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50 Things To Do This Winter

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 9:00 AM by Visit Rochester Staff

The list of things to do in Rochester this winter can be limitless! We’ve pulled together 50 activities that will keep you busy this season including outdoor and indoor activities, special events and so much more.

It’s time to bundle up!

Kettle Ridge Farm Maple Syrup

  1. Adopt-a-maple tree at Kettle Ridge Farm
  2. Go ice-skating at Bill Grey’s Iceplex or Martin Luther King Jr. Park
  3. Hit the slopes like a U.S Olympian at Swain Ski Resort or Bristol Mountain
  4. Taste the fruits of New York State at the Annual NYS Ice Wine Festival at Casa Larga Vineyards
  5. Enjoy fresh seasonal produce and other locally-made goodies at the Rochester Public Market
  6. Go on a Kohlfahrt, a traditional German winter cabbage walk, at the Genesee Country Village & Museum
  7. Enjoy a nature hike, sledding, snowshoeing and more in Monroe County’s more than 12,000 acres of parkland

Family Fun


  1. Unlock Life’s Genome Code at Rochester Museum & Science Center
  2. Explore the Butterfly garden at The Strong National Museum of Play
  3. Root for the home team with the Rochester Americans, Rochester Knighthawks and Rochester RazorSharks at the Blue Cross Arena
  4. Visit an indoor garden at the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park
  5. Enjoy the adventures of Fly Guy: The Musical at the JCC
  6. Challenge the kids with arcade games at Clubhouse Fun Center
  7. Engage with the instrumental petting zoo at Hochstein School of Music and Dance’s Music Mystery Tour

Ready, Set, Go!

Climbing at Rock Ventures, Rochester, NY

  1. Warm up with a welding or glass-making class at the Rochester Arc + Flame Center
  2. Jump it out at Altitude Trampoline Park
  3. Climb to new heights at Rock Ventures
  4. Zoom into first place at Pole Position Raceway
  5. Or, stop on by Dave & Busters, which is right next door at Marketplace Mall
  6. Perfect your game during the off-season at Avid Indoor Golf
  7. Beat the clock to solve the mystery at The Great Escape Room or Rochester Escape Room
  8. Take a class and learn from local experts at the ROC Brainery
  9. Take advantage of the indoor fields at Total Sports Experience and Pinnacle Sports Arena

Stay Warm with Local Libations (21+)

Pick up your passport at Black Button Distilling in Rochester, NY

  1. Bundle up and explore the Seneca Park Zoo during ZooBrrrew
  2. Take a brewery tour with Crush Beer & Wine Tours or TourROC Brewery Tours
  3. Visit a Rochester/Finger Lakes brewery (or all of them!) Discover local beer at the Genesee Brewery, Rohrbachs, Roc Brewing, CB Craft Brewers, and more.
  4. Take a cooking class or tasting class at the New York Wine and Culinary Center
  5. Hit the trails—the wine trail that is! During our coldest season warm up with a visit to one of several local wine trails, including Lake Ontario, Canandaigua LakeKeuka Lake, Seneca Lake, and Cayuga Lake wine trails. Don't miss out on wine tastings at Heron Hill Winery and Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery!
  6. Stop by for a tasting at Black Button Distilling—Rochester’s first craft distillery since Prohibition 
  7. Enjoy live music, local beer, and wine while shopping at the Record Archive—the first record store in New York State to serve beer and wine
  8. Create original art while sipping on regional Finger Lakes beer and wine at ROC Paint Sip

Enjoy the Great IndoorsGeorge Eastman Museum Dutch Connection

  1. Beat the winter doldrums with Dutch Connections—the George Eastman Museum’s annual floral display
  2. See the work of Bill Viola with the Martyrs—Earth, Air, Fire, and Water exhibit at the Memorial Art Gallery
  3. Stop by the Eastman School of Music for a student or faculty concert
  4. Celebrate woman’s suffrage with a trip to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
  5. Attend poetry or book reading at Writer and Books
  6. See a performance of The Diary of Anne Frank at Geva Theatre Center
  7. Listen and vote in the Rochester Oratorio Society’s Annual “Classic Idol” singing competition
  8. Dance and sing along to the music of Emilio and Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet! at the Rochester Broadway Theatre League
  9. Relax and stimulate your senses with a float at Bodymind Float Center
  10. Catch a performance of the Pulizter- and Tony-award winning play Glengarry Glen Ross at Blackfriars Theatre
  11. Think “Movie Monday” at the Little Theatre—it’s just $5.00 to attend a Monday show
  12. Attend Image City Photography Gallery’s latest exhibit titled: Community
  13. Travel back in time with JCC Rochester CenterStage to enjoy the music of the late 1960s with The Hit Makers: And the Beat Goes On
  14. Watch classic princess tail of Cinderella brought to life with the Rochester City Ballet
  15. See superstar Audra McDonald with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for a one-night-only engagement on January 25
  16. Attend the 50th Anniversary Alumni Show at Nazareth College Arts Center
  17. Warm up by watching live glassmaking shows at the Corning Museum of Glass
  18. Try your luck at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, Del Lago Resort & Casino, or the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
  19. Post your #VisitROC pictures! Don’t forget to tag us on social or use our hashtag (#VisitROC) to share how you’re ROCking this winter.
Author: Visit Rochester Staff

Visit Rochester staff share the inside scoop on Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.