immerse yourself in the fun of...
immerse yourself in the fun of the Lilac Festival at Highland Park in May. The festival signals the arrival of spring and people gather to savor the exotic fragrance of lilacs, partake an endless array of food and enjoy an extensive variety of musical entertainment.
In downtown Rochester, the Upper Falls of the Genesee River is the main attraction. Every Fri and Sat night, people crowd to watch the laser show flashing laser display and music beside the Fall. You might also want to dine and party at one of the chains of clubs or restaurants nearby - Jillian, Tonic, Bug Jar, Centers at High Falls, to name a few.
You surely won't want to miss the Letchworth State Park, located 40 miles south of Rochester (Take I-390S). Named 'The Grand Canyon of the East', Ah huh! the park is simply spectacular and picturesque. Couldn't sound better than that.
West of Rochester lies Buffalo (not the animal). The Niagara county in the vicinity is where the gorgeous Niagara Falls is, accessible from Rochester via I-104W or I-90W Thruway, reachable within 2 hrs. And if you're crazy for heart throb fun, Six Flag Darien Lake southwest of Rochester (Take I-90W to Exit 48->98S->20W->77N) will be your best bet.
I'd say fall should be the best season to visit the Finger Lakes region, southeast of Rochester. The Halloween ambience and the orangy red nature create an excellent backdrop on a picture, and the weather condition is just perfect for outdoor activities. Embraced by the waters of Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, the region offers the pleasure of such outdoor fun as sailing, windsurfing, biking, fishing, nature hiking and picnicking. And if you're hunting for a bottle or two of white/red for the day, or even crates to last till Christmas, the wineries that populate the region surely will not disappoint you. I'd recommend you to try 'Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 23' winery located along east coast of Seneca Falls. They offer free wine tasting and pop corns to accompany your sip. One of the region's state parks - Taughannock Falls State Park is home to the Taughannock Falls which plunges 215 feet into a canyon eroded by Taughannock Creek. Not to mention this outstanding natural attraction's height beats that of the Niagara Falls.