Spring may still be a few weeks away, but there’s no better time than the present to start preparing for the new season. There’s countless things to do in Rochester over the next few months, so check out some of our top picks below and let yourself start dreaming of the warm, sunny days ahead!
1. Explore Finger Lakes Wine Country
Did you know that the Finger Lakes Wine Country is home to over 100 wineries? With three amazing wine trails all conveniently located right in Rochester’s backyard, what better way is there to celebrate the turn of the season than by indulging in some of Rochester’s finest fare?
2. Go Skiing at Bristol Mountain
Anyone who’s lived in Rochester for a period of time knows that the snow is almost always likely to stick around into the spring. Take advantage of some of the beautiful mountains in the area and hit the slopes before the snow melts for good this year.
3. Eat Your Way Through One of Rochester’s Food Truck Rodeos
We can’t pass up the opportunity for some delicious food, and luckily Rochester’s popular Food Truck Rodeos are almost back. Starting in April, you’ll be able to hit up the Rochester Public Market once a month and taste all the best that Rochester has to offer.
4. Shop Local at the Rochester Public Market
The Rochester Public Market is open all year round, but there’s no denying that it’s a bit more enjoyable to wander around during the warmer months. Head on over any Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday to shop local and take care of all your grocery needs.
5. Tour the Lamberton Conservatory
Come check out the tropical floral displays at the Lamberton Conservatory. They’re a great contrast to the sometimes gloomy forecast in Rochester, and they’re sure to tide you over until summer finally arrives here in NY.
6. See a Red Wings Game
Don’t miss the Rochester Red Wings’ first home game of 2019! See the complete schedule and get your tickets now.
7. Have a Cookout
Our favorite way to celebrate spring in Rochester is to keep it simple with a tasty spring cookout. Just break out the Zweigle’s, and you’ll have yourself a party in no time.
8. Watch a Laser Lights Show at the Rochester Museum & Science Center
Prepare to be amazed when you book tickets for a laser light show at the Rochester Museum & Science Center. For under $15 you can see an incredible 50 minute show at the planetarium while also getting to listen to your favorite music from bands like The Beatles and Pink Floyd.
9. Go to the Seneca Park Zoo
Get outside and celebrate spring in Rochester with a trip to the Seneca Park Zoo. There’s always something new to learn, and the zoo hosts plenty of special events all year round.
10. Bike Along the Erie Canal
Take advantage of Rochester’s Erie Canal this spring with a bike ride along the many pathways surrounding the canal. It’s not only a great way to get outside and exercise, but it’s also a fun way to explore Rochester and its surrounding towns.
11. Take a Cruise on the Colonial Belle
Soak in the beauty of spring in Rochester with a trip down the canal on the Colonial Belle. With new special events always being added, it’s something you’ll never forget.
12. Spend a Day at Sea Breeze
It may be challenging to picture yourself splashing in the wave pool at Sea Breeze while there’s still snow on the ground, but the park does open in May. Warm weather and springtime fun really is just around the corner.
13. Head to the Beach
When the weather warms up in Rochester, more people flock to the water than not. The area is known for its wonderful lakes, so take advantage of it with a quick trip to Ontario Beach Park. Just don’t forget to pack a sweatshirt in case it’s a little chilly by water still!
14. Visit the Strong National Museum of Play
The Strong National Museum of Play is both a classic and beloved Rochester attraction. Make sure to add this to your spring bucket list now!
15. Attend the Rochester Lilac Festival
Believe it or not, people travel from all over the world to attend the Rochester Lilac Festival. With countless local vendors, delicious food, and plenty of free music, you can’t pass up this annual Rochester tradition.
What are your favorite things to do in Rochester during the spring? Did we miss anything?