It's no secret that Canada, from coast to coast, has more than enough beauty for us to explore and enjoy. But soon we'll be getting those paperless passports and we might as well put them to good use. And with Rochester, New York, relatively close by, there's no reason not to explore the other side of the border. In fact, there are so many great things to do in Rochester that you might want to plan a trip right now.

Of course, you could take a plane and get there in a quick three hours. But if flying won't do it for you, don't fret, as the trip is totally doable by car. If you live in Toronto, you're blessed with a border crossing just a short trip away in the Fort Erie/Niagara Falls region. From the city of Buffalo just the other side of the Niagara River, the city of Rochester, New York, is only about an hour's drive away.

Now, Rochester may not sound quite as appealing as the Big Apple at face value, but with incredible waterfalls, iconic dishes, and enchanting castles, you'll soon see that there is an abundance of reasons to visit. Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway or trying to find somewhere for a longer vacation, New York State might just be the perfect spot. So pack your bags, it's time for a trip.

Garbage Plate @ Nick Tahou's

Price: Prices vary

Address: 320 W. Main St., Rochester, NY

Why You Need To Go: Rochester is well known for being the home of the iconic Garbage Plate. Nick Tahou's is the OG when it comes to this unique dish and it's still the place to go if you're trying it for the first time.


Relive Your Childhood @ National Museum of Play

Price: $16 USD

Address: 1 Manhattan Square Dr., Rochester, NY 

Why You Need To Go: You can visit Sesame Street and wonder the Toys Hall of Fame where you'll find a giant Mr. Potato Head and other iconic toys from the past. There's even a carousel and a train that you kids and adult kids-at-heart can ride. 


Walk Across The Water @ Turning Point Park

Price: Free

Address: 260 Boxart St., Rochester, NY

Why You Need To Go: The 3,572-foot-long bridge at Turning Point Park provides some truly incredible views of Rochester and the Genesee River. What's more, the bridge is only a section of a much longer trail that will take you past all of the natural beauty the park has to offer.


Feel Like Royalty @ Warner Castle

Price: Free

Address: 5 Castle Park, Rochester, NY

Why You Need To Go: Modeled after a famous Scottish castle, there's so much beauty to admire here. You can wander out back to the sunken gardens that feel like they came straight out of a romance novel for even more magical views.


Get Out Of This World @ Strasenburgh Planetarium

Price: $24

Address: 663 East Ave., Rochester, NY

Why You Need To Go: With crazy laser shows set to iconic music, stargazing, a tour of the planets, colourful self-portraits, and more, there's no shortage of visual fun to be had at the Planetarium.


Go Chasing Waterfalls @ Corbett's Glen Nature Park

Price: Free

Address: 415 Penfield Rd., Rochester, NY

Why You Need To Go: You'll find multiple stunning waterfalls spread throughout the park. You can also enjoy boardwalks and viewing areas, and there's even seating near one of the waterfalls where you could have a lovely picnic. You'll want to explore the entire park.


Satisfy Your Plant Obsession @ Highland Park's Lamberton Conservatory 

Price: $3

Address: 180 Reservoir Ave., Rochester, NY

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you've walked right into a tropical jungle at the Lamberton Conservatory. Once you're done obsessing over the plants, head outside to explore everything Highland Park has to offer.



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