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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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Rochester's transition from The Flour City to The Flower City

(Disclaimer: If you're looking for a place to take your hyper teenagers for an afternoon of high excitement, look elsewhere. If you could use some quietude, read on...) Back in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Charlotte, NC, United States
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Charlotte, NC, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

(Disclaimer: If you're looking for a place to take your hyper teenagers for an afternoon of high excitement, look elsewhere. If you could use some quietude, read on...) Back in the days when "Out West" meant Buffalo, the fertile soil left by the glaciers in upstate New York made wheat a natural crop for the area. And the Genesee River... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I moved to Rochester from Toronto many years ago and initially thought the same thing. We were used to High Park and Edwards Gardens. Highland Park is not as large or Eden-like as those parks in Toronto but we always look forward to going there with the kids because of its family-friendliness and scents of Lilacs mixed with fried dough.... More 

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Rochester, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This time of year you can get a different look at the park. You can see deep into the areas that in Spring and Summer are hidden behind the foliage. Great place to visit regularly this time of year to see Spring arriving slowly bit by bit.

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Rochester, New York
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17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The park itself is free to enter and stroll and enjoy (see separate review for the conservatory), and boasts 500 varieties of lilacs along with Japanese maples, magnolias, rhododendron, azaleas, spring bulbs, pansies, a glacial moraine, and a reservoir. It's beautiful in every season, and a terrific location for photographs. There are concerts, movies, and theater plays in the open... More 

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Rochester, New York, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

In the Spring, the hundreds of lilacs, azaleas, rhododendrons, and rare Japanese Maples are spectacular.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Can't say enough about Highland Park, especially during the Lilac Festival. It's so pretty and so many different lilacs and tulips in bloom. They have a large amount of crafters and plenty of food and entertainment. The park is still beautiful long after the festival is over. A nice relaxing walk along many, many paths.

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Rochester, New York
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I got married here, and couldn't be more pleased with the decision. It was completely lovely, and the park staff were amazingly friendly and helpful. Everyone had a blast, appreciating the beauty of the park. Permits for tents, music, and beverages are all possible to purchase in advance for events. Events must be during the day, before sunset.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Highland park is mostly known for the LILAC festival, but there is more to it. Spring offers hundreds of flowering lilacs and daffodils plus magnificent magnolias and other flowering trees. In the summer, it offers relaxing walks among a wide array of trees and bushes, some flowering. Fall is great for the colors and the cool dry air. Winter has... More 

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Rochester, New York
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A park to stroll, play frisbee, walk the dog, chase the kids, visit the Nature Conservatory, see the Tulip Garden in season. Beautiful in Spring, Fall, and Summer. Famous for the Lilac Festival in May, where you can see and smell the hundreds of varieties of Lilac Trees as well as other bushes and shrubs.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great place to visit, especially during the Lilac Season but parking can be tough. Free admission to all the bands playing and all sorts or vendors and food to try. Special consideration for veterans is the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial that sits in Highland Park and dedicated in 1996. It shows the bollards and names of the 280 Rochester area vets... More 

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