Let’s welcome the warmer weather and sunshine with open arms! There’s no better way to soak up the sun than getting out of the house and planning some fun activities with friends and family. There are so many beautiful sights to see and fun to be had around Rochester as the weather starts to warm up. Taking advantage of all that the city has to offer is a sure way to make these summer months memorable.
Rochester is known as the Flower City for a reason, so get out and smell those roses! Numerous floral displays can be seen at any of Rochester’s historic gardens or parks. Are you a nature lover? Highland Park is one place with some incredible sights to see and scents to take in. From gardens to conservatories and scenic estates, there are plenty of places to flex your green thumb knowledge. Several of Rochester’s museums also feature stunning flower gardens and landscapes ideal for an afternoon stroll. Don’t forget to check out any number of local festivals and markets when flowers are in full bloom!
Not only are the parks perfect for spotting the blooms, but they’re also great motivation to get in some exercise. Rochester boasts beautiful trails whether you’re looking to enjoy an easy walk or to lace up your hiking boots for a challenge! Visit the Erie Canal to take in some amazing scenery. The Erie Canalway Trail forms a large portion of the Empire State Trail, running from New York City through the Hudson River Valley to Lake Champlain. Here you can travel by foot, or even ride your bike along the paths provided for cycling, taking in not only beauty but history, as well. The Genesee Riverway Trail offers twenty-four miles of scenery through the heart of Rochester. Run, walk, or bike along this trail for views of the Genesee River, historic parks, and waterfalls. Heading outdoors and getting that blood flowing is both an instant mood booster and great way to bond with family or catch up with a friend!
The warm weather also brings the city to life with several outdoor events and festivals. Whether you’re a lover of food, music, or the arts, there is something to be enjoyed by everyone. The Corn Hill Arts Festival takes over historic streets with work from hundreds of artists as well as music and many family fun activities. Foodies may want to check out the Food Truck Rodeo at the Public Market which will take place several times throughout the summer months. Here you’ll find just about every cuisine imaginable from local eateries around our city.
A huge part of a city’s culture is music. Rochester certainly has a lot to offer when it comes to that. One of its major outdoor events is the Rochester Jazz Festival. Free music from some incredible artists fills the streets during this week-long event! The Rochester Public Market also has a free concert series called Bands on the Bricks! This is a great way to enjoy live music from local artists and food vendors at the same time. Looking for a more relaxed activity for the family? Check out Movies With a Downtown View. Pack a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a series of free movie showings downtown.
Don’t forget about what is quite possibly one of the best parts of warm weather days: dining outdoors. There’s no better combination than fresh air and a full stomach. Our city offers an array of breweries, many with fun outdoor games. Not a brews fan? Try wine tasting on a tour featuring gorgeous views along the Finger Lakes (my personal favorite activity!). Grab a meal at one of the Rochester area’s great outdoor eateries or even create a personalized outdoor dining experience by setting up a picnic in the park!
We all have to agree that whether you’re getting the family together, seeing an old friend, or planning a fun date, Rochester has it all. There’s something for everyone to have a good time and take in the beauty of our city, especially while the sun is shining and the skies are blue!