Rochester, NY- Lets be real-this year is a challenge for all of us and now more than ever we need ideas of things we can do. Summer was easier to keep busy. You could ride your bike down the Pittsford Canal, hike the Abraham Lincoln White Trail, or even take your dog out for ice cream to your favorite local ice cream shop. Winter is different. So different! It's cold to be outdoors and indoor activities, as we already know, are limited. Here is a list of exicing things you can do in Rochester, NY this winter!
1. Visit local street light displays.
Christmas lights are a perfect way to brighten everyone's holiday spirit! Not only that but it is hard work to put on an outstanding light show for your neighbors so why not drive by to some of this year's most talked about light displays. Not only will it lighten up your holiday spirit, but it will support those hard working and creative masterminds behind these over the top displays. Here are some of the best local Christmas light displays:
- Beauclaire Lane, Perinton
- Rahway Road, Gates
- Colony Lane, Henrietta
- Stonebridge Lane, Pittsford
- Endicar Drive, Irondequoit
- Middle Road, Henrietta
- Buckskin Drive, Victor - this one is neighborhood goals. There are many houses that are lit up and all synced to Christmas music on the same radio station.
2. Take a day trip to Bristol Mountain.
Bundle up buttercup, you're going to be cold! Whether you are a beginner and want to take on skiing or snowboarding, an expert that is ready to hit up the highest slopes, or you just want to enjoy the view, it is never a bad idea to spend the say at Bristol Mountain. They even have group lessons if you are a beginner looking to brush up your skills before you hit a slope.
Why is Bristol Mountain so special? According to them "Bristol Mountain is the premier ski resort in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York that offers 1200’ of vertical, 2 high speed quads, and state-of-the-art snowmaking." Bristol Mountain Ski Center has been up and running since 1964 and provides its visitors with many family friendly winter activities.
Bristol Mountain Address:
Bristol Mountain is located at 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, NY 14424.
3. Visit nationally known museums.
As mentioned previously, Rochester, NY has great history behind it therefore, there are lots of new things you can learn when exploring the city. Before heading over to one of the mentioned attactions below, make sure you first check out the COVID restrictions.
Let's take a close look at all that Rochester has to offer.
- George Eastman Museum is the estate of the well known American entrepreneur, George Eastman. Eastman was the founder of Easman Kodak Company and the man who changed the digital world in more ways than one. In fact, the George Eastman Museum is the wold's oldest photography museum and not only will you be able to see where Mr. Eastman lived for over 30 years, but there are plenty of exhibits, galleries, tours of the garden, music recitals, and much more to see and experience. Of course, you may want to check in on how COVID has impacted some of these but it's something worth looking into.
- The Susan B. Anthony house is yet another one of Rochester's greatest places to visit. Susan B. Anthony was an American civil rights leader and an icon for women's freedom. Not only is this where Susan B. Anthony lived but also the site of her arrest in 1872. Although there are limitations on tours of the home due to COVID, it is still a great place to visit this winter. Check it out and get inspired on how one person can change the world!
- Rochester Museum & Science Center, established in 1912, is yet another great way to spend a couple hours out of the house and learn new things! While only open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the Rochester Museum & Science Center has taken many precautions to make their museum a safe place to the public.
- Strong National Museum of Play, the home of the National Toy Hall of Fame, is Rochester's most popular and nationally known Museum. There you can find really old toys, play around with hands on activities, and even visit a mini Wegmans. While this may sound like a great place for kids, there a lots to see even if you're an adult.
4. Support local farmers and small businesses at the Rochester Public Market.
Located in Rochester's downtown, the Rochester Public Market is home of some of the city's best produce. Not only will you be able to find fresh, seasonal produce, but there are many small and locally owned coffee shops, bakeries, and restaurants to support in these difficult times. This is also a great place to pick up a gift for someone special this holiday season while also supporting the community's small business owners. The Rochester Public Market has limited hours and their busiest time is on Saturday mornings.
5. Make a snowman or go ice skating in Rochester's Highland Park.
If you're from the area, you very well know that Rochester welcomes snow and lots of it. I mean, do we even have a choice? Yes, you can make a snowman in your front yard and call it a day but we have all been stuck in our homes since March and visiting Rochester's most well known park sounds a lot more exciting. While Highland Park is mostly known for its yearly Lilac Festival in the spring, there are of things plenty to do even in the winter. While making a snowman sounds exciting, you can also go ice skating at the Park's rink located at Lily Pond, on South Avenue near School #12. Know that there are no ski rental here so you must bring your own. Also, be sure to check Monroe County's website or call for daily rink condition and hours of operation.
Disclaimer: None of the suggestions above encourage large social gatherings. Be sure to follow all public health percautions and guidelines that will help eep you, your family, and community safe.