Fall Fun in Rochester

The following blog post was written by Isaac Goodling, 2016 MBA Candidate

If you know someone from Upstate New York, there is a good chance that you have heard them refer to the pleasure of having “all four seasons.” While this is admittedly a bit clichéd, it does not make it any less true – particularly when the fall season hits Rochester. Marked by crisp, cool nights and warm, sunny days, fall combines the natural beauty of the leaves changing with an unparalleled array of fun activities in the area. Here are just a few activities you might want to check out this fall season:

River Campus, University of Rochester

River Campus, University of Rochester

  • If this is your first year in the Northeast, the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain is a must-see. The Comet Express chairlift offers a 20-minute ride to the summit of Bristol Mountain, where you can take in outstanding views of Bristol Hills and fall foliage.
  • Rochester is known as the “Festival City,” and festival season continues through October with the Chestnut Festival at Goose Watch Winery (October 17). The free event includes food and drinks, live music and lawn games.
  • Upstate New York is well known for growing apples, and the Rochester region is no exception. There are many local options to pick your own produce: G and S Orchards offers apples, pumpkins and strawberries in the fall, while Stokoe Farms offers a truly unique Western New York experience with their Buffalo Bills corn maze!
  • If you prefer your apples in liquid form, check out the Finger Lakes Cider House in Interlaken, New York. Featuring live music every Friday night, the Cider House carries an array of ciders (hard and otherwise) from five breweries in the Finger Lakes, as well as food prepared exclusively from locally-sourced ingredients.

As a student it can be easy to get caught up in the “Simon bubble” of schoolwork and job searching, but it is important to get out and explore all that the area has to offer. Enjoy the fall season!

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  1. Paul says:

    I know this article is a little bit old, but as we get started with this years Fall season, I thought I would stop by and drop a comment to say I can 100% say that all of the listed activities are as fun for Rochester residents as they are for visitors!