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Address: 171 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
Phone Number: 585-753-7275
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Description: The annual Lilac Festival is the most popular event on the calendar here...
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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Lush with lilacs in the spring

My husband and I were unexpectedly detained in Rochester due to a delayed flight, so we connected with my hubby's old college friend who lives in Rochester. He suggested a short... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I were unexpectedly detained in Rochester due to a delayed flight, so we connected with my hubby's old college friend who lives in Rochester. He suggested a short drive to Highland Park. What a great idea! In the waning hours of the day before sunset, we wandered from section to section, admiring what must be every variety... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Rochester's annual Lilac Festival starts the Friday before Mother's Day and lasts for 10 days ending on a Sunday. There are many walking trails in Highland Park. The scents from the lilacs, magnolias and other flowers are amazing. All the concerts during the festival are free. Eddie Money has played here quite a lot. There's a huge variety of food... More 

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Oneonta, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We caught the tail end of the lilac bloom but made it for rhododendrons and azaleas! Spend some time to stroll amongst the old gardens - well worth every minute you spend there!!

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We visited during the Lilac Festival, the lilacs were at their peak. Not only was it beautiful visually but also the aroma of lilacs was so nice. This is a beautiful park that everyone should experience.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

You can go for the beauty of the garden, for a good hike or for the many events hosted in the park. We always suggest this to out of town guest and people new to Rochester. It is so beautiful in Spring but I enjoy a visit most anytime.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Too crowded at Lilac festival times, but good variety of vendor food. Grounds are lovely. Free entertainment. Beware of a charge for the conservatory.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Long after the lilacs have faded, the park offers gentle curving, sloping walks. At the highest point is the conservatory with specimens from different climates - across South Avenue, the Highland Park Bowl that offers different forms of entertainment throughout the summer.

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rochester, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Although the jewel of this park is the lilacs, they are only in bloom a short period of time, and the city festival at that time draws the crowds to enjoy the sites and smells. However, the park also has many other floral displays that can be enjoyed during the spring season and paved meandering walkways to guide you. For... More 

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A half-million people visit this festival annually-great food options, wine and beer, outdoor music venue with local and world-known musicians, beautiful scenery (so many varieties of lilacs to be seen!), and fun activities for children as well. Sometimes is rains, sometimes it snows, sometimes it is 80 degrees and sunny, but whatever the weather, fun can and will be had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Went with my family for the lilac festival. It was great. We were able to take a lot of pictures of the lilacs. All the plants smelled great. They had free samples and great food. The park was huge but a great workout. There was a parking fee. We would go back.

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