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Things to Do Upstate, New York

Updated on January 30, 2019

Rivers, lakes, vineyards, waterfalls, hiking and more of our great time June 2011!

I have only visited Upstate New York a few times in my life. I lived on Long Island until I was 14 and currently reside in Florida. My father in-law and sister in-law live up there so we visited a couple of times over the past several years.

This was our most recent trip. What a wonderful vacation! If you are considering visiting the area I have lots on this page for you to check out.

Below is a video of some of our trip. Beneath the video I have provided further detailed information and photos of the places we visited. The vineyard in the photo shown is from our visit to Three Brother's Winery in Geneva, New York.

High Falls - Rochester, NY

High Falls Rochester New York
High Falls Rochester New York
Tour Rochester New York
Tour Rochester New York

Since the girls were visiting with grandpa, my husband decided we would take a day for just the two of us. Our first stop was High Falls. There is quite a bit to see in that particular area, aside from the waterfall itself. Everywhere you look there is a story to tell. The Center at High Falls, has a museum, gallery and a gift shop. Considering there was so much to see there, I built a page specifically for High Falls.

The image to the right was in the entryway of the center. We did not use this service we just wandered around town, however I thought I would plug the site for anyone who is interested in guided tours.

Maplewood Park & Rose Garden Rochester New York
Maplewood Park & Rose Garden Rochester New York

Maplewood Rose Garden & The Genessee Riverway Trail

Rochester, New York

After we visited the High Falls area, my husband took me to Maplewood Park and Rose Garden. This rose garden has over 3,000 rose bushes. It is a beautiful place to visit.

From the rose garden we wandered off onto the Genessee Riverway Trail. This trail runs 16 plus miles, through Rochester along the Genessee River. There is lots on the trail to see. Below are lenses I created on Maplewood Park and The Genessee Riverway Trail.

Lower Falls Park - Rochester, New York
Lower Falls Park - Rochester, New York

Low Falls - Rochester, New York

On our hike we went to visit the lower falls. I wanted to see waterfalls during our visit because we live in Florida and it is flat as a pancake here. The only falls I get to see are the man-made ones at the many theme parks. They are pretty but it's just not the same thing.

We visited 6 falls during our trip, Niagara not being one of them. Not that I did not want to but we forgot our passports and the falls are just so awesome from the Canadian side. We visited Niagara Falls a few years ago but I have no pictures from the trip. I didn't want to get my camera wet, during Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds etc. Below is a video of the falls we visited this time around.

Letchworth State Park Canyon Upstate New York
Letchworth State Park Canyon Upstate New York

The Grand Canyon of the East

One of my favorite things we did while in New York, was to visit Letchworth State Park. It is so beautiful. I have the falls in action in the video above.

Letchworth has cliffs as high as 600 ft. and is known as the "Grand Canyon of the East". Below is a photo slideshow I made of the park.

Three Brothers Winery Upstate New York
Three Brothers Winery Upstate New York

Three Brothers Winery

Geneva, New York

New York is loaded with vineyards and wineries and I had to visit one before we left. My sister in-law and brother in-law suggested we go to Three Brothers Winery.

What a GREAT idea that was! In addition to the stunningly beautiful vineyard with the back drop of Seneca Lake, there are three separate wineries and a microbrewery on the estate.


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      8 years ago

      Camping with the kids at North-South Lake this summer. New york has a lot to offer for sure.

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      So much to see in Rochester, New York. You've done a wonderful job of showing a Rochester-area girl your sights on your visits here. Bravo!

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      8 years ago from CNY

      @whiteskyline lm: Upstate has many attractions to see. The finger lakes region is known for its wine, and there are drive in movie theatres still up here. Syracuse itself has some sights to see too.

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      Michelle Collins 

      9 years ago from Florida

      @whiteskyline lm: Thank you! Let me know how you like it!

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      whiteskyline lm 

      9 years ago

      Wow, I didn't see this coming. I randomly picked a lens right in the middle. Who knew about Upstate New York. I love the Grand Canyon of the east. I have been to the Grand Canyon, but not Letchworth. All I have done in upstate New York was visit an ashram, which is pretty amazing. I'm not way too far from there so this is added to the bucket list.

      Your music choices really compliment the videos, and they are permeated with a nice artistic essence.

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      Fantastic voyage! Upstate NY is beautiful indeed. Ticonderoga area's the most north I've ventured so far.

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      9 years ago

      Great job!!!

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      9 years ago

      Great choice of music, very summery and relaxing. Good video work!

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      9 years ago

      I love the video it makes me miss new york, I used to go upstate as a child.......


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