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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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Beautiful site for a wedding

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Francesca F
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Rochester, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I used to visit here when I had breaks from work, and there was no better place I could think of to calm my mind and just take a breather than at this part. Granted, I've never been in the winter but in the summer it is just breathtakingly beautiful and a good place for reflection. If you're the creative... More 

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Henrietta, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Highland Park is truly one of a kind, a park of not only Lilacs but much more including a great Rhododendron collection. The conservatory is really nice. The park is at its peak when all of the lilacs are blooming in May. The only thing that disappoints is the collection of vendors during the week of lilac Sunday when the... More 

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Rochester, New York
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15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This park is worth visiting year round (not just during the lilac festival in May). Trails are great, nice playground, benches, water reservoir, Poet's garden, Veteran's Memorial. Good space to hike, fly a kite, have a picnic, go sledding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, geocaching. Highland Bowl is a treasure too with summer plays and movies shown. Lilacs in May are gorgeous,... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A must go to the world famous Lilic festival held annually in early/mid May Folks from around the globe come to view the fabulous sights and smells of 100's of varieties of lilacs.... It's what Rochester Bew York is all about....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

It is great if the lilacs are in bloom. There are tons of craft vendors and great food to try. It can be very crowded.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I have lived in Rochester a good many years. We are so blessed to have Highland Park. The beauty through out the year especially during the lilac season. Then in the fall the colors change. Talk about mother nature. It is also grand to visit the conservatory.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Best time to visit Highland Park is when the Lilacs are in bloom. You can go during the Lilac Festival or stop by just before or after depending on the blooming time. One thing you should not miss is the Vietnam memorial walk. It is a great history of the war and includes memorials for our local soldiers.

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