Ice Fishing Conesus Lake

Wintertime in Rochester

It’s cold, it’s snowy, it’s dark. It’s wintertime in Rochester! Once the December holiday-honeymoon is over, Rochestarians have to find ways to enjoy what January, February, March, and possibly into early-April have in store for us.

Here are a few suggestions to help embrace our winter season.

Webster Park Pier frozen
Webster Park Pier

Enjoy the great outdoors

Our outdoor spaces take on new personalities in the winter.

There is a quiet serenity. The crunch of snow. The shadows cast from a sun low on the horizon. Birds that will eat from your hand in a desperate search for food. Partially-frozen creeks and falls; ice-covered piers. These are a few of my favorite things!

30 Winter Walks Around Rochester

These ideas for winter walks should motivate you to step outside for some fresh air and, with any luck, sunshine. So bundle up and get out there!

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Snow Sports: 6 Ways to Stay Active in Winter

Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, skating, and tubing are great snow sports to shake the winter doldrums with exposure to fresh air and sun.

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First Day Hike: 10 NYS Parks to Visit Jan. 1

Celebrate the New Year outdoors with a First Day Hike! Each of these local New York State parks offer a guided hike on January 1st.

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17 Hidden Places Around Rochester

Explore some of our hidden gems this week! There’s no time like the present to start checking some off these extraordinary places your list.

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32 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester

Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails. And for some, you do not need to get out of your car.

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Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls is the only gorge trail that remains open all year long, and is one of the most accessible waterfalls in New York State.

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20 Monroe County Parks

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

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52 Nature Centers, Preserves, Refuges, and Observatories Around Rochester

Our nature centers, wildlife preserves, management areas, etc., all serve to protect and sustain life, while making nature accessible.

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Maple Syrup: 12 Sweet Sugar Shacks

In March, local producers open their sugar shacks to the community to celebrate the innovative process of turning sap into syrup during Maple Syrup Weekend.

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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.

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Lamberton Conservatory bench
Lamberton Conservatory

Enjoy Wintertime in Rochester Indoors

Not every winter day is filled with sunshine. Very few of them in fact.

Take advantage of the ones that are, but for those gray days when you’re feeling winter’s funk, here are a few places that will either cheer you up or distract you from what’s outside.

Escape Winter: 5 Warm & Cozy Places

There are several places around Rochester with tropical temperatures or cozy environments to escape winter, at least for a few hours!

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Lamberton Conservatory

The Lamberton Conservatory Holiday Show is perfect for spending an hour or two in a calm, colorful space warmed to tropical temperatures.

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32 Monroe County Libraries

Signing up for a free library card gives you access to all 32 Monroe County libraries in towns, villages, the city, and Central Library.

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Books! 30+ Book Sellers, Groups, and Events for Rochester Bibliophiles

When reading books, the destination is the journey. You can travel the world, through all of time and space. Here are a few places to start your adventure!

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Rochester’s Fun Facts: Oldest, Original, Only, & More!

Rochester’s fun facts will inspire you to explore more. And these are just some of the historical tidbits that make Rochester special.

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Rochester Museum and Science Center

Between the star shows, laser shows, interactive exhibits, and Singing Tesla Coils, the Rochester Museum and Science Center will entertain you for hours!

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Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play has a wealth of interaction for toddlers, school-aged children and adults, including play-shopping at Wegmans!

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George Eastman Museum

The George Eastman Museum is a beautiful tribute to his life & legacy, and is the world’s oldest photography museum with one of the oldest film archives.

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12 Historic Small Movie Theaters

There is something about a 100-year-old small movie theater that enhances your experience and transcends you through space and time.

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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.

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ARTISANworks

I’ve heard ARTISANworks described as a walk-through kaleidoscope, a bombardment on the senses, a 360° canvas, a space that defies all boundaries.

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100+ Other Museums Around Rochester

Explore some lesser-know, off-the-beaten-path, and odd-collection museums around Rochester, like the ones dedicated to trains, planes, and brains!

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Canadice Lake kayaks
Canadice Lake

Start planning your warm-weather day trips!

Wintertime is the perfect time to daydream about your next adventures. Grab your notebook, a cuppa, a warm blanket, and curl up on the couch while you explore!

3-Day Getaways from Rochester

Spend less time traveling and more time exploring with these fantastic getaways from Rochester. They’re all within a two hour drive from home.

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Planning Your Next Rochester Day Trip

We’re always researching new ideas for your next Rochester day trip! Filter our day trips by drive-time, direction, or season.

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105 Resources for Rochester Day Trip Inspiration

This is where it all began: searching libraries, bookstores, travel information racks, the Internet, and friend’s experiences for Rochester day trip inspiration.

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Springtime in Rochester

There is no better way to usher in springtime in Rochester than with maple syrup, bird migrations, April showers, and May flowers!

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Opening in May for the Summer Season

Rochester is open for the season! We’re excited to enjoy the warmer days of springtime at our favorite places and businesses opening in May.

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3-Day Getaway Along Routes 5 and 20

Routes 5 and 20 is a beautiful 67-mile stretch of highway where NY-5 and US-20 converge, following an ancient foot trail of New York’s first people.

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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.

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The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail

The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail runs along the southern Lake Ontario shoreline, from Fort Niagara in Youngstown to Fort Ontario in Oswego.

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Street Art: Exploring Rochester’s Murals & Graffiti

The term street art means different things to different people. Here, we interpret street art to mean any outdoor, free, public wall art. 

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How do you find joy during wintertime in Rochester?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!

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COVID-19 NOTE: Some of the information you find in our articles may currently be inaccurate due to closures and cancellations.

Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home. The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly.