The infamy of Rochester’s winters overshadows its beautiful summers. Rochesterians are lucky to have moderate temperatures in the summertime and an abundance of ways to enjoy them. Here is my top 5 for activities that get you outdoors in the summertime.
1. Sample Local Wines on the Finger Lakes Wine Trails: Rochester is surrounded by the finger lakes: 11 long, skinny parallel glacial lakes. Aside from being beautiful to swim in and bike and hike around, they help to provide the right climate for viticulture. Going on a wine tour is the perfect combination of enjoying the natural beauty of the region and supporting local industry.
2. Hike the Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario: Not only doing we have Finger Lakes, but Rochester also boasts a Great Lake coastline: Ontario. Take a trip to the Chimney Bluffs State Park and hike this martian like landscape.
3. Go to the Farmer’s Market: Local farmers sell their goods at different area markets depending on the day of the week. The Rochester Public Market is probably the most well known and visited but there are other small markets throughout Rochester. My favorite is the Brighton Farmer’s Market at the Brighton High School on Sundays. Peruse the stands and pick up some fresh produce!
4. Kayak or Canoe the Genesee River and Erie Canal: Genesee Waterways Center rents kayaks and canoes from their boathouse on the Genesee River in Genesee Valley Park (across the bridge from campus) and Lock 32 in Pittsford where you can explore their whitewater park!
5. See the Falls in Letchworth State Park: Letchworth, also known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” is about an hour away from Rochester by car. There are three beautiful waterfalls to see, one of which is over 600 ft!