Highland Park
Highland Park
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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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Bob_and_friends-2014
Tampa, FL230 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
A premier example of F. L. Olmsted landscape design. The hills and deep ravines are a wonderland in the heart of the city. Every season is a reason to explore. Be sure to wander through the Lamberton Conservatory to breath in the freshest botanical scents. It offers several different climates, each with silently moving quail, or turtles, or tortoises. Be sure to look for Lucky, the freeloading duck.
Written February 16, 2020
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RYHD
Ohio15 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The lilacs are just starting to bloom. They smell so good! There are lots of venders so there is something for everyone. It’s an easy walk through the park with kids.
Written May 16, 2019
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RutherfordB
Cumberland, MD145 contributions
Jun 2021
We didn't have time to wander the whole park, but we loved seeing the plants and wildlife in the arboretum!
Written June 24, 2021
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Sharon H
Rochester, NY, United States297 contributions
Jul 2020
This is gem for Rochester. It is a beautiful with many flowers and flowers trees in season. It is a great place to walk, job or just sit and reflect.
Written September 12, 2020
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C-Pat21
Rochester, NY148 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
This is the place to go to get your flower fix. Obviously there is the Lilac Festival which anyone local knows about. My sneaky tip is to go the week prior to the festival. Typically you'll get easy access to things like the tulip garden which is overrun with people during the festival. Plus depending on weather the lilacs can bloom prior to the festival. Also if you go a week or two after you get more of the rhododendron blooms.
Great place to walk and enjoy nature. Also, there are two playgrounds now for little ones. Can't go wrong with that!
Written August 22, 2019
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Salvatore J T
Rochester, New York, United States21 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
Rochester ,NY is I feel is one of the best kept secrets of NY. State. In the spring of the year Rochester opens it's spring doors with one of the most beautiful sites, Highland Park. This park in Late April or early May displays acre's and acre's of the most beautiful flowering Lilac's. Hundreds of different species of these trees and bushes abound the hill sides of this park. Also called the Lilac Feasterville with crafts, food, entertainment and much more. At this time of the year you not only see the beauty of the blossoms and the variation of the colors but the fragrance of the flowers makes you A wear of nature's many talents. People have come cross country to see this site. So if you enjoy flowers and garden visit Rochester, NY Lilac Feasterville. I with friends and family enjoy this exhibit of mother nature annually.
Written April 1, 2013
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kestral55
ROchester ny9 contributions
Aug 2012
Highland Park hosts Rochester's annual Lilac Festival in May. While that is an amazing and fun time, don't think you have to visit then to enjoy the park.

First - the lilacs don't always match the festival schedule. If you can visit without a lot of advance planning go to the park when the lilacs are in full bloom. 500 varieties, 1200 bushes. It is an unforgettable experience.

Beyond the lilacs, Highland Park also has the Lamberton Conservatory. It's a small one, but a nice little gem - especially during our famous Rochester winters, when you can get a taste of warmth, humidity and flowers.

Across from the Conservatory is the Shakespeare Garden, a small area featuring plants mentioned in the Bard's writings.

Wintertime outside in the park is nice also. There is a wonderful pinetum - a collection of evergreens that are majestic in the snow.

Everyone here looks forward to spring in the park - the blossoming trees and hundreds of naturalized daffodils get everyone posting pics on FB.

Just past the lilac season, there is a staircase at the eastern corner of the park that is bordered with a display of rhododendrons and azaela. Its a staircase of heavenly color when they bloom.

In summer, the paths through the park are filled with walkers and joggers. If you start on Highland Avenue you'll walk uphill, and be rewarded with view of a lovely historic reservoir and pump house. Or you can park near the pump house and walk down!

Things to know: Highland Park is a pretty good size hill. The paths meander up and down the side of the hill. It's also not a huge park, which means you can enjoy most of its areas of interest in a few hours. But why rush? Grab a lunch (there are a number of places on nearby Mt. Hope Avenue) and spread a blanket under one of the big trees, and relax!
Written August 26, 2012
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Sherrie E
Rochester, NY3 contributions
May 2019
The park is beautiful, filled with flora and fauna for everyone to enjoy. It is free to the public and is really an asset to our city. The lilac collection is second to none in the whole USA.
Written March 5, 2020
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Nicky L
7 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
Highland park is so beautiful no matter what time of year you visit. Visiting during rhe lilac festival or even in the fall to see the leaves changing. You won't be disappointed.
Written November 5, 2019
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StillTravelingOn
San Francisco, CA30 contributions
May 2019
I visited Highland Park during the lilac festival and it was fun! The lilacs were beautiful and I would recommend a visit for running or walking or even a picnic if the weather was good!
Written May 14, 2019
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