2017 Favorite Day Trips: Rochester Secret Hidden Sidewalk in Charlotte along Beach Ave

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 Trips: Locations

Rochester Day Trips: 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.

Rochester Day Trips: Buttermilk Falls State Park NY

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!

Rochester Day Trips: Turning Point Park in Rochester NY along the Genesee Riverway Trail

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.

s: Rochester Secret Hidden Sidewalk in Charlotte along Beach Ave

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 Trips: Guides

Rochester Day Trips: Highland Park Diner in Rochester NY

5. 147 Small Family Restaurants, Diners, Cafés, Pubs, and Ice Cream Parlors

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.

Rochester Day Trips: Highly recommended restaurants around Rochester, NY: Havana Cabana

4. 95 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 Day Trips: Rochester Roadside Attractions - Wilkeson Pointe Park whirligigs in Buffalo NY

3. 30 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.

Rochester Day Trips: Monroe County Park: Lehigh Valley Trail Rush NY

2. 45 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.

Rochester Day Trips: Watkins Glen State Park NY

1. 47 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!

Rochester Day Trips: Library VIP Pass from Scottsville NY

9 Discounts Using the Library VIP Pass

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

2017 Favorite Day Trips: 154 Annual Events Around Rochester | Centered on food, drink, music and culture, these festivals & events around Rochester bring our community together throughout the year.

174 Annual Events Around Rochester

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

2017 Favorite Day Trips: Littleville Falls

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!

2017 Favorite Day Trips: Erie Canal Lock 62

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.

2017 Favorite Day Trips: Webster Park Monroe County NY

20 Monroe County Parks

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

2017 Favorite Day Trips: Taughannock Falls - Cayuga Lake

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.

2017 Favorite Day Trips: Warner Castle Sunken Garden

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!

2017 Favorite Day Trips: Pick Your Own Strawberries

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!

Inspire Moore Naples NY

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!

MacKenzie Childs

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

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

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 Center Park Rochester NY

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.

Jump Off Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill

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.

Conesus 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.

Eternal Flame Gorge Trail Chestnut Ridge Park Buffalo

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

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.

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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