Though we hate to admit it, the end of the season is swiftly approaching. While we’re crossing our fingers as usual for an Indian summer, we know the unpredictability of the Rochester weather all too well.

Just because summer is wrapping up though, it doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to celebrate and get the most out of these last warm and sunny days. Check out a few of our best ideas for enjoying the end of summer in Rochester, and don’t forget to let us in on your own, too!

Host a Labor Day Cookout

Labor Day is commonly known as the last real summer holiday. Though many people take this as an opportunity to get in a final family vacation prior to the school year, why not stay home and and enjoy your own backyard?

Labor Day is an ideal time to host a cookout or picnic with family and friends. Celebrate the end of the season and give the kids one last hoorah before school starts. If you’re not keen on hosting in your backyard this year, check out some of Rochester’s finest parks and hold your cookout there. Just make sure someone brings the Zweigle’s!

Spend Time by the Water

Whether you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your very own backyard, or you prefer to take advantage of one of Rochester’s many beautiful lakes, spend some time by the water this summer. Soon enough it’ll be too windy for that short sleeved shirt and bathing suit, so get your tan on and jump in.

Go Downtown

Just because summer’s coming to a close doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty going on downtown. The Rochester Food Truck Rodeo is in business until the end of September, and Rochester’s Public Market is open 52 weeks a year.

Get downtown and explore before it’s too cold to leave the house!

Hit Up an Amusement Park

What better way to spend the last few days of summer than at an amusement park? Enjoy all your favorite rides and waterslides before they’re shut down for the fall/winter seasons. You’ll make memories that will get you through the entire winter in Rochester, and then you can do it all again.

Enjoy a Zweigle’s

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that really matter. While we think a Zweigle’s hot dog tastes pretty darn good all year round, there’s something special about indulging in one during the summer season. It’s a classic, and we don’t think there’s any better way to enjoy the end of the season than with your favorite local foods!

What’s your favorite way to spend the summer in Rochester?