101 Day Trips from Rochester | Beyond the Nest (Rochester)

101 Day Trips from Rochester

Beyond the Nest has great ideas for a staycation in town and for road trips on less than a tank of gas from Rochester. We're full of ideas for travel as an individual, a couple or a family, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Explore Gardens

  Wickham Farms - Lavender days (July), Sunflower spectacular (August)
Stokoe Farms - Sunflower Experience (August)
Garnsey Road Arboretum
Sonnenberg Gardens
The Webster Arboretum at Kent Park
Maplewood Rose Garden
Bristol Hills Lavender & Flower Farm
Lavender Crest Farm

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Turning Point Park
Victor Hiking Trails
Letchworth State Park
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park
Watkins Glen

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  Genesee Country Village and Museum
  Susan B Anthony House
  Ganondagan State Historic Site
Herschell Carousel Factory Museum
Jell-o Gallery Museum
Seward House Museum
Mark Twain Study and Exhibit
Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum
Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame

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  Ontario Beach Park
  Hamlin Beach State Park
  Stony Brook State Park
  Kershaw Park
Buttermilk Falls State Park
Emerson Park
Robert H. Treman State Park
Chenango Valley State Park

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  Memorial Art Gallery
George Eastman Museum
Albright Knox Museum
Everson Museum of Art
Corning Museum of Glass
Rockwell Museum
Johnson Museum of Art
Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute
Antique Wireless Museum

 Explore These Towns  town png

East Aurora
Niagara on the Lake ( Don't forget your passport!)

 All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles transportation png

  New York Museum of Transportation
Edgerton Community Center Model Railroads
Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society 
Rochester and Genesee Valley Train Museum
Medina Railroad Museum
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
National Soaring Museum

 On the Water waterways png

  Colonial Belle
Genesee Waterways Center
Bay Creek Paddling Center
Sam Patch
Erie Canal Boat Company
Harbor Town Belle
Mid-Lakes Navigation
Oneida Lake Boat Rental
Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist
Chataqua Belle

 Sip into Something....  winery png

  Casa Larga
  Black Button Distilling
  J.D. Wine Cellers
Glenora Wine Cellars
Heron Hill Winery & Cafe
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
Vizcarra Vineyards
Swedish Hill Winery
Schultze Vineyards & Winery
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellar
Blackbird Cider Works
The Winery at Marjim Manor

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  Rochester Red Wings
  Rochester Knighthawks
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Sabres
Syracuse Mets
Binghamton Rumble Ponies

 The Science of...  science png

  Rochester Museum & Science Center
Strasenburgh Planetarium
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology
Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium
Museum of the Earth
Roberson Museum & Science Center
Kopernik Observatory & Science Center

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  Tinker Nature Park
Sonnenberg Gardens
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Cumming Nature Center
Taughannock Falls State Park
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Eternal Flame Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
Allegany State Park
Oquaga Creek State Park

 Perfect Picks (apples, pumpkins, fruit)  farm png

  Hurd Orchards
  G and S Orchards
  Gro-Moore Farms
Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour
Indian Creek Farm
Lone Maple Farm
Crooked Line Farm


Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Rochester. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away