Fun Events in Rochester This Summer

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Rochester has it all during the summer months. With beautiful terraced cafés, riverside rambles and plenty of activities across the Great Lake Ontario, you’ll be spoilt for choice during your stay at our pet friendly hotel near Rochester.

Furthermore, the Canada border neighboring New York City has a cooler temperature, remaining mild throughout the summer months. This has the added benefit of allowing you to bask in warm weather and the natural beauty of the area without heavy heat depleting your energy.


All of this combined makes Rochester the perfect family vacation spot, and whilst many summer events have come and gone, there’s still plenty to look forward to over the next two months.

Guests looking to book hotels in Rochester NY will have their work cut out for them when it comes to late summer events. From sporting activities to amusement parks, here’s your quintessential guide to getting the most out of the holiday period.

Genesee Valley Nature trails

nature trailThe Genesee Valley Nature Trail spans about 90 miles across New York State, and includes part of the nearby Erie Canal, just to the south of Rochester. These beautiful green tracks are perfect for hiking, cycling and horse riding, and are perfect for families looking to soak in some of the beautiful landscapes surrounding the city.

Hire a boat on Lake Ontario

boat in lake ontarioLake Ontario is the 14th largest in the world and is one of the 5 Great Lakes of North America. It also just so happens to be situated right on the shores of Rochester! With the nearby Port of Rochester offering up a marina and plenty of boating opportunities, you and your family can swim, fish and sail along the vast stretches of the “Sweetwater Sea”.

Seabreeze Amusement and Waterpark

Whilst our Rochester Hotel Deals are perfect for families, there are great value discounts available at the Seabreeze Amusement Park on Irondequoit Bay. Here you’ll find discounts of up to 50 percent for families, giving you even more reason to enjoy the thrilling water park alongside some of the oldest roller coasters in the world. Dating back to the 1920s, Seabreeze still thrills families the world over.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park

30 minutes outside of Rochester is the beautiful Sonnenberg Gardens, a beautiful botanic garden which joins onto the Victorian Mansion originally owned by Frederick and Mary Clark Thompson, a husband and wife pairing of banker and philanthropist, who lived through the Victorian era. Open since 1973, Sonnenberg Gardens has wowed over 35,000 guests a year with its rich history and relaxing landscapes.

Sterling Renaissance Festival

The Sterling Renaissance Festival gives guests a chance to come face-to-face with live jousting tournaments and a slice of medieval history for all the family.

With its thrilling performances spanning up to 100 daily stagings, the festival also delivers rides, artisan crafts and a range of traditional games. With great food and craft beers, the Sterling Renaissance Festival is just that – Sterling! Hurry though, the festival only runs through August, although those visiting later in the summer – or in fact, next year – can rest assured the festival will be back on in the summer of 2020.

Plan ahead and book now, especially if you’re looking for pet friendly hotels near me with plenty to see and do in the area.