Springtime in the Flower City

Spring has officially sprung in Rochester. This is a great time of year – the weather warms up, the flowers bloom, and the sun shines past 8 p.m.!

Folks around here find ways to enjoy the outdoors all year round, but this is an especially good time to get outside and take advantage of what the city has to offer. Here are five spring activities we recommend students check out in Rochester.

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  • Go to a Red Wings game. The regular season of our hometown team (a Triple-A minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins) begins in April and lasts through Labor Day Weekend, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to grab some peanuts and Cracker Jacks at Frontier Field during your time at Simon.
  • Check out the Lilac Festival. Held each year in early May, nothing says spring like the Lilac Festival. The food vendors, artisans, and — of course — lilacs are all within walking distance of campus.
  • Shop at the Public Market. The market is open year round, but it’s extra special in the spring. Head out on Saturday morning (Tuesdays and Thursdays are also options if you don’t have class!) to grab some coffee and snacks while you stock up for the week ahead.
  • Grab a bite outdoors. We recommend you have at least one al fresco meal in our foodie city. In fact, two great options — Grappa and The Distillery — are in College Town, just a short walk from campus.
  • Go to Letchworth State Park. While this isn’t in the City of Rochester, it’s worth the drive. Find out for yourself why it earned the nickname “Grand Canyon of the East.”


This is just a taste of what Rochester has to offer. We hope you’ll spend a spring (or two!) with us so you can experience it for yourself!

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