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50 Things To Do This Winter

Thursday, December 27, 2018 10:00 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!

  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 and traditional Native American winter games at Ganondagan State Historic Site

Family Fun

  1. Take a mind-bending journey into the world of sound and music  at Rochester Museum & Science Center 

  2. Explore the Butterfly garden at The Strong 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. Be transported to the backyard of six-year-old Dottie “Doc” McStuffins at The Strong Museum of Play

  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!

  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 RPM 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. Escape to explore a virtual world at VeRacity VRcade--Rochester's premier virtual reality arcade

  8. Take a class and learn from local experts at the ROC Brainery

  9. Take advantage of the indoor fields at Total Sports Experience, Pinnacle Sports Arena,  and Tri-County Sports Complex

Stay Warm with Local Libations (21+)

  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, Young Lion Brewing Company, and more.

  4. Enjoy tasting flights, wine by the glass, cheese boards, chocolates, and nibbles at Rochester's only urban winery--Living Roots Wine & Co.

  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 Lake, Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake, and Cayuga Lake wine trails. Don't miss out on wine tastings at, Arbor Hill Winery, Heron Hill Winery, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, and Casa Larga Vineyards!

  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 Indoors

  1. Beat the winter doldrums with Dutch Connections—the George Eastman Museum’s annual floral display

  2. See the work of Claude Monet during the Waterloo Bridge 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 Hard Cell or The Magician's Daughter at Geva Theatre Center

  7. Listen to a performance by the Rochester Oratorio Society

  8. Sing along to the music of Carole King in Beautiful The Carole King Musical at the Rochester Broadway Theatre League

  9. Relax with a spa day at the Spa Elan at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, The Spa at the Del Monte, Strathallan Hotel & Spa, or del Lago Resort & Casino

  10. Catch a performance of Ordinary Days 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: The Magic of Light

  13. Enjoy the adventure during a performance based on the life of Amelia Earhart at KODAK Center

  14. Laugh out loud during a show at Comedy @ The Carlson

  15. See Lelsie Odom, Jr.  with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for a one-night-only engagement on January 18

  16. Attend a Festival of Trombones 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.