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Highland Park

171 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
585-753-7275
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Ranked #7 of 58 attractions in Rochester
Type: Parks
Description: The annual Lilac Festival is the most popular event on the calendar here, one of the country's oldest city arboretums.
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Rochester, New York, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Beautiful lilac display mid May with a festival that is a lot of fun for kids and adults.....lots of great music and food. Parking requires a bit of reconnoitering....there are off site busses if you are willing to put up with that. Don't miss the Lamberton Conservatory up the hill!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

A beautiful park to stroll through. Visit when the lilacs are in bloom, usually in mid May to enjoy to the fullest.

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Rochester, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Highland Park is a gem in Rochester. The park is lovely, designed by Frederick Olmstead, known for his design of Central Park. The trees are wonderful, and the walking path through rhododendrons, tree peonies, and magnolias is lovely. Oh, and I didn't even mention the 400 plus varieties of lilacs! The only down side of the park is that you... More

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

To visit Highland Park during the Lilac Festival is a must for anyone who enjoys beautiful flowers and wonderful smells. The wonderful varieties of lilacs, the rhodendrums, the panseys, the winding trails all add to the beauty of a stroll through this wonderful flower escape.

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Rochester, New York, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Beautiful flowers, an arboretum, free Shakespeare play in the summer, adjacent to Mt. Hope cemetery--my favorite place to take visitors to Rochester. I actually prefer NOT to got there during the famous Lilac Festival in May, because it's too crowded.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Designed by the same landscape architect who did Central Park in NYC, this is a gem in the city. Many people have commented on the festival, but I prefer it without throngs of people, tents when you can smell the flowers more than the fried dough. My father is an artist, and if you go in late May, in the... More

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

The Lilac Festival is one of the best in the world, from the memorizing smell of fresh lilacs, beautiful trees, great crafts, live music and more. Highland Park is a must see during this wonderful time of the year so if you can, plan to go in May. The rest of the year, it is good but not anything special.

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FINGER LAKES
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We were looking for some day trips from our house in the Finger Lakes. We searched on tripadvisor and the conservatory looked really promising. We were not disappointed. We went on a sunny, mild, winter day. The greenhouse was warm, bright and filled with a huge selection of warm climate plants. The seasonal display room was a burst of color... More

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Grass Valley, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We were in Rochester during the lilac festival near Highland park. The aroma during the spring is wonderful and in our travels around the festival we found ourselves in Highland park.. 'A bowl with an amphitheater ' ... Such a wonderful stay in Rochester with a beautiful lady from England. Our first meeting after 13 years meeting 1/2 half way... More

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ROCHESTER
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

There are a variety of different trees to see in this park and there are many pretty elements all year round. I hike here regularly all year long. I do not recommend the Lilac Festival any longer and I have been going for years. As w/ all events and festivals in the City of Rochester, the bad city element has... More

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