Free & Cheap Things to Do in Rochester, NY

  • The list below includes 34 free or cheap things to do in or near Rochester, New York, including 34 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Bowling, Nature & Wildlife Areas and Parks.
  • From Highland Park to Mount Hope Cemetery, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Rochester and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Canandaigua, Henrietta, Penfield and Brighton.
  • The list below includes 34 free or cheap things to do in or near Rochester, New York, including 34 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Bowling, Nature & Wildlife Areas and Parks.
  • From Highland Park to Mount Hope Cemetery, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Rochester and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Canandaigua, Henrietta, Penfield and Brighton.
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Wine & Design - Rochester 4165 Buffalo Road, Suite E, Rochester, NY MoreLess Info
Local artists lead wine-sipping guests brushstroke by brushstroke through the creation of a painting
2.0 Miles
96% 341 votes
Gardens 171 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 MoreLess Info
Covering 150 acres, the Highland Park is best known for hosting the Lilac Festival. In here there are found a conservatory, memorials, gardens, and other amenities and facilities. Some of these can be rented for private events, such as weddings.
2.3 Miles
96% 306 votes
Cemeteries 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY MoreLess Info
Covering 196 acres and established in 1838, the Mount Hope Cemetery is the first Victorian municipal cemetery in America. Since then, approximately 350,000 locals have found their final resting place in here.
6.7 Miles
76% 141 votes
Parks 4799 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY 14612 MoreLess Info
Spend a perfect day on the beach when you visit Ontario Beach Park, with 39-acres of greenery and waterfront access. Your family will enjoy swimming, hiking, picnicking, and biking, and for a fee ride the carousel.
3.1 Miles
90% 68 votes
Running/Jogging 200 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14611 MoreLess Info
The 16-mile Genesee Riverway Trail runs from the Erie Canal through downtown to Lake Ontario. The trail runs through nine historic districts and passes through or near 12 city parks along the Genesee River.
2.3 Miles
90% 86 votes
Parks Culver Road and Norris Drive, Rochester, NY MoreLess Info
Cobbs Hill Park is 109 acres and includes a reservoir, tennis and basketball courts, a baseball diamond, a loop for running or walking and many trails. The park also features a collection of lilacs and original tree plantings.
0.3 Miles
70% 128 votes
Waterfalls 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 MoreLess Info
Three different waterfalls are contained within the City of Rochester's Letchworth State Park with the tallest being the Genesee River's High Falls. It is 97 feet high and can be viewed from a general park area near the falls.
1.1 Miles
92% 106 votes
Flea Markets 280 N. Union Street, Rochester, NY MoreLess Info
Serving the community since 1905, the Rochester Public Market is held 52 weeks a year on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Fresh produce, specialty items, and ethic delicacies are available at the numerous vendors.
2.0 Miles
93% 92 votes
Nature & Wildlife Areas 180 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester, NY MoreLess Info
As an indoor botanical garden, Highland Botanical Park & Lamberton Conservatory features a mix of tropical and desert plants ranging from cacti to ferns. Visitors are welcome to walk through the garden, which has heating in the winter.
5.8 Miles
90% 81 votes
Nature & Wildlife Areas Lake Shore Blvd & Zoo Rd, Rochester, NY 14602 MoreLess Info
Spanning 977 acres on the shores of Lake Ontario, Durand Eastman Park features extensive woodlands with lakes, slopes, and valleys. The park offers opportunities for fishing, golfing, kayaking, and cross country skiing.
0.7 Miles
96% 1489 votes
Children's Museums One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607 MoreLess Info
Hundreds of thousands of toy-related items are found in the collection at the National Museum of Play at The Strong, including in here the largest collection of dolls in the world. Among the attractions in here, there can mentioned the Discovery Garden, the aquarium reef tanks, and the Reading Adventureland.
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