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Highland Park

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Address: 171 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-2728
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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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Lilac at Highland Park

During May there is the annual Lilac Festival at Highland Park. The lilacs are usually in bloom during this time along with the azaleas and tulips. Rochester is known for their... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During May there is the annual Lilac Festival at Highland Park. The lilacs are usually in bloom during this time along with the azaleas and tulips. Rochester is known for their lilacs and it is not to be missed.

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Rochester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have never been to the Lilac festival, you must put this on your list. It's simply amazing and well worth the trip. It goes on for about 10 days in May of every year just as the lilacs bloom along with numerous events, bands, activities etc. You could easily spend several days here. Have fun

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful gardens great amenities for the kids and a beautiful indoor plant atrium. I would to recommend this to every age group

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

This park packs alot into a smallish package. Large trees, hills and hollows, a water feature and indoor conservatory just to name a few. The paved walkways help with access but be prepared to push hard on some of the inclines. Going off road there are spots for blanket lunches or bring your own seat for reading. Winter snow days... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

great place to walk or run. Home of Rochester's lilac festival. There's a resevoir thats fun to walk/run around. lots to do!

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

The lilac festival is a great time to visit highland park. The landscaping is beautiful and the trails are well paved. It is a lot of hill to climb up and around though.

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Thank Kathryn H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

Aptly describes the beautiful setting created by F L Olmstead. Trees from every nation through the trails to beautify each season. My favorite Magnolias and Chestnuts in the Spring with tulips, pansies, azaleas, rhodedendrum along side. Beat the crowd and commercial hoopla to see the lilacs, so many varieties. And in the midst Lamberton Consevatory. For beauty and peace look... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

The entire park and reservoir are beautiful and spacious. But, if you can...try to visit around the lilac blossoming time. There are hundreds of lilac bushes that permeate the air with their sweet smell. A wonderful walk through the park. There is the Lilac Festival- but I don't care for the crowds and vendors. I just enjoy the peaceful walk... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

No matter what season it is this is a wonderful park to explore! Yes it is know for it's Lilac Festival but it has so much more to offer. We always come before the festival starts to avoid the crowds and to get an early view of the flowers, it truly is a magical time of the year when Spring... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

The lilacs are incredible and many varieties.The park has very wonderful walking trails and a good place to relax.

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