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 Tim Horton's IceplexDick’s House of Sport, or Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park

3. Hit the slopes at Bristol Mountain or Swain Ski Resort

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. Explore Cumming Nature Center's 12 miles of trails. Grab some snowshoe or ski rentals for added fun!

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

8. Say "WOW!" when you visit the Rochester Museum & Science Center's Survival of the Slowest exhibit 

9. Explore the Butterfly Garden at The Strong Museum of Play

10. Root for the home team with the Rochester Americans, the Rochester Knighthawks, or RIT Hockey at University Arenas at RIT 

11. Visit an indoor garden at the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park

12. Trek through the Skyline Climb at The Strong Museum of Play

13. Run, jump, and climb at Altitude Trampoline Park

14. Challenge the kids with arcade games at Clubhouse Fun Center

15. Make a visit to the Rochester Public Library, and see if your kids can find the elusive secret room in the children's section

Ready, Set, Go!

16. Warm-up with a rhythm riding cycling or power vinyasa flow yoga class at Compass Cycle & Flow

17. Venture through these iconic Monroe County Parks

18. Climb to new heights at RocVentures

19. Craft your own candle scents at Scents by Design

20. Compete with friends at Clubhouse Fun Center or Dave & Busters in Marketplace Mall

21. Soar with aerial yoga, bungee fitness, silk ribbons, and the flying trapeze with classes at Roc City Circus

22. Discover something new with Day Trips Around Rochester

23. Take a class and learn new skills from local experts at the Rochester Brainery

24. Take advantage of the indoor fields at Total Sports Experience and Tri-County Sports Complex

Stay Warm with Local Libations (21+)

25. Take a brewery tour with Crush Beer & Wine Tours, Rochester Pedal Tours, RocTours, or Sip Back and Relax Tours

26. Visit a Rochester/Finger Lakes brewery (or all of them!) Discover local beer at Fairport Brewing CompanyGenesee Brew HouseNine Spot BrewingRed White and BrewRohrbach Brewing CompanySager Beer WorksStrangebird, Young Lion Brewing, Three Heads Brewing, Copper Leaf Brewing, and more.

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

28. Sip a craft cocktail at Bar Bantam, Good Luck, Radio Social, RecreoThe Cub Room, Tapas 177Velvet Belly, and more.

29. 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, Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake, and Cayuga Lake wine trails. Don't miss out on wine tastings at 20 Deep WineryArbor Hill WineryCasa Larga VineyardsDeer Run Winery, and Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery!

30. Stop by for a tasting at Black Button Distilling—Rochester’s first craft distillery since Prohibition, or enjoy small-batch bourbon whiskey from Iron Smoke Distillery

31. 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

Brighten Your Day with Rochester Arts & Culture

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

33. Experience the Yayoi Kusama INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM -  LET'S SURVIVE FOREVER, 2017 at the Memorial Art Gallery

34. Stop by the Eastman School of Music for a student or faculty concert

35. Celebrate woman’s suffrage with a trip to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

36. Attend a poetry or book reading at Writers and Books

37. Get inspired by ARTISANworks's 500,000+ item collection

38. See a performance of A Christmas Carol or Dial M For Murder at Geva Theatre Center

39. Listen to a performance by the Rochester Oratorio Society

40. Enjoy a performance at Rochester Broadway Theatre League

41. Relax with a spa day at The Spa at Woodcliff, The Spa at the Del Monte, The Spa at The Lake House on Canandaigua, or Ape + Canary on Strathallan

42. Catch a performance of Les Liasons Dangereuses at Blackfriars Theatre

43. See an independent or foreign film at The Little Theatre and enjoy their delicious popcorn!

44. Attend Image City Photography Gallery’s latest exhibit, Holiday Show 2023!

45. See Kinky Boots the Musical at OFC Creations

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

47. Attend a performance of Gala Holiday Pops performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

48. Warm up by watching live glassmaking shows at the Corning Museum of Glass

49. Try your luck at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, or Del Lago Resort & Casino

50. Post pictures of your wintertime adventures! Don’t forget to tag us on social or use our hashtag #VisitROC.