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101 Family Day Trips from Rochester



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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


Get Wild on a Hike  


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


Talk To the Animals 

  Seneca Park Zoo
  Buffalo Zoo
  Aquarium of Niagara
Rosamund Gifford Zoo
Hidden Valley Animal Adventure


Time Travel Today  

  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


Splash into Some Fun  

  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


Spend the Day at a Museum  

  The Strong National Museum of Play
George Eastman Museum
Albright Knox Museum
Explore and More Children's Museum
Corning Museum of Glass
Rockwell Museum
Johnson Museum of Art
Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute


Explore These Towns  

East Aurora


 All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 

National Warplane Museum
  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 

  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
Chautauqua Belle


Challenge Yourself

  Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  Memorial Art Gallery
  The Great Escape Room
RocVentures Climbing Gym
Ice Skating at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex


Play Ball!  

  Rochester Red Wings
Rochester Amerks
  Rochester Knighthawks
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Sabres


The Science of...

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


Connect with Nature  

  Grifiss Sculpture Park
Sonnenberg Gardens
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Cumming Nature Center
Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Eternal Flame Falls
Niagara Falls State Park


Perfect Picks (apples, pumpkins, fruit)  

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


Treat Yo' Self 

  Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream
  Eat Me Ice Cream
Nestins Ice Cream
Cheesy Eddie's
Reminisce Soda Fountain
Savoia Pastry Shoppe


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, email our publisher, Debra Ross.

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