10 Fun and Free Discoveries around Rochester

The Rochester area has a lot to offer. To kick-start your adventurous spirit, here are ten ideas of fun and free discoveries you can make without traveling far from home.

1 - See an authentic 17th century Seneca Indian bark longhouse at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor.

2 - Find where Irondequoit Creek flows under the Erie Canal. Follow the trail behind the little league field on Robbins Road, off East Street, Pittsford.


3 - Enjoy a wonderful view of downtown Rochester looking down the Genesee River, from Wilson Boulevard in the University of Rochester.

4 - Find the crossroads of the Erie Canal and Genesee River and discover four arched bridges in Genesee Valley Park.

5 - Let chickadees eat sunflower seeds out of your hand at Mendon Ponds Nature Center.

6 - Walk or bike through a large railroad tunnel under the New York State Thruway on the Auburn Trail in Victor.

7 - Find the graves of Susan B. Anthony, Hiram Sibley, John Jacob Bausch, Henry Lomb, Margaret Woodbury Strong, Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, Frederick Douglas, and many others at Mount Hope Cemetery.

8 - Visit the oldest standing cobblestone railroad building in the country – the cobblestone pumphouse in Fishers.

9 - See horses, ponies, donkeys, llamas, English fallow deer, geese, ducks, goats, and sheep at Lollypop Farm in Egypt.

10 - Visit an abandoned, 1855 double-lock from the Enlarged Erie Canal located behind Wegmans at Pittsford Plaza.

Details on these and many other free, fun adventures can be found in the books Take A Hike! Family Walks in the Rochester Area and Take Your Bike! Family Rides in the Rochester Area.

Take A Hike! Family Walks in the Rochester Area
Take A Hike! Family Walks in the Finger Lakes & Genesee Valley Region
Take Your Bike! Family Rides in the Rochester Area
Take Your Bike! Family Rides in the Finger Lakes & Genesee Valley Region 
Snow Trails -Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe in Central & Western NY

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