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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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Flowers, flowers everywhere

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
4 attraction reviews
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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37 attraction reviews
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Rochester, New York
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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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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
11 helpful votes 11 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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