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Highland Park

Address: 171 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
Phone Number: 585-753-7275
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Ranked #10 of 43 Attractions in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: The annual Lilac Festival is the most popular event on the calendar here, one of the country's...
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Type: Parks, Outdoors
Owner 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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Rochester
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74 reviews 74 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The flowers are in bloom, it is clean and easy to walk around without all the overpriced (and overcooked) food and vendors selling at crazy high prices - to be fair, they have to as the spots cost a very high rent !! So worth it to go the week BEFORE the festival - avoid the crowds and the rain... More 

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Durango, Colorado, United States
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17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

World renown for the lilacs, Highland is much more. Thickly forested in places, featuring many gardens, and great views, Highland is fun year round. The annual Lilac Festival is the main event and a great time to visit.

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Rochester, New York
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Designed by the country's first landscape architect on land donated by the men who caused Rochester be known as the "Flower city" (after its fame as the "flour" city, at a time when the Genesee Valley fed the nation much of the wheat it consumer). The park's walks take us past a variety of flowering trees, an enormous and varied... More 

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

You don't get environments more lovely than the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Highland Park. It might be at its peak in the spring when its 1,200 or so lilacs are in glorious bloom, accompanied by azaleas, magnolias, the pansy bed and more, but it's wonderful all year round. The conservatory is a great place to learn more about plants. It's almost... More 

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Rochester, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Highland Park is the most cultivated of the public parks in Monroe County. Full of all sorts of plants, shrubs and trees (including the famous lilacs) Highland Park is an excellent place to go for a long walk. There is something to see on every trail and if the weather is bad the Conservatory is an excellent place to spend... More 

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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Long walks, reservoir paths, hiking trails, and bike friendly. Trendy people love this park. Lots of exercisers. The Shakespeare festival each summer is a treat. Bring your bug spray.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

What a wonderful park. one can stroll around for days and you get every day a new feeling. Remarkable lilac festival which attracts thousands is worth seeing. Vietnam memorial with inscription about war is also to be seen.

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Massena, New York
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Lots of hiking and walking trails. Up high above the city with nice views. There is a resovior. Very well maintained , plenty of benches and mature trees. Many types of trees and plants, well explained on placks. Relaxing

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