, and Honey from Hedonist.
8. Date Night in Rochester
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.
9. Spectacular Christmas Lights Around Rochester
Our favorite homeowners and communities go all out with their holiday lights to celebrate the season, so let’s get out there and celebrate with them.
10. Day Trip Destinations
Spend a day exploring a new city, village, or region around Rochester. Each of our favorite destinations offers a full day of unique site-seeing opportunities with shops, restaurants, local artisans, and signature events worth traveling to experience.
11. Street Art: Exploring Rochester’s Murals & Graffiti
The term street art means different things to different people. It covers everything from traditional sanctioned or non-sanctioned graffiti to community-sponsored murals.
Here, we interpret street art as any outdoor, free, public wall art.
12. Gorge Trails Near Rochester
Gorge trails call out to us from their deep, dark, and cool caverns. They lead us along their timeline, exposing history as their waterfalls walk backward.
13. Seek Solitude
Here are a few spots I can recommend where there’s ample space for finding solitude and solace in nature.
14. Wonderful Winter Walks
These ideas for winter walks should motivate you to step outside for some fresh air and, with any luck, sunshine.
15. Roadside Waterfalls
Our 30+ roadside waterfalls near Rochester are spectacular, and for some, you do not need to get out of your car. Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by challenging trails.
16. Natural Swimming Areas
On a hot day, you can sit under a waterfall, swim in a lake, or jump in a creek at one of 35+ refreshing natural swimming areas.
17. The Sunken Garden
When you stroll around the back of Warner Castle and down the lawn, you’ll discover the Sunken Garden. It’s a peaceful retreat and beautiful any time of the year.
18. Rochester’s Hidden Sidewalk
To find Rochester’s hidden sidewalk, start at Ontario Beach Park & head west on Beach Ave. Across from Clematis St. & Cloverdale St. are the two main entrances.
19. Corbett’s Glen Nature Park
Corbett’s Glen is a hidden green space in a suburban jungle, nestled between an expressway and two highly trafficked roads near the Penfield/Brighton Town border.
20. Grimes Glen
There are few experiences like Grimes Glen around Rochester. The glen is open to the public free of charge, and you are encouraged to walk in the water. Most people look forward to wading the creek to the first and second falls–both 60′ cascades.
21. Channing H. Philbrick Park
Irondequoit Creek passes through Channing H Philbrick (Linear) Park in Penfield, dropping 90 feet over one mile, giving us the cascades that make this park so unique.
22. Water Trails
Depending on your definition, water trails are either formally marked routes along a navigable waterway or simply any waterway suitable for canoes, kayaks, and small motorized watercraft. Find 58 places to put in and paddle.
23. Public Gardens Around Rochester
Enjoy a peaceful afternoon at one of these 40+ arboretums, labyrinths, estate gardens, or botanical gardens, all within a two-hour drive of Rochester.
24. Turning Point Park
Turning Point Park’s most striking feature is a 3,572 ft-long bridge over the Genesee River Turning Basin, part of the Genesee Riverway Trail.
25. Holley Canal Falls
Located in the heart of the Village of Holley, the water that flows over Holley Canal Falls and into the glen is from the Erie Canal.
26. Griffis Sculpture Park
Integrated into Griffis Sculpture Park’s expansive landscape, find more than 250 whimsical, fantastical, and delightful sculptures.
27. 100+ Places to Shop Local
You don’t have to wait for Small Business Saturday to shop local. We have incredibly talented individuals throughout the Rochester area operating their own boutiques, confectioneries, novelty, and hand-crafted gift shops.
As you’re out exploring the city and surrounding villages, stop by these unique businesses.
28. Highly Recommended Restaurants
Some of these 350+ food destinations are well-established, while others quickly become favorites as Rochester’s culinary scene explodes.
29. Rochester-Area Volunteer Experiences
I can’t think of a better day trip than one that helps others. Make time to volunteer your time and talent with one of these 25 amazing Rochester-area organizations.
I’ve heard ARTISANworks described as a walk-through kaleidoscope, a bombardment on the senses, a 360° canvas, a space that defies all boundaries, a place that can’t be described but must be seen, surprising, inspiring, and in some instances shocking.
31. Rent Snowshoes
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.
32. Taughannock Falls State Park
Taughannock Falls is one of the most accessible waterfalls in our state park system. The path is a combination of tree-lined canopy and wide-open gorge walls.
Taughannock Falls is one of the only gorge trails in the New York State Park System open in winter.
33. Monroe County Parks
Our 22 Monroe County parks are free, so take advantage of 12,000 acres of natural, zoological, horticultural, historical, and geological experiences.
When reading books, the destination is the journey. Here are a few bookstores around Rochester to begin an adventure with new and used books. Plus, check out our Little Free Libraries.
35. Locally Grown Produce
Your guide to Rochester’s harvest seasons! Find out which locally grown produce (fruits, vegetables, plants) are at their peak each month, and enjoy Rochester-area harvest festivals.
36. Other Museums Around Rochester
It’s time to explore 100+ lesser-known, off-the-beaten-path, and odd-collection museums around Rochester.
37. Historic Inns & Hotels Around Rochester
These 21 historic inns around Rochester offer unique dining experiences. Unlike bed & breakfasts, their dining rooms are open to the public. Unlike restaurants, they offer lodging. And their food is as extraordinary as their stories.
38. Explore the Image City
Rochester evolved from Flour City to Flower City to Image City when George Eastman invented a way for the masses to capture everyday moments on film.
These “Quintessential Rochester” places are the ones we photograph and share. The places where Rochester’s historic foothold was established. The buildings that make up our skyline. The vistas that fill tourist must-see lists & “wish you were here” postcards.
39. Craft Breweries in Monroe County
It can be overwhelming to consider the many craft beverage artisans who call the Finger Lakes and Western New York home. So, let’s focus on the ones we have right here in our backyard.
40. Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park comprises 14,350 linear acres along the Genesee River. It takes 30 minutes to drive from the Mount Morris entrance to the Glen Iris.
41. Lamberton Conservatory
Tropical plants need tropical temperatures, so visiting Lamberton Conservatory in winter is a welcome escape from the cold. Don’t miss the Spring Show from late March through May and the Holiday Show in December.
42. Explore the Erie Canal
The Erie Canal spans 100-miles between Lockport and Clyde, with Rochester located right in the middle, making it easy to get out there and explore. To enjoy every moment, choose just 15 miles on the Erie Canal to enjoy in a day.
43. Exceptional Waterfalls Near Rochester
Think of this as a starter-set of five impressive waterfalls near Rochester that you should visit if you haven’t already.
44. Eternal Flame Hiking Trail
When you reach the Eternal Flame, sheltered in a tiny cave under a beautiful little waterfall, you’ll find it is a fascinating reward for all of your hard work.
45. The Pinnacle Range
Making up a portion of the City of Rochester’s southern border, the Pinnacle Range is a glacial moraine formed by the retreating Wisconsin Glacier 12,000 years ago.
46. Little Rock City in Rock City State Forest
Little Rock City in Salamanca’s Rock City State Forest is free to explore. You could spend 20 minutes or two hours wandering through the boulders, some as large as houses.
47. Rochester’s Geologic History
These day trips into Rochester’s geologic history—filled with drumlins, fossils, house-sized boulders, and a meromictic lake—will leave you awe-struck.
48. Outdoor and Indoor Ice Skating Rinks
When looking for ice skating rinks around Rochester, NY, there are several options. It first depends on whether you own skates or need to rent.
49. Breathtaking Fall Foliage Views
These destinations offer colorful fall foliage and varied landscapes so that you can appreciate them each in their unique way.
50. Paranormal Activities: Our Favorite Haunts
There is something about October that piques our interest in paranormal activities. These day trips encourage you to explore the other side of Rochester.
51. Lily Dale Assembly
Lily Dale is a lake-side hamlet of Victorian homes and cottages. It is both quirky and peaceful, a spiritual community unlike nowhere else on Earth.
52. Nature Centers & Preserves
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.
53. Incredible Creeks
These 26 creeks around Rochester, NY, impact us in such subtle ways that sometimes disappear into life’s background.
Our beautiful tributaries enhance the gathering places in our small towns. They provide us with opportunities for recreation, relaxation, and fresh water.
I have found these particular creeks to be exceptional and worth the effort to seek them out.
54. Chimney Bluffs State Park
The bluffs, rising 175 feet above Lake Ontario, are fragile drumlins, like all of the truncated drumlins along this section of shoreline.
55. New York State & County Fairs
Our state and county fairs offer their unique blend of agriculture, amusement, and entertainment: parades, demolition derbies, contests, food, tractor shows and pulls, midway rides, vendors, livestock exhibits, and live music.
56. Performing Arts Venues Around Rochester
Rochester has a robust performing arts scene. Find plays and musicals by high school and college students, local professionals, and touring companies.
57. Lighthouses Along Lake Ontario
These nine New York lighthouses are all within a two-hour drive of Rochester. And where there is a lighthouse, there is a sweeping Lake Ontario view.
58. National Natural Landmarks
Recognized for their outstanding biological and geological resources, these 11 National Natural Landmarks are all within a two-hour drive of Rochester.
59. Take a Guided Walk
These guided walks are led by people who highlight the rich history, geology, ecology, and community of the greater Rochester region.
60. Authentic Dining-Car Diners
Designed to resemble a train’s fine-dining car, diners were manufactured off-site and moved by rail to the final location. These six diners are extraordinary examples of that era.
61. Watkins Glen State Park
Glen Creek descends 400 feet along its 2-mile course through Watkins Glen State Park. Follow the 806-step Gorge Trail and wind your way over and under 19 breathtaking waterfalls.
62. Other Great Lakes Near Rochester
Rochester is well-known for its 11 Finger Lakes and two beautiful Great Lakes—Ontario and Erie. But as you drive around the countryside, you can see a landscape freckled with blue bodies of fresh water where locals are boating, fishing, swimming, and relaxing.
63. Rochester’s Fun Facts
I’ve been gathering Rochester’s fun facts for several years and am so excited to collect them all together here. Let these inspire your next day’s trip!
64. Harriet Hollister
Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area is a New York State Park located in the hills six miles south of Honeoye Lake.
Here you will find one of the most majestic scenic views in the Finger Lakes region.
65. “Hit the Trail” Passport
Pick up your “Hit the Trail Passport” booklet at Wegmans, or print your own. You’ll have everything you need to start your hiking adventure.
66. Spend a Day in the Finger Lakes Region
The Finger Lakes Region is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and right in our backyard. It is easy to get out there and explore.
67. Tinker Nature Park
Tinker Nature Park comprises 68-acres in Henrietta with a 1.2-mile flat perimeter trail for jogging, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, or walking.
68. Amusement Parks Near Rochester
Oh, how we miss our amusement parks in the winter. When May comes around, you find the ones with the dry-rides opening on the weekends, with the water parks opening closer to Father’s Day in mid-June.
69. Find the Darkest Skies Near Rochester
Locations northeast of Rochester close to Lake Ontario or south of US-20 in the Finger Lakes will offer the darkest sky near Rochester.
70. Sonnenberg Gardens
Sonnenberg Gardens is an exceptional example of the lavish wealth and philanthropy of the Gilded Age.
71. Downhill and Cross-Country Skiing
Skiing around Rochester is as much winter recreation as a social experience, competition, and a tradition. A few of these destinations also offer cross-country ski rentals.
72. Cobbs Hill and 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.
73. Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours
Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours are a great way to experience the canal and locks and learn about its history along your narrated cruise.
74. Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
You can climb the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse’s 40-foot high tower and enjoy the view of Lake Ontario, the Genesee River, and Ontario Beach Park.
75. Mendon Ponds Park
Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands, and glacially created landforms.
76. Rochester Railfans: Trains, Depots, Rail-Trails, Models, & Clubs
Our innovative use of the railroad, trolley, subway, and the Erie Canal helped develop the Rochester area as a center of manufacturing and commerce.
Rochester railfans are incredibly lucky that passionate preservationists before us saw the value in retaining structures we can still appreciate today.
77. Ganondagan State Historic Park
Ganondagan State Historic Site sits atop Boughton Hill in Victor. It is the original site of the most significant 17th century Seneca town—sometimes referred to as Gannagaro—which at its peak had 150 longhouses where only one replica stands today.
78. Four Rock Cities
Explore these cool, quiet, mossy rock cities near Rochester, with boulders the size of houses! You’ll love Panama Rocks, Rock City Park, Little Rock City, and Thunder Rocks in Allegany State Park.
79. MacKay Wildlife Preserve
There are fascinating geological wonders to discover at MacKay Wildlife Preserve in Caledonia, including a sea of round, moss-covered boulders.
80. The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail
The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail is the portion that runs along the southern Lake Ontario shoreline, from Fort Niagara in Youngstown to Fort Ontario in Oswego.
81. Places to Immerse Yourself in Green
I find the color green soothing, especially when surrounded by it. Enjoy some of my favorite places to go green!
82. Historic Movie Theaters
There is something about a 100-year-old small movie theater that enhances your experience and transcends you through space and time. Enjoy these theaters we have around Rochester.
83. Helmer Nature Center
The paths at Helmer Nature Center, made primarily of wood chip, boardwalk, and hard-pack gravel, are marked and easy to navigate. Sloped portions take you down to the valley floor, where the terrain around you is hilly and tree-covered, making it peacefully quiet.
84. Museum of the Earth
Museum of the Earth focuses primarily on life in New York State, beginning in the Cambrian Period, covering roughly 635 million years of the geologic record.
85. 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.
86. Highland Park
Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to be enjoyed year-round, every pathway, tree, vista, and relationship between the land and water through Highland Park is intentional.
87. Paved, Gravel or Boardwalk Pathways for Easy Strolls
These pathways and boardwalks are ideal for folks using strollers, walkers, wheelchairs, or managing other mobility challenges.
88. High Falls
There’s plenty of parking on both sides of the river to begin exploring High Falls—the future home of Rochester High Falls State Park.
89. Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square is in the heart of Rochester, right next to the Strong National Museum of Play.
90. Rochester-Area Chocolatiers
Any one of our 18 fine Rochester-area chocolatiers makes for a delicious day trip detour or destination. Crafted by 3rd- and 4th-generation descendants, many chocolates are made using traditional family recipes with modern twists.
91. Braddock Bay
The Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area complex includes the bay and the surrounding wetlands.
92. Buttermilk Falls State Park
In Buttermilk Falls State Park, stairs are the primary walkway along Buttermilk Creek, like most Finger Lakes gorge parks. It’s a challenging hike and worth it.
93. Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
At 10,828 acres, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is the largest wildlife refuge in New York State, not including the surrounding Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas. Together, the Alabama Swaps amass a 19,000-acre complex designated for wildlife.
Located on Knowlesville Road, the 1.3-mile Swallow Hollow Nature loop trail offers ramps, gravel pathways, and boardwalks, making it accessible for all to enjoy this unique ecosystem.
94. Wineries with Scenic Keuka Lake Views
There are sophisticated publications dedicated to the intricacies of wineries, vineyards, cellars, and tasting rooms in the Finger Lakes Region. Our priority is simply to show you which ones have the most spectacular scenic Keuka Lake views.
95. The Jump Off Trail
The Jump Off Trail on Gannet Hill in Ontario County Park is accessible and affords one of the most beautiful scenic views in the Finger Lakes Region.
96. Seneca Park & Zoo
The Seneca Park Zoo is a small part of the 297-acre Seneca Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1893.
97. Conesus Lake
Conesus Lake is the westernmost Finger Lake and the closest to Rochester. You can drive around the entire lake in 30 minutes.
98. Webster Arboretum at Kent Park
Follow the pathways that meander around Webster Arboretum’s 40 acres of open spaces, flower & herb gardens, water elements, and a wide variety of trees.
99. Ellison Park
Established in 1926, it is our first official Monroe County 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.
Many folks with their kayaks and canoes launch them here and paddle to the bay through Lucien Moren and Tryon parks.
100. Ontario Beach Park
Lake Ontario Beach Park is located at the northernmost tip of the city of Rochester and is bordered on the East by the mouth of the Genesee River.
101. Durand Eastman Park
Durand Eastman Park encompasses 977 acres of land, including Durand Lake, Eastman Lake, and a swimming beach on Lake Ontario.
Inspired by Frederick Law Olmsted’s work roughly 20 years earlier for Highland, Maplewood, Seneca, and Genesee Valley Parks, Bernard Slavin’s landscape design includes rolling terrain, and scenic vistas integrated natural water elements.
102. Rochester Public Market
Surrounded by shops, restaurants, cafes, and craft beverage manufacturers, the Public Market offers fruit, veggies, seafood, beef, cheese, bread, flowers, and spices while also being an excellent day trip destination.
Suppose you can think of a visit to the Public Market as a day trip rather than a utility. In that case, you’ll have fun exploring the ins and outs of each building, go with the flow of people, and appreciate the wall art while enjoying delicious food and craft beverages.
103. Fabulous Fall Hikes
Our favorite fall hikes offer a variety of elements and views. The presence of water, trees, and solitude help rank these high on our list!
104. Stony Brook State Park
Stony Brook State Park is stunning anytime, but my favorite time to visit is on a mild November day, once the crowds and heat of summer have slipped away.
105. 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.
106. Mount Hope Cemetery
Fun fact: more people are dead in Mount Hope Cemetery (~350,000) than alive in the City of Rochester (~208,000).
107. Perfect Picnic Spots
When searching for the perfect picnic spots, I look for a picnic table, scenery, and proximity to water, shade, and relative privacy.
108. Rochester Museum & Science Center
In a single day, experience the vastness of the universe, the confinement of hiding along the Underground Railroad, an ice age, and an era of electricity.
The new technology inside Strasenburgh Planetarium allows you to explore the solar system and the entire visible universe from any perspective. The quality of the images and near-real-time data is extraordinary.
On Saturday nights during the warmer months, when the sky over Rochester is clear, you can climb the winding 60-steps to the Planetarium Observation Tower & look through the telescopes at planets, nebula, and other stellar objects for FREE.
109. Vintage Drive-Ins
Yes, there are still drive-in theaters near Rochester! Avon’s Vintage Drive-In is the closest, with five others within a 90-minute drive.c
110. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a 7,000-acre (28 km2) preserve located on the north end of Cayuga Lake, under one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway.
111. Strong National Museum of Play
The Museum of Play has a wealth of interaction for toddlers, school-aged children, and adults, including play-shopping at Wegmans and the only year-round indoor butterfly garden in Upstate New York.
112. Powder Mills Park
Powder Mills Park favorites include the fish hatchery, Daffodil Trail, and the Mushroom House, which is technically private property but still draws a crowd.
113. Genesee Valley Park
Genesee Valley Park is a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park located at the intersection of the Erie Canal, Red Creek, and Genesee River.
114. Genesee Country Village & Museum
Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest and most comprehensive living history museum in New York State and the third-largest in the United States.
The campus includes the historic village (mansions & homesteads, merchants & services, churches & schools, taverns & town halls), the John L. Wehle Gallery, green spaces, a ball field, and an expansive nature center with miles of walking trails.
115. Monroe County Libraries
Signing up for a free library card gives you access to all 32 Monroe County libraries. The Monroe Country Library System comprises town & village locations, Rochester Public Library branch locations, and the Central Library.
116. Places in the City to Enjoy the Genesee River
At Genesee Valley Park, the Genesee River begins her journey through the city, racing over a dam and three waterfalls before emptying into Lake Ontario.
117. Maplewood Park
Maplewood Park is a linear park that follows the river from the Lower Falls to the Rose Garden and Kelsey’s Landing, ending just north of Route 104 at the pedestrian bridge over the Genesee near King’s & Hanford’s Landing.
118. Hamlin Beach State Park
Hamlin Beach State Park has 7 miles of beautiful biking and walking trails, including a mile-long self-guided tour of a CCC/POW camp.
119. George Eastman Museum
The George Eastman Museum is a beautiful tribute to his life and legacy and is the world’s oldest photography museum with one of the oldest film archives.
120. Our Five Favorite Town Parks
These town parks have a unique offering of woods, wildlife, and water features to explore walking paths ranging from pavement to boardwalk.
121. 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.
122. New York Museum of Transportation
The New York Museum of Transportation houses fourteen full-size trolley cars, a caboose, a steam locomotive, antique highway and horse-drawn vehicles, and the various associated smaller items that illuminate our transportation history.
Your half-hour excursion on the only trolley ride in New York State is aboard one of the museum’s 87-year-old trolley cars.
123. Discover Niagara Shuttle
The round-trip on the Discover Niagara Shuttle takes two hours if you’d simply like to enjoy the ride. Otherwise, you can hop on and off at any stop.
124. Cascadilla Gorge
Cascadilla Creek produces eight waterfalls as it descends 400 feet through Cascadilla Gorge. The trail consists of stone steps, pathways, and bridges.
125. Beautiful Boardwalks
These boardwalks are incorporated into larger trail systems to help people meander through wetlands or to help preserve wildlife.
126. Black Creek Park
At 1,505-acres, Black Creek Park is one of the largest of Monroe County’s 21 parks, second only to Mendon.
127. Memorial Art Gallery
Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery has an extensive permanent collection, an incredible variety of traveling exhibitions, & a well-rounded calendar of events.
128. Self-Guided Tours
These 11 self-guided tours around Rochester are like a regional scavenger hunt. Learn the stories behind some of the things you see along our roadways.
129. Susan B Anthony House & Museum
Susan B Anthony’s passion for securing women’s right to vote started with her work as an agent of the anti-slavery movement.
130. Panama Rocks
Watch your footing, know your limits, and use common sense when it comes to climbing on the boulders at Panama Rocks Scenic Park.
131. Oatka Creek Park
Oatka Creek Park in Wheatland has one of the more strollable trails in the Monroe County Park system, with little change in elevation along the 3.3-mile loop trail.
132. Explore Livingston County
Take a drive through the Livingston County countryside to explore charming village Main Streets, historic districts, nature trails and lakes.
How many of these things to do around Rochester have you checked off your list? How many have you added?
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