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Address: 171 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
Phone Number: 585-753-7275
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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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Awesome scenery

Absolute must-see during the lilac festival. Tons of trails leading up to the giant water reservoir. Scenery is unreal. Festival is fun and free! Parade floats and food and music... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Nick P
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Greece, New York
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Greece, New York
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolute must-see during the lilac festival. Tons of trails leading up to the giant water reservoir. Scenery is unreal. Festival is fun and free! Parade floats and food and music. One of Rochesters bright spots

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Rochester, New York
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you go to Rochester in May you NEED to go to the Lilac Festival. It's the most beautiful time of year in that park. The festival is throughout the park surrounded by the fragrant lilac bushes. You will not be disappointed!!

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Thank TwoFreindsArt
Rochester, New York
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

People come from around the world to visit the famous Lilac Festival at Highland Park in Rochester, NY. This festival takes place in May and is one of the most popular and well attended events in the city. Hundreds of varieties of Lilacs are blooming and the air is perfumed with their scent! If you want to walk among the... More 

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Thank Joe B
Holley, New York
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful park especially during lilac time! Great for walking and relaxing. Fall is very pretty too.

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Thank painting100
Rochester, New York
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This city of Rochester Park is famous for it's Rochester Lilac Festival. With trails winding through the park and stakes at each plant help visitors to learn about each and every plant there. Activities are held at the park and it is a great place for couples to go for a walk, take the family to get outdoors and to... More 

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Thank Ginger6677
Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lilac Festival is not for the faint of heart (you must deal with some crowds, it's possible to find some quieter spots), but depending upon the timing, you may get to enjoy a lot of blooms the week before/ after the festival. Lilacs bloom during a multi-week span in May and so there is always something to look at and... More 

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Thank Leslie J
The Villages
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Come here in the spring for the lilac festival, excellent festival, parade and most of all the flowers. If you like flowers, this is the place to be.

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Thank Tony T
Rochester, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I love down the street from this park, so I see it often enough. For me, the annual festival is a plague: closing streets and bringing crowds to the park end of the street. The park is nice enough the rest of the year. It is well maintained and nicely curated. It is well worth the time for a stroll... More 

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

The annual Lilac Festival in Highland Park is something you don't want to miss. The lilacs peak in the beginning of May each year leaving their sweet fragrance in the air! The festival has national acts to town to play on park stages. Bring a blanket lawn chairs and plan on spending the day or the evening there. Food drinks... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Highland Park, in my opinion, is one of the finest parks the area has to offer. From the many varieties of Lilacs, to the scenery and park layout, it is excellent. I would recommend a visit to Highland Park for it's beauty and serenity. We love to walk our dogs there regularly. I can tell that they love the park... More 

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