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Highland Park

171 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
585-753-7275
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Ranked #6 of 60 attractions in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Freaking AWESOME!!!! I have no other words! AWESOME! But, they make me so, Steve Grill puts on a great show. DO NOT MISS HIM!

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Goffstown
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82 reviews 82 reviews
34 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We missed the lilacs but the park is still beautiful to walk in. Been away for 40 plus years but the beauty of the place is great!

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Rochester, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a very large park and one that I've visited many times seeing I'm from rochester, ny. Every year they have the lilac festival with tons of vendors. During the rest of the year it's great for hiking or riding your bike.

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Victor, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The park provides a great place for a relaxed stroll. Check out the Lamberton Conservatory and the reservoir. The view of the surrounding area from the top of the park is also very nice.

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New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I visit this park every spring to see the magnolias and lilacs in bloom. Well maintained and beautiful to walk. Feels like you are in the forest right within the city of Rochester.

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

this is one of the most beautiful parks in the country during spring. Not only are there so many different lilacs but a beautiful pansy bed, hilly trails to walk, apple and cherry trees. The is also an amazing Viet Naum Memorial,

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Rochester, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This year at the Lilac Festival, thousands participated in building a human Lilac to be in an aerial photo. A Guinness record was broken! The lailacs were late blooming, but the Magnolias were stunning! So many different colors! The festival offers great food, music and rides for kids as well. Watch the parade and afterward walk across South Ave. to... More

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Maple Shade, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Beautiful azaleas in the woods. Lovely place, well used by the locals. Lilacs were just ok, but azaleas were a real treat!

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Rochester, NY
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This park is the sight of the yearly Lilac Festival and the thousand lilacs are always impressive but this park can be enjoyed year round. It sits high on a hill with nice views of the Rochester area. Take a walk on the many trails throughout the park and bring lunch if you want to have a picnic. This park... More

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Rochester, NY
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We try to go to Highland Park in spring to see the huge collection of lilacs, as well as the tulips, pansies, azaleas and other blossom trees, but we don't fight the Lilac Festival crowds, when parking is non-existent (shuttle available from off-site parking) and the smell of food cooking overpowers the lilac scent. If you must go during the... More

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