Seven Spring Things to Do in Rochester, NY

One of the nice things about Rochester is being able to enjoy all four seasons. Each year as winter fades into spring, we are ready for the flowers and fresh (warmer!) air that come with it. Here are a few things we look forward to doing as soon as spring has sprung in Rochester—we think you’ll love them, too.

1.) Get outside! There is nothing like a walk around a local neighborhood or park on one of the first warm, sunny days of spring. The perfect occasion to grab your sunglasses and get some steps in.

2.) Enjoy the Rochester Lilac Festival. Nothing says spring in Rochester like the Lilac Festival. This year’s festival will be held over three weekends in May and will feature food, drinks, vendors, and—of course, the city’s signature flower—while adhering to all county and state social distancing guidelines.

3.) Pick up some essentials (or treats!) at the Public Market. The Rochester Public Market is open year round on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and no matter what you’re looking for, you can find it at the market. Mask wearing and social distancing are required, and some vendors even offer delivery, pre-orders, and curbside pickup options to reduce contact as you’re collecting your must-haves for the week.

4.) Visit the Seneca Park Zoo. Rochester’s local zoo is open all year (except for a few holidays), but spring is an especially nice time to explore and learn about furry, scaled, and feathered friends. Tickets are limited each day to ensure safe conditions for all visitors.

5.) Head to a food truck rodeo. You’ll find several of our Rochester-area food trucks at events like the Lilac Festival, but you can also discover your new favorite treat at the monthly food truck rodeos held at the Rochester Public Market. The 2021 schedule is currently tentative, but we are hoping the trucks will be back in action this spring and summer.

6.) Take in some baseball at Frontier Field. Rochester is home to the Red Wings—the Triple A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The home opener is slated for May 18, and we are all eager to get back to cheering on our home team!

7.) Feel the ‘Seabreeze.’  Seabreeze Amusement Park sits on the shores of Lake Ontario and the Irondequoit Bay and first opened in 1879. It’s home to the country’s oldest, continuously running wooden rollercoaster—The Jack Rabbit—which turned 100 in 2020. The ride’s centennial will be celebrated this summer, as the park is slated to reopen in late May after last year’s closure due to Covid-19. (Don’t worry, The Jack Rabbit ran periodically even while the park was closed!)

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