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Rochester Day Trips – Top 10 of 2017

We took a look back at our 2017 day trip guides and location spotlights and are excited to share these top 10 Rochester day trips with you!

Top 5 Locations
Rochester Day Trips

5. Stony Brook State Park

Rochester Day Trips: Stony Brook State Park NY

Stony Brook State Park is absolutely stunning year round, but my favorite time to visit is on a mild November day, once the crowds and heat of summer have slipped away. Stony Brook just beat out Watkins Glen and Letchworth State Parks.

4. Harriet Hollister Spencer
State Recreation Area

Rochester Day Trips: Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister
Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister

Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area is located in the hills six miles south of Honeoye Lake.

3. Buttermilk Falls State Park

Rochester Day Trips: Gorge Trails Buttermilk Falls Ithaca

In Buttermilk Falls State Park, like most of the Finger Lakes gorge parks, stairs are the primary walkway along Buttermilk Creek; challenging but worth it!

2. Turning Point Park

Rochester Day Trips: Turning Point Park walking winter

Turning Point Park’s most striking feature is a 3,572 ft-long bridge over the Genesee River Turning Basin, part of the greater Genesee Riverway Trail.

1. Rochester’s Hidden Sidewalk

30 day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester: Rochester Hidden Sidewalk
The Hidden Sidewalk in Charlotte

To find Rochester’s hidden sidewalk, start at Ontario Beach Park and head west on Beach Ave. The two main entrances are across from Clematis St. & Cloverdale St.

Top 5 Guides
Rochester Day Trips

5. 9 Hidden Places

Rochester Day Trips: Warner Castle Sunken Garden in shadow

We drive past some of Rochester’s most unique features every day, completely unaware these hidden places exist!

4. 248 Highly Recommended
Restaurants, Diners, Cafes, Pubs,
Bakeries, and Bars

Rochester Day Trips: Caboose Lyons NY
The Caboose in Lyons NY

Some of these food destinations are well-established, while others are quickly becoming favorites as Rochester’s culinary scene explodes.

3. 40 Quirky Roadside Attractions

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Big Metal Dragon in East Bethany NY

Here are a few unusual Rochester, Finger Lakes, Western and Central New York roadside attractions that make for an interesting day trip.

2. 77 Hiking Trails

Rochester Day Trips: Stony Brook State Park gorge trail

Check out these less populated, rustic, or unusual trails around Rochester that will inspire you to take a hike.

1. 49 New York State Parks
Within a 2-hour Drive

Rochester Day Trips: Chimney Bluffs State Park

Venture into one of these New York State Parks and discover what makes them each unique!

Honorable Mentions
Rochester Day Trips

These Rochester day trips ranked pretty high as well. It would be a shame not to mention them!

9 Discounts Using
the Library VIP Pass

2017 Favorite Day Trips: Monroe County Libraries

Enjoy discounted admissions or ticket purchases at these destinations with the Monroe County Library System VIP Pass!

218 Annual Events
Around Rochester

Lilac Festival

Centered on food, drink, music and culture, these festivals & events around Rochester bring our community together throughout the year.

21 Places to Visit
After Heavy Rains

High Falls Genesee River Rochester NY

Watch raging torrents flow over their banks and brinks after heavy rains for a spectacular, multi-sensory experience. Behold the power of water!

Erie Canal Lock 62

30 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester: Old Canal Lock 62
Old Canal Lock 62 behind Pittsford Plaza

Old Erie Canal Lock 62 is tucked just far enough off the beaten path that many do not realize it’s there, just over the hill behind Pittsford Plaza.

20 Monroe County Parks

Monroe County Parks Webster
Webster Park on Lake Ontario

Monroe County parks are free, so take advantage of 12,000 acres of natural, zoological, horticultural, historical and geological experiences!

Taughannock Falls

Water: Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls

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.

9 U-Pick Seasons

Pick Your Own Blueberries
Pick Your Own Blueberries

There are U-Pick farms all around the Greater Rochester Area. Often times, picking your own product is as much a family adventure as it is entertainment!

40 Public Gardens

Sonnenberg Gardens Japanese Tea Garden
Sonnenberg Gardens

Enjoy a peaceful afternoon at one of these arboretums, labyrinths or botanical gardens, all within a 2-hour drive of Rochester.

The Jump Off: Ontario
County Park Gannett Hill

Canandaigua Lake: Jump Off Trail on Gannet Hill in Ontario County Park
Jump Off Trail on Gannet Hill in Ontario County Park

The Jump Off loop trail in Ontario County Park is ADA-accessible and affords one of the most beautiful scenic views in the Finger Lakes Region.

Spend a Day in the
Finger Lakes Region

Owasco Lake Emerson Park
Owasco Lake

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.

Eternal Flame Hiking Trail

Gorge Trails Eternal Flame 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.

Corbett’s Glen

Corbetts Glen
Corbetts Glen Nature Park in Brighton

Corbett’s Glen is a hidden green space in a suburban jungle, nestled in between an express way and 2 highly trafficked roads near the Penfield/Brighton Town border.

132 Things to Do Around Rochester, NY

We’ve pulled together a list of fun and unique things to do around Rochester, NY within two hours of home–perfect for quick getaways.

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Free Things to Do in Rochester

Our top 12 day trip ideas for unique, fun, and free things to do in Rochester will give you over 500 actual destinations to explore.

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30 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester

Sometimes you just need a fun, spontaneous adventure or quick getaway to refresh your day. Try one of these day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester.

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What are your top 10 day trips around Rochester?

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