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

101 MORE Day Trips from Rochester


Great ideas for a staycation in town or for road trips for less than a tank of gas from Rochester. Beyond the Nest is 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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Drive to the Greens 


Ravenwood - Victor
The Links at Greystone - Walworth
Mill Creek - Churchville
Reservoir Creek - Naples
Holiday Valley - Ellicottvillle
Seven Oaks at Colgate - Hamilton
Golf Courses at Turning Stone - Verona
Leatherstocking Golf - Cooperstown


Women in History 

  National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House - Rochester
  Ganondagan State Historic Site - Victor
Women's Rights National Historical Park - Seneca Falls
National Women's Hall of Fame - Seneca Falls
Elizabeth Cady Stanton House - Seneca Falls
Howland Stone Store Museum - Aurora
Harriet Tubman Home - Auburn
Matilda Joslyn Gage Home - Fayetteville
Letchworth Museum and Council Grounds (Mary Jemison, White Woman of the Genesee) - Castile


Tables, Tracks, and Entertainment 

  Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel - Batavia
  Del Lago Resort & Casino - Waterloo
  Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack - Farmington
  Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel - Vernon
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Niagara Falls
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino - Buffalo
Turning Stone Resort & Casino - Vernon
Tioga Downs - Nichols


Have a Bloomin' Day 

  Highland Park and Lamberton Conservatory - Rochester
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site - Canandaigua
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens - Buffalo
Cutler Botanic Garden - Binghamton
Cornell Botanic Gardens - Ithaca


 It's All Downhill from Here 

  Bristol Mountain Resort - Canandaigua
  Brantling Ski Slopes - Sodus
Holiday Valley Ski Area - Ellicottville
Greek Peak Mountain Resort - Cortland
HoliMont Ski Area - Ellicottville
Kissing Bridge - Glenwood
Swain Resort - Swain
Song Mountain - Tully


Sip Into Something...  and 

  Genesee Brew House - Rochester
Muller's Cider House - Rochester
Rohrbach - Rochester
New York Kitchen - Canandaigua
Honeoye Falls Distillery - Honeoye Falls
Arbor Hill - Naples
Finger Lakes Cider House - Interlaken
Lakewood Vineyards - Watkins Glen
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards - Hector
Thousand Islands Winery - Alexandria Bay


Sustainable, Locally-Sourced Dining 

  Lento - Rochester
Good Luck Restaurant - Rochester
The Owl House - Rochester
Hurd Orchards - Holley
New York Kitchen - Canandaigua
The Restaurant at Elderberry Pond - Auburn
Moro's Table - Auburn
Suzanne's Fine Regional Cuisine - Lodi
Red Newt Bistro - Hector
Agava Restaurant - Ithaca
Moosewood Restaurant - Ithaca


 In the Spirit - Art in Religious Settings 

  St. Stanislas Koska Church (Austrian stained glass windows) - Rochester (See tour for details of artwork)
  Asbury First United Methodist Church - Rochester
  St. Mary's  - Rochester (Tiffany Window)
Willard Memorial Chapel (Tiffany interior) - Auburn
Trinity Church - Seneca Falls
Christ Episcopal Church (Tiffany & Stained Glass Windows)  - Hornell
Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica - Buffalo
Garrrett Memorial Chapel - Penn Yan 
First Presbyterian Church (Tiffany interior) -  Bath
Christ Episcopal Church (Tiffany & Stained Glass Windows)  - Corning

Please note: We would love to add art in other religion's spiritual settings. If you know of temples or mosques or other spiritual settings that have sculpture or visual art and that allow visitation, please let us know and we would be happy to add them.

Historic Homes, Legendary People 

  George Eastman Museum - Rochester
  Rose Hill Mansion - Geneva
William Seward Museum - Auburn
Darwin Martin House Complex - Buffalo
Graycliff - Derby
Phelps Mansion Museum - Binghamton
Governor Reuben Fenton Mansion & Historical Center - Jamestown
Hyde Hall - Cooperstown
McClurg Mansion Museum - Westfield


 You Light Up My... 

  Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society - Rochester
Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum - Sodus Point
Braddock Point Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast - Hilton
Salmon River Lighthouse & Marina - Pulaski


 Putt-er Around at Miniature Golf 

  Parkside Whispering Pines (Oldest in U.S.)- Irondequoit
Wickham Farms Mini Golf - Penfield
Shipwreck Golf Amusement Center - Cortland
Adventure Landing - Buffalo
Big Don's Mini Golf - Cicero
Jungle Mini Golf at Thunder Island - Fulton
Monster Mini Golf - Amherst
Chuckster's Family Fun Park - Vestal
River Golf - Clayton


 For the Birds 

  Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area - Rochester
  Washington Grove in Cobbs Hill Park - Rochester
  Lucien Morin Park - Rochester
  Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge - Basom
  Tifft Nature Preserve - Buffalo
Montezuma Wildlife Refuge - Montezuma
Letchworth State Park - Castile (entrance also a Mt. Morris)
Derby Hill Bird Conservatory - Mexico
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Ithaca

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!  For even MORE Ideas, see our original list "101 Day Trips from Rochester."

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