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 Trips: Locations
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.
Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area is located in the hills six miles south of Honeoye Lake.
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’s most striking feature is a 3,572 ft-long bridge over the Genesee River Turning Basin, part of the greater Genesee Riverway Trail.
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 Trips: Guides
While you’re out exploring, take time to enjoy one of these small family restaurants. Better still, pick a restaurant first, then plan your trip around it! This one just beat out 6 Hidden Places to Find This Weekend.
Some of these food destinations are well-established, while others are quickly becoming favorites as Rochester’s culinary scene explodes.
Here are a few unusual Rochester, Finger Lakes, Western and Central New York roadside attractions that make for an interesting day trip.
Check out these less populated, rustic, or unusual trails around Rochester that will inspire you to take a hike.
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!
Enjoy discounted admissions or ticket purchases at these destinations with the Monroe County Library System VIP Pass!
Centered on food, drink, music and culture, these festivals & events around Rochester bring our community together throughout the year.
Watch raging torrents flow over their banks and brinks after heavy rains for a spectacular, multi-sensory experience. Behold the power of water!
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 are free, so take advantage of 12,000 acres of natural, zoological, horticultural, historical and geological experiences!
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.
We drive past some of Rochester’s most unique features every day, completely unaware these hidden places exist!
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!
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!
Enjoy a peaceful afternoon at one of these arboretums, labyrinths or botanical gardens, all within a 2-hour drive of Rochester.
At Tinker Nature Park you can look for Tinker Bell in one of the 20+ miniature homes along the Fairy Trail, or take a meditation walk in the labyrinth.
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 is located off Winton Road. There are several points of access from the large parking area to the Erie Canal path.
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.
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.
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 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.