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Highland Park

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171 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-2728
+1 585-753-7275
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Beautiful, hilly, retreat

A beautiful park with hilly paths to wander. Best during May Lilac Festival. Bring water. There are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
SpreheG
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Lilac Festival 2018

Beautiful gardens to see, there are different types of trees & flowering bushes along the path... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
reneer687
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NJ, United States
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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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171 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-2728
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful park with hilly paths to wander. Best during May Lilac Festival. Bring water. There are public bathrooms, thankfully!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens to see, there are different types of trees & flowering bushes along the path. Great place for a picnic or special event pictures. Winding path up a hill leads to a wonderful view. Make it to the top to see the water basin...More

Thank reneer687
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lilacs and magnolias were in bloom. The fragrance was wonderful. Considerable crowd for a weekday afternoon, but with beautiful weather. The gardens are worth walking around. The music at night probably gives people something to do, but I think that the festival overall is probably...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highland Park is always a fun place to visit, but even more so during the Lilac Festival. The lilacs were perfect this year....out in full bloom! All the other flowers and activities were perfect too...a great day in the park!

Thank Larry W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lilacs are very nice on a nice walk around the smells of the trees are nice.Lots to see many different places to eat.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm from Rochester, NY, so have spent many happy hours at the arboretum designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The Lilac Festival in May is probably my favorite time to visit: music, food, parade-- fun to be had for all ages!

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

This park just outside city center represents one of our nation's premier urban parks. It is clearly the best collection of lilacs in the world (and hosts Rochester's annual signature Lilac Festival), There is also a great collection of magnolias as well as other flowering...More

Thank Dennis P
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

It had just rained and the cherry blossoms and magnolia were out in almost full bloom. Beautiful walking trails and very accessible from downtown Rochester. Wish we'd had more time to walk around - an impressive reservoir, too.

2  Thank DiscerningTraveler12
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

Lots of great terrain to see, smell and touch, and the vegetation -- from flowering gardens and small bushes to towering giants -- are all magnificent. Comfortable shoes are a must, as the paths and stair climb, curve and descend as they wind through the...More

Thank Bob S
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Reviewed May 3, 2018

The park is always very nice to visit for a walk, & the lilac season makes it better to visit for the scents and the colorful beauty. This park has a couple of locations that in the winter work well as sledding hills, but for...More

Thank Rhapsodie M
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Chloe L
November 27, 2017|
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Response from Donna L | Reviewed this property |
Not dumb! Good question! Yes it is. It’s a great place to walk and sled too!
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Mavisxu
June 8, 2017|
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Response from Diana R | Reviewed this property |
As with others, I'm sorry I did not see this question before your visit. I hope you had a wonderful time, and that you saw the lilacs (which sometimes get forgotten among the razzmatazz of the part of the festival that is... More
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