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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.

Enjoy the great outdoors

Snow Sports: 5 Ways to Enjoy Winter in Rochester

Snow sports and other outdoor winter activities are a great way to shake the winter doldrums with exposure to fresh air, exercise, and sunshine.

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5 Hidden Places Around Rochester

We drive past some of Rochester’s most unique features every day, completely unaware that these hidden places are just minutes away from where we live.

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Niagara Falls, USA

Niagara Falls is beautiful year round, and I highly recommend going at different times throughout the year to witness the uniqueness of each season.

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33 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester

Our roadside waterfalls near Rochester are spectacular, and for some, you do not need to get out of your car. Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails.

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Taughannock Falls State Park

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.

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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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49 New York State Parks Within a 2-hour Drive of Rochester, NY

Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a 2-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them each unique!

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Town Parks: Our Favorite 5

These town parks have a unique offering of woods, wildlife, and water features to explore using pavement, hard-pack dirt, wood chips, gravel and boardwalk.

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48 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 to people to enjoy and learn from.

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Maple Syrup: 14 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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Mendon Ponds Park birdsong trail

212 Annual Events Around Rochester

These festivals & events around Rochester bring our community together throughout the year. Check out these annual events happening in JanuaryFebruaryMarch, and April. Specific ones that come to mind are Mendon Ponds Winterfest, Lakeside Winter Celebration (and Polar Plunge) at Ontario Beach Park, and Maple Syrup Weekend events.

Enjoy Wintertime in Rochester Indoors

32 Monroe County Libraries

Signing up for a free library card gives you access to all 32 Monroe County libraries! The Monroe Country Library System comprises town & village locations, Rochester Public Library branch locations, and the Central Library.

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Lamberton Conservatory

Tropical plants need tropical temperatures, so visiting Lamberton Conservatory in winter is a welcome escape from the cold!

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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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The 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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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, a place that can’t be described but must be seen, surprising, inspiring, and in some instances shocking.

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Art Museum of Rochester
Art Museum of Rochester, Monroe Ave

Or explore one of the 91 other museums around Rochester

public wall art greetings from Rochester

Start planning your warm-weather day trips!

Webster Park Pier frozen
Webster Park Pier

How do you find joy during wintertime in Rochester?

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