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Top 10 Rochester Day Trips 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 Rochester Day Trip Locations

2017 Favorites: Stony Brook State Park NY

5. Stony Brook State Park

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.

Rochester Day Trips: Harriett Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area overlooking Honeoye Lake

4. Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area

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

Gorge Trails Buttermilk Falls Ithaca

3. Buttermilk Falls State Park

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!

Turning Point Park walking winter

2. 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 greater Genesee Riverway Trail.

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

1. Rochester’s Hidden Sidewalk

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 Rochester Day Trip Guides

Warner Castle Sunken Garden in shadow

5. 6 Hidden Places to Find This Weekend

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

Caboose Lyons NY
The Caboose in Lyons NY

4. 254 Highly Recommended Restaurants, Bakeries, and Bars

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

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

3. 37 Quirky Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions

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

Stony Brook State Park gorge trail

2. 74 Trails that Are Not Just a Walk in the Park

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

Chimney Bluffs State Park

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

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

Rochester Day Trips: Honorable Mentions

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

2017 Favorite Day Trips: Monroe County Libraries

9 Discounts Using the Library VIP Pass

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

Lilac Festival

212 Annual Events Around Rochester

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

High Falls Genesee River Rochester NY

21 Places to Visit After Heavy Rains

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

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

Erie Canal Lock 62

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.

Monroe County Parks Webster
Webster Park on Lake Ontario

20 Monroe County Parks

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

Water: Taughannock Falls
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.

Pick Your Own Blueberries
Pick Your Own Blueberries

9 U-Pick Seasons

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!

Scenic Keuka Lake Views Rooster Hill Vineyards
Rooster Hill Vineyards

29 Culinary Trails and Self-Guided Tours

From beer, wine and cheese culinary trails to barn quilt, cobblestone and farm self-guided tours, these itineraries help you plan your ultimate day trip!

Sonnenberg Gardens Japanese Tea Garden
Sonnenberg Gardens

40 Public Gardens

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

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.

Little Rock City in Rock City New York State Forest

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.

Meridian Centre Park

Meridian Centre Park

Meridian Centre Park is located off Winton Road. There are several points of access from the large parking area to the Erie Canal path.

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: Ontario County Park Gannett Hill

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.

Owasco Lake Emerson Park
Owasco Lake

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.

Gorge Trails Eternal Flame Trail

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.

Corbetts Glen
Corbetts Glen Nature Park in Brighton

Corbett’s Glen

Corbett’s Falls 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.

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